jeudi 21 août 2014

US cell phone unlocking law: a temporary fix to only part of the problem

Dear Pascal,

 

Every three years, the Library of Congress is charged with carving out exemptions from the DMCA's (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) anti-circumvention provisions. In 2012, the Free Software Foundation pushed for a broader range of exemptions in order to protect users, but the Library of Congress wasn't listening. Unfortunately, big corporations had their ear that year, and instead of expanding protection for users, they actually took it away. In particular, the right to "unlock" your cellphone to switch carriers was snatched away, and the right to install software on other devices like tablets was not extended. This justifiably caused an outpouring of anger, which eventually forced the hand of Congress and the President to address the issue.

 

Unfortunately, nearly two years later, the government's response is not fully satisfactory. President Obama has signed into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The law repeals the 2012 Library of Congress ruling on unlocking cell phones and re-implements the previously existing exemption. It also encourages the Library of Congress to consider whether this exemption should be extended to other wireless devices next year when the next round of exemptions will be implemented. Finally, while it allows users to have someone unlock their phone for them, it does not permit so-called "bulk unlocking," where someone buys multiple phones and unlocks them for resale.

 

The law as passed restores the right to unlock your cellphone, at least until the next round of exemptions come out, which is less than a year from now. It is great that users once again have the ability to unlock their cellphones, and Congress and the President should be commended for acting on an issue that is important to so many. But when it takes two years to correct a mistake that can happen every three years, users are left with only a short window to enjoy their rights before they are taken away again. And while the law encourages the Library of Congress to consider applying the same exemption to other devices like tablets, the Library of Congress is free to once again ignore the rights of users in regards to their hardware. Even if the Library of Congress were to follow that recommendation, nothing in the law even mentions the right to install your own software on your other wireless devices, and doesn't address at all other hardware items like video game consoles. That leaves users in a terrible position. Additionally problematic is the law's carve out on "bulk unlocking."

 

Users must be able to install and run free software operating systems like Replicant and GNU/Linux on any computer they own, to protect themselves from proprietary software companies, and make their computers work the way they want. They must be permitted to do this themselves, or ask someone else to do it for them.

 

What we are left with is a temporary fix to a continuing problem, and one that doesn't even fully address all the ways in which the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions block users from fully enjoying their rights with the devices they own. It is not a situation that we can stand idly by and let pass.

 

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Donate to the Defective by Design campaign to support our efforts to protect computer users all around the world.
  • If you're in the US, make sure to let your representatives know how you feel about this issue.

Sincerely,

 

The DRM Elimination Crew

 

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mercredi 20 août 2014

GNU hackers discover HACIENDA government surveillance and give us a way to fight back

Dear Pascal,

 

GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed HACIENDA. The good news? Those same hackers have already worked out a free software countermeasure to thwart the program.

 

According to Heise newspaper, the intelligence agencies of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, have used HACIENDA to map every server in twenty-seven countries, employing a technique known as port scanning. The agencies have shared this map and use it to plan intrusions into the servers. Disturbingly, the HACIENDA system actually hijacks civilian computers to do some of its dirty work, allowing it to leach computing resources and cover its tracks.

 

But this was not enough to stop the team of GNU hackers and their collaborators. After making key discoveries about the details of HACIENDA, Julian Kirsch, Christian Grothoff, Jacob Appelbaum, and Holger Kenn designed the TCP Stealth system to protect unadvertised servers from port scanning. They revealed their work at the recent annual GNU Hackers' Meeting in Germany.

 

 

We must fight the political battle for an end to mass surveillance and reduce the amount of data collected about people in the first place. On an individual level we have to do everything we can to thwart the surveillance programs that are already in place.

 

No matter your skill level, you can get involved at the FSF's surveillance page.

 

Ethical developers inside and outside GNU have been working for years on free software that does not keep secrets from users, and programs that anyone can review to remove potential vulnerabilities. These capabilities give free software users a fighting chance against surveillance. Now, our community is turning its attention to uncovering and undermining insidious programs like HACIENDA. Free software and its ideals are crucial to putting an end to government bulk surveillance.

 

Share this news with your friends, to help make people aware of the importance of free software in fighting bulk surveillance.

 

Jacob Appelbaum of the TCP Stealth team gave a remote keynote address at the FSF's LibrePlanet conference this year. Watch the recording of "Free Software for freedom: Surveillance and you."

