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Free Software Supporter - Issue 151, November 2020

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Oct 02, 2020 04:04 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 222,937 other activists.

LibrePlanet 2021 will be an online event, Call For Sessions (CFS) extended to November 11th

From October 22nd

Mark your calendars: LibrePlanet 2021 will be held online in March, 2021. To give more remote speakers the opportunity to submit a talk, we are extending the Call for Sessions (CFS) to November 11th at 12:00 EST, so that everyone in the global community has a chance to submit their talk or panel.


  • FSF calls for community participation to help update High Priority Free Software Projects list
  • Thank you for being a part of our 35th birthday celebration
  • Watch and share "Rewind" to help explain free software
  • Improvements to the FSF homepage
  • FSF 35 years: Limited edition T-shirt and poster for sale
  • Streaming services, beware: International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is coming Dec. 4
  • The FSF is now on PeerTube!
  • Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 is here for those who seek 100% freedom for their PCs
  • The SeaGL 2020 program is live!
  • Announcing the first online Guix Day Conference
  • With Microsoft's support, music industry forces youtube-dl offline
  • GNU Taler news: 'Payto' URI scheme for payments published
  • GUADEC 2020 group photo
  • October GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Defective by Design
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Fourteen new 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 calls for community participation to help update High Priority Free Software Projects list

From October 28th

The FSF has announced a call for feedback from the community to help assemble an update to the Foundation's High Priority Free Software Projects list (HPP).

The HPP initiative draws attention to areas of development and specific projects of strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. The HPP list helps guide volunteers, developers, funders, and companies to projects where their skills and resources can be utilized, whether they be in coding, graphic design, writing, financial contributions, or activism.

Thank you for being a part of our 35th birthday celebration

From October 16th

While the Free Software Foundation’s actual thirty-fifth birthday passed relatively quietly, our birthday week has been action-packed. We started with a request for birthday videos and donations, then the unveiling of the gorgeous thirty-fifth birthday designs by David Revoy, followed by the announcement of the program for the birthday celebration and a sleek new responsive homepage design, and finally, we introduced our new educational video, "Rewind".

On Friday, October 9, we topped off the week with an online celebration that provided a broad overview of the past, present, and plans for the future of our ambitious social movement, with luminaries both old and new offering their views and insights.

Watch and share "Rewind" to help explain free software

From October 8th

"Rewind" is an animated video made for the Free Software Foundation about a scientist in a dystopian reality who modifies the code of a program, leading to a groundbreaking discovery. But in our world, which is dominated by proprietary software, would she have the freedom she needs to make a difference?

Improvements to the FSF homepage

From October 7th

As part of our birthday plans, we've been focusing on the successes the Free Software Foundation has had over the last thirty-five years in our work for software freedom. This has also given us a reason to start making ambitious plans for the future, including some much needed improvements to the FSF Web site.

FSF 35 years: Limited edition T-shirt and poster for sale

From October 5th

For the Free Software Foundation's thirty-fifth birthday, we collaborated with free culture illustrator David Revoy to create a marvelous design, and we think you'll like the results, available at the GNU Press Shop on a poster and T-shirt. Many sizes of the shirt are sold out, but we are reordering soon, so stay tuned!

Streaming services, beware: International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is coming Dec. 4

From October 22nd

The fourteenth International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is coming soon, and the Defective by Design (DbD) campaign needs your help to spread the word. This year's annual day in protest of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) will be on December 4th, 2020, and will focus on streaming services' unjust use of DRM. We need your help to spread that message far and wide to both anti-DRM activists and those simply concerned with how in a world with continued technological advancement, our digital freedoms are increasingly under threat.

The FSF is now on PeerTube!

From October 29th

PeerTube is a decentralized, federated video platform powered by ActivityPub and WebTorrent. Thanks to Framasoft, the FSF now has a PeerTube account, hosted on the Framatube instance, where we will be posting FSF videos from now on. Our past animated videos are now available, and FSF35 anniversary celebration videos will be posted soon. Of course, we will be continuing to post all videos on our GNU MediaGoblin instance.

Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 is here for those who seek 100% freedom for their PCs

From October 19th by Marius Nestor

The Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 distribution, based on Ubuntu, is now available. Trisquel is built only from free software, for those who seek 100% freedom for their computing, and it's the GNU/Linux distribution used by the FSF.

