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Free Software Supporter - Issue 165, January 2022

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Dec 29, 2021 03:17 PM

Free Software Supporter

Issue 165, January 2022

Take the next step to software freedom: Become a member before Jan. 20

From January 1

"I wholly support the ideals of free software, and clearly the world is a better place because of you. I think this "experiment" has now been proven! The ideals of FSF work, period." -- Jonathan Krell, FSF associate member

We've been inspired by seeing the 278 new associate members who have decided to help us ring in the new year by joining the Free Software Foundation (FSF). We're sincerely grateful for the way they've answered the call by standing up for software freedom. We're just as grateful for all of the donations and membership renewals we've had during our year-end drive. Since we've seen a strong show of support in the latter half of our appeal, we're extending the date to join and still receive one of the special pins we're offering to January 20th.


  • A message from FSF president Geoff Knauth: Will you support user freedom by helping to reach our membership goal?
  • FSF adopts new governance framework for board members
  • IDAD 2021: Counteracting Disney+'s attack on culture
  • Support the Freedom Ladder campaign: Lessons we learned so far and what's next
  • Find your free software footing with the FSF Licensing and Compliance Lab
  • Support the FSF through the GNU Press shop with great holiday picks
  • Fall Bulletin: Package management, e-books, AGPL, and more
  • Be part of LibrePlanet 2022!
  • Last minute gift ideas: Give an FSF membership and other free software gifts
  • The big change
  • Groundbreaking acknowledgment of free software in Italy
  • GCompris releases version 2.0
  • Graphics editor Krita releases v5.0
  • Children's book published about software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream
  • One more small step toward the right to software repair
  • End-to-end voice, video and chat communication platform GNU Jami releases Taranis, a major release
  • December GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Freedom Ladder Stories
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Thirteen 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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A message from FSF president Geoff Knauth: Will you support user freedom by helping to reach our membership goal?

From December 30

In 2021, it became very clear that people in the free software community care deeply about the values enshrined in the FSF mission and the four freedoms. And this level of engagement requires improved governance from the Board of Directors in the form of visibility in our decision-making, and mechanisms that encourage members to discuss and advance candidates for selection to the board. The structure up to now has been too opaque. Consequently, the board has worked very hard this year with outside experts to bring FSF associate members more transparency and give them a voice in governance going forward. Besides what we've already announced, more details will be coming soon.

FSF adopts new governance framework for board members

From December 16

The board of the Free Software Foundation has approved and implemented two new measures designed to help make FSF governance more transparent, accountable, ethical, and responsible. They are a Board Member Agreement that enumerates the responsibilities of board members, and a Code of Ethics that lays out principles to guide their decision-making and activities.

IDAD 2021: Counteracting Disney+'s attack on culture

From December 28

Our fifteenth annual International Day Against DRM (IDAD) might be over, but the fight against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) continues. Each year, the Free Software Foundation and its Defective by Design campaign distill what we've learned throughout the year in our anti-DRM activism on one special day: a day especially supportive to those retailers and publishers who rightly refuse to foist DRM on their customers, and a day especially critical of those who haven't gotten the message that our real digital rights cannot be restricted. For those of us steeped in the Defective by Design campaign, IDAD never fails to provide moments that inspire us in our work for the coming year.

This year, those moments came in the form of reviews that activists around the world left for Disney+ following our call to help educate those who are about to subscribe to the platform on what they really need to know about Disney+: not its alleged features, not the films or television shows it might have, but the way it infringes on their rights by its use of DRM. We couldn't agree more with one reviewer, who said that they wanted to be "treat[ed] as a valued client and not as a revenue source to be exploited."

Support the Freedom Ladder campaign: Lessons we learned so far and what's next

From December 21

This year, we launched the "Freedom Ladder" campaign. Rather than presenting a finished campaign right out of the gate, the Freedom Ladder is a work in progress, and will always be one. It is also the first and only campaign in which the Free Software Foundation will engage with the nuances of the strict standards for software freedom that we ourselves adhere to fully. The ultimate goal of this campaign is for everyone to reach full freedom, as defined by the FSF's unflinching standard: all software anyone uses on any computer must be under terms that respect four key freedoms. To reach this goal, everyone has to climb a sort of ladder, working over time toward a freer existence. We want to support each and every choice they make to use free software or refuse proprietary software, because each such choice is a step in the right direction.

Find your free software footing with the FSF Licensing and Compliance Lab

From December 14

As a computer user, your first step towards software freedom does not need to begin with a law degree or with knowledge of free software licensing. It can simply begin with the desire to use a computer program in the way you envision. Taking a moment to understand the meaning of free software is making the first step into a much larger world, and provides you with an opportunity to find your place in the free software movement. Here at the FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab, we labor enthusiastically to get the word out, protect the foundations on which free software is built, and provide resources to empower those wishing to participate.

Support the FSF through the GNU Press shop with great holiday picks

From December 7

Greetings from the GNU Press shop! My name is Davis Remmel, and I am excited to introduce myself as the new operations assistant at the Free Software Foundation. These past few weeks I've been working through our backlog of orders, and I'm pleased to say that we are just about caught up and processing new orders on our normal timeline.

Davis made some recommendations on the great FSF gear you can purchase at the GNU Press Shop to help support the FSF.

