Thursday, January 30, 2014

FSF licensing team: doing even more in 2014

The free software movement was born out of a response to a rising tide of restrictions being placed on users via contracts and non-disclosure agreements. The GNU General Public License (GPL) and other free licenses provide legal mechanisms that help ensure that software can carry to each user the freedom to run the software for any purpose and to study, modify and share the source code.
Whether it is enforcing the terms of the license, educating the public about their rights to use and share software, or promoting software and devices that respect users, the FSF's Licensing and Compliance Lab works hard to keep the GPL's promise and make sure it is shared as widely as possible. We wish to share with you a bit of what we did in 2013 in each of these areas, as well as let you know how we want to do more in 2014.
We hope you will support our efforts and our fundraising goal by signing up as an associate member before the end of January. If you are already a member, please consider gifting a membership to a friend.

Copyright & Compliance

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The FSF holds the copyright on a large proportion of the GNU operating system, and other free software. Every year we collect and register hundreds of copyright assignments from individual software developers and corporations working on free software. We register these copyrights with the US copyright office and enforce the licensing terms of the software — typically the GNU General Public License. We do this to ensure that free software distributors respect their obligations to pass on the freedom to all users.
What we did in 2013
We responded and resolved over four hundred reports of suspected license violations and over eight hundred general licensing and compliance questions. We reduced the backlog of old requests substantially, and are now focused on new and exciting compliance cases. Our corps of volunteers handling licensing questions has grown considerably, thus reducing wait times and improving the depth and detail of the answers served.
How we want to do more in 2014
With the backlog in check, we can now focus on building up our compliance program, work on resolving new cases, and dedicate more time to handling cutting edge licensing questions.

Verification & Certification

The FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab celebrates and promotes free software distributions and computer hardware products that have made a firm policy commitment to only including and promoting free software. Simply put, we want you to be able to purchase computer hardware or download an operating system and be confident that it is designed to respect your freedom and privacy.
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What we did in 2013
We awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) hardware certification to the Gluglug X60 Laptop on December 18th, 2013. Our goal when launching the RYF certification program was to be able to endorse a complete system built on 100% free software, from firmware to OS, and the Gluglug X60 marked the achievement of that goal. Elated on hearing the news of this achievement, FSF president Richard Stallman stated, "Finally there is a free software laptop that respects your freedom as it comes from the store!"
But, that's not all! We also certified three new models of 3D printers by Aleph Objects, Inc and two wireless USB adapters sold by ThinkPenguin. Learn more about all of these at
How we want to do more in 2014
In order to build the reputation and public awareness of the FSF's RYF certification mark, we need a lot of hardware products that respect your freedom. Our goal is to continue growing, promoting, and certifying more products that respect your freedom.

Education & Support

The FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab has been the preeminent resource of free licensing for free software developers. We publish copyleft free software licenses so that anybody can quickly and easily add terms that ensure the software will carry freedom to every user. But our work doesn't stop there; we also publish educational materials such as licensing recommendations, analysis, and FAQs; we offer a gratis consulting service to the global free software community; and we advocate for legal reform to patent and copyright-related laws that leave free software developers vulnerable to attack.
What we did in 2013
In 2013, we made several updates to the GPL FAQ and our list of software licenses, which received approximately a million unique visitors. Further, we published a number of interviews with free software projects that release their work under GNU GPLv3, and we hosted weekly IRC meetings to support our growing base of volunteers who are working to improve the Free Software Directory.
However, not all of our work is online: the licensing team has also been getting out into the world to add the FSF's voice with policy makers and legal experts, while at the same time staying connected with the free software community.
In March, Josh represented the FSF's position on the elimination of software-idea patents, first at a USPTO-hosted event on patent reform at New York University, and again, later that month at a Harvard Law School conference on patent and copyright law that included federal district and circuit court judges and White House advisers.
Also in March, Donald and Josh, along with FSF board member, Bradley Kuhn hosted a panel titled, Licensing & compliance: a collective effort at LibrePlanet, the FSF's annual free software conference. In May, Donald took part in the Day Against DRM in Seattle. And in September, Josh hosted a Software Freedom Day & Cryptoparty event in New Haven, CT. Lastly, in November, Donald shared the FSF's philosophy and approach to free software licensing at a continuing legal education conference in San Francisco.
How we want to do more in 2014
All this speaking and teaching has geared us up for a big event this year -- one that brings together the free software community and the legal community under one roof: we will be hosting a legal summit running along side LibrePlanet. In the past, the License and Compliance Lab has offered continuing legal education courses on the GPL and free software licensing. With our expanded capacity we are ready to start that program up once again. We hope that this year's legal summit will be the first in an ongoing program to educate and engage the legal community directly on the issues that matter the most when it comes to free software licensing.

