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Free Software Supporter - Issue 135, July 2019

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jun 10, 2019 02:29 PM
Welcome to the *Free Software Supporter*, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 208,443 other activists. That's 1,667 more than last month!

double the movement

Double the movement: Inspire someone to explore free software

From June 19

Thank you for being part of our exceptionally generous community. Your interest in our mission is what got us where we are, in position to succeed if we keep at it. While it's incredible to have hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the world, we need to connect with millions if we're to realize a world free of proprietary software. This spring, we have set ourselves goals to reach 200 new members and 400 donations before July 15th, and to achieve them, we need your help. Please take this moment to publicly share your passion for free software. If each free software supporter inspires just one other, we can double our strength.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Drop the journalism charges against Julian Assange
  • A roundup of recent updates to our licensing materials -- November 2018 to June 2019
  • GNU Emacs T-shirts available now at the GNU Press Shop
  • AMD Secure Technology PSP firmware now explorable, thanks to researcher's tool
  • Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit
  • Behind the scenes of Purism's all-free software video production
  • Replicant contributors meeting on July 27-28 in France
  • Blender is free software
  • GNU Radio used to track the tagged orangutans in the Bornean jungle
  • The 2019 SeaGL Call for Proposals is open!
  • Register and submit talks for the GNU Hackers Meeting 2019
  • GNOME Foundation 2018 annual report
  • GNOME Asia Summit 2019 to be held in Gresik, Indonesia
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Making money as a libre software programmer
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 17 new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Drop the journalism charges against Julian Assange

From June 25

The US government has persecuted Julian Assange for a decade for WikiLeaks' journalism, and now seeks to use his case to label the publishing of leaked secret information as spying.

The Free Software Foundation stands for freedom of publication and due process, because they are necessary to exercise and uphold the software freedom we campaign for. The attack on journalism threatens freedom of publication; the twisting of laws to achieve an unstated aim threatens due process of law. The FSF therefore calls on the United States to drop all present and future charges against Julian Assange relating to WikiLeaks activities.

A roundup of recent updates to our licensing materials -- November 2018 to June 2019

From June 4

We recently added two new licenses to our list of Various Licenses and Comments about Them and we updated our comments on Creative Commons 0 (CC0). We cleaned up the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Licensing & Compliance Team page and refreshed the materials on it. What follows is a brief rundown on those changes, and how you can learn more about free software licensing.

GNU Emacs T-shirts available now at the GNU Press Shop

From June 25

Have you been waiting with bated breath for the opportunity to show your love for GNU Emacs, the text editor that also does everything else, with a nifty T-shirt? Wait no longer. The GNU Press Shop now has GNU Emacs logo T-shirts in unisex sizes S through XXXL. All GNU Press Shop purchases support the Free Software Foundation's efforts to free all software, and FSF associate members get a 20% discount off of all purchases.

AMD Secure Technology PSP firmware now explorable, thanks to researcher's tool

From June 6 by Lucian Armasu

A security researcher this month released the PSPtool, a software tool that “aims to lower the entry barrier for looking into the code running" on the AMD Platform Security Processor (PSP), officially known as AMD Secure Technology, and other AMD subsystems. The PSP serves similar functions to those of Intel’s Management Engine (ME) processor. Just like the Intel ME, it is an attack on computer users' freedom. We hope this tool will help in the development of free replacements or removal processes for the PSP.

Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit

From June 10 by Liz Pelly

Music is emotional, and so our listening often signals something deeply personal and private. Today, this means music streaming platforms are in a unique position within the greater platform economy: they have troves of data related to our emotional states, moods, and feelings. It’s a matter of unprecedented access to our interior lives, which is buffered by the flimsy illusion of privacy. When a user chooses, for example, a “private listening” session on Spotify, the effect is to make them feel that it’s a one-way relation between person and machine. Of course, that personalization process is Spotify’s way of selling users on its product. But, as it turns out, in a move that should not surprise anyone at this point, Spotify has been selling access to that listening data to multinational corporations.

