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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 192, April 2024

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Mar 19, 2024 02:48 PM

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 231,427 other activists.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of Apple's GPU, to keynote LibrePlanet
  • Welcome attendees, get to know speakers first hand, and make LibrePlanet a unique experience
  • The shop is open! Get your LibrePlanet 2024 T-shirt and our newest swag!
  • Dynebolic 4.0.0 beta released
  • Let’s advocate together for free software in the European elections
  • Tell Congress: We can't afford software patents
  • Recent French translations of GNU articles
  • Tell Congress: The answer to corporations which violate our right to privacy is free software
  • Right to Repair Act passed Oregon legislature
  • Test launch of reward program for free software developers
  • March GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Lightning talks at the 2024 LibrePlanet conference
  • March GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Sixteen 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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Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of Apple's GPU, to keynote LibrePlanet

From March 27

Companies like Apple make software freedom hard to achieve. One major obstacle is their graphics hardware, which often ships without public specifications, free drivers, or native support for free operating systems such as GNU/Linux. Apple's drivers are even worse, as they are not conformant to any industry standard. Luckily, there are free software projects like Panfrost, which brave these companies and build a graphics stack, that respects the users' freedom. Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of the M1 Apple GPU, will keynote LibrePlanet 2024 and explain how the conformant OpenGL® 4.6 support beats Apple and thereby protects software freedom.

Welcome attendees, get to know speakers first hand, and make LibrePlanet a unique experience

From March 7

We need your help to make the world's premier gathering of free software enthusiasts a success. Would you like to volunteer at LibrePlanet 2024 and play an important part in making the conference a unique experience? Write to resources@fsf.org. We'll provide you with a very handsome LibrePlanet 2024 shirt in your size in addition to free admission to the entire conference and lunch -- and the community's eternal gratitude.

The shop is open! Get your LibrePlanet 2024 T-shirt and our newest swag!

From March 5

The GNU Press shop is open! You can order items like the popular baby gnu, the "Emacs Deluxe" bundle, and our latest DRM-free living T-shirt again. In addition, you can now order: the LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community T-shirt, a "Fight for your user rights" drawstring bag, and wooden GNU head stickers.

Dynebolic 4.0.0 beta released

From March 20 by Set Hallström aka Setto Sakrecoer

The Dyne.org foundation announced the release of Dynebolic 4.0.0 beta. Dynebolic is a 100% free GNU/Linux distribution for multimedia production endorsed by the FSF. Famous for its interoperability and innovative nomadic build, Dynebolic has been a gateway to software freedom for creatives from all over the world. The Dyne.org foundation is looking for developers, testers and creatives of all azimuths for the push towards the 4.0.0 release.

Let’s advocate together for free software in the European elections

From March 21 by Free Software Foundation Europe

Together, let's ensure software freedom is part of the political debate around the European elections, which will take place from June 6 to 9, 2024. In this article, you will find practical tips on how you can get active and advocate for free software in the coming months.

Tell Congress: We can't afford software patents

From March 20 by Joe Mullin

The US Congress is debating two bills that would revive formerly banned patents and feed patent trolls: the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act (PERA), S. 2140 and the PREVAIL Act, S. 2220. Joe Mullin published a call to tell Congress that "we can't afford more bad patents." While we agree that we need to stop these bills, we disagree with the reason. It's not about bad patents, we can't afford any software patents. Tell Congress: abolish software patents instead of pushing bills that will benefit patent trolls!

Recent French translations of GNU articles

From March 16 by April

Every month, members of April's trad-gnu mailing list gather to translate the new issue of the Free Software Supporter to French (see the Translations section below), but this team was originally created (in 1996!) to translate philosophy articles on gnu.org, and keep the French translations up to date. Check out the new ones: Morale et légalité and Les Blu-ray UHD piétinent votre liberté.

The moral and the legal

This article by Richard Stallman points out how every legal issue about libre software is at root a moral issue and explains why the moral level is what matters most.