How you can help

We have shared with you some of the important work that the Licensing & Compliance Lab will be doing this year. In order to accomplish this work and the many other goals we have set for ourselves, we need your support.
If you are interested in becoming a licensing volunteer for the FSF, please email us — we'd love your help!
The FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab
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As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP

Trans Pacific Partnership
You may already be involved in the international grassroots movement against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international "free trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development.
Similar to 2012's SOPA and PIPA, TPP would likely entrench the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) measures that make it a crime to circumvent DRM, even when circumvention is done for non-commercial purposes. It would also export this criminalization to other countries with less onerous DRM policies. But that's not all: it would restrict fair use, lengthen copyright terms, and regulate the temporary copies of media that computers make, in a way that our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called "out of touch with the realities of the modern computer." All of these restrictions would make it much harder for free software applications to interface with media and the Internet, chilling free software development and use.
Facing opposition, President Obama is attempting to bypass the US's standard approval process for treaties and unilaterally ram through the TPP, in a process known as a "fast track." Today (Wednesday, January 29th), the FSF is joining the diverse StopFastTrack coalition in urging our US supporters to simultaneously take action against this.
If you can vote in the United States, please take five minutes to call your representatives and tell them you oppose the fast track because TPP would promote Digital Restrictions Management and hinder free software development. The StopFastTrack Web site will connect you automatically. We recommend you visit the site with JavaScript turned off, as it includes some nonessential proprietary scripts. If we all raises our voices at once today, we can make TPP and the fast track too unpopular to pass.
Not reading this until after January 29th? We encourage you to call in anyway, sustained pressure is just as important as raising a big uproar all at once.
If you can't vote in the United States, we encourage you to stand up against TPP wherever you are. If you live in one of the other participating countries, you can do this by contacting your elected officials. Please email us at if you know of any actions in your country, so that we can help promote them.
Because it's widely known as the TPP, (and because of its generally low moral worth) some have referred the agreement as the "Toilet Paper Protocol." We think this is apt. But with toilet paper, the labels at least allow you some degree of information about what you're getting. TPP, however, is being negotiated almost entirely behind closed doors, in chambers populated by lobbyists and government officials, but empty of journalists. Most of the information we have about this utterly undemocratic deal comes from leaked documents.
TPP focuses on more than just copyright and DRM -- it is a giant mess of things that lobbyists couldn't get passed through more democratic channels. That's part of the reason that people from so many different groups and walks of life are coming together to oppose it.
Of the groups speaking out against TPP, we are proud to be one of the few that is putting free software first in our argument against the partnership. If you can vote in the US, please call in and say that you oppose TPP because it would promote DRM and harm the development of free software. Let's make sure that congress knows our movement has something to say in this fight.
This isn't the first time the FSF has stood up against proposed laws and trade agreements that would hurt free software -- we played a role in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as well as SOPA/PIPA, and we sent a licensing expert to Australia to advocate for free software at an earlier TPP negotiation session. But we'd like to be doing even more to bring your voice to the debate. To give us the tools we need, we've set an ambitious fundraising goal of $450,000 by this Friday, and we're almost there. Can you chip in $25 to help us expand our work in 2014? Thanks for your support.
Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager
Image CC-BY Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Speakers and venue announced for FSF's LibrePlanet 2014 -- register today!

LibrePlanet 2014
There is so much to look forward to at LibrePlanet 2014 that I don't even know where to begin. Let me break it down for you.


The keynotes at LibrePlanet 2014 are sure to be amazing. We'll be joined by Sue Gardner, outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Eben Moglen, director-counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center, Karen Sandler, executive director of the GNOME Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation's founder and president, Richard Stallman.
Register Today. You won't want to miss these fantastic speeches.


