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Free Software Supporter -- Issue 194, June 2024

Автор: Free Software Foundation Published on 2024-05-28 09:34

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 231,448 other activists.


  • FSF adds three provisional board members
  • We need your help to release the LibrePlanet 2024 videos
  • Reporting back from day one of LibrePlanet: Cultivating Community
  • Sharing day two of LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community
  • Free Software Awards winners announced: Bruno Haible,, Nick Logozzo
  • All Italian-language schools in South Tyrol migrated to free software
  • Why Epic’s lawsuit against Apple just won’t quit
  • GCC 13 Release Series
  • Georgia prosecutors stoke fears over use of encrypted messengers and Tor
  • Ada goes to the set: Let’s make an animated movie
  • May GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Boot Software
  • May GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Eleven 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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FSF adds three provisional board members

From June 3

The FSF has advanced in its new governance process: We have installed three provisional board members, who have been participating in board meetings since March 23. The board committed to this approach in January 2022. The voting members reviewed the discussions that associate members conducted with potential board candidates, then had weeks of discussion with each individual candidate and selected the candidates to advance. Those selected have joined the board's discussions, but as yet without the authority to vote. Updates about these provisional members will follow once their probation period is over.

We need your help to release the LibrePlanet 2024 videos

From May 14

We need your help to release the LibrePlanet 2024 videos. While all talks were streamed as planned, some were not recorded due to a disk error. We're aware that many people in our community record the streams locally -- as is their right, and in this moment, also our hope. If you are one of these people, then you can help us complete the sessions we are missing and bring them to the rest of our community.

Reporting back from day one of LibrePlanet: Cultivating Community

From May 4

Read about the first day of the FSF's annual LibrePlanet conference with an opening keynote by David Wilson, a keynote by FSF's executive director Zoë Kooyman, the 2023 Free Software Awards ceremony, and many intriguing sessions.

Sharing day two of LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community

From May 5

This article recaps the second day of the FSF's sixteenth edition of the LibrePlanet conference. Read a summary of the exciting program, among which the keynotes delivered by Hayley Tsukayama and Alyssa Rosenzweig were just two of the highlights.

Free Software Awards winners announced: Bruno Haible,, Nick Logozzo

From May 4

The FSF announced the recipients of the 2023 Free Software Awards, which are given annually at the FSF's LibrePlanet conference to groups and individuals in the free software community who have made significant contributions to the cause for software freedom. This year's recipients of the awards were Bruno Haible, Nick Logozzo, and the French Free Software Unit of the French government. Read the announcement and get inspired by these projects.

All Italian-language schools in South Tyrol migrated to free software

From May 20 by Paolo Dongilli

The Free Upgrade for a Digitally Sustainable School (FUSS) Project accomplished the migration of Italian public schools in South Tyrol to free software. For this purpose, the FUSS Project developed a complete GNU/Linux distribution called FUSS, a solution for servers, clients, and desktops based on Debian for managing an entire school network. The choice to use free software was an ethical and political choice based on the values of computing freedom, access to information, and knowledge sharing. In this article, read about the project, the results, and what other schools can learn from the experience of the FUSS Project when migrating to free software.

Why Epic’s lawsuit against Apple just won’t quit

From May 28 by Lauren Feiner

Earlier this year, Apple was forced to create a way for developers to link to alternative payment methods for in-app purchases as a result of the antitrust violations lawsuit Epic Games had started in 2020. The goal was to allow developers to set up their own payment processing system to avoid granting Apple the up-to-30 percent they take when payments are made through Apple systems. However, Apple rendered this innovation irrelevant by charging up-to-27 percent for payments through alternative payment methods. As a result, Epic and Apple are back in court now. Apple subjugates users and developers gloabally, depriving them of their freedom. Besides limiting developers financially, they can also not distribute free software via Apple. It's time to brave their monopoly and liberate users and developers. Governments need to take measures and proper legislation needs to be established for free software developers to distribute and fund their work, and for the freedom for users to control our own devices, to install and to run the software we choose. You can read more about the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit, Apple's exploitative system and attempts to defy it on

GCC 13 Release Series

From May 21 by GCC

The GCC developers announced the release of GCC 13.3. This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 13.2 relative to previous releases of GCC. Read about the changes and the documentation.

Georgia prosecutors stoke fears over use of encrypted messengers and Tor

From May 20 by Bill Budington and José Martinez

In an indictment against Defend the Atlanta Forest activists in Georgia, state prosecutors cast suspicion on the defendants’ use of encrypted messengers and Tor. Use encryption and showcase that resisting bulk surveillance is not suspicious but self-defense. Our Email Self-Defense guide can help you to send and receive encrypted emails.

Ada goes to the set: Let’s make an animated movie

From May 15 by FSFE

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is making an animated movie about the story of Ada & Zangemann! The story written by Matthias Kirschner has helped awaken kids' interest in free software. See how you can help.

May GNU Emacs news

From May 27 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: beframe version 1.1.0, Auctex version 14.0.5, playing with boxes, Org Mode tutorial for newbies, 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, June 7 from 12:00 to 15:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Boot Software

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 Boot Software, which provides information about boot software projects, their usage, and the hardware they can support. 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

May GNU Spotlight with Amin Bandali: Eleven new GNU releases!

Eleven new GNU releases in the last month (as of May 31, 2024):

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.

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:

  • Adarsh Melethil
  • Anush Veeranala
  • Arthur Gleckler
  • Dario Armani
  • David Klann
  • I2P Maintainers Team
  • Mikael Taipale
  • Reynaldo Cordero
  • Richard Ellwood
  • Ron Hume

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:

  • Andrei Pikas (GDB)
  • Ammar Almorsi (GnuCOBOL)
  • Artem Iurchenko (GNU AUCTeX, GNU Emacs)
  • Charalampos Mitrodimas (GNU Emacs)
  • Felix Lechner (GNU Emacs)
  • Giacomo Lorenzetti (GNU Astro)
  • Ignacio Ruiz Cejudo (GNU Astro)
  • Johan Sternerup (GDB)
  • Rens Oliemans (GNU Emacs)
  • Robert Burks (GNU Emacs)
  • Sergei Golovin (GNUstep)
  • Toshihiro Umehara (GNU Emacs)

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

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