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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 185, September 2023

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Sep 01, 2023 11:22 AM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 231,890 other activists. That's 226 more than last month!


  • Reject changes to the CHATONS charter
  • Parents, domestic violence victims, lawyers: Read about people who protect their privacy with free software
  • Call for FSF fall interns: November 12, 2023 deadline
  • Happening now: The second round of FSF board candidate discussions
  • Announcing the Tor University Challenge
  • August GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Ask Powerful Questions
  • August GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Seventeen 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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Reject changes to the CHATONS charter

CHATONS, an association of 95 French hosters of free software and free network services that we know from their presentation at LibrePlanet, is in the process of changing their charter. The proposed version of the charter perverts the original intent of the group by making software freedom a mere recommendation for the member projects, rather than a requirement for the member CHATONS. It also permits individual CHATONS members to use nonfree software in certain circumstances, as well as to seek third-party contracting, which may open its users up to privacy issues.

Discussion on the charter continues until September 15. We urge all those affiliated with CHATONS to reject these changes and keep the association focused on its mission to bring software freedom to all.

Parents, domestic violence victims, lawyers: Read about people who protect their privacy with free software

From August 15

It's a popular misconception that someone who encrypts their communication or protects their browsing from prying eyes is hiding a crime. Misconceptions like this make it even more important that people who use encryption tell their story and let the world know how free software encryption helps protect our privacy, and why that is so important. Because we have everything to protect from snoops. What we write, where we browse, and who we are belongs to us and only to us. No one else should be allowed to see it without our permission. Privacy is not a crime; it's our fundamental right.

Let us and the world know why you use free software to protect your privacy. Tell your story on social media starting your statement with "I use #freesoftware to protect my #privacy because […]"

Call for FSF fall interns: November 12, 2023 deadline

The FSF is looking for interns interested in working with the campaigns, licensing, and tech teams. Internships are twelve-week programs and ideally in-person, but remote engagements are possible. For more information about the application process and past internship projects, visit the internship page.

Happening now: The second round of FSF board candidate discussions

From August 11

All eligible associate members are invited to participate in the FSF's second round of board candidate discussions as part of its board process.

This second round of discussions started on July 24. So far, we've been pleased to see the thoughtful questions and deliberation taking place on the forum. We thank you for the valuable feedback on the candidates we've received so far.

Announcing the Tor University Challenge

From August 8 by Thorin Klosowski

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is announcing the Tor University Challenge, a project asking university professors and students to start running Tor relays on campuses. The Tor Project received the 2010 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit -- Using free software, Tor has enabled tens of millions of people around the world to experience freedom of access and expression on the Internet while keeping them in control of their privacy and anonymity. This challenge can help strengthen the Tor network even further.

August GNU Emacs news

From 28 August by Sacha Chua

In these issues: GNU Emacs eye candy, yomikun mode for reading Japanese, submitting a proposal for EmacsConf 2023 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, September 8 from 12:00 to 15:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Ask Powerful Questions

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 Ask Powerful Questions, which provides example questions you can use when speaking with others about topics relevant to the FSF's mission. 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

August GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Seventeen new GNU releases!

Seventeen new GNU releases in the last month (as of August 29, 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 back Luis Felipe Strano Moraes as co-maintainer of gnushogi and now also a co-maintainer of gnugo, as well as Stefan Kangas as a new co-maintainer of emacs. Thanks to all.

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

  • September 8-9, 2023, Columbus, Ohio OLF
  • September 16, 2023, various locations worldwide (see the bottom of "events map" page, which works with JavaScript disabled), Software Freedom Day
  • September 27, 2023, Volkhaus, Biel, Switzerland, GNU 40
  • October 1, 2023, Boston, MA, GNU 40 Hackday
  • 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:

  • Casper Freksen
  • Joseph Beach
  • open source web analytics (GPL)
  • Michael Albert
  • Michael Guiher
  • Minoru Sekine
  • Quinn Marsh

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:

  • Benjamin Woodruff (GNU Tar)
  • Gene Goykhman (GNU Emacs)
  • Sergey Alexandrovich Bugaev (GCC, GDB, GNU C Library (glibc), GNU Hurd, GNU Mach, GNUstep)
  • Wang Diancheng (GNU Emacs)
  • Warren Thomas Everett Wilkinson (GNU Emacs)
  • Xinyuan Zhang (GNU Emacs)

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

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