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[FSF] Free Software Supporter - Issue 21, January 2010
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[FSF] Free Software Supporter - Issue 21, January 2010
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# Free Software Supporter
Issue 22, January 2010
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CONFERENCE. MARCH 19-21nd 2010. CAMBRIDGE, MA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
* LibrePlanet 2010 free software community conference: March 19-21
* "Defining the contours of freedom": a video appeal from Lawrence
* GNOME and FSF highlight women in free software
* On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL
* Does the Windows ballot screen for choosing a browser represent
meaningful progress in Europe?
* European GNU Hackers Meeting
* Israel: one month to end software patents
* Bootable membership cards, now with Trisquel!
* Fall 2009 FSF Bulletin now online
* FSF credit card (initially for US residents only)
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!
## FSF announces LibrePlanet 2010 free software community conference:
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the 2010 dates for
its LibrePlanet international free software community conference. The
three day event will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the
Harvard University Science Center, from March 19th to March 21st, 2010.
## "Defining the contours of freedom": a video appeal from Lawrence
The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman's work represents
the most important work for freedom that this culture (the American
culture) has seen in many many generations, because it takes the idea
of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower and it removes it
from lawyers and places it in a community--a technology community--
that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of
freedom that most people in our culture--and increasingly around the
## GNOME and FSF highlight women in free software
One of the most important programs I've seen for fostering women in
the free software community is being run by the GNOME Free Desktop
Project. The GNOME community provides a unique outreach program for
women that encourages their participation throughout the year and
makes available paid stipends for interns in the summer.
## On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL
When Richard Stallman co-signed the letter objecting to Oracle's
planned purchase of MySQL (along with the rest of Sun), some
free software supporters were surprised that he approved of the
practice of selling license exceptions which the MySQL developers
have used. They expected him to condemn the practice outright.
This article explains what he thinks of the practice, and why.
## Does the Windows ballot screen for choosing a browser represent
meaningful progress in Europe?
Thanks to the European Commission's antitrust like activities,
European citizens will soon be presented with a ballot choice
between twelve browsers when first using a newly purchased
computer preloaded with the Microsoft Windows operating system.
But is this really progress?
## European GNU Hackers Meeting
GNU maintainers and contributors from across Europe gathered in
Stockholm for a 3 day "GNU Hackers Meeting" at the FSCONS free
software conference last month. The meeting was supported by FSF and
FSF Europe and was a chance to discuss new ideas for advancing GNU and
protecting users' freedom in the years ahead.
Upcoming meetings of GNU Hackers are scheduled for FOSDEM (Brussels,
6-7 Feb 2010) and the FSF's LibrePlanet Meeting in Boston.
Videos, audio and slides of the talks are online:
## Israel: one month to end software patents
I need help contacting groups in Israel. With a February deadline,
the Israeli patent office is asking if it should grant software
## Bootable membership cards, now with Trisquel!
If you signed up as a member and ordered a card in the last few
months your wait is over. The new cards, now with Trisquel (a great
fully-free GNU/Linux distribution from Spain), have been shipped!
## Fall 2009 FSF Bulletin now online
The latest FSF Bulletin for Fall 2009 is now online. For this
semester's update in free software and free software activism, check
## FSF credit card (initially for US residents only)
More than 75% of our members and donors use a credit card when
donating to the FSF. Now you can add to that support by using a credit
card with an FSF logo on it.
(Please don't let the thought of supporting us encourage you to start
using a credit card if you don't already, or discourage you from
buying anonymously with big-brother-resistant cash.)
## GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry
Here are the recent GNU software releases:
bash-4.1 gnunet-gtk-0.8.1 nano-2.2.1
bazaar-2.0.3 gnunet-qt-0.8.1 parted-2.1
coreutils-8.2 gnupg-2.0.14 patch-2.6.1
enscript-1.6.4 gsegrafix-1.0.5 pies-1.2
gdb-7.0.1 gv-3.6.8 readline-6.1
gengetopt-2.22.4 help2man-1.37.1 sipwitch-0.5.12
glibc-2.11.1 icecat-3.5.6 solfege-3.14.10
global-5.7.7 inetutils-1.7 source-highlight-3.1.2
glpk-4.41 libgcrypt-1.4.5 xnee-3.05
In addition, videos of the talks at the recent GNU Hackers Meeting in
Sweden are now available at <http://www.gnu.org/ghm/2009>.
To get announcements of most new GNU packages, 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; for example,
<http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gdb/> will redirect to the GDB directory on a
This month we welcome Martin von Gagern as a new co-maintainer of wdiff,
and previous maintainer Robert Millan for also taking on mkisofs.
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, <address@hidden>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
## Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* 2010-01-12 | Richard Stallman et la révolution des logiciels
libres: une biographie autorisée
Paris, France - Amphithéatre Eyrolles, Librairie Eyrolles, 5, 57, 61
et 63 boulevard Saint-Germain
* 2010-01-13 | Logiciels libres, société libre
Lyon, France - Université Lyon 2, Grand Amphithéâtre, 18 Quai Claude
* 2010-01-14 | Le logiciel libre dans l'éthique et dans la pratique
Grenoble, France - Amphithéatre de l'École de Management de Grenoble,
12, rue Pierre Sémard
2010-01-15 | Comment soutenir les arts sans porter atteintes à nos
Autrans, France - L'Escandille, Village Vacances Cap France, Route
de la Sure
2010-02-06 | GNU hackers at FOSDEM, including a lightning talk on Savannah
by Sylvain Beucler
Brussels, Belgium. FOSDEM Conference (ULB Campus Solbosh)
2010-02-10 | El Software Libre en la Ética y en la Práctica
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
2010-03-19 | Libre Planet 2009
We're expanding on last year's LibrePlanet conference; by hosting a
GNU Hackers Meeting and a track featuring presentations from women in
free software. We'll also have an address from the GNU project
founder and FSF Board president Richard M. Stallman.
### Take action with the FSF
Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's
work. You can contribute by joining at <http://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
I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!
The FSF is also always looking for volunteers
(<http://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
(<http://www.fsf.org/campaigns>) and take action on software patents,
DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.
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