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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 175, November 2022

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Nov 02, 2022 07:51 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 230,566 other activists. That's 253 more than last month!

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LibrePlanet 2023 will be held March 18-19, CFS extended to November 23

From November 2

The dates for LibrePlanet 2023 have been announced: March 18-19, 2023. Along with this, the deadline for the Call for Sessions has been extended to November 23. And, if you need advice or encouragement as you prepare your talk proposal, we're here to help! We will host one more #libreplanet IRC (Libera.Chat) LibrePlanet Call for Sessions office hours with FSF staff and LibrePlanet committee members. Join us on Thursday, November 10 from 13:00 to 14:00 EST (18:00 to 19:00 UTC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • LibrePlanet 2023 will be held March 18-19, CFS extended to November 23
  • Privacy and freedom should be the legacy we leave, not the opposite
  • Contribute to the free software movement: Intern at the FSF! Apply by November 10
  • The GTI Project -- A conversation and community Q&A
  • GNU Make 4.4 released!
  • If enforced, EU chat control will limit free software
  • Toward practical transparent verifiable and long-term reproducible research using Guix
  • October GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Lightning talks for LibrePlanet 2023
  • October GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Twelve 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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Privacy and freedom should be the legacy we leave, not the opposite

From October 21

October 21 marked Global Encryption Day this year, and in honor of this day, we published an article about the important role end-to-end encryption plays in our daily privacy. So called "chat control measures" in the European Union (EU) seem dangerously close to adoption, however, their reasoning is flawed. Encryption, like a door lock, is a useful tool, and mandatory backdoors only introduce an unnecessary insecurity for users. Looking to future generations, freedom and privacy should be the legacy that we leave children, not a technological infrastructure that deprives them of these rights, or worse, implies that they never existed in the first place. Having the best of intentions doesn't matter: once the backdoor is open, there's no closing it. Protecting children from harm is as noble of a goal as it always was, but placing backdoors in how we talk and share isn't the way to go about it.

Contribute to the free software movement: Intern at the FSF! Apply by November 10

From October 18

The FSF is looking for interns to spend the winter contributing to work in one of three areas: campaigns, licensing, or with our tech team. Do you believe that free software is crucial to a free society? Do you want to help people learn why free software matters, and how to use it? Do you want to dig deep into software freedom issues like copyleft, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), or surveillance and encryption? Or, do you want to learn systems administration and other technical tasks using only free software? Apply by November 10.

The GTI Project -- A conversation and community Q&A

From October 24

The FSF hosted a conversation and community Q&A with the maintainers behind the proposal on changing the infrastructure that the GNU Toolchain projects (among others) use. The Linux Foundation, the Sourceware volunteers, and wider community were also invited. The event was an opportunity to ask the important questions that maintainers, volunteers, and community members have raised about the proposal. The video for the event, which was broadcast live on October 24, was published later that same day, and is available on our media archive.

GNU Make 4.4 released!

From October 31 by Paul D. Smith

The latest stable version of GNU Make, version 4.4, has been released and is available for download from the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) directory. This version has new features such as .WAIT and .NOTPARALLEL special targets, improved support for load average, and non-deterministic "shuffle." Please see the NEWS file that comes with the GNU Make distribution for details on user-visible changes.

If enforced, EU chat control will limit free software

From October 26 by Free Software Foundation Europe

Free software affords users and developers alike the freedoms to run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve the software. However, the current EU draft legislation on mandatory "chat control" threatens these freedoms by prohibiting methods of securing privacy with encryption. Moreover, free software tools, by virtue of their transparent and shareable nature, would be under additional burdens to follow such mandates, while the proposed law will fail its intended goal of protecting people and, at worst, introduce people to security vulnerabilities that will allow easy surveillance and spying.

Toward practical transparent verifiable and long-term reproducible research using Guix

From October 4 by Nicolas Vallet, David Michonneau, & Simon Tournier

In the field of science, reproducibility is crucial. However, reproducibility requires controls over things such as experimental conditions. When such conditions require software, free software such as GNU Guix is the only practical way to ensure that the necessary experimental controls are in place. GNU Guix provides a unique packaging system, and the computational environment for testing can be recorded and tracked by the Git version control system so that anyone who would like to reproduce the computational conditions can do so, and can do so for various points in the environment's history. It is not every day that free software is examined in academia, and this article offers persuasive evidence for its critical role in scientific research.

October GNU Emacs news

From October 31 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: Emacs Lisp coding, taking book notes, Emacs history, making music in Emacs, many new themes, 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, November 4 from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Lightning talks for LibrePlanet 2023

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 lightning talks for LibrePlanet 2023, which provides information about how to submit a lightning talk to next year's LibrePlanet. Check it out, submit a talk if you like, and consider helping us spread the word. Talks can either be submitted pre-recorded or as slides for a live in-person presentation at LibrePlanet.

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

October GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Twelve new GNU releases!

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

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.

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:

  • Andreas Constantinou
  • Camille Akmut
  • Fredrick Brennan
  • Massimo Spadotto
  • Judicaël Courant
  • Rebecca Cotter

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:

  • Andrea Giovanni Monaco (GNU Emacs)
  • Arun Isaacjameschellakumar (GNU Emacs)
  • Daniel Freeman (GNU Emacs)
  • Daniel Pettersson (GNU Emacs)
  • Daniel Robert Ziltener (GNU Emacs)
  • Danny Yihan He (GNU Emacs)
  • Eli Qian (GNU Emacs)
  • Elias Storms (GNU Emacs)
  • Faezeh Bidjarchian (Gnuastro)
  • Gregory Martin Pfeil (GNU Emacs)
  • Niall Dooley (GNU Emacs, GNU Guix)
  • Roman Rudakov (GNU Emacs)
  • Sean Farley (GNU Emacs)
  • Wei-Fang Sun (GDB, GNU Binutils)

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

Translations of the Free Software Supporter

El Free Software Supporter está disponible en español. Para ver la versión en español haz click aqui: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2022/noviembre

Para cambiar las preferencias de usuario y recibir los próximos números del Supporter en español, haz click aquí: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create?reset=1&gid=34&id={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

Le Free Software Supporter est disponible en français. Pour voir la version française cliquez ici: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2022/novembre

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.

Do you read and write Portuguese and English? The FSF is looking for translators for Free Software Supporter. Please send an email to campaigns@fsf.org with your interest and a list of your experience and qualifications.


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