This year, LibrePlanet will feature nearly 30 sessions centered around the theme, "free software, free society." You can find a sneak peek of all our sessions on the conference site now--sessions like "Everybody spies," "Lessons in tech activism," "TPP and free software," and "Updating Mailman's UI." Whether you're a developer seeking to deepen your knowledge, a free data advocate who wants to nerd out over OpenStreetMap, an academic who wants more free software in the classroom, or an organizer just starting to see the link between your work and free software, you'll find plenty of great conversations at LibrePlanet 2014.
Register today to catch all of these amazing sessions at LibrePlanet.

Location, Location, Location

LibrePlanet 2014 will be held in the iconic Stata Center on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. We'll have some beautiful lecture halls for our sessions and a great big hallway for our exhibitors. (If you're thinking about applying for an exhibit table, the deadline is January 31st, so get crackin'.) This building was designed by Frank Gehry and is also home to the offices of World Wide Web Consortium. So, while you're at LibrePlanet, you just may want to drop in and ask W3C why they are considering weaving support for DRM into HTML5!
Register today to bask in the shiny glory of the Stata Center.


Our traditional Friday night open house at the FSF offices is getting a new twist this year--we're adding a cryptoparty! We've also got the Free Software Awards, and a few new and exciting events we're working on announcing. Needless to say, there will be lots of fun activities to fill your evenings during LibrePlanet.
So, what are you waiting for? Registration is open, and, as always, admission to the conference is gratis for FSF members and students. Not a member? Join today and you'll get admission to the conference, plus you'll be helping us meet our winter fundraising goal of $450,000 by January 31st. See you in eight weeks!
Libby and the LibrePlanet team
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Control Your Computer With Your Brain via Open Source

InfoWorld (01/13/14) 

The team behind the OpenBCI project hopes to release the third iteration of the OpenBCI board sometime around April 2014. Joel Murphy and Conor Russomanno, a Brooklyn, NY--based designer and engineer, respectively, are working on prototypical technology that will enable people to control computers with their brains. The latest version includes Bluetooth LE connectivity and other improvements. As part of the OpenBCI project, they are developing an affordable electroencephalography (EEG)-reading headset device that would provide access to high-quality, raw EEG data with minimal power consumption, without the use of blackbox algorithms or proprietary hardware designs. The open source software used to drive the board will be available with interfaces for multiple languages and several existing open source EEG signal-processing applications. Other key parts of the project include the OpenBCI controller, which uses the Texas Instruments ADS1299 Analog Front End IC, while the headgear, which is worn by the user, is open design and can be configured on a per-user basis.

EU also recommends ODF as a standard format | Steve Woods - Language, Linux, Open Source

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Out in the Open: An NSA-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and BitTorrent

Wired News (01/13/14) Klint Finley 

Concerned about government surveillance of Internet traffic and social networks, Miguel Freitas aims to create a more secure alternative to Twitter using code from Bitcoin and BitTorrent. Although Twitter pushes back on government efforts to obtain user data, caution should be exercised in placing too much information with a single company, according to Freitas. He is building a decentralized social network called Twister, which no single entity should be able to shut down. Twister blocks users from gaining information about specific other users, such as when they are online, their IP address, and who they follow. Direct and private messages on Twister are protected with the same encryption scheme used by LavaBit. Twister is now available in a test version that runs on Android, Linux, and OSX, and can be configured to work with other operating systems because of its open source code. The network uses the Bitcoin protocol to ensure that user names are not registered twice, and that posts attached to a particular user name do in fact originate from that user. The BitTorrent protocol enables Twister to distribute a large volume of posts quickly and efficiently, and enables users to receive almost instant notification about new posts without relying on central servers.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Top 5 open source project management tools, the maker manifesto, and more




  • The seventh annual Apereo Camp scheduled for January 27-30 in Mesa, AZ will provide opportunities to collaborate on all Apereo community projects and initiatives.

  • More than 5,000 developers from all over the world are planning to descend on FOSDEM 2014, scheduled for Feburary 1 & 2 in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Check out the events calendar to see other upcoming open source events and submit your own!

Educators need the right tools to teach and collaborate with their students and others. Our list of open source educational tools for 2014 picks out some of the best.

