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HAPPY GNU YEAR 2013!
###Help us make 2013 a great year for free software!
We hope you enjoy this special New Year's issue of the *Supporter*,
complete with an impressive piece of holiday ASCII art by FSF member
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year with Gavroche, the adorable goblin mascot of the GNU MediaGoblin
project that so many of you generously supported this year.
All of you care about free software, and our job at the FSF is to make
your voices heard. In 2013, our goal is to turn up the volume and
reach more people than ever before with the message that all software
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## TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Gnu comes bearing gifts, draws shoppers from Microsoft store
* Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?
* Share freedom this holiday season!
* Interview with Kovid Goyal of Calibre
* GNU Press debuts GNU beanies!
* Who ever thought APIs were copyrightable, anyway?
* 45 organizations join in legal complaint to [Italian] Ministry of Education
* European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
* RMS around the world
* Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
* LibrePlanet featured resource: Free Software in Government
* GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 23 new GNU releases!
* GNU Toolchain update
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
* Thank GNUs!
* Take action with the FSF
### Gnu comes bearing gifts, draws shoppers from Microsoft store
*From December 18th*
FSF activists visited a local Microsoft store during its "Tech for
Tots" session to wish passersby happy holidays with copies of the
GNU/Linux operating system, a free software replacement for Windows 8.
The activists were accompanied by a gnu (free software's buffalo-like
mascot) and sported Santa hats in the spirit of the season. See
Read our press release for more details:
### Ubuntu Spyware: What to do?
*By Richard Stallman, from December 7th*
Ubuntu, a widely used and influential GNU/Linux distribution, has
installed surveillance code. When the user searches her own local
files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string
to one of Canonical's servers. (Canonical is the company that develops
One of the major advantages of free software is that the community
protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has
become a counterexample. What should we do?
### Share freedom this holiday season!
*From December 26th*
This holiday season, support computer-user freedom by giving an FSF
membership to your loved ones. Membership support makes up the lion's
share of the FSF's operating costs, and an FSF membership will help
fund our work to defend and promote computer-users' freedom.
### Interview with Kovid Goyal of Calibre
*From December 13th*
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's
series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their
works. Calibre is a free ebook library management application
developed by users of ebooks for users of ebooks, distributed under
### GNU Press debuts GNU beanies!
*From December 13th*
Keep cozy this winter in our navy blue beanies with GNU embroidered in
white on the side. Now available from the shop!
Chrissie's blog post about the beanies is here (with Zak modeling!):
### Who ever thought APIs were copyrightable, anyway?
*From December 26th, by Bradley Kuhn*
FSF board member and former executive director Bradley Kuhn discusses
the landmark copyright case of *Oracle v. Google* and what it does --
and doesn't -- mean for free software.
### 45 organizations join in legal complaint to [Italian] Ministry of Education
*From December 17th, by the Free Software Foundation Europe*
A group of 45 free software organisations, including FSFE, have signed
a legal complaint to Italy's Ministry of Education, warning that it is
putting free software at an unfair disadvantage in Italy's schools.
### European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
On December 11th, the European Parliament adopted a proposal to create
a unified patent system for Europe. Unfortunately, instead of
productively simplifying Europe's patent laws, this "unitary patent"
will leave Europe with a system that is both deeply flawed and prone
End Software Patents gives a point-by-point explanation of the dangers
of the treaty now threatening innovation and freedom in Europe:
The European free software advocacy organization April "regrets a
missed opportunity for the European Parliament to finally create a
genuine patent of the European Union":
FSF Europe condemns the European Parliament for "[throwing] Europe's
researchers and innovators under the bus just to achieve a deal, any
### RMS around the world
*From December 4th*
Richard Stallman spends much of the year travelling around the world,
giving talks in English, Spanish and French to a variety of audiences,
from university students to professional software developers. Here are
pictures from some of his adventures this year:
Spain in May:
France in June:
Peru in August:
Mexico in October:
### Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
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, January 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
(19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Keep an eye on <http://www.fsf.org/blogs> for
a post in the week before the meeting.
After this meeting, you can check <http://fsf.org/events> to see the
rest of January's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.
### LibrePlanet featured resource: Free Software in Government
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 _Free Software in Government_ page.
Share your knowledge of free software in government and swap ideas for ways
to improve it.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at <email@example.com>.
### GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 23 new GNU releases!
New GNU releases this month as of December 24:
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.
We welcome Daiki Ueno as the new maintainer of GNU Gettext (and thank
Bruno Haible for his long-time development of gettext and many other
packages, some still continuing). We also welcome Aleksey Demakov as
the maintainer of the new package libjit, now split as a separate
package from DotGNU.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a
whole, 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 the GNU
operating system, see <http://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html>.
As always, please feel free to write to me, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
### GNU Toolchain update
*From December 17th*
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.
### 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 <www.fsf.org/events>.
So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in the first few
months of 2013:
* January 17, 2013, 04:15 PM, Ann Arbor, MI, ["A Free Digital
* March 18, 2013, 03:00 PM, Poitiers, France, ["The Free Software
* March 19, 2013, 07:30 PM, Niort, France, ["A Free Digital
### Other FSF and free software events
* February 2nd-3rd, 2013, Brussels, Belgium, [FOSDEM
* March 23-24, 2013, Cambridge, MA, [LibrePlanet 2013](http://libreplanet.org/2013)
### 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:
* John David Stone
* Gabor Toth
* Tim Heaney
* Terrance Druggan
* Thomas H. Puckett
* Alipes CME, Inc
* Georges Sancosme
* Roozbeh Pournader
* Håkon A. Hjortland
* Furlotti Family Foundation
* Russell McManus
* Scott Boughton
* Morten Lind
* Mark Nelson
* Skowronski Family Foundation
* Pariksheet Nanda
* Max Lekomcev
* Stefan K. Berg
* Uday Kale
* Doyle Myers
* Vidar Løkken
* Craigslist Charitable Fund
* Benjamin Carl Wiley Sittler
* Joseph Paul Cohen
* Jon Howell
* Eben Moglen
* Kahle/Austin Foundation
You can add your name to this list by donating at
### Take action with the FSF
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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
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I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!
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