# Free Software Supporter
Issue 34, January 2011
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## TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Technological power should be held by all users of a technology
* OSI and FSF Send Joint Position to Department of Justice
* No double standards: supporting Google's push for WebM
* New High Priority Project: PowerVR drivers
* Call for IceCat developers
* The advantages of free software
* The Free Software Compliance Lab needs your help
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Featured GNU Status Report: GNU FreeFont
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!
### Technological power should be held by all users of a technology
FSF board member Benjamin Mako Hill urges people who understand the
important of software freedom to join the FSF as associate members.
As our lives become increasingly mediated by technology, the question
of who controls technology becomes another way of asking "Who controls
### OSI and FSF Send Joint Position to Department of Justice
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Free Software Foundation (FSF)
have sent a joint position statement to the United States Department
of Justice (DOJ), urging it to scrutinize Novell's proposal to sell
patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Both organizations believe
that CPTN Holdings may use these patents to attack free, libre, and
open source (FLOSS) software.
### No double standards: supporting Google's push for WebM
We've signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project, and we encourage
other foundations and organizations to join us -- write to
<firstname.lastname@example.org> to learn how. Today, we're also urging Web
site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon
### New High Priority Project: PowerVR drivers
We've added a new project to our High Priority Projects list: Writing
free software drivers capable of 3D acceleration for the PowerVR
This is a critical project, because PowerVR is being used in many new
and popular platforms, such as Android/Linux tablets and phones, and
netbooks. Currently it requires proprietary drivers in order to access
many video features.
### Call for IceCat developers
The GNU IceCat project is a web browser built to deal with the influx
of threats to freedom and privacy on the web from traps such as
### The advantages of free software
People outside the free software movement frequently ask about the
practical advantages of free software. It is a curious question.
Richard Stallman gives an insightful -- and entertaining -- answer.
### The Free Software Compliance Lab needs your help
Brett Smith is the lead compliance engineer in the Free Software
Foundation's GPL compliance lab. He helped coordinated the GPLv3
drafting process and has handled enforcement cases against Apple's App
Store. He talks about his work at the Foundation and the important
connection to support from FSF members.
New associate members who support the Compliance Lab through this
appeal and join online will receive a set of GPLv3 stickers. They're
great ways to start a conversation about free software, and your
support for the FSF.
### LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet 2011 conference
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 the LibrePlanet 2011 conference
page. The conference date and location have just been set -- March 19,
2011 at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA, USA. Stay tuned
to the wiki page for information about speakers, schedules, and event
surrounding the official conference. We hope to see all of you there!
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at <email@example.com>.
### GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry
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.
This month we welcome Adam Dutko as a new co-maintainer of GNU Fontutils
(with me, so personal thanks to Adam), and Antonio Ceballos as the new
maintainer of GNU Chess -- check out the new GNU Chess 6 pretest at
A revived GNU Status Report bulletin was published a few days ago,
<http://www.gnu.org/bulletins/>. It has news and information on a few
GNU packages: GCC, Hurd, Coreutils, etc. (We hope the next installment
will include reports from many more packages.)
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.
### Featured GNU Status Report: GNU FreeFont
Starting this month, to give insight into the full breadth and depth
of the GNU Project, we will be periodically choosing a GNU program to
feature with some extra info.
This month, we highlight GNU FreeFont. GNU FreeFont is a free family
of scalable outline fonts, suitable for general use on computers and
for desktop publishing. It is Unicode-encoded for compatibility with
all modern operating systems.
The fonts are ready to use, downloadable in TrueType and OpenType
In GNU FreeFont release 20100919, several language scripts were added:
* Cherokee, Osmanya, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics,
Tifinagh, Armenian (serif), Vai, Kayah Li. Coptic, Glagolitic.
* Buginese and Persian were patched.
* Many characters were added to old Cyrillic ranges.
* In addition, Sinhala was replaced by a version taken from the TeX
font sinh by Yannis Haralambous.
Several of the symbol ranges were expanded, and a few glyphs were
Several technical improvements were made to font tables, some of which
should improve display.
For more information, see
Thanks to Steve White for the info!
### Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
2011-02-06 Copyright vs. Community
2011-02-18 Copyright vs. Community
2011-02-23 Qu'est-ce que le logiciel libre?
2011-02-26 The Danger of Software Patents
2011-02-27 Free Software and Your Freedom
2011-03-01 Free Software and Your Freedom
2011-03-02 A Free Digital Society
Preston, United Kingdom
### Other FSF and free software events
2011-02-16 Churchill Club Panel Discussion on Software Patents
Mountain View, CA, USA
2011-03-19 LibrePlanet 2011
Boston, MA, USA
### 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.
The Free Software Supporter is edited by FSF volunteer Osama Khalid.
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