BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, October 11th, 2012 -- Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced its support for the GNU MediaGoblin project's fundraiser at http://mediagoblin.org/pages/campaign.html. MediaGoblin is community-developed free "as in freedom" software that enables users to share their experiences through photos, videos, and audio, in a decentralized way that sidesteps current media-publishing gatekeepers.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Monday, October 15, 2012 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 15th annual Free Software Awards. The Free Software Awards include the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) have sent a joint position statement to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), urging it to scrutinize Novell's proposal to sell patents
to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Both organizations believe that CPTN Holdings may use these patents to attack free, libre, and open source (FLOSS) software. The full text of the statement follows.
Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the
USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for
patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the
call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all
kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing
software patents. This is a tremendous response, and we're very
grateful to you all for participating. Thank you very much!
Following the Supreme Court's decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to release new
guidance as to which patent applications will be accepted, and which
will not. As part of this process, they are seeking input from the
public about how that guidance should be structured.
A major security vulnerability has been discovered in the free
software shell GNU Bash. The most serious issues have already been
fixed, and GNU/Linux distributions
are working quickly to release updated packages for their users. All
Bash users should upgrade immediately, and audit the list of remote
network services running on their systems.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, October 3, 2013 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 16th annual Free Software Awards. The Free Software Awards include the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the integration of Internet
technology into a wider range of home devices than previously envisaged
by most users. Early adopters of IoT may now have homes with
Internet-connected lightbulbs, alarm systems, baby monitors and even
coffee machines. Internet integration allows owners to have greater
flexibility over their devices, making it possible to turn on their air
conditioning as they leave work to cool the house before they return, to
have curtains that automatically close based on sunset time, or lights
that automatically turn off after the owner has left the house. Each
individual benefit may seem marginal, but overall they add significant
benefit to the owners.
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 -- This weekend, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) collaborate to bring the
LibrePlanet free software conference to Cambridge, March 25-26, 2017, at the Stata Center at MIT.
For many years, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has called on
Microsoft to cease its use of computational idea patents to
aggressively intimidate free software developers, distributors, and
users. Today, these calls have met with some tentative success.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announces that recordings and slides from its LibrePlanet 2016 free software conference are now available online.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA – Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the annual free
software conference LibrePlanet will return to Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March
BOSTON, Massachusetts USA — Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to fifteen devices from Technoethical (formerly Tehnoetic): the TET-N150HGA, the TET-N300, the TET-N300HGA, the TET-N300DB, the TET-N450DB, the TET-BT4, the TET-X200, the TET-X200T, the TET-X200S, the TET-T400, the TET-400S, the TET-T500, the TET-X200DOCK, the TET-T400DOCK, and the TET-D16. The RYF certification mark means that the products meet the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, March 26th, 2012 — Free Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the winners of the FSF's annual free software awards at a ceremony on Sunday, March 25th, held during the LibrePlanet 2012 conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, February 14th, 2014 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today announced open registration
for a seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics, to be held Monday, March
24th, 2014, at Suffolk University Law School. The half-day seminar
will provide an introduction to the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), a detailed look at
how it can and has been enforced, and a session on professional ethics considerations
for lawyers working with clients involved in free software.
Today, news broke of a major security vulnerability in
OpenSSL. The bug, which is being referred to as "heartbleed",
allows unauthorized access to information protected, under
normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure much
of the Internet. In response to the news, Free Software
Foundation executive director John Sullivan made the following