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## TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Tell W3C: We don't want the Hollyweb
* LibrePlanet 2013 conference
* Google backslides on federated instant messaging, on purpose?
* Petition to protect the right to unlock cellphones garners 111,000+ signers; White House must
* Interview with Adam Hyde of Booktype
* 2012 Free Software Award winners announced
* New and improved label for DRM-free files
* Document Freedom Day: 2013
* Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived!
* May 2012: RMS at the Fórum da Revista Espírito Livre, in Vila Velha
* Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
* LibrePlanet featured resource: End Software Patents group
* GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 29 new GNU releases!
* GNU Toolchain update
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
* Thank GNUs!
* Take action with the FSF
### Tell W3C: We don't want the Hollyweb
*From March 22nd*
Hollywood's latest ploy to take over the Web? Use its influence at the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to weave Digital Restrictions
Management (DRM) into HTML5 -- in other words, into the very fabric of
the Web. Sign Defective by Design's petition to say no to the Hollyweb
and keep DRM in HTML5. With your help, we can reach 50,000 signers by
the International Day Against DRM on May 3rd.
### LibrePlanet 2013 conference
*From March 24th*
On March 23 and 24, the FSF held its yearly software freedom conference,
[LibrePlanet](http://libreplanet.org/2013). This year's theme was "Commit Change": a focus on
making connections to other movements and building diversity within free software. We at the FSF
are very happy with how the conference turned out. If you weren't there this year, we hope to see
you in 2014!
See our blog post from the first day of the conference (lots of photos inside):
An article about the conference by Open Media Boston:
If you would like a LibrePlanet shirt, it's not too late:
### Google backslides on federated instant messaging, on purpose?
*From March 15th*
Turns out, Google has started blocking invites sent from non-Google
Jabber servers. Subscription requests just disappear mysteriously,
confusing both users and server operators. This change is akin to
Google no longer accepting incoming e-mail for @gmail.com addresses
from non-Google domains.
### Petition to protect the right to unlock cellphones garners 111,000+ signers; White House must
*From February 28th*
On February 13th, we asked you to join in with thousands of others to call on the White House to
protect users where the Copyright Office had failed. Because of your actions, the White House now
must respond to the call to fix the DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions list in order to protect the
right to unlock cell phones.
### Interview with Adam Hyde of Booktype
*From March 21st*
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on
free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In
this edition, we interviewed Adam Hyde via email. Adam is the founder
of Booktype -- a book production platform released under AGPLv3, as
well as Book Sprints, and FLOSS Manuals.
### 2012 Free Software Award winners announced
*From March 23rd*
Richard Stallman announced the winners of the FSF's annual Free
Software Awards at a ceremony on Saturday, March 23rd, held during the
LibrePlanet 2013 conference. The Award for the Advancement of Free
Software was given to Dr. Fernando Perez for IPython, a tool for
scientific analysis, and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit was
given to OpenMRS, a medical record-keeping system being implemented in
the world's poorest countries.
### New and improved label for DRM-free files
*From March 7th*
We recently announced the DRM-free label, an effort to create
recognizable branding for providers of DRM-free files to quickly
communicate to users that they don't have to worry about being
encumbered by restrictive technologies such as Digital Restrictions
Management. Today, we're happy to share with you the next version of
the DRM-free label, immediately available for use in multiple
languages and styles.
### Document Freedom Day: 2013
*By FSF Europe, from February 26th*
This year the campaign aims to have more events, in additional
locations. In 2012 groups of volunteers ran 54 events in 23 different
countries, including Brussels, Colombia, and Indonesia.
### Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived!
*From March 9th*
This long awaited release is based on Ubuntu Precise, and as usual
comes full of free software goodness. We continue to provide an easy
to use classic desktop experience complete with full-featured
browsing, office, communications and social networking utilities.
Download it while it is hot!
### May 2012: RMS at the Fórum da Revista Espírito Livre, in Vila Velha
RMS was in Vila Velha, Brazil, on 29 May 2012, to speak on the free
software movement, at the second edition of the Fórum da Revista
Espírito Livre, to a diverse audience of about 500 students, teachers,
and free software activists.
### 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 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC) . 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.
### LibrePlanet featured resource: End Software Patents group
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 group page those who participate in the End
Software Patents campaign. ESP works to abolish all software patents, rather than engaging in the
hopeless task of swatting individual patents. There are lots of ways to get involved with this
important effort. Check out the group!
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
### GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 29 new GNU releases!
29 new GNU releases this month (as of March 24, 2013):
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 Cynthia Rempel as the new maintainer of the
pgccfd document and Jeffrin Jose as the new maintainer of GNU dap (in
addition to already maintaining GNU trueprint, with a new release this
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, <email@example.com>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
### GNU Toolchain update
*By Nick Clifton, from March 18th*
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
This month has been quiet for the GNU toolchain. The GCC sources are still closed to new features,
pending the creation of the 4.8 branch.
### 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 <http://www.fsf.org/events>.
So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in April:
* April 01, 2013, 06:00 PM, La Paz, Bolivia, ["Copyright vs.
* April 03, 2013, 2:00 PM, Potosí, Bolivia, ["El movimiento del software
* April 04, 2013, 2:00 PM, Potosí, Bolivia, ["Copyright vs
* April 06, 2013, 10:00 AM, Cochabamba, Bolivia, ["El software libre en la ética y en la
* April 06, 2013, 3:30 PM, Cochabamba, Bolivia, ["Por una sociedad digital
* April 11, 2013, 8:45 AM, Chicago, USA, ["Questioning the assumptions of the patent
### 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, an extra big Thank GNU to:
* Michael Dorrington
This month, a big Thank GNU to:
* Mikaël Cluseau
* Dmitry Sagalovskiy
* Jason Schaefer
* Neil Gower
* Terrance Druggan
* Stephen Compall
* Mikko Värri
* Vinod Kurup
* Yuji Shinokawa
* Rick and Betsy Bronson
* Denis López
* David A. Mellis
* Roland Emile Jacoby
* Jason Self
* Jeff Weston
* John J Watzke III
* Michael J Meehan
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
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