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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 179, March 2023

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Feb 26, 2023 05:15 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 230,588 other activists. That's seventy-five more than last month!

Associate members: Nominate your FSF board candidate by March 3

From February 24

The FSF board is looking for candidates whose firm commitment to free software values would be of service to the FSF and its board, and is inviting associate members to nominate candidates today. The board has listed several requirements and valuable attributes in the FSF board matrix to assist in judging potential candidates. We encourage people who share our strong commitment to our mission and values to apply. We don't want eligible members to miss this important opportunity, so we're inviting you to participate in this important work. FSF board nominations are now open until March 3, 2023, 10:00 EST (15:00 UTC) through the nomination form:

After the nomination period, discussions on the nominated board candidates will be held in a forum open to eligible participants and moderated by FSF staff and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help moderate the nominee forum, please send an email to


  • Experience the fifteen years of LibrePlanet celebration firsthand as a volunteer
  • The LibrePlanet 2023: Charting the Course schedule is here for March, 18 and 19
  • Two bills in support of free software legislation in New Hampshire
  • How we celebrated I Love Free Software Day: Share your love, software, and a video
  • Governments ought to leave Twitter, but not for something worse
  • Zoë Kooyman: Today, the free software message is maybe more important than ever
  • Linux-libre turns fifteen!
  • Cyber Resilience Act: Good intentions and unintended consequences
  • FSF's new procedures & GNU GPL stewardship
  • Gnuastro: Two lensed star candidates from 12.56 billion years imaged with JWST
  • February GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet 2023 accommodations
  • February GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Eighteen 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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Experience the fifteen years of LibrePlanet celebration firsthand as a volunteer

From February 23

With just a few weeks left until LibrePlanet 2023, we cannot do this event without our volunteers, who besides providing their invaluable help behind the scenes, also contribute to the great atmosphere. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have already signed up to help us organize LibrePlanet 2023. We are touched by how much support we've received so far. However, we still would find it helpful to have more in-person volunteers to fill some important roles. Read and share this article about what roles we need filled, in-person training times, and volunteer benefits, and we cannot wait to see you all at LibrePlanet 2023: Charting the Course!

The LibrePlanet 2023: Charting the Course schedule is here for March, 18 and 19

From February 21

We recently announced the schedule for LibrePlanet 2023. The sessions cover important topics that show how the free software movement can chart the course to full digital freedom in areas such as artificial intelligence, education and research, agriculture, finance, social media, the public sector, and our personal lives. We have a schedule full of carefully selected talks by and for both regulars and newcomers. The schedule also holds our annual Free Software Awards ceremony for the 2022 awards winners. Check out the confirmed speakers, and register today to grab your spot at this year's LibrePlanet, and enjoy talks by iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens, Australian hacker Sick Codes, a keynote by researcher and educator Erin Rose Glass, and more.

Two bills in support of free software legislation in New Hampshire

From February 21

Sponsored by New Hampshire representative Eric Gallager, free software advocates had two opportunities this month to support free software legislation in public hearings. The first was House Bill 617-FN, which, if it passes, would prevent state agencies from requiring New Hampshire residents to use proprietary software in public interactions like remote court proceedings, tax filings, and the completion of public school coursework. The second was House Bill 556-FN, which, if it passes, would make it a duty of the New Hampshire information technology council to advise the Department of Information Technology commissioner on various aspects of software freedom, including, among other things, the potential cost of replacing all nonfree software used by state agencies with free software. Both of these bills will be voted on during upcoming executive sessions on March 8 for 617-FN and March 13 for 556-FN. No new testimony will be heard during these sessions.

How we celebrated I Love Free Software Day: Share your love, software, and a video

From February 13

As in previous years, we joined the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) in celebrating I Love Free Software Day on February 14, the same day as Valentine's Day. It's an opportunity to say thank you for free software as well as express our appreciation for the countless members of the community who work tirelessly to make software freedom possible. This year, the FSF celebrated by making a recipe for you to express such appreciation, as well as celebrate your love of free software, through video. Many who participated in the day's festivities shared their images, videos, and stories on microblogs using the hashtag /#ILoveFS. Although I Love Free Software Day for this year is over, this post provides a fun, free template and informative tutorial recipe to create video greeting cards year-round.

Governments ought to leave Twitter, but not for something worse

From February 9

As organizations are leaving Twitter, will they make the wrong choice and choose something that requires nonfree software? Now's the time to tell your government and other groups to make the right move to a freedom-respecting platform.

