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Free Software Supporter - Issue 139, November 2019

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Oct 02, 2019 04:12 PM
Welcome to the *Free Software Supporter*, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 215,457 other activists. That's 2,603 more than last month!

We need your Free Software Award nominations and LibrePlanet session proposals today!

From October 31st

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the upcoming Free Software Awards and LibrePlanet 2020 conference!

Time is running out to submit your nominations for the three categories of Free Software Awards: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software, the Award for Projects of Social Benefit, and the brand new Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor. Make sure you submit your nominations by Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.

It's also time to submit your session proposals for the LibrePlanet 2020 conference, coming up this March in the Boston area: make sure you have yours in by Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Need help crafting your proposal? Check in with us on the #LibrePlanet IRC channel on Freenode for office hours on November 7th or November 14th, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard time (18:00 UTC).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF and GNU
  • International Day Against DRM (IDAD) 2019: Thank you for defending the right to read!
  • IDAD 2019: Use this special dust jacket to uphold the right to read
  • Digital superstition and the Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) mindset
  • Software Freedom Podcast #1 on Day Against DRM with Cory Doctorow
  • November 2: Save the date! Attend EmacsConf online -- or at our office in Boston!
  • Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground
  • The second annual International Copyleft Conference: Submit proposals by November 3
  • GNOME files defense against patent troll
  • GNOME opens recruitment to support Coding Education Challenge
  • GNU Health: Ten years of freedom and equity in healthcare
  • Meet the Villupuram group of engineers educating students about free software
  • October GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet's new theme
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Eleven new GNU releases!
  • FSF and other free software events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Translations of the Free Software Supporter
  • Take action with the FSF!

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FSF and GNU

From October 6th

The FSF and the GNU Project were both started by Richard M. Stallman (RMS), and he served until recently as the head of both. Because of that, the relationship between the FSF and GNU has been fluid. As part of our commitment to supporting the development and distribution of fully free operating systems, the FSF provides GNU with services like fiscal sponsorship, technical infrastructure, promotion, copyright assignment, and volunteer management.

GNU decision-making has largely been in the hands of GNU leadership. Since RMS resigned as president of the FSF, but not as head of GNU ("Chief GNUisance"), the FSF is now working with GNU leadership on a shared understanding of the relationship for the future. As part of that, we invite comments from free software community members at fsf-and-gnu@fsf.org.

GNU leadership has also published a statement. The contact address for sending comments to GNU is gnu-and-fsf@gnu.org. Messages sent to fsf-and-gnu@fsf.org and gnu-and-fsf@gnu.org will be privately shared between the FSF and GNU leadership as part of this process.

International Day Against DRM (IDAD) 2019: Thank you for defending the right to read!

From October 29th

Now that the dust has settled and we have made our voices heard, we would like to give a sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the International Day Against DRM (IDAD) 2019 possible. This is the thirteenth year that we have come together to voice our dissent against the unjust power of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), and we could not have done it without the help of digital rights activists from all over the world.

To fight DRM, we need vigilant activists who will stand firm in defending the digital freedoms of those in their communities. We encourage any and all anti-DRM activists to join us as part of the Defective by Design email announce list, or to communicate with us in real-time in the #dbd channel of the Freenode Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network. Given the vast amount of resources corporations like Pearson, Disney, Netflix, Amazon, and Google have at their disposal, we are reliant on the community for donations to Defective by Design's mission to end DRM once and for all.

IDAD 2019: Use this special dust jacket to uphold the right to read

From October 10th

For this year's IDAD on October 12th, we focused in particular on the increasing and disturbing amount of DRM present in ebooks and other online educational materials. Having so thoroughly invaded our leisure time, the digital infection known as DRM should not be allowed to spread into the classroom.

We have developed a dust jacket you can slip over any "dead tree" book that you are reading to warn others about the looming threat of DRM. Whether in school, in a coffee shop, or on the subway, it is an easy conversation starter about the insidious nature of DRM. We encourage all readers to use them, whether on the latest hardcover bestseller or the textbook you use in class (while you still have one).

Want an anti-DRM dust jacket in a language other than English? We have multiple translations available here, and we'd love it if you wanted to create a translation in your own language!