 

 

Libby Reinish and Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Managers

 

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mardi 19 août 2014

Richard Stallman's TEDx video: "Introduction to free software and the liberation of cyberspace"

Dear Pascal,

Are you in search of an easy way to explain to others what free software is and why it matters? Or are you perhaps wondering why you yourself should be concerned about computer-user freedom? If your answer is yes, then this TEDx talk by FSF president Richard Stallman (RMS) is what you're looking for!

RMS was invited to give a TEDx talk at "FREEDOM (@ digital age)" in April and took the opportunity to explain the fundamentals of the free software movement to the general public. In this speech, RMS introduces the issue and makes the stakes clear; he explains what a computer is and who controls it, what the various implications of free software and of proprietary software are for you, the user, what you can do to stop being a victim, what the obstacles to computer-user freedom are, and how you can make a difference.

The TEDx talks are "designed to help communities, organizations, and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences." At these events, screenings of videos, like this one, "or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level."

We hope you share the recording, to help raise awareness and inspire conversations and connections in your own circles, and introduce a friend, loved one, or acquaintance, to this "first step in the liberation of cyberspace."

If you watch any TEDx talks on YouTube, please remember to use a free program like youtube-dl instead of your browser, because watching YouTube in your browser requires proprietary JavaScript.

Many thanks to Théo Bondolfi, François Epars, Florence Dambricourt, and the TEDxGeneva core-team for making this speech possible. Thank you to Ynternet.org and HEG-GE for hosting and supporting the event, and to Sylvain & Co., La Belle Bleue, and Jus de Fruits Suisses, ProLibre, and the Fondation Emilie Gourd, Piguet Galland & Cie., Lifelong Learning Programme, Hes.so Genève, My Big Geneva, and Smala for their support.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Rasata
Assistant to the President

P.S. RMS does not draw a salary from the FSF, but your donations do support the coordination of events and videos like this. We'd love to produce more introductory videos. Can you donate $25 today?

You can read this post online at https://fsf.org/blogs/rms/20140407-geneva-tedx-talk-free-software-free-society/.

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Free Software Supporter - Numéro 76, juillet 2014

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Numéro 76, juillet 2014

Bienvenue dans le Free Software Supporter, le bulletin mensuel qui vous donne les dernières nouvelles de la Free Software Foundation et fait le point sur ses actions – lu par vous et 81 589 autres activistes. C'est 1228 de plus que le mois dernier!

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TABLE DES MATIÈRES

  • La FSF félicite le gouvernement du Royaume-Uni pour son choix du format Open Document
  • Entretien avec Tox.im
  • Présentation de Tyler Livingston, un stagiaire de l'équipe des Licences cet été
  • Dites à la FCC: la neutralité du Net est vitale pour le logiciel libre
  • Colloque sur le logiciel libre à Seattle cet automne: l'appel à participation est maintenant ouvert
  • Bienvenue à Jessica Tallon, la deuxième employée à temps plein de GNU MediaGoblin
  • La Commission européenne fausse le jeu du marché en refusant de se libérer de l'enfermement propriétaire
  • Rejoignez la FSF et ses amis pour mettre à jour le Répertoire du logiciel libre (Free Software Directory)
  • Ressource phare de LibrePlanet : la boîte à outils communautaire
  • Coup de projecteur sur GNU avec Karl Berry : 18 nouvelles parutions !
  • Mise à jour de GNU Toolchain
  • Agenda des conférences de Richard Stallman et autres événements impliquant la FSF
  • Merci GNU !
  • Agissez avec la FSF

La FSF félicite le gouvernement du Royaume-Uni pour son choix du format Open Document

Le 29 juillet

Si vous vivez au Royaume-Uni, vous serez bientôt en mesure de remplir la paperasse administrative sans renoncer à vos libertés. Le gouvernement britannique a annoncé la semaine dernière qu'Open Document (ODF), HTML et PDF deviendront les formats des documents officiels utilisés par toutes les agences gouvernementales.

Entretien avec Tox.im

Le 21 juillet

Dans le dernier épisode de notre série Licensing and Compliance Lab sur les développeurs de logiciels libres qui choisissent les licences GNU pour leurs travaux, nous avons mené un entretien par courrier électronique avec David Lohle du project Tox, une plateforme et un protocole de communication tout-en-un qui assurent à leurs utilisateurs une totale confidentialité et une transmission sécurisée des messages.

Présentation de Tyler Livingston, un stagiaire de l'équipe des Licences cet été

Le 21 juillet

Tyler Livingstion est l'un des stagiaires d'été de l'équipe des Licences. Dans cet article, il nous parle de l'importance du logiciel libre et de ses centres d'intérêts personnels.

