BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, October 16th, 2015 -- Today the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project announced the first version of criteria for evaluating services that host free software source code repositories for distribution and collaborative development. Developed with the leadership of Richard Stallman and GNU volunteers, the criteria provide a framework for code repositories to ensure that they respect their users in a manner consonant with the values of the free software movement, and for users to hold these crucial institutions accountable.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, September 29, 2011 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the re-launch of its Free Software Directory at directory.fsf.org. The Directory lists over 6,500 programs that are free for any computer user to download, run, and share. It was first launched nearly a decade ago, but the new version brings a host of new features designed to make it a more useful and current resource for users, developers, advocates, and researchers.
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) are once again teaming up to bring the LibrePlanet free software conference to Cambridge, March 21-22, 2015 at the Stata Center at MIT. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges facing the free software movement. LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Monday, March 23, 2015 -- The 2015 LibrePlanet free software conference drew nearly 350 activists from around the world to discuss issues of freedom, privacy, and security in computing. Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard Stallman delivered the opening keynote, "Free software, free hardware, and other things" before a packed room at MIT's Stata Center, with hundreds of remote participants tuning in online.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 -- On March 3rd, 2016,
the Free Software Foundation (FSF) submitted a comment along with over
1200 co-signers to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its
*Section 1201 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment* in regards
to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention
provisions. These comments were submitted in person by FSF campaigns
manager Zak Rogoff, as the Copyright Office refused to offer a means
of electronic submission that did not require the use of proprietary
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that CiviCRM has earned its recommendation as a fully featured donor and contact management system for nonprofits.
2015 was the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) thirtieth year defending
and advancing computer users' rights. The free software community has
sustained the Foundation throughout these decades and been deeply
involved in our work. We continue to rely on the expertise of the free
software movement to inform our initiatives and strategies. Taking the
first step into our next thirty years, we want to hear your feedback,
your suggestions, and your vision for the future of the FSF.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, October 17, 2014 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the
opening of nominations for the 17th 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.
This new site will not only provide a venue for those who constantly update and improve the Comprehensive Tutorial, but is also now home to a collaborative community to share and improve information about copyleft licenses, especially the GNU General Public License (GPL), and best compliance practices.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, December 20th, 2012 -- Today, FSF activists visited a local Microsoft store during its "Tech for Tots" session to wish passersby happy holidays with copies of the Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system, a free software replacement for Windows 8. The activists were accompanied by a gnu (free software's buffalo-like mascot) and sported Santa hats in the spirit of the season. Their action drew smiles from mall-goers who had expected to see costumed people giving gifts, but not quite like this.
Distributors lose their rights when they violate GPLv2, but the Free
Software Foundation is more forgiving in its license enforcement to
encourage continued participation in the free software community.
GPLv3 has improved termination provisions to codify this approach,
giving developers one more reason to upgrade.