Free Software Supporter
Issue 66, September 2013
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com, 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:
- Oct 08, 2013 07:00 PM, Oxford, OH, US, “Richard Stallman to speak in Oxford, OH”
- Oct 16, 2013 10:00 AM, Quito, Ecuador, “El software libre y tu libertad”
- Oct 17, 2013 10:00 AM, Ibarra, Ecuador, “Copyright vs comunidad”
- Oct 18, 2013 10:00 AM, Latacunga, Ecuador, “Copyright vs comunidad”
- Oct 19, 2013 10:00 AM, Guaranda, Ecuador, “Copyright vs comunidad”
- Oct 21, 2013 10:00 AM, Quito, Ecuador, “El movimiento del software libre”
- Oct 22, 2013 10:00 AM, Quito, Ecuador, “Copyright vs comunidad”
- Oct 23, 2013 10:00 AM, Quito, Ecuador, “El software libre en la ética y en la práctica”
Other FSF and free software events
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
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