User: Password:
|
|
Subscribe / Log in / New account

Free Software Supporter -- Issue 53, August 2012

From:  "Free Software Foundation" <info-AT-fsf.org>
To:  <lwn-AT-lwn.net>
Subject:  Free Software Supporter -- Issue 53, August 2012
Date:  Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:21:02 -0400
Message-ID:  <E1T7dKY-0005wC-Rj@eggs.gnu.org>
Archive-link:  Article

# Free Software Supporter 
Issue 53, August 2012

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's
monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 60,580
other activists. That's 1,286 more than last month!

Encourage your friends to subscribe and help us build an audience by
adding our subscriber widget to your web site.

  * Subscribe: <http://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter>
  * Widget: <http://www.fsf.org/associate/widget>

Miss an issue? You can catch up on back issues at
<http://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter>.

Multilingual? Send translations of the Supporter to
<campaigns@fsf.org>.

## TABLE OF CONTENTS

* Why programs must not limit the freedom to run them
* New DRM-free label!
* Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
* Guest Post: Why schools should refuse iPads
* Interview with John W. Eaton of GNU Octave
* Fall licensing internship application deadline fast approaching
* The Shield Act fails to protect free software from patents
* Summer 2012 Trip to Europe: Photos from the Technical University of Munich
* Show your support for GNU with our new pocketknife!
* A model of free software success
* LibrePlanet featured resource: Licensing Volunteers
* GNU Toolchain update
* GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 19 new GNU releases!
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Thank GNUs!
* Take action with the FSF!

### Why programs must not limit the freedom to run them

*From August 31st:*

Free software means software controlled by its users, rather than the
reverse. Specifically, it means the software comes with four essential
freedoms that software users deserve. At the head of the list is
freedom zero, the freedom to run the program as you wish, in order to
do what you wish.

Some developers propose to place usage restrictions in software
licenses to ban using the program for certain purposes, but that would
be a disastrous path.

Richard Stallman's latest article explains why freedom zero must not
be limited:

  * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/programs-must-not-limit-freedom>

### New DRM-free label!

*From August 13th:*

A unified marker for DRM-free files that also educates downloaders
about DRM is a powerful way to increase the value of being DRM-free.
People looking for ebooks in places like Amazon often have trouble
figuring out which ebooks have DRM and which don't because Amazon does
not advertise that information. This label is a step toward solving
that problem, making it easy for people who oppose DRM to find
like-minded artists, authors, and publishers to support.

  * <http://www.defectivebydesign.org/node/2243>

### Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

*From August 29th:*

Join us on IRC in #fsf most Fridays from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to
21:00 UTC) to add new entries and update existing ones.

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
providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels,
documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by
FSF staff and trained volunteers.

While the Free Software Directory has been and continues to be a great
resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of
being a resource of even far greater value. But it needs your help!

  *
<http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/join-the-fsf-and-frien...>

### Guest Post: Why schools should refuse iPads

*From August 24th:*

This is a guest post by FSF associate member #10916, David Steinhafel.
It is a slightly edited version of a letter sent in April 2012 to
discourage the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) in Texas
from spending $4,000,000 USD on iPads for their 2nd - 8th grade
students. We hope others will send letters like this. The LibrePlanet
wiki is a great place to share them.

  * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/guest-post-why-schools...>
  * <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Free_Software_in_schools>

### Interview with John W. Eaton of GNU Octave

*From August 31st:*

This is the first in a series of interviews the FSF's Licensing and
Compliance team is doing with maintainers of free software projects
who choose GNU licenses for their work.

  * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/interview-with-john-w....>

### Fall licensing internship application deadline fast approaching

*From August 14th:*

We are looking for an intern to work in our Licensing and Compliance
Lab from September 17th to December 14th. If you are interested in
interning with the Licensing and Compliance Lab this fall, the
deadline for applications is September 3rd. You can review the full
application details and apply at our internships page.

This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that
publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), handles license review
and compliance for the GNU Project, and fights for software freedom.
As an intern, you work closely with FSF staff members learning about
free software licensing and helping to educate the community about
copyleft, patents, and other legal issues related to software. This is
a great opportunity for law students or legally minded hackers.

  *
<http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/fall-licensing-interns...>
  * <http://www.fsf.org/volunteer/internships>

### The Shield Act fails to protect free software from patents

*From August 7th:*

The Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act
(SHIELD Act) fails to protect the free software community from
software patents.

On August 1st, 2012, the Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious
Legal Disputes Act, or SHIELD Act, was introduced to Congress by
Representatives Peter DeFazio and Jason Chaffetz. This act is meant to
deal with the problem of patent trolls destroying software businesses.
The bill would enable victims of patent trolling to have their costs
covered if the judge decides that the plaintiff was not likely to
succeed on their claims. While many are hailing the bill for fighting
against patent trolls, it does not go far enough for us to support it,
and it carries some risks that concern us.