Coming more than two years after the Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0 LTS “Flidas” release, which is still supported with security updates until April 2021, Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 is dubbed “Etiona” (continuing the distro’s tradition to name new releases from Celtic mythology), and promises to be one of the most polished releases so far, and also the most up to date.

The SeaGL 2020 program is live!

From October 28th by SeaGL

We are pleased to announce that the Seattle GNU/Linux conference (SeaGL) 2020 program is now live! SeaGL is a project that is fiscally sponsored by the FSF under the Working Together For Free Software Fund.

The schedule is filled with lots of great talks from very talented speakers, and spans November 13-14. Take some time to browse through the list of talks and start deciding which ones you will be attending. As a reminder, SeaGL 2020 is completely virtual. SeaGL is also completely free as in tea, with no registration required, so everyone is welcome to attend.

Announcing the first online Guix Day Conference

From October 16th by Guix Hackers

The Guix hackers are very happy to announce the first online Guix Day Conference on Sunday November, 22nd. This conference is open to everyone and will be held entirely online. Want to speak? Submit your proposal! Propose your talks by sending them to Feel free to drop in #guix on to discuss what you would like to talk about before submitting.

With Microsoft's support, music industry forces youtube-dl offline

From October 26th by Parker Higgins

The popular free software project “youtube-dl” was removed from GitHub on Friday following a legal notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claiming it violates US copyright law. According to the RIAA, the tool's “clear purpose” includes reproducing and distributing “music videos and sound recordings ... without authorization.”

In fact, youtube-dl is a powerful general purpose media tool that allows users to make local copies of media from a very broad range of sites: journalists can use it to create their own local copies of videos so they can examine potentially controversial content that YouTube is likely to remove or ban. This has secured it a place in the toolkits of many reporters, newsroom developers, and archivists. For now, the code remains available to download through youtube-dl's own site, but the disruption of its development hub and the RIAA saber-rattling jeopardizes both the future of the software and the myriad journalistic workflows that depend on it.

Given the important role that youtube-dl plays in public interest reporting and archiving, the RIAA’s efforts to have the tool removed represent an extraordinary overreach with the possibility for dramatic unforeseen consequences. We urge RIAA to reconsider its threat, and GitHub to reinstate the account in full.

GNU Taler news: 'Payto' URI scheme for payments published

From October 25th by the GNU Taler Project

We are happy to announce the publication of RFC 8905 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). RFC 8905 defines the 'payto' Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme for designating targets for payments. A unified URI scheme for all payment target types allows applications to offer user interactions with URIs that represent payment targets, simplifying the introduction of new payment systems and applications. This is an important step towards broader use of systems like GNU Taler.

GUADEC 2020 group photo

From October 2nd by the GNOME Project

There are many challenges with online conferences, and one big challenge is having hundreds of people turn on their cameras for a group photo during a livestream. The GNOME Project has a long tradition of mosaic pictures, and they decided to bring that format back for the GUADEC conference. The results are pretty cool!

October GNU Emacs news

From October 26th by Sacha Chua

In these issues: popular Emacs themes charts; Emacs-Calc; emacs-ludicrous-speed; CRDT-based collaborative editing; and more!

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

Tens of thousands of people visit 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, 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 6th, from 12pm to 3pm EST (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Group: Defective by Design

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 Group: Defective by Design, which provides information about the FSF's participatory and grassroots campaign that fights the menace of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). 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

GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Fourteen new GNU releases

14 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 26, 2020):

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list:

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from, or preferably one of its mirrors from You can use the URL 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 if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at

As always, please feel free to write to us at 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:

  • Douglas Hauge
  • Eric Brown
  • Hideki IGARASHI
  • Max Sievers
  • René Genz
  • stephen waite
  • Trevor Spiteri

You can add your name to this list by donating at

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:

  • Ali Tavakol (GNU Radio)
  • Antoine Heikki Kalmbach (Emacs)
  • Henrik Lissner (Emacs)
  • Michael Finder (Emacs)
  • Pedram Ashofteh Ardakani (Gnuastro)
  • Ruthra Kumar (Emacs)

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

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