Digital superstition and the Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) mindset

From October 10th by Len Epp

To fight DRM, we need to understand the mindset that drives people to propose, promote, build, and maintain systems that they would reject in any other form of technology. A good name for the mindset that leads people to promote DRM, a mindset so common that we mostly don’t notice it, might be “digital superstition”: an instinctive sense of unease and suspicion regarding computing devices and displays, and often, even regarding the people that know how to build and use them.

Software Freedom Podcast #1 on Day Against DRM with Cory Doctorow

From October 12 by FSFE

Starting with this episode on IDAD, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) will talk once a month with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. The first episode features prominent writer, activist, and LibrePlanet keynote speaker Cory Doctorow.

November 2: Save the date! Attend EmacsConf online -- or at our office in Boston!

From October 17th

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is happy to announce our office in Boston as the next official EmacsConf satellite! Join us on Saturday, November 2 for an all-day event on everyone's favorite self-documenting, customizable, and extensible editor: GNU Emacs! The FSF will join Zürich, Switzerland, as the second physical satellite to EmacsConf, which will be held online this year.

Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

From October 15th by Edward Snowden

The US, UK, and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information. Real privacy is dependent on real encryption, and real encryption is dependent upon free software.

The second annual International Copyleft Conference: Submit proposals by November 3

From October 10th by CopyleftConf

This will be the second annual International Copyleft Conference. Participants from throughout the copyleft world -- developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics -- will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world. If you want to present a talk, see instructions at https://2020.copyleftconf.org/program/call-for-proposals.

GNOME files defense against patent troll

From October 21st by GNOME Foundation

Last month, GNOME was hit by a patent troll for developing the Shotwell image management application. They were offered a high five figure settlement, but agreeing to this would have left this patent live, and allowed it to be used as a weapon against others. Thus, GNOME has chosen to fight back, in order to send a message to all software patent trolls: they will fight your suit, they will win, and they will have your patent invalidated. The FSF joins Debian, April, and the Software Freedom Conservancy as organizations that stand with GNOME against this unethical attack on free software!

GNOME opens recruitment to support Coding Education Challenge

From October 18th by GNOME Foundation

The Foundation is currently recruiting for two posts: a new Graphic Designer and a new part-time Program Coordinator, both to support the Coding Education Challenge. See the link below for information about the positions and how to apply.

GNU Health: Ten years of freedom and equity in healthcare

From October 16th by Luis Falcon

For over ten years, GNU Health has brought all of the benefits of free software to the world of public health. In this article, Luis Falcon talks about the "collective freedom" enabled by ethical software.

Meet the Villupuram group of engineers educating students about free software

From October 15th by Anjana Shekar

Started in 2013, the Villupuram GNU/Linux Users Group was formed as part of a global social movement aimed at educating people about free software. “Students can always get trained in software training centres, but those centres may not be best equipped to teach them all the latest software developments. We also choose a handful of deserving students based out of Villupuram for whom travelling to Chennai or to other centres in town may not be financially viable. Here, we do it for free,” says Vijisulochana (Viji), the group’s current representative. Their weekly sessions are attended by hundreds of students.

It's inspiring initiatives like this that keep us motivated and that propel the free software movement forward globally. We wish them the best!

October GNU Emacs news

From October 28th by Sacha Chua

In these issues: EmacsConf 2019 schedule, meta-programming in Emacs using Defadvice, increasing startup performance, and more!

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, November 1, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet's new theme

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

For this month, we are highlighting LibrePlanet's new theme, which provides information about this wiki's brand new look. We want you to let us know what you think, and help us revise, translate, and restructure this wiki to make it more vibrant and useful than ever. 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: Eleven new GNU releases!

11 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 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.

This month, we welcome Amin Bandali and Mike Gerwitz as new co-maintainers of GNUzilla.

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.

FSF and other 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:

  • Christopher Samuel
  • joost herweijer
  • Kevin Horner
  • Lincoln Clarete
  • Sreeram Ramachandran
  • Tom Gedra

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 (and allowed public appreciation) in the past month:

  • Andrii Kolomoiets (Emacs)
  • Artyom Loenko (Emacs)
  • Yuan Fu (Emacs)

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

Translations of the Free Software Supporter

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Le Free Software Supporter est disponible en français. Pour voir la version française cliquez ici: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2019/novembre

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O Free Software Supporter está disponível em português. Para ver a versão em português, clique aqui: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2019/novembro

Para alterar as preferências do usuário e receber as próximas edições do Supporter em português, clique aqui: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create?reset=1&gid=34&id={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

Take action with the FSF!

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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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