Linux comes in many flavors, and we know that our readers have all sorts of reasons for choosing their favorite. Take our poll and let us know which Linux distribution you prefer.

GitHub has become the de facto repository for open source projects on the web. In this video, we sit down with GitHub's co-founder and CIO Scott Chacon to talk about culture and the future of GitHub.


Join the open sourced-dialogue about the future of CIOs.

Decisions tend to fall into one of four categories. Learn why strategic decisions are different from other kinds of decisions and
how to approach decisions that fall into the toughest category.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


The Linux operating system has been around for 20 years and the community around it seems stronger than ever. What do you think has made it so successful?
Linux is used in everything from embedded devices to large electronic trading systems. How do you ensure that features added for one use case don’t negatively impact another? For example, performance issues that may affect our industry?
The demand just keeps going up. We as a community and an industry are having a difficult time meeting the demand frankly. This year’s Linux Jobs Report showed that 93 percent of hiring managers would be looking for Linux professionals in 2013 but that 90 percent believed it would be hard to find qualified candidates. This is an amazing opportunity for Linux developers and sysadmins.

What’s next for open source software is being out front every time. It is allowing companies to innovate at higher levels of the software stack where they can differentiate and deliver new products, services, applications and experiences for consumers and customers. Open source is no longer the “alternative; it’s the first choice every time. This will lead to more and more collaborative development among groups of companies from distinctly different industries that need to accelerate technology and address complex technical challenges to transform a market.

The evolution of Drupal, seven ways to contribute to open source, and more




  • More than 250 people are expected to participate in the Coder Day of Service on Jan. 18 in New York City.

  • Learn four steps to creating an effective open source policy in this webinar scheduled Jan. 14.

  • Check out the events calendar to see other upcoming open source events and submit your own!

Are you planning, hosting, or going to an open source conference in 2014? Submit it to our events calendar. We maintain a calendar of user group meetups, seminars, webinars and more. Submit your event here.

A new year brings a new chance to get involved in open source. Here are seven ways you can contribute to an open source project in 2014.

Researchers are told to keep their work secret until they submit it for publication. In this post, Luis Ibanez explains why the scientific community should publicly share information early to accelerate discovery.


Join the open source dialogue about the future of CIOs.

Is this really the age of the CIO? CIOs from PrimeLending and Red Hat discuss the future role of IT, saying it's essential but not sufficient.

Google creates Open Automobile Alliance to put Linux (Android) in cars » Muktware

Monday, January 6, 2014

Google: Compute Engine Plays Nice With Open Source

eWeek (12/24/13) Todd R. Weiss 

Google is working to educate developers about the compatibility of its Compute Engine platform with a variety of open source applications. "Google provides a general set of client APIs for accessing Compute Engine, as well as other Google services," notes Google's Eric Johnson. "However, you may have code or applications written against another language API that makes updating to Google's client APIs questionable." In these situations, open source applications such as Ruby, Python, and Java can be considered with Google Compute Engine, Johnson notes. To automate configuration management of their Compute Engine instances, developers can use configuration management tools. In addition, several open source projects support Compute Engine, such as CoreOS and Docker, which enable the use of Linux containers. In the past few months, Google has sought to help developers find new capabilities and uses for Google Compute Engine. Over the summer, Google announced new developer tools for its key cloud products, and earlier in the year Google opened its Google Maps Engine API to developers and announced a new Mobile Backend Starter that automates the back end of apps development.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Opensource and libre software wishes you a Happy 2014!

OPENSOURCE.COM and libre software WISHES YOU A HAPPY 2014!

Free Software Supporter - Issue 69, December 2013

Free Software Supporter

Issue 69, December 2013

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  • Build us up! Free software is a cornerstone of a free society
  • Register for LibrePlanet today!
  • Defective by Design visits an Apple store (with photos)
  • Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom
  • LibrePlanet for all!
  • FSF responds to Microsoft's privacy and encryption announcement
  • Chirp along with us on your microblogging service of choice
  • FSF: Reform corporate surveillance
  • Windows 8: A "certifiable flop"
  • Ask reddit to upvote user freedom by serving no nonfree JavaScript
  • Upcoming changes for Ututo
  • Interview with