Dites à la FCC: la neutralité du Net est vitale pour le logiciel libre

Le 14 juillet

La neutralité du Net, ce principe selon lequel tous les types de trafic sur Internet doivent être traités sur un pied d'égalité, est vitale pour que la croissance et le succès du logiciel libre se poursuivent. La FCC (Commission fédérale des communications) a demandé aux membres du public, ainsi qu'aux dirigeants et entrepreneurs de l'industrie des télécom, de lui dire pourquoi toute discrimination de trafic réseau opérée par les fournisseurs d'accès et de services doit être bannie.

Colloque sur le logiciel libre à Seattle cet automne : l'appel à participation est maintenant ouvert

Le 1er juillet

Le Colloque GNU/Linux de Seattle (SeaGL), consacré au logiciel libre, aura lieu les 24 et 25 octobre. Les organisateurs viennent d'annoncer que Karen Sandler, directrice exécutive du Software Freedom Conservancy (litt. Conservatoire de la liberté du logiciel), fera une conférence plénière, et ont lancé un appel à participation.

Bienvenue à Jessica Tallon, la deuxième employée à temps plein de GNU MediaGoblin

Par Deb Nicholson et Chris Webber, le 28 juillet

Jessica Tallon, qui avait initialement rejoint GNU MediaGoblin l'an dernier en tant que membre du Programme de sensibilisation pour les femmes, a récemment travaillé sur la gestion de la « fédération » (des canaux de communication) par le projet.

La Commission européenne fausse le jeu du marché en refusant de se libérer de l'enfermement propriétaire

Par la FSF Europe, le 8 juillet

La Commission européenne a récemment renouvelé son engagement avec un environnement de travail privateur et des formats de fichiers secrets. La Commission refuse de penser sérieusement à se libérer de l'enfermement imposé par les distributeurs et ignore toutes les alternatives disponibles. Ce faisant, le service public de l'Union Européenne échoue à mettre en œuvre ce qu'il prêche.

Rejoignez la FSF et ses amis pour mettre à jour le Répertoire du logiciel libre (Free Software Directory)

Des dizaines de milliers de personnes visitent chaque mois directory.fsf.org pour y découvrir des logiciels libres. Chaque rubrique du répertoire contient une multitude d'informations pratiques, depuis les descriptions et la catégorisation de base jusqu'aux systèmes de contrôle de version, canaux IRC, documentation et licence. Le Répertoire du logiciel libre est une superbe ressource pour les utilisateurs de logiciels depuis une dizaine d'années, mais il a besoin de votre aide pour rester à jour avec les nouveaux et passionnants projets libres.

Pour donner un coup de main, rejoignez nos rendez-vous IRC hebdomadaires du vendredi. Cela se passe sur le canal #fsf de irc.gnu.org, et on y rencontre généralement une poignée d'habitués ainsi que des nouveaux. Chacun y est le bienvenu.

Le prochain rendez-vous aura lieu le vendredi 1er août de 14h à 17h EST (19h à 22h UTC). Pour les détails voir :

Vous trouverez les rendez-vous hebdomadaires suivants d'août sur https://www.fsf.org/events.

Ressource phare de LibrePlanet : la boîte à outils communautaire

Chaque mois sur LibrePlanet, nous illustrons une ressource intéressante et pratique, souvent une ressource qui pourrait avoir besoin d'un coup de main.

Ce mois-ci, nous mettons en lumière notre boîte à outils communautaire, qui réunit des informations à propos des logiciels pouvant être utilisés par les organisations à but non lucratif, les groupes communautaires et les particuliers pour faire avancer la cause du logiciel libre. Vous êtes invités à adopter, diffuser et améliorer cette importante ressource.

Avez-vous une suggestion pour la ressource phare du mois prochain ? Faites-le nous savoir à campaigns@fsf.org

Coup de projecteur sur GNU avec Karl Berry : 18 nouvelles parutions !

18 nouvelles sorties de logiciels GNU le mois dernier (à la date du 26 juillet 2014) :

Pour être informé de la plupart des parutions GNU, abonnez-vous à la liste de diffusion https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Presque tous les logiciels GNU sont disponibles sur le serveur https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, ou de préférence sur un de ses miroirs (https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html). Vous pouvez utiliser l'URL http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ pour être redirigé automatiquement sur un miroir proche de chez vous et à jour (avec un peu de chance).

Ce mois-ci nous accueillons Mose Giordano, nouveau co-mainteneur de AUC-TeX, James Closs, nouveau co-mainteneur de a2ps (dans la lignée de son travail sur GNU enscript et trueprint) et Assaf Gordon, auteur et mainteneur du nouveau paquet datamash. Merci à tous.