Don't let them harvest your emotional information! Instead, help better services powered by free, distributed software like libre.fm grow.

Behind the scenes of Purism's all-free software video production

From June 12 by François Téchené

At Purism, they aim to promote privacy and freedom through the use of free software (and they see it as ethical software). In this blog, they describe the process of producing a commercial clip using only free software, including GIMP, Magic Lantern, MLV-App, and more.

Replicant contributors meeting on July 27-28 in France

From June 18 by GNUtoo

A Replicant contributors meeting will take place in or near Paris on the 27th and 28th of July. Organizers are still looking for a place to host the meeting, which will be open to anyone who contributes or wants to contribute to the Replicant project, and will likely be conducted in English.

Blender is free software

From June 8 by Ton Roosendaal

Did you know: the Blender 3D creation suite is free software, forever! It is free to use for everyone. Free to use for any purpose, also commercially. Blender is free to share with others, it is free to study Blender’s sources and free to make new versions.

GNU Radio used to track the tagged orangutans in the Bornean jungle

From June 4 by RTL-SDR.com admin

To ensure the ongoing safety of endangered orangutans in Borneo, NGOs, charities and rescue centers have been using RF tags on rehabilitated orangutans that have released back into the wild. One limitation of the system is a limited tracking range. To create a heatmap of orangutan positions, researcher Dirk Gorissen used GNU Radio to create a DSP algorithm combining peak detection, cross correlation with a known template of the signal, and a phase locked loop.

The 2019 SeaGL Call for Proposals is open!

From June 24 by SeaGL

The 2019 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is scheduled for November 15th and 16th at Seattle Central College. They'll be accepting proposals through August 11, 2019, and they welcome speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience -- even if you’ve never spoken at a technical conference. If you’re excited about free software technologies or communities, then they want to hear from you!

Register and submit talks for the GNU Hackers Meeting 2019

From April 16 by GNU Hackers Meeting organizers

Twelve years after its first edition in Orense, the GNU Hackers Meeting is back to Spain! This time, we will be gathering in the nice city of Madrid for hacking, learning and meeting each other. The meeting will be held at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Sistemas Informáticos (ETSISI), which is part of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Learn how to register and submit talks at the link below.

GNOME Foundation 2018 annual report

From June 27 by the GNOME Foundation

What a wonderful year 2018 was! We are very excited to share with you some of our best moments, achievements, and great conferences/events which happened throughout the year in our annual report.

GNOME Asia Summit 2019 to be held in Gresik, Indonesia

From June 17 by GNOME Foundation

The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that GNOME Asia Summit 2019 will take place in Gresik, Indonesia between October 11-13 at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Gresik (UMG). The GNOME Asia 2019 Summit will consist of two conference days and one day of workshops, in order to encourage more contribution by GNOME.Asia participants to core areas of GNOME.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.

To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.freenode.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Freenode is accessible from any IRC client -- Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, July 5, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Making money as a libre software programmer

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.

For this month, we are highlighting Making money as a libre software programmer, which provides information about how to separate out the "free" from the "libre" in your professional life as a free software supporter. You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this important resource.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at campaigns@fsf.org.

GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 17 new GNU releases!

17 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 26, 2019):

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the URL https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to us at maintainers@gnu.org with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events this month:

Other FSF and free software events

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, and we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  • Alex Larson
  • Arthur Gleckler
  • Christian Sperr
  • David Turner
  • Dongjun Lee
  • Irontec
  • Mark Harris
  • Martin Waplington
  • Richard Case
  • Shawn C [ a.k.a "citypw"]

You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org/.

GNU copyright contributions

Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GNU GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:

  • Aaron Jacobs (Emacs)
  • Orgad Shaneh (GDB)
  • SAITOU Keita (Emacs)
  • Timothy Sample (Guile)
  • Tobias Klauser (GLIBC)

Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

Take action with the FSF!

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://my.fsf.org/join. If you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email signature like:

I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom! https://my.fsf.org/join

The FSF is always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaigns section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), free software adoption, OpenDocument, and more.

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