For more information on the FSF's current stance on Twitter, please read: While Twitter feeds still remain accessible through free clients such as Nitter and Choqok, we do encourage followers to join us on Mastodon or GNU social, whose platforms guarantee your freedom.

Zoë Kooyman: Today, the free software message is maybe more important than ever

From February 27 by Lucas Pretti and Sara Petti

In this recent interview, FSF executive director Zoë Kooyman discusses her thoughts on the importance of the free software movement as part of a series called "100+ conversations to inspire our new direction." In this discussion, Kooyman shares updates to the FSF governance and board recruitment process, challenges that the free software movement faces today and how to meet those challenges, some of the FSF's most recent activism, and more.

Linux-libre turns fifteen!

From February 25 by Alexandre Oliva

In February 2008, Jeff Moe announced Linux-libre, a fully free version of the kernel Linux. This article, published on the Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA) website, reflects upon the past fifteen years, as well as the challenges ahead.

The FSF is thankful for fifteen years of maintenance work, which provides the community with a reliable (and reliably free!) version of the kernel Linux for the GNU operating system. Such work by the Linux-libre maintainers helps to power all of the freedom-respecting distros, and thereby helps those of us who aim to drive our hardware with fully free software.

Cyber Resilience Act: Good intentions and unintended consequences

From February 23 by Mike Milinkovich

Europe's proposed Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) legislation, which requires strict regulation for "digital products," could be assumed, if passed, to have a consequential impact on free software development and distribution. This article examines the foreseeable liability obligations imposed by the CRA upon projects, communities, and nonprofit foundations.

FSF's new procedures & GNU GPL stewardship

From February 22 by Ciarán O'Riordan

This article details the FSF's recent update to its by-laws so that approval by 66% of its directors is required to approve any new versions of the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GPL, as a strong copyleft license, ensures that all future versions of a software package are also free, and such a change to the by-laws is expected to ensure that all future versions of the GPL meet any unique challenges the future may hold while maintaining freedom of programs under its license for future generations.

Gnuastro: Two lensed star candidates from 12.56 billion years imaged with JWST

From February 10 by Ashish Kumar Meena et al.

Two unique features of GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro), "NoiseChisel" and "Segment," assisted in a recent scientific achievement: photometry (measurements of the flux of astronomical objects) of the second most distant resolved stars behind the gravitational lens of a large intermediate galaxy cluster by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is currently the largest optical telescope in space. The observed photons from these stars were emitted 12.56 billion years ago (when the universe was only 1.23 billion years old). Mentioned in Section 4.2 of the article published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters published by the American Astronomical Society, it was thanks to the unique features of Gnuastro that they were able to do the photometry and properly identify them as very distant stars.

Special thanks to the maintainer of Gnuastro, Mohammad Akhlaghi, for sharing the article for inclusion in this month's Supporter and for providing valuable scientific context.

February GNU Emacs news

From 27 February by Sacha Chua

In these issues: Controlling a browser with Emacs Lisp, Crazy Theme for GNU Emacs, all of Shakespeare's plays as a single Org file, 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, March 3 from 12:00 to 15:00 EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet 2023 accommodations

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 a resource to find accommodations for the upcoming LibrePlanet conference. This resource is to help those who are offering to host (or share a room with) a LibrePlanet attendee or speaker to match up with those seeking space. If you are able to help others in this way, or are seeking accommodations yourself, please add to this resource.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at

February GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Eighteen new GNU releases!

Eighteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 28, 2023):

For a full list with descriptions, please see:

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list:

To download: nearly all GNU software is available most reliably from Optionally, you may find faster download speeds at a mirror located geographically closer to you by choosing from the list of mirrors published at, or you may use to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome long-time GNU hacker Jose E. Marchesi together with Vladimir Mezentsev as maintainers of the new GNU package gprofng-gui.

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

As always, please feel free to write to me,, 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:

  • Adam Oberbeck
  • Dan and Kathy Tappan
  • David Bruce
  • Eric Chun
  • Iñaki Arenaza
  • Jason Compton
  • Kim Minh Kaplan
  • Nathan Pooley
  • Orlando Wingbrant
  • Paula Brust
  • Valerio Poggi

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:

  • Bogdan Drozdowski (GNU Automake)
  • Jeremy Bryant (GNU Emacs)
  • Nicolas Martyanoff (GNU Emacs)
  • Philippe Oliver Altherr (GNU Emacs)
  • Tan Yin Hoe (GNU Emacs)
  • Tim Rice (GNU awk)

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

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