Merci également de penser à participer au GNU Hacker's Meeting https://www.gnu.org/ghm/, à Munich cette année, du 15 au 17 août ; la participation est gratuite mais une préinscription est nécessaire (et doit être faite immédiatement).

De nombreux paquets GNU, de même que le système GNU dans son ensemble, sont à la recherche de mainteneurs et autre assistance. Merci d'aller voir https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint [fr] si vous souhaitez apporter votre aide. La page générale sur la manière d'aider GNU est ici : https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html [fr]. Pour soumettre de nouveaux paquets pour le système d'exploitation GNU, allez voir https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html [fr].

Comme toujours, n'hésitez pas à m'écrire, à karl@gnu.org, avec toutes les questions GNU que vous voulez ou vos suggestions pour les prochaines numéros.

Mise à jour de GNU Toolchain

Le 14 juillet

GNU Toolchain désigne la partie du système GNU qui est utilisée pour construire des programmes. Ces composants de GNU se trouvent souvent ensemble sur d'autres systèmes et sont utilisés pour compiler des programmes pour d'autres plateformes.

À remarquer ce mois-ci, des mises à jour de binutils et GCC, et en particulier un nouveau programme appelé gcov-tool, qui mesure la « couverture de code ».

Agenda des conférences de Richard Stallman

Pour les détails de ces événements ainsi que pour être informé des événements à venir dans votre région, veuillez vous rendre sur https://www.fsf.org/events.

Actuellement, Richard Stallman a les événements suivants sur son agenda d'août :

Autres événements impliquant la FSF et le logiciel libre

Merci GNU !

Nous sommes reconnaissants à chacune des personnes qui a fait un don à la Free Software Foundation, mais nous voudrions donner une mention spéciale à celles qui ont fait un don de 500 $ ou plus le mois dernier.

Ce mois-ci, un grand merci GNU à :

  • Norman Richards
  • Michael Henderson
  • Zachary Tatum

Vous pouvez ajouter votre nom à la liste en faisant un don sur https://donate.fsf.org.

Agissez avec la FSF

Des contributions provenant de milliers d'adhérents rendent possible le travail de la FSF. Vous pouvez contribuer, vous aussi, en la rejoignant sur https://www.fsf.org/join. Si vous êtes déjà adhérent, vous pouvez nous aider à recruter de nouveaux membres (et gagner des récompenses) en ajoutant une ligne comme celle-ci à votre signature de courriel, avec votre numéro d'adhérent :

Je suis membre de la FSF. Aidez-nous à défendre la liberté du logiciel ! https://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442

La FSF recherche aussi en permanence des bénévoles https://www.fsf.org/volunteer. De l'évangélisation au hacking, de la coordination des tâches au remplissage d'enveloppes – chacun trouvera de quoi faire. Par ailleurs, faites un tour dans notre section « activisme » (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) et agissez contre les brevets logiciels, contre les DRM, pour l'adoption du logiciel libre et du standard OpenDocument, contre la RIAA et plus encore.

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vendredi 1 août 2014

Looking ahead to the next International Day Against DRM - May 6, 2015

Dear Pascal,

On May 6th, 2015, the global anti-DRM community will hold our biggest display of unity so far - the 9th annual International Day Against DRM.

This year's International Day Against DRM featured a variety of events in Brazil, Bangladesh, Portugal, and the United States, and we're planning for 2015's Day to be even bigger.

Digital Restrictions Management gives others unethical control over the digital media that is so important to our culture. People and organizations will deliver this message in different ways on the Day, from picketing in front of stores that sell DRM-encumbered products, to sharing articles and graphics, to offering sales on DRM-free media.

Want to be part of this next year? Join the International Day Against DRM 2015 mailing list. We recommend you share your location with us (optional) to get alerts about local events.

Are you interested in running an in-person or online event on May 6th, 2015? If so, let us know in a reply and we'll share resources with you when the planning process gets underway. No commitment at all.

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You can read this post online at https://defectivebydesign.org/idadrm-2015-announcement.


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Volunteers translate Email Self-Defense guide into Spanish, Romanian, and more

Email Self-Defense

Dear Pascal,

When the FSF launched our guide to personal email encryption last month, it was enthusiastically received by English-speakers looking for an easy way to get started fighting bulk surveillance. Our community then came together to translate it and bring it to speakers of six more languages. Today we're launching the second round of translations: Spanish, Romanian, Italian, and Greek.