  *
<http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/the-shield-act-fails-t...>

### Summer 2012 Trip to Europe: Photos from the Technical University of Munich

*From August 30th:*

RMS was at the Technische Universität-München, in Garching, Germany,
on 11 July, to deliver his speech "Copyright vs. Community in the Age
of Computer Networks," hosted by the Department of Computer Science's
Lehrstuhl für Netzarchitekturen und Netzdienste, to a packed room.

  * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/20120711-munich>

### Show your support for GNU with our new pocketknife!

*From August 31st:*

The Free Software Foundation is now offering a smaller knife that
serves as a great complement to our cybertool. GNU/Linux aficionados
will appreciate the iconic GNU head logo. This 2 1/4" rally comes in
your choice of blue or red, and boasts 9 useful tools.

  * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/gnu-press/gnu-press-announces-a-...>
  * <http://shop.fsf.org/product/fsf-small-knife/>
  * <http://shop.fsf.org/product/fsf-knife/>

### A model of free software success

*From August 9th:*

FSF board member Benjamin Mako Hill reviews a paper by Fabio Landini.
He says, "'Open source' style efficiency arguments persuade a lot of
people. Especially when they are true. But those arguments are only
ever true because a group of ethically motivated people fought to find
a way to make them true. Free software didn't start out as competitive
with proprietary software. It became so only because a bunch of
ethically motivated hackers were willing to 'subsidize' the movement
with their failed, and successful, attempts at free software and free
culture projects and businesses."

  * <http://mako.cc/copyrighteous/20120809-00>

### LibrePlanet featured resource: Licensing Volunteers

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 FSF Licensing Volunteers
group, which is a home for coordination among the volunteers who work
with FSF staff to research and write about free software licensing
issues. If you're interested in learning more about licensing and
helping people do it right, please stop by!

* <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:FSF:licensing_volunteers>

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at <campaigns@fsf.org>.

### GNU Toolchain update

Nick Clifton covers updates to the GNU toolchain, including GCC, over
the last couple of months.

  * <http://nickclifton.livejournal.com/11428.html>
  * <http://nickclifton.livejournal.com/11019.html>

### GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 19 new GNU releases!

New GNU releases as of August 28, 2012:

alive-2.0.0     emacs-24.2      help2man-1.40.12
autogen-5.16.2  freeipmi-1.2.1  icecat-14.0
automake-1.12.3 gdb-7.5         mediagoblin-0.3.1
bison-2.6.2     gnubatch-1.6    parallel-20120822
ccide-0.6.5-1   gnuhealth-1.6.3 wget-1.14
coreutils-8.19  gnutls-3.1.0    cppi-1.17
grep-2.14

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 Thien-Thi Nguyen as a new maintainer of alive
(first release above) in addition to his work maintaining RCS, Jordi
Hermoso as a new co-maintainer of Octave, and Thomas Young as the author
of the new GNU package ccide.

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
<http://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.

### 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>.

Richard Stallman has the following events coming up:

  * 2012-10-03 Paris, France
    * "The Danger of Software Patents"
    * <http://www.fsf.org/events/20121003-paris>

  * 2012-10-12 Tijuana, Mexico
    * « El Software Libre y Tu Libertad »
    * <http://www.fsf.org/events/20121012-tijuana>

### Other FSF and free software events

  * 2012-09-15 Everywhere!
    * Software Freedom Day
    * <http://softwarefreedomday.org/>

### 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. 

  * <http://www.gnu.org/thankgnus/2012supporters.html>

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  * Krishna Kunchithapadam
  * Graham J. Lee
  * David Johnson
  * Steven C. Morreale
  * Eric Moore
  * Jelte van der Hoek
  * Vernon Woolford

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 <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
signature like:

  I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!
  <http://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442>

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.

###

Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-No
Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this
license, visit <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us/> or
send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San
Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

--
Follow us on identi.ca at http://identi.ca/fsf | Subscribe to our blogs via RSS at
http://fsf.org/blogs/RSS
Join us as an associate member at http://www.fsf.org/jf

*Make sure we have your correct location information:
<https://crm.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/edit?gid=34&reset...>* -- please do not forward this email with this link intact.

Sent from the Free Software Foundation, 51 Franklin Street
Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1335
United States


You can unsubscribe to this mailing list by visiting the link
http://crm.fsf.org/index.php?q=civicrm/mailing/unsubscrib....

To stop all email from the Free Software Foundation, including Defective by Design,
and the Free Software Supporter newsletter, click this link:
http://crm.fsf.org/index.php?q=civicrm/mailing/optout&...

(Log in to post comments)


Copyright © 2012, Eklektix, Inc.
Comments and public postings are copyrighted by their creators.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds