Richard Stallman: Free Software Newsletter Issue 73 March 2014

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 72, March 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • New highs for LibrePlanet
  • Matthew Garrett, GNOME Foundation’s Outreach Program for Women are Free Software Award winners
  • Replicant developers find and close Samsung Galaxy backdoor
  • How I made a video for LibrePlanet using all free software
  • Introducing Jaewoo, the Licensing Team’s spring intern
  • Get excited for LibrePlanet 2014!
  • Interview with Roman Telezhinsky of Valentina
  • GNU Press releases RUN GCC shirt
  • February 2014 – New York, NY – RMS at the Cooper Union, for HuffPost Code and the New York Tech Meetup
  • Get candidates for this year’s European elections to make a stand for free software
  • Computers in the post-Snowden era: choose before paying!
  • Document Freedom Day delivers messages of interoperability around the world
  • The Revolution will be chock-full of non-coders
  • Help spread the word on the GNU MediaGoblin campaign!
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Lobbying government
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 24 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!
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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 71 February 2014

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 71, February 2014

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 76,457 other activists. That’s 809 more than last month!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • The FSF is hiring: Seeking a Boston-area full-time Web Developer
  • Sign up for the FSF’s next seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics
  • FSF joins forces with SFLC and OSI to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court
  • One month until LibrePlanet! Schedule and t-shirt design announced!
  • GNU MediaGoblin campaign for federation and privacy in 2014!
  • We’re so excited for 2014
  • Free software fighting back against bulk surveillance
  • Thank you for the software that makes our work possible
  • LulzBot TAZ 3 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
  • Watch and share this LibrePlanet video
  • February 2014 – Espoo and Helsinki, Finland – At Altoo University and at Haaga-Helia’s Happy Hacking Day
  • April launches membership campaign entitled “giving priority to free software”
  • SHU lectures offer different perspectives on the Internet
  • Intel AVX-512 support added to GCC
  • #ilovefs report 2014
  • FSF Europe comments on UK proposal on document formats
  • Show your love for Free Software
  • Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: JS Developers Task Force
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 18 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 70 January 2014

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 70, January 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF licensing team: Doing even more in 2014
  • Speakers and venue announced for FSF’s LibrePlanet 2014 — register today!
  • Help the FSF bury Windows 8
  • As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP
  • Don’t let the MPAA buy the Web
  • Coreboot-supported Asus F2A85-M/CSM added to recommended hardware list
  • Cambridge, MA City Council adopts resolution to commemorate thirty years of GNU
  • Two new ways to get involved in the planning for LibrePlanet 2014
  • Interview with Joerg Henrichs of SuperTuxKart
  • Setting up your own app store with F-Droid
  • Italy puts free software first in public sector
  • When free software isn’t (practically) better
  • GSRC version 2014.0.1.06 released
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet ideas
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 28 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 69 December 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 69, December 2013

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 74,210 other activists. That’s 1,702 more than last month!View this issue online here: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2013/december

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Build us up! Free software is a cornerstone of a free society
  • Register for LibrePlanet today!
  • Defective by Design visits an Apple store (with photos)
  • Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom
  • LibrePlanet for all!
  • FSF responds to Microsoft’s privacy and encryption announcement
  • Chirp along with us on your microblogging service of choice
  • FSF: Reform corporate surveillance
  • Windows 8: A “certifiable flop”
  • Ask reddit to upvote user freedom by serving no nonfree JavaScript
  • Upcoming changes for Ututo
  • Interview with Frank Karlitschek of ownCloud
  • Spring 2013 FSF Bulletin now available online
  • Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with free software
  • GNU Press announces gray GPLv3 hoodies
  • Avoiding surveillance
  • More Libre.fm news — server move, new design, kittens
  • GnuPG – Sixteen years of protecting privacy
  • GNU MediaGoblin 0.6.0 released
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibreDWG
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 20 new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Issue 60 November 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 68, November 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Give freely this Cyber Monday: Introducing the 2013 Giving Guide
  • FSF campaigns manager speaks about free software at iD Programming Academy
  • LibrePlanet 2014 dates announced
  • Avaneya releases libre game for GNU/Linux based on lost NASA archives
  • Rockstar vs. Google: software patents as a license for privateering
  • When DRM comes to cars
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: GNU Press ideas
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 44 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Nov 28

Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter – Issue 67, October 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 67, October 2013

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 71,727 other activists. That’s 1,011 more than last month!

View this issue online here: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2013/october

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 66 Semtember 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 66, September 2013

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 70,716 other activists. That’s 1,090 more than last month!