This guide started as an effort of the FSF and some skilled graphic and Web designers, but it's become a worldwide effort by free software activists translating in more than ten countries. This kind of teamwork is what our movement is all about, and the FSF is thrilled to facilitate it.

The Free Software Foundation provides the infrastructure and professional management for our community of translators, and rigorously researches and refines the material in Email Self-Defense. We also maintain Edward, the multilingual encryption reply bot program. We've spent a lot of time and energy on this guide so far, and we want to spend more, but we need resources.

Can you donate to help us recoup some of the cost we've put into creating this guide and fostering a community around it?

Your donation will also enable us to make technical infrastructure improvements to EmailSelfDefense.fsf.org to make it easy to translate into more languages, and hopefully let us add a set of instructions for using encryption on mobile devices.

Our goal is to make email encryption approachable for people speaking any language and using any device, while also using the guide to deliver a clear message about the importance of free software.

If you'd like to create a version for a language that we haven't published yet, or help maintain one of the existing translations, please send an email to campaigns@fsf.org telling us about your experiences with translating.

We're also looking for people to join the GNU.org translation team and create translated versions of Richard Stallman's article "How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?" The article makes the point that, to fight bulk surveillance, we need to reduce the amount of data that is collected about our lives in general (both by government and private entities).

Thank you for being such a supportive community, and coming forward to help us with this project. We're happy to be making it easier for you to protect your privacy and put up a defense against surveillance.

Please email us at donate@fsf.org if you'd like to donate in Euros.

Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager

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jeudi 31 juillet 2014

UK Government chooses Open Document Format | Free Software Supporter - Issue 76, July 2014

Free Software Supporter

Issue 76, July 2014

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 81,589 other activists. That's 1,228 more than last month!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF congratulates UK Government on choosing Open Document Format
  • Interview with Tox.im
  • Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern
  • Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality is crucial to free software
  • Seattle free software event this fall: Call for Participation now open
  • Welcome Jessica Tallon, GNU MediaGoblin's second full-time hire
  • European Commission distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Community toolkit
  • 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!

FSF congratulates UK Government on choosing Open Document Format

From July 29th

If you live in the UK, you'll soon be able to fill out government paperwork with your freedoms intact. The British government announced last week that Open Document Format (ODF), HTML, and PDF will be the official file formats used by all government agencies.

Interview with Tox.im

From July 21st

In the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works, we conducted an email-based interview with David Lohle from the Tox project, an all-in-one communication platform and protocol that ensures users full privacy and secure message delivery.

Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern

From July 21st

Tyler Livingston is one of the Licensing Team's summer interns. In this post he discusses the importance of free software and his personal interests.

Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality is crucial to free software

From July 14th

Net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, is crucial for free software's continued growth and success. The FCC has asked members of the public, along with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, to tell it why Internet Service Providers should be banned from traffic discrimination.

Seattle free software event this fall: Call for Participation now open

From July 1st

The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (SeaGL), a free software conference taking place on October 24 and 25, has just announced Karen Sandler, executive director of Software Freedom Conservancy, as a keynote speaker and opened its Call for Participation.

Welcome Jessica Tallon, GNU MediaGoblin's second full-time hire

By Deb Nicholson and Chris Webber, from July 28th

Jessica Tallon, who originally joined GNU MediaGoblin last year as part of the Outreach Program for Women, has recently been working on federation support in the project.

European Commission distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in

By FSF Europe, from July 8th

The European Commission has recently renewed its commitment to a proprietary desktop and secret file formats. The Commission is refusing to get serious about breaking free from vendor lock-in, and is ignoring all available alternatives. In doing so, the EU's civil service fails to practice what it preaches.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From July 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, August 1 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 August's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Community toolkit

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 our Community toolkit, which collects information about software that can be used by nonprofits, community groups, and individuals to advance the cause of free software. You are invited to adopt, 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: 18 new GNU releases!

18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 26, 2014):

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 Mose Giordano as a new co-maintainer of AUC-TeX, James Cloos as a new co-maintainer of a2ps (following his work on GNU enscript and trueprint), and Assaf Gordon as the author and maintainer of the new package datamash. Thanks to all.

Also, please consider attending the GNU Hackers' Meeting https://www.gnu.org/ghm/, in Munich this year, August 15-17; attendance is gratis, but pre-registration is essential (and needs to be done immediately).

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 July 14th

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 updates to binutils and GCC, including a new test coverage program called gcov-tool.

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 July:

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:

  • Norman Richards
  • Michael Henderson
  • Zachary Tatum

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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