UHD Blu-ray Denies Your Freedom

This article explains the restrictions which the UHD (Ultra High Definition, also known as 4K) Blu-ray standard involves and which make "legitimate" playback of UHD Blu-ray media impossible on a PC with libre software.

Tell Congress: The answer to corporations which violate our right to privacy is free software

From March 13 by Jason Kelley

The US Congress is launching a bill called Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act to give the president the power to ban TikTok in the US. Tell Congress: the answer to corporations which violate our right to privacy is free software, not banning corporations under the influence of foreign governments. You can use the sample message of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for inspiration but we recommend emphasizing the need for free software, which is necessary to protecting users from any government spying on them. Contact details of your representative are available on the websites of the House and the Senate. To learn more about how free software protects your privacy check out the surveillance campaign section at fsf.org.

Right to Repair Act passed Oregon legislature

From March 6 by Alma McCarty

Good news: in the first week of March, a right to repair bill, which had been in the making for several years, passed the legislature in Oregon. As we can only repair technology relying on software if the user is free to do so, the right to repair and software freedom go hand in hand. You can learn more about the FSF's work on right to repair and free software in the fight to repair campaign section at fsf.org and on the LibrePlanet wiki.

Test launch of reward program for free software developers

From March 4 by Tim Anderson

On February 21, the TEA project launched a test of its decentralized protocol, which was developed to help fund the work of free software developers via a blockchain-based algorithm. The test launch was clouded by a repository spam attack, which the project now aims to fix by adding verification steps. While we disagree with the terminology used in this article, because "open source" misses the point of software freedom, the report of the test launch may be of interest to you.

March GNU Emacs news

From March 25 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: demonstration of vulnerability, Emacs 29.3 release, learn Emacs Lisp in thirty minutes, consistent technical documents using Emacs and Org Mode 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, April 5 from 12:00 to 15:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Lightning talks at the 2024 LibrePlanet conference

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 at the 2024 LibrePlanet conference. Lightning talks are five-minute presentations given by conference attendees on free software topics they're passionate about. You are invited to add a talk and/or watch the talks listed on this page on May 5, 2024.

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

March GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Sixteen new GNU releases!

Sixteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of March 29, 2024):

For a full list with descriptions, please see: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/march-gnu-spotlight-with-amin-bandali-sixteen-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 you may use 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

  • April 12-13, 2024, Austin, TX, TXLF
  • April 16-18, 2024, Seattle, WA, OSSNA
  • April 26-28, 2024, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA, LFNW
  • May 4-5, 2024, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, LibrePlanet 2024
  • June 7-9, 2024, Sheraton Charlotte Airport, Charlotte, NC, SELF
  • July 12-14, 2024, St. John's University, Queens, New York City, HOPE XV

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:

  • Ada Avery
  • Adam Oberbeck
  • Andy Kopra
  • Arthur Barlow and Judith Jonas
  • František Kučera
  • Fredrick Brennan
  • Joseph Pingenot
  • Kevin Runner
  • Raffael Stocker
  • R Scott Belford
  • Stéphane Bortzmeyer
  • Stephen Monslow
  • Tomas Stary
  • Uko Kokņevičs
  • Water Chika

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:

  • Alexander Kozhevnikov (GNU Emacs)
  • Ankit Raj Pandey (GNU Emacs)
  • Artem Iurchenko (GNU Auctex, GNU Emacs)
  • Felix Lechner (GNU Emacs)
  • Giacomo Lorenzetti (GNU Astro)
  • Loïc Lemaître (GNU Emacs)
  • Toshihiro Umehara (GNU Emacs)
  • Zebbediah Beck (GNU Bash)

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 aquí: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2024/abril

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/2024/avril

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}

Free Software Supporter está disponível em português. Para ver a versão em português, clique aqui: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2024/abril-pt

Para alterar as preferências do usuário e receber as próximas edições do Supporter em português, clique aqui: 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. 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.

Do you read and write Portuguese and English? The FSF is looking for translators for the 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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