View this issue online here: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2013/september

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF seeks full-time senior GNU/Linux systems administrator
  • Questions about DRM? Visit our new FAQ
  • GNU’s big “three-o”
  • New iPhones put more polish on Apple’s restrictions
  • Interview with Caleb James DeLisle of cjdns
  • Recap of New Haven Software Freedom Day Cryptoparty
  • June 2013 – Torreón, Mexico – RMS at the Museo Arocena
  • Show your allegiance to GNU at the office with this GNU polo shirt!
  • Celebrate GNU’s 30th birthday with this commemorative mug!
  • Twenty-one organizations ask Italian Data Protection Authority to publish readable documents
  • Jamaica Ministry of Health adopts GNU Health
  • LibreOffice migration in Valencia, Spain complete
  • MediaGoblin 0.5.0: Goblin Force
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: GNU 30th media
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 23 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

FSF seeks full-time senior GNU/Linux systems administrator

From September 24th

The FSF seeks a full-time senior systems administrator. The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded GNU/Linux systems administrator who enjoys learning and problem-solving. (S)he will be familiar with the free software community and how it works, and will be more interested in making a substantial contribution to software freedom and having employment consistent with ethical ideals than obtaining the highest salary.

Questions about DRM? Visit our new FAQ

From September 9th

The anti-DRM team at Defective by Design has compiled a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) FAQ, or “Frequently Asked Questions” list, to address the most common misconceptions regarding DRM.

Celebrate GNU’s big “three-o”

From September 6th

This past weekend, the FSF celebrated thirty years of GNU with free software supporters around from the world at our event in Cambridge, MA and at satellite events being held in eighteen different cities.

New iPhones put more polish on Apple’s restrictions

From September 10th

As with previous iPhones, apps and devices come with a kill switch, third party peripherals are arbitrarily restricted, books and other media purchased from iTunes come with DRM, and all software must be cryptographically signed and approved by Apple. The iPhone 5s and 5c succeed in leaving their users at the mercy of Apple.

FSF statement on new iPhone models:

Interview with Caleb James DeLisle of cjdns

From September 25th

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab’s series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In this edition, we talk to Caleb James DeLisle of cjdns, a mesh networking application.

Recap of New Haven Software Freedom Day Cryptoparty

From September 26th

Joshua Gay, FSF licensing and compliance manager, helped host and run a Software Freedom Day event in New Haven, Connecticut where he currently lives and works.

June 2013 – Torreón, Mexico – RMS at the Museo Arocena

From September 25th

On June 13th, 2013, RMS was at the Museo Arocena, in Torreón, Mexico, to give a speech hosted by the GULAG (the La Laguna GNU/Linux User Group) for their seventh Free Software Conference, to students, professors, and the general public.

Show your allegiance to GNU at the office with this GNU polo shirt!

From September 26th

Polo shirts featuring the new GNU head logo are now available in the GNU Press store for $35. Also available are limited edition GNU 30th anniversary travel mugs for $25.

Celebrate GNU’s 30th birthday with this commemorative mug!

From September 27th

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of GNU with this limited edition commemorative travel mug. The side of the cup features the outline of the new GNU mascot logo in front of a rising yellow sun, and the lid is blue.

Twenty-one organizations ask Italian Data Protection Authority to publish readable documents

By FSF Europe, from September 21st

The Free Software Foundation Europe and twenty Italian civil society organizations wrote a letter to the President of the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, asking the agency to ensure that all documents published on its website can be read and used with Free Software programs.

Jamaica Ministry of Health adopts GNU Health

By GNU Health, from September 21st

The Jamaica Ministry of Health and GNU Solidario have signed an agreement to cooperate in the implementation of GNU Health as the Free Health and Hospital Information System in this country.

LibreOffice migration in Valencia, Spain complete

By Joinup, from August 22nd

The Valencia autonomous region government expects to save around 1.5 million euro per year on proprietary software licenses since having finished the migration to LibreOffice on all 120,000 desktop PCs of the administration which includes schools and courts. More important than the money, they have made a great advance toward user freedom.

MediaGoblin 0.5.0: Goblin Force

By Deb Nicholson, from September 6th

GNU MediaGoblin 0.5.0 has been released and boasts multiple bugfixes and new features, such as Mozilla Persona integration.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From September 30th

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 irc.gnu.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone’s welcome.

The next meeting is Friday, October 4th, from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC). Details here:

After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of October’s weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: GNU 30th media

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful — often one that could use your help.

