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Free Software Supporter - Issue 164, December 2021

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Dec 01, 2021 06:00 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 227,661 other activists. That's 183 more than last month!

Take the next step to software freedom

From November 15

To ensure a liberated future, it is vital that we educate ourselves and others about the steps we can take to secure our computing rights. People around the world are realizing their responsibility to stand for user freedom against technological injustice. Now is the time to help each other move forward to full software freedom. Without free (as in freedom) software, we cannot and will not have a free society. New members will help us pave a way to #UserFreedom. Help us reach 500 new associate members by December 31!

In order to protect your rights, we rely on support from people like you, who use and appreciate our work. Take the next step towards full software freedom. Share the free software message using the hashtag #UserFreedom on social media networks.


  • LibrePlanet 2022 will be held March 19-20, CFS extended to December 15
  • Free Software Awards: Nominate those who help us live liberation by December 15
  • FSF job opportunity: Outreach and communications coordinator
  • FSF Giving Guide: Freedom is the greatest gift of all
  • Join us for the International Day Against DRM (IDAD) 2021 community planning meeting
  • Activists (including the FSF) helped secure a new round of DMCA anticircumvention exemptions
  • Wrapping up my internship, focused on helping build the GPLv3 drafting archive
  • How to help GNU Emacs maintainers?
  • Upcycling Android
  • November GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: FSF Translators
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 9 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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LibrePlanet 2022 will be held March 19-20, CFS extended to December 15th

From December 1

Have you submitted a talk for LibrePlanet 2022 yet? For those unsure if they could make it to the virtual event, we have now set the dates: 19 and 20 March 2022! We have also extended the Call for Sessions (CfS) until Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 at 10:00 EST (15:00 UTC). This gives us time to get a little more organized, and more importantly, gives you the chance to make sure you're a part of LibrePlanet 2022: Living Liberation!

Free Software Awards: Nominate those who help us live liberation by December 15

From October 28

The dedication of the developers, documentation writers, community organizers, and volunteers of the free software movement is what has helped us all live liberation in the years the free software movement has been active. Just using free software makes you part of our collective journey to freedom, but some go above and beyond in their dedication to the free software movement. Now, it's time for us to show those community members and projects that we appreciate their vital work.

Now is the time to appreciate that particular person or group in the free software community by nominating them for one of the following award categories: Award for Advancement of Free Software, Award for Projects of Social Benefit, Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor.

Like LibrePlanet 2022, the nomination deadline for the awards has been extended to December 15.

FSF job opportunity: Outreach and communications coordinator

From September 2

Reporting to the executive director, the outreach and communications coordinator works closely with our campaigns, licensing, technical, and operations teams to plan, write, edit, publish, and promote high-quality, effective materials, both digital and printed. These materials are a critical part of advancing the FSF's work in support of the GNU Project, free software adoption, copyleft licensing, and freedom on the Internet; and against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), software patents, and proprietary software. Nearly every publication from the FSF goes through this public-facing position, tying together our work across various constituencies.

FSF Giving Guide: Freedom is the greatest gift of all

From November 18

Given the degree to which our lives are mediated by technology, it's no surprise that so many holiday sales focus on "devices," that catch-all name we've given to those computers that run in our pockets, laps, and living rooms. Yet before you cave to pressure, you should make sure that gift isn't putting your friend or family member under unjust control.

For the last twelve years, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published our Ethical Tech Giving Guide as a way to help concerned individuals make sure that the gift they might plan on giving their loved ones doesn't deprive them of their freedom. Be sure to check out and share this year's Guide!

Join us for the International Day Against DRM (IDAD) 2021 community planning meeting

From November 8

Each year, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) stages the International Day Against DRM (IDAD), and this year, we want to work with the community more closely than ever before and bridge the gap between anti-DRM activists, those involved with the software freedom movement, and everyday individuals. Together, we'll stand up against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) on December 10.

Although the meeting has passed, you can still join us on December 10 for IDAD! Participate in our action against Disney+, or come chat about anti-DRM activism in the #dbd room of the Libera.Chat IRC network.

Activists (including the FSF) helped secure a new round of DMCA anticircumvention exemptions

From November 8

We have some good news to share. The FSF was one of several activist organizations pushing for exemptions to the anticircumvention rules under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that make breaking Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) illegal, even for ethical and legitimate purposes. We helped bring public awareness to a process that is too often only a conversation between lawyers and bureaucrats. As of late last week, there are now multiple new exemptions that will help ease some of the acute abuse DRM inflicts on users. However, the main lesson to be learned here is that we should and must keep pushing. Individual, specific exemptions are not enough. The entire anticircumvention law needs to be repealed.

We want to thank the 230 individuals who co-signed their names to our comments supporting exemptions across the board. We should take this as a sign that even though it can be difficult, anti-DRM activism yields practical results.

Wrapping up my internship, focused on helping build the GPLv3 drafting archive

From November 16

Hey everyone!

My name is Daniel Katz, and I interned at the FSF this past summer. My internship was easily a high point of the past year (and not just because it's been a rough one). I got to make real contributions, learned more about the amazing free software community, and had a blast. I started things off by scavenging around the office for RAM to put in my laptop before delving into my first project: archiving the GPLv3 drafting website.

Many thanks to Daniel for all of his work! The FSF's internship program is currently accepting applications until December 8, 2021.

How to help GNU Emacs maintainers?

From November 28 by Bastien Guerry

In this post on his personal blog, Emacs contributor Bastien Guerry lends his advice on how to get started contributing to everyone's favorite realtime, extensible, self-documenting display editor. It covers the basic workflow of the emacs-devel mailing list, and other instructions on how best to help with development.

Upcycling Android

From November 26 by FSFE

Every year, manufacturers produce 1.5 billion smartphones worldwide - and unfortunately, probably just as many are thrown away after what is usually a far too short hardware lifespan. E-waste increases every year. The energy required to produce the devices is extremely high, and the manufacturing and supply chain spans the globe several times. With Upcycling Android we address the problem by extending the hardware lifespan of phones and Android devices in particular!

Upcycling Android is a new initiative from Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) focused on installing free software operating systems on older Android phones, or in other words, "upcycling" them: just as we suggested Microsoft do with Windows 7.

November GNU Emacs news

From November 22 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: Video support in eww.el, a new book on Emacs Lips, information about EmacsConf, 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 Libera.Chat, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Libera.Chat is accessible from any IRC client -- Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, December 3 from 12pm to 3pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: FSF Translators

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 the FSF Translators group, which is a new initiative for the community to help us spread the message of free software and current FSF projects to as wide of an audience as possible. 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: 9 new GNU releases!

9 new GNU releases in the last month (as of November 25, 2021):

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

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see

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:

  • Bret Fisher
  • Christian Probst
  • Lena Voytek
  • Massimo Spadotto
  • Michael Albert
  • Michael Gran
  • Nikolay Ksenev
  • René Genz
  • Will Beason

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:

  • Frédéric Giquel (GNU EMACS)
  • Feraidoon Mehri (GNU EMACS)
  • Carlo Marcelo Arenas Belón (GNU GREP)
  • Ryan Scott (GNU EMACS)
  • Zhang Caowei (GNU EMACS)
  • Vityazev Aleksandr Igorevich (GNU EMACS)
  • John Carroll Cummings (GNU EMACS)
  • Noboru Ota (GNU EMACS)
  • Dai Suetake (GNU EMACS)

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

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Take action with the FSF!

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The FSF is always looking for volunteers ( 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 ( and take action on software patents, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), free software adoption, OpenDocument, and more.

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