Thursday, November 28, 2013

Free Software Supporter Issue 68, November 2013

Free Software Supporter

Give freely this Cyber Monday: Introducing the 2013 Giving Guide

The Free Software Foundation is proud to announce our 2013 Giving Guide. The Giving Guide features gifts that will not only make your recipients jump for joy; these gifts will also protect their freedom.
  • https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/give-freely-this-cyber-monday-introducing-the-2013-giving-guide
Press release:
  • https://www.fsf.org/news/2013givingguide

FSF campaigns manager speaks about free software at iD Programming Academy

From November 7th
Introducing new people to free software is an integral part of our mission at the FSF, so we were delighted when the director of a summer programming academy called and invited us to speak.
  • https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/fsf-campaigns-manager-speaks-about-free-software-at-id-programming-academy

LibrePlanet 2014 dates announced

From November 12th
LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation. The next conference conference will take place on March 22 and 23, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. There are still plenty of ways to get involved, including applying to join our Exhibit Hall or joining our new Volunteer Committee.
  • https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/libreplanet-2014-dates-announced-session-proposal-deadline-extended

Avaneya releases libre game for GNU/Linux based on lost NASA archives

By Avaneya, from November 5th
Avaneya is a science fiction game for GNU/Linux currently under active development. The project has released a tool to convert imagery from NASA's Viking 1 mission, which resulted in the first ever photographs of the Martian surface, from a legacy format into PNG files.
  • https://www.avaneya.com/content/news/News%20Release%20-%20VLR%20Debut.pdf

Rockstar vs. Google: software patents as a license for privateering

By FSF Europe, from November 7th
Rockstar, a consortium of companies formed to collect certain patents put on sale in the dissolution procedure of Nortel, has sued Google and other companies over seven of those patents.

When DRM comes to cars

By FSF Europe, from November 14th
In its Zoe electric car, car maker Renault apparently has the ability to remotely prevent the battery from charging. And that's more chilling than it may sound.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From November 27th
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, November 29 from 2pm to 5pm EDT (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:
After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of December's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: GNU Press ideas

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 Ideas page for GNU Press, which we use to solicit feedback about the FSF shop. This page has been a source of great ideas in the past and we invited you 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 Toolchain update

From November 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 platforms.
This month features significant improvements to GCC.
  • http://nickclifton.livejournal.com/15001.html

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 December:

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:
  • Jeff Root
  • Pierre-Alain Blanc
  • Wesley Andres Watters
  • Deb Nicholson
  • Richard Fontana
  • Fabián Rodríguez
  • Will Rico and Cindy Fung
  • Jon Howell
  • Boone Gorges
  • Simon Phipps
  • Bruce Baumgart
  • John Gilmore
  • Etienne Grossmann
You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.