For this month, we are highlighting GNU 30th media, which is a collection of videos and photos from GNU 30th celebrations. You are invited to adapt, spread, and improve this important resource.

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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 23 new GNU releases!

26 new GNU releases this month (as of September 29, 2013):

To get announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors (https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html). You can use the url http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month we welcome Juergen Sauermann as the author and maintainer of the new GNU APL package, a full APL interpreter, and Brian Tiffin, Simon Sobisch, and Bernard Giroud as the maintainers of the new GNU Cobol package.

Also welcome to Ludovic Courtes as the new maintainer of DMD, in addition to his existing work on many other packages, notably Guile (the GNU extension language) and GUIX (a functional package manager for GNU). Although technically still an alpha release, GUIX 0.4 was released as part of the GNU 30th birthday celebration, https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/. A new version of GNU HURD (the GNU kernel) and related packages was also released for the celebration, https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/.

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. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to me, karl@gnu.org, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

GNU Toolchain update

From September 23rd

The GNU toolchain refers to the part of the GNU system which is used for building programs. These components of GNU are together often on other systems and for compiling programs for other platforms.

This month features improvements to binutils, GCC, and other programs.

Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in October:

Other FSF and free software events

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, but 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:

  • Stephen Koermer
  • Patric Buskas
  • Mark Clarke
  • Calum Robert Slee
  • Carina Buskas
  • Stephan Szabo
  • Daniel Watson

You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF’s work. You can contribute by joining at https://www.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://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing — there’s something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 66, July 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 64, July 2013

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 68,680 other activists.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF, other groups join EFF to sue NSA over unconstitutional surveillance
  • Donate to Replicant and support free software on mobile devices
  • New Internationalist adopts DRM-free label and over 50 others added to the DRM-free Guide
  • Windows 8: PRISM Edition
  • Introducing the Licensing team summer intern: Vinay Kumar Singh
  • Introducing Sankha, summer campaigns intern
  • Will Ubuntu Edge commit to using only free software?
  • Cancel Netflix if you value freedom
  • Customers streaming away from Netflix
  • A distress call from a company threatened by a patent troll
  • Interview with Shiv Shankar Dayal of Kunjika
  • RMS in San Miguel, El Salvador – “Gone Fishin”
  • May 2013 – Ciudad Madero, Mexico – RMS at the ITCM
  • Richard Stallman becomes a Hall-of-Famer
  • New Snowden leak: Storing your data at Microsoft is negligent
  • German Parliament elections: The parties’ positions on free software
  • For the first time in France, the Parliament passes legislation that gives priority to free software
  • MediaGoblin 0.4.1 (bugfix release)
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Defective By Design’s DRM FAQ
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 32 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 63, June 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 63, June 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Free Software Foundation statement on PRISM revelations
  • A second FSF-certified device from ThinkPenguin: long-range USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip
  • April’s English translation team is recruiting volunteers
  • MediaGoblin 0.4.0: Hall of the Archivist
  • Announcing the newest fully free GNU/Linux distribution: LibreWRT
  • FSF polo shirts have arrived at the shop!
  • As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products
  • Fight PRISM through the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Group:PRISM
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 22 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule
  • Other FSF and free software events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Jul 1

Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 62 May 2013

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 62, May 2013

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation’s monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 68,736 other activists. That’s 268 more than last month!

El Supporter en español se esta traduciendo. En los próximos dias estará disponible en: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2013/free-software-supporter-numero-62-mayo-2013

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Take action for free JavaScript
  • Software Freedom Conservancy launches fundraising campaign for nonprofit accounting software
  • Google abandons XMPP for instant messaging
  • With interns from GNOME Outreach Program for Women and Google Summer of Code, MediaGoblin is in for a summer of awesome
  • GNU/Linux flag at the top of the Americas
  • GNU/Linux chosen as operating system of the International Space Station
  • GNU Hackers Meeting 2013: August 22-25 in Paris, France
  • The W3C’s soul at stake
  • “Oscar” awarded to W3C for Best Supporting Role in “The Hollyweb”
  • Show your friends you care about freedom from DRM; use a banner on your social media profile
  • International Day Against DRM 2013 sent a message
  • Stepping it up as W3C takes the next step towards the Hollyweb
  • Help needed documenting events of May 2013 — End Software Patents campaign
  • Single-board computers and software freedom
  • Emacs chat: Bastien Guerry
  • Illegal procurement favoring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: List of free software webmail systems
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 19 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain update
  • Richard Stallman’s speaking schedule
  • Other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF

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