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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 172, August 2022

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jul 28, 2022 04:52 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 229,534 other activists. That's thirty-eight more than last month!

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We far surpassed our goal, and it's all thanks to you!

From July 21

Twice every year, the FSF sets aside time and resources to reach out and bring updates from each team. This spring, we did just that. We also set ourselves a fundraising goal of $67,000, which we later decided to stretch to $70,000. The fundraiser ended on July 18, and we are proud to announce that we reached our stretch goal, and beyond. We raised a total of $86,000, all thanks to community support. It is worth noting that we received donations in various forms -- even a vehicle donation! (Yes, you can do that, and, yes, it helps. For more information, please read: https://www.fsf.org/about/ways-to-donate/.) Now that the spring appeal is officially over, we take a moment to highlight a few things we did during this time and thank everyone who contributed to our success.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF voting members release and sign Code of Ethics
  • Hackers of the world unite at HOPE 2022
  • Closing in on fully free BIOSes with the FSF tech team
  • Support the FSF licensing team in its continued mission to serve and educate
  • Spring Bulletin: Verifying licenses, free software in education, and more!
  • LibreJS 7.21.0 released
  • EFF statement on EU Parliament's adoption of digital services act and digital markets act
  • Thomas Lord 1966-2022
  • July GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: GPLv3 interviews
  • July GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Nineteen 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 voting members release and sign Code of Ethics

From July 27

The voting members of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) have released and signed a voting member Code of Ethics as the FSF prepares to solicit nominations for its board of directors from FSF associate members.

The new voting member Code of Ethics parallels the Code of Ethics adopted by the FSF board of directors in December. It lays out ten principles that should guide decision-making for voting members as they exercise their duties, which include electing FSF board members and voting members.

Hackers of the world unite at HOPE 2022

From July 27

FSF campaigns manager Greg Farough reports on this year's Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference and takes us behind the FSF booth and to the FSF member meetup. Taking place at St. John's University in Queens, New York, phreakers and hackers alike united for the weekend conference, and FSF staff and volunteers were there to answer questions and inform attendees about free software. Greg brings to us the conference's good vibes and some insightful pictures in this delightful article.

Closing in on fully free BIOSes with the FSF tech team

From July 13

As part of the FSF's spring fundraiser, senior systems administrator Ian Kelling wrote an article detailing the tech team's recent work to migrate the last servers running nonfree BIOSes to ones running free BIOSes. There were many challenges involved, but the tech team was able to meet those challenges, and this article gives a good road map for others planning to free their network computers.

Support the FSF licensing team in its continued mission to serve and educate

From July 8

FSF copyright & licensing associate Craig Topham shares the work done and progress made by the licensing team over the past months. The licensing team is not always in the spotlight, but they do a lot of important, never-ending work for software freedom, including copyright assignments, making educational materials, answering questions, hosting the weekly Free Software Directory meetings, and researching new technologies and their implications for software freedom. Topham details this work in his most recent article.

Spring Bulletin: Verifying licenses, free software in education, and more!

From July 6

The biannual Free Software Foundation Bulletin is now available, both in-print and online. The Bulletin has articles about basic free software concepts, such as how to verify free software licenses, as well as timely articles tackling complex issues, such as artificial intelligence in government, and free software in education. There is even a delightful article (with a picture!) about the legendary Lemote Yeelong, the first fully free-software-compatible netbook. You are invited to read, learn, and share with others!

LibreJS 7.21.0 released

From July 21 by Yuchen Pei

There is a new release of LibreJS, the browser plugin that helps you protect your freedom! Read the release notes, which detail bug fixes and new features, such as a new headless test for Web site developers and updated documentation. Also, read about the Free JavaScript campaign, which features LibreJS as an important resource one can use to browse the Web in freedom: https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/freejs.

EFF statement on EU Parliament's adoption of digital services act and digital markets act

From July 5 by Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published its statement of the European Union's (EU) recent approval of the "Digital Services Act package." There are some gains in protections for ordinary users, but the DSA also obliges platforms to assess and mitigate systemic risks, and there is a lot of ambiguity about how this will turn out in practice. Much will depend on how social media platforms interpret their obligations under the DSA, and how EU authorities enforce the regulation.

Meanwhile, European organizations like the European Digital Rights (EDRi) have been campaigning against what they call "chat control" for months. Encryption rights in chat and messaging apps are at stake, and the organizations have formed ten principles of what it means to, as they put it, "truly defend children in the digital age," which include protecting encryption. Whether or not you live within the EU, we recommend that you inform yourself on the issues and what is at stake. Read the full EFF statement, support EDRi's list of principles on their site or this German site https://chat-kontrolle.eu/, and read what the FSF has said previously about the importance of free software in truly privacy-respecting communication technology in True privacy and security depend on free software.

Thomas Lord 1966-2022

From June 27 by Trina Pudurs

Thomas Lord was born April 26, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He supporting free software throughout his life. He worked as an employee of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), developing for the GNU Project for several years in the early 1990s.

The FSF recognizes and honors Lord's contribution to free software and its community. We mourn the loss of Lord, and we express our condolences to his family, his friends, and colleagues.

July GNU Emacs news

From July 25 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: LaTex editing, Retro Emacs 28.1, many new packages, 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 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, August 5, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: GPLv3 interviews

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 GPLv3 interviews, which provides a list of candidates of free software projects licensed under GPLv3 or AGPLv3 to be interviewed by the FSF. You are invited to add candidates to this list as we are restarting these interviews in earnest and would like your input.

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

July GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Nineteen new GNU releases!

Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 29, 2022):

For a full list with descriptions, please see: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/july-gnu-spotlight-with-amin-bandali-nineteen-new-gnu-releases

To download: nearly all GNU software is available most reliably from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/. Optionally, you may find faster download speeds at a mirror located geographically closer to you by choosing from the list of mirrors published at https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html, or using 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 me, bandali@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:

  • Andrew Lowe
  • Antonio Carzaniga
  • Blue Systems
  • Christian Sperr
  • David Harding
  • Ivan Baravy
  • Li-Cheng Tai
  • Mario Lardieri
  • Michael Goldschmidt
  • Mr. Pete Batard
  • René Genz
  • Sondre Steinsland Hegdal
  • Yuchen Pei

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:

  • Anton Krug (GCC)
  • Florian Rommel (GNU Emacs)
  • Guilherme Janczak (glibc)
  • Jean-Philippe Gagne Guay (GNU Emacs)
  • Liu Hui (GNU 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/2022/aout

Pour modifier vos préférences et recevoir les prochaines publications du Supporter en français, cliquez ici: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create?reset=1&gid=34&id={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

Take action with the FSF!

Contributions from thousands of individual associate 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, free software adoption, OpenDocument, and more.

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