Fall Bulletin: Package management, e-books, AGPL, and more

From December 9

As we reach the close of another year of fighting for free software, and in what is for many people the most turbulent of times, we have finalized another Free Software Foundation Bulletin. Our biannual magazine is printed as well as presented online -- if you've received it in the mail, we encourage you to post a picture on social media with #fsfbulletin!

Be part of LibrePlanet 2022!

From December 13

LibrePlanet 2022: Living Liberation preparations are well on their way. Submissions are now closed for sessions and for the Free Software Awards. Registration will open soon. You can support LibrePlanet by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor in our virtual space, or you can help out with the development of LibreAdventure.

Last minute gift ideas: Give an FSF membership and other free software gifts

From December 23

If you're still looking for a gift for that special someone -- or someone you forgot! Choose a gift that will keep on giving for the rest of the year! Free your own digital life and the ones of those you love by opting to give them a gift that will raise their social consciousness, create more lasting cheer, and defend

UserFreedom. Give gifts that support and enhance #UserFreedom.

The big change

From December 15 by Ludovic Courtès

This post looks at what's probably the biggest change Guix has seen since it started nine years ago and that anyone writing packages will immediately notice: simplified package inputs. Yes, we just changed how each of the 20K packages plus those in third-party channels can declare their dependencies. Before describing the change, how we implemented it, and how packagers can adapt, let's first take a look at the previous situation and earlier improvements that made this big change possible.

Groundbreaking acknowledgment of free software in Italy

From December 17 by

From the law court of Venice comes the first order in Italy that protects the GNU General Public License (GPL). The decision made on December 13th, 2021, by the law court of Venice, represents an important achievement for free software in Italy.

In fact, it represents an important step in the direction of strengthening the protection of intellectual works distributed through free software licenses in all their forms, concrete progress for Italian jurisprudence on the subject and more generally for the country.

(To read this article without proprietary JavaScript, use a text browser like w3m)

GCompris releases version 2.0

From November 31 by Paul Brown

GCompris 2.0 improves classic favorites loved by children of all ages, and adds even more activities for more fun and learning.

GCompris is KDE's educational suite of more than 170 activities and pedagogical games. It is used by teachers, parents and, most importantly, children worldwide. GCompris is a fixture in classrooms and at home, giving kids the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills while having fun at the same time.

Graphics editor Krita releases v5.0

From December 23 by Krita

It has certainly been a long time coming and a lot of hard work, but Krita 5 is here at last! I can say with a measure of pride (and a whole helping of relief for the development team) that 5.0 is up there among the largest and most significant updates that Krita has ever seen, affecting and improving almost every aspect of the program in a variety of ways, big and small. And of course, there's a ton of cool new features that we can't wait for our community of artists to start working with.

Children's book published about software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream

From December 23 by FSFE

This illustrated children's book tells the story of the famous inventor Zangemann and the girl Ada, a curious tinkerer. Ada begins to experiment with hardware and software, and in the process realises how crucial it is for her and others to control technology.

A book for children from the age of 6 that arouses children's interest in tinkering and encourages shaping technology.

One more small step toward the right to software repair

From December 28 by Bradley M. Kuhn

Yesterday afternoon, we filed a Motion for Remand in our lawsuit against Vizio for their flagrant GPL & LGPL violations, alleged with great detail in our complaint in California state court. Vizio's response to that complaint was to “remove” the case to federal court. Vizio argues that the lawsuit can only be brought by a copyright holder as a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court. In response, we have asked the federal court to return ("remand") the case to state court.

End-to-end voice, video and chat communication platform GNU Jami releases Taranis, a major release

From December 23 by GNU Jami

Taranis is the new major stable release of GNU Jami, and so we invite all Jami users to upgrade their version of Jami to this newest release now. Taranis, the Gallic and Celtic god of the sky, lightning and thunder, will be the baptismal name of this new version of Jami.

December GNU Emacs news

From December 30 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: Emacs pretest 28.0.90 is out, M-x Research, Emacs meetups, 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, January 7 from 12pm to 3pm EST (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Freedom Ladder Stories

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 Freedom Ladder Stories page, which is a place for anyone to leave their free software story. How did you get into free software? What difficulties did you encounter adopting free software into your life? What successes, no matter how small, made a difference for your software freedom? You are invited to add to, 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: 13 new GNU releases!

13 new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 27, 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 Tosh
  • Blair Bryant
  • Colin Strasser
  • David Turner
  • Dock Williams
  • Donald Craig
  • Guus Sliepen
  • Iñaki Arenaza
  • Jared Flatow
  • Jean-Francois Blavier
  • Jeremy Nenninger
  • Juan José González
  • Karen Peterson
  • Mark Boenke
  • Michael Lewis
  • Michael Stroucken
  • Morten Lind
  • Paul Kotelevets
  • René Genz
  • Richard Valdes
  • Robert Young
  • Stephen Longfield
  • Steve Tuyizere
  • Thomas Hahn

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:

  • Daniel Kraus (GNU Emacs)
  • Johannes Hendrikus Donner (GNU Emacs)
  • Michael Herstine (GNU Emacs)
  • Michael Strey (GNU Emacs)
  • Teo Wei Jie Zachary (GNU Emacs)
  • Vincent Ambo (GNU Emacs)

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

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