Free Software Supporter, Issue 46, January 2012
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Stop ACTA in Europe
- GNU Project renews focus on free software in education
- The Mozilla Public License version 2.0 is out--and GPL-compatible!
- Apple's ebook sales restrictions: the newest reason to use free software
- Measures governments can use to promote free software
- Stallman's Law
- Learn more about who we are and what we do
- And now for some completely different ways to give to the FSF
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Group:GNU Generation
- GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry
- LibrePlanet sign-up reminder
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
- Other FSF and GNU events
- Take action with the FSF!
Stop ACTA in Europe
We've been hearing a lot lately about SOPA and PIPA in the United
States. In the meantime, ACTA has been creeping along under the radar,
and last week it was signed in Japan by the EU and its member states.
But it's not over yet! Read about how you can help defeat ACTA:
For a refresher on why ACTA threatens free software, see:
GNU Project renews focus on free software in education
The newly formed GNU Education Team is being led by Dora Scilipoti, an
Italian free software activist and teacher. Under her leadership, the
Team has developed a list of specific goals to guide their work:
- Present cases of educational institutions around the world who are
successfully using and teaching free software.
- Show examples of how free programs are being used by educational
institutions to improve the learning and teaching processes.
- Publish articles on the various aspects involved in the use of free
software by educational institutions.
- Maintain a dialogue with teachers, students and administrators of
educational institutions to listen to their difficulties and
- Keep in contact with other groups around the world committed to the
promotion of free software in education.
The new effort is based at http://www.gnu.org/education.
We invite people who share our goals and our views to join us. We
need help to spot special cases of schools and free programs, write
reports, talk to schools, edit and convert audio visual materials to
free formats, do graphic design, and more. Our contact address is
Learn more about the GNU Education relaunch:
The Mozilla Public License version 2.0 is out--and GPL-compatible!
The Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0 is a major update to
Mozilla's flagship license, which covers most of the Foundation's own
free software projects, as well as others'. The FSF was engaged
throughout this process, especially on questions about compatibility
with GNU licenses.
Apple's ebook sales restrictions: the newest reason to use free software
Last week, Apple announced ebook authoring software called iBooks
Author. As you would expect from Apple, the software is completely
proprietary--but the license includes some terms that are so
restrictive, they shock even Apple's fans. Fortunately, there is free
software to do the same job.
The FSF is proud to have participated in the January 18th protest
against SOPA by blacking out all of our public web sites, including
fsf.org, gnu.org, DefectiveByDesign.org, and directory.fsf.org. We
thank everyone who joined us and supported us during this effort!
We will continue to participate in the amazing coalition of organizations
working to protect the Internet.
Measures governments can use to promote free software
This new article published by Richard Stallman suggests policies for
a strong and firm effort to promote free software within the state, and
to lead the rest of the country towards software freedom. Adoption of
the measures outlined in the article would help a country recover
control over its computing, and lead the country's citizens, businesses
and organizations toward control over theirs.
"While corporations dominate society and write the laws, each advance
in technology is an opening for them to further restrict its users."
Learn more about who we are and what we do
This year we decided to use our annual fundraiser as an opportunity to
share with the world a more detailed look at the work we do here at
the FSF. So we wrote a four part series, We want to do more for you.
Part 1 of the series provides an overview of some of what we
accomplish with a staff of "ten dedicated and effective individuals,
working with a global network of volunteers and supporters of the free
Part 2 shares with you the heroics of staff member Jeanne Rasata who
in addition to helping to coordinate and plan Richard Stallman's
grueling travel and speaking schedule, also acts as front-line of
communication for nearly all email sent to the FSF, as well as being the
virtual front-desk for questions and requests from FSF associate
Part 3 provides a glimpse into the work of our campaigns team of Matt
Lee and Josh Gay, who carry out our advocacy campaigns, as well as a
large share of our public relations, fundraising, web development, and
graphic design at the FSF.
Part 4 reveals the surprising discovery that the FSF's licensing and
compliance engineer, Brett Smith, is in fact a GPL Ninja!
And now for some completely different ways to give to the FSF
Campaigns manager Matt Lee reviews some of the more unusual ways
you can give to the FSF. Learn how you can make micro-donations,
transfer bitcoin, give us your used car (or brand new one!), and more!
LibrePlanet featured resource: Group:GNU Generation
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 featuring the Group GNU Generation, an ongoing
community and competition to involve pre-university and high school
students (approximately age 13-18) in free software. This is a great
project that is in need of a little rejuvination. Get involved today!
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at email@example.com.
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry
autogen-5.14 gnutls-2.12.16 parallel-20120122
coreutils-8.15 gnutls-3.0.12 recutils-1.5
cppi-1.16 goptical-1.0 sipwitch-1.2.1
ddrescue-1.15 help2man-1.40.5 source-highlight-3.1.6
ed-1.6 inetutils-1.9.1 stow-2.1.3
freeipmi-1.1.1 libidn-1.24 tramp-2.2.4
gdb-7.4 libmicrohttpd-0.9.18 ucommon-5.2.0
To get announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu
mailing list: http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Nearly
all GNU software is available from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or
preferably one of its mirrors (http://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.
In addition to the usual releases, a new installment of the Lilypond
Report has been published:
http://news.lilynet.net/?The-LilyPond-Report-23. It includes release
news, an interview, Prelude #1 in Scheme, and more.
Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance.
Please see http://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd
like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at
http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to GNU, see
As always, please feel free to write to me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
LibrePlanet sign-up reminder
March 24th-25th, 2012 -- Boston, MA, USA -- LibrePlanet
Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
For detailed information for each of the events below, see:
- Jan 31, 2012 04:00 PM -- Ghaziabad, India -- Event Free Software and Your Freedom
- Feb 01, 2012 11:30 PM -- Delhi, India -- Event Free Software and Your Freedom
- Feb 02, 2012 03:00 PM -- Kolkata, India -- Event A Free Digital Society
- Feb 03, 2012 05:00 PM -- Guwahati, India -- Event The Free Software Movement
- Feb 04, 2012 11:00 AM -- Guwahati, India -- Event Copyright vs. Community
- Feb 06, 2012 01:00 PM -- Chennai, India -- Event Free Software, Freedom, and Education
- Feb 07, 2012 11:15 AM -- Tiruchengode, India -- Event The Free Software Movement
- Feb 07, 2012 06:00 PM -- Coimbatore, India -- Event Free Software in Ethics and in Practice
- Feb 11, 2012 11:00 AM -- Mandi, India -- Event Copyright vs. Community
- Feb 21, 2012 06:00 PM -- Avignon, France -- Event For a Free Digital Society
- Feb 28, 2012 02:00 PM -- Braga, Portugal -- Event Copyright vs. Community
- Feb 29, 2012 02:00 PM -- Lisbon, Portugal -- Event Free Software and Your Freedom
Other FSF and GNU events
"Is copyleft being framed?" -- John Sullivan
February 4th, 2012 -- Brussels, Belgium -- FOSDEM
"Libre.fm and GNU.FM, supporting artists with free software" -- Mike Sheldon
Take action with the FSF
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The Free Software Supporter is edited by FSF volunteer Osama Khalid.
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