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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 183, July 2023

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jun 09, 2023 11:50 AM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 231,747 other activists. That's 310 more than last month!

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Let's work together to improve and spread free software

From June 26

Free software needs a strong community, made up of people just like you. Think of how many of our rights and freedoms we exercise through software. We must ensure that we, the users, are in control of this software, not tech giants who deprive us of our rights! We still have a long way ahead to achieve full software freedom, and we can only get there if we all work together.

The FSF has a long history of advancing free software by working together with groundbreaking projects. However, we can't do this without your help. Let's work together to improve and spread free software. Share the message using the hashtag #WorkingTogether on social media networks.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Keep cool with GNU summer swag
  • We have nothing to hide, only everything to protect
  • Take action! Protect end-to-end encryption
  • The US Federal Trade Commission solicited public comments
  • EU: Majority for AI Act -- and safeguards for free software
  • JMP has launched
  • Right to challenge patents used against free software is under threat
  • June GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Distro Guide
  • June 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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Keep cool with GNU summer swag

From June 29

Update your summer outfit and summer reading list while also supporting free software and the FSF. The GNU Press shop has plenty of new goodies for you and all purchases directly support the mission of the FSF to work together with others to improve and spread free software! The GNU head T-shirt is back in a new color, we have a new DRM-free living shirt for you, and the Emacs deluxe bundle will keep you entertained all summer long

We have nothing to hide, only everything to protect

From June 20

"I have nothing to hide." That's what most people say when a conversation turns to the topic of privacy. Learn how to counter this argument by watching the LibrePlanet 2023 lightning talk that inspired this article, and read about free software tools such as GNU Privacy Guard, Jami, and Tor that you can use to ensure the privacy of yourself and your loved ones. This is the first article in an ongoing series on privacy.

Take action! Protect end-to-end encryption

From June 22

How do we counter the dangers resulting from the ongoing, worldwide legislation like chat control, the EARN IT Act, and the so-called "Online Safety Bill" that threatens end-to-end encryption and privacy in general? Take action! Write a letter to the appropriate agencies to let them know that you value your privacy and the privacy of the people around you, and remind them of their duty to protect it. This article, second in an ongoing series on privacy, includes sample letters that you can use.

The US Federal Trade Commission solicited public comments

From June 13

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) solicited public comments, which were due by June 21, on the business practices of so-called "cloud computing" providers. The FSF received reports from activists who made their voices heard based on our call, and we are encouraged by their efforts in advocating to foster and protect free software principles.

Note: The deadline for submitting public comments has ended, but you can still send a message to the FTC webmaster to request that their website functions without running nonfree JavaScript.

EU: Majority for AI Act -- and safeguards for free software

From June 14 by Free Software Foundation Europe

The European Parliament voted in favor of the AI Act. The Act contains a far-reaching exemption for nonprofit organizations as well as small free software projects. These exemptions must now be safeguarded in the trialogue, in which the EU Parliament, the Council, and the Commission will negotiate the final text of the Act. They also need to be anchored in the Cyber Resilience Act and the Product Liability Directive.

JMP has launched

From June 12 by singpolyma

The freedom-respecting phone number service JMP has launched! All their code is AGPLv3+, and it lets you send and receive SMS/MMS/group texts without nonfree baseband firmware (or any baseband at all!) And, as a plus, FSF associate members get a gratis month with their FSF Jabber ID!

Right to challenge patents used against free software is under threat

From June 2 by Joe Mullin

The US Patent Office has proposed new rules about who can challenge wrongly granted patents. If the rules become official, they will offer new protections to patent trolls. Challenging patents used against free software will become far more onerous, and it will be impossible for some. The deadline for submitting public comments has ended, but you can still inform yourself about the issue to be prepared for any future opportunities to give your input. Learn why software patents are unjust at https://endsoftwarepatents.org/.

June GNU Emacs news

From 26 June by Sacha Chua

In these issues: June's /r/emacs subreddit protest, GNU Emacs 29.0.92 pretest, using org-mode to get your life on track, 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, July 7 from 12:00 to 3:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Distro Guide

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 Distro Guide, which provides information about different freedom-respecting distros such as their release cycles, graphical environment, and other information. 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 campaigns@fsf.org.

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

Twelve new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 27, 2023):

For a full list with descriptions, please see: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/june-gnu-spotlight-with-amin-bandali-twelve-new-gnu-releases-1

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 you may use https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome GNU Chief Webmaster Jason Self who officially joins Alexandre Oliva as co-maintainer of Linux-libre. Many thanks Jason (and Alex) for all your work on GNU Linux-libre!

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

  • July 12, 2023, Online, Workshop: Video editing with Kdenlive
  • July 13-16, 2023, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, FOSSY
  • September 27, 2023, Volkhaus, Biel, Switzerland, GNU 40
  • October 15-17, 2023, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, ATO
  • November 3-4, 2023, Online and Seattle, WA, SeaGL
  • November 10-11, 2023, NOI Techpark, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, SFSCon
  • December 2-3, 2023, Online, EmacsConf

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:

  • Antonio Carzaniga
  • Cătălin Frâncu
  • Benoit Andre
  • Deborah Jackson
  • Hideki Igarashi
  • Irontec Internet y Sistemas sobre GNU/Linux SL
  • Mark Harris
  • 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:

  • Daniel Salvatore Oriani (GNU Emacs)
  • Pan Junjie (GNU Emacs)
  • Peter Lucas Stuart (GNU Emacs)
  • raf (GNU Findutils)

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/2023/juillet

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 the FSF community, gifting an associate membership to a loved one or making a donation. 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 -- Let's work together to improve and spread free software! https://www.fsf.org/appeal

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, free software adoption, OpenDocument, and more.

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