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Free Software Supporter - Issue 159, July 2021

Автор: Free Software Foundation Published on 2021-06-03 14:49

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 225,910 other activists. That's 348 more than last month!

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  • FSF takes next step in commitment to improving board governance
  • Support the FSF tech team
  • FSF and GNU move official IRC channels to Libera.Chat network
  • Apply to be the FSF's next executive director
  • Listen to LibrePlanet 2021 audio in your podcast app!
  • My internship at the FSF, and the domino effect of thoughts
  • New items from the GNU Press shop!
  • How Finland implemented Router Freedom: The regulator's perspective
  • IFMSA Bangladesh joins the GNU Health Alliance
  • GCC 9.4 released
  • June GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Media Coverage
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 17 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 takes next step in commitment to improving board governance

From July 1st

As first announced in April, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) board has been pursuing a series of actions to strengthen and modernize the foundation’s governance structure and processes. The goal of these efforts is to better prepare the organization for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

After a series of interviews with various firms, the board has retained a professional consultant to help the FSF devise and execute the changes needed to optimize the impact of the board and the organization. The FSF is also still actively seeking a new executive director.

Support the FSF tech team

From June 24th

In some ways, the four-person FSF tech team is living the dream for any free software fanatic: who wouldn't want to get paid to do what you love? Every workday, our tech team tweaks and tailors software that obeys the four freedoms, and keeps the FSF chugging along. The tradeoff for the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from doing truly important work, though, is that it's a lot of work: maintaining, upgrading, and repairing the infrastructure that supports the FSF and the GNU Project certainly keeps the tech team busy. Plus, they're always trying to take the experience for our members and supporters to the next level (which, of course, would be much harder to do if we were hamstrung by the unjust limitations of proprietary software!).

FSF and GNU move official IRC channels to Libera.Chat network

From June 11

On May 27th, we held a community meeting to discuss the future of the FSF and GNU Project's official presence on Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Although this meeting was called as a response to recent changes in the Freenode IRC network's governance structure, it also gave us the opportunity to assess the viability of chat protocols that had not been developed at the time of the FSF and GNU's 2002 announcement to choose Freenode as our official IRC network.

As a result of this meeting and our review, the FSF and GNU have decided to relocate our IRC channels to Libera.Chat. Effective immediately, Libera is the official home of our channels, which include but are not limited to all those in the #fsf, #gnu, and

libreplanet namespaces.

Following our announcement of a planned gradual switch from the Freenode IRC network to Libera.Chat, Freenode staff, with no notice, seized control of the #fsf and #gnu channels away from FSF staff and GNU volunteers during the early hours of Sunday morning (EDT), requiring a few changes in the initial transition plan. In light of these events, we would like to reiterate our call for GNU maintainers to move their channels away from the Freenode network, whether to a self-hosted server, alternate IRC networks such as Hackint or Libera.Chat, or other networks that fit the criteria we devised for our decision.

Apply to be the FSF's next executive director

From May 25th

The FSF seeks a principled, compassionate, and capable leader to be its new executive director. This position can be remote or based in our Boston office.

The FSF is committed to the notion that users are entitled to control their computing, individually and collectively, and therefore to control the software that does that computing. The executive director will work closely with the president, board of directors, and all Foundation staff to achieve this goal. Please read the full job listing for qualifications and instructions for applying for this position.

Listen to LibrePlanet 2021 audio in your podcast app!

From June 15th

LibrePlanet 2021 had a fantastic range of talented speakers, and we want to showcase their terrific talks in every way we can. So if you prefer listening to viewing, it's time to plan a long afternoon walk, fire up your favorite free podcasting app, and listen to LibrePlanet!

My internship at the FSF, and the domino effect of thoughts

From June 16th by Panos Alevropoulos

Hello! My name is Panos Alevropoulos. I was born in and live in Thessaloniki, Greece, and I am a law student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This is my introductory post in the course of my internship at the Free Software Foundation. Specifically, I will work remotely with the campaigns and licensing teams, contributing to areas that could benefit from someone with legal experience. The campaign I will focus on most is End Software Patents, a legal topic that I find particularly fascinating, and which I hope to delve into. In this short article, I would like to briefly recount how I came to know about free software.

New items from the GNU Press shop!

The new #GNU shirt color of the year is: coral orange! Pre-order your shirt by July 16 (mailing willl take place after all pre-orders are received), and show the world what GNU means to you.

Or, for something completely different: need help making decisions about thorny issues of software freedom? Consult the Software Freedom Advice Orb! Simply ask a question, invert the orb, and receive some free software wisdom. The orb measures about 4.5 inches in diameter and makes an excellent gift for any free software enthusiast who might benefit from a spheroid's counsel. Please note that the FSF is not responsible for any consequences of obedience to the Orb ("orbedience").

Finally: we still have snazzy FSF 35th Anniversary Lapel Pins in stock!

How Finland implemented Router Freedom: The regulator's perspective

From June 29th by FSFE

In the context of the telecom reform in the European Union, Finland has ruled in favor of Router Freedom in their country. The FSFE acknowledges this as a major win for end-users' rights. FSFE interviewed Klaus Nieminen, a representative of the Finnish network regulator Traficom, to learn more about this decision.

IFMSA Bangladesh joins the GNU Health Alliance

From June 7th by Luis Falcon

The International Federation of Medical Students Association, IFMSA Bangladesh, is a nonprofit organization with 3,500+ medical students and 65 universities across the country, and they are now part of the GNU Health Alliance of Academic and Research Institutions. The IFMSA vision and mission fits very well with those of GNU Solidario advancement of Social Medicine: IFMSA has projects on public health, and human rights and peace. I am positive the GNU Health ecosystem will help them reach their goals in each of their projects!

GCC 9.4 released

From June 1st by GCC developers

The GNU Project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 9.4.

This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 9.3 relative to previous releases of GCC.

June GNU Emacs news

From June 28th by Sacha Chua

In these issues: Emacs steno interface, Luca's literate Emacs config, delving further into the why of Emacs; make icomplete less blinky and more responsive; 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. Libera.Chat is accessible from any IRC client -- Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, July 2, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Media Coverage

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 Media Coverage, which provides information about how you can help to bring free software to the attention of a wider audience. 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: 17 new GNU releases!

17 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 30, 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:

  • Andrew Miller
  • Arnold Reinhold
  • Arthur Gleckler
  • The Bitcoin Liberty Fund
  • Charlie Ebert
  • jose antonio vega ruiz
  • Mark Harris
  • Michael Albert
  • Olivier Warin
  • René Genz
  • Stéphane Bortzmeyer

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:

  • Alexander Kraak (Emacs)
  • Colin Woodbury (Emacs)
  • Ivan Sokolov (Emacs)
  • Jiangbin Zhao (Emacs)
  • Magne Hov (GDB, Binutils)
  • Mark Harmstone (GCC, Binutils)
  • Yuzhana Ego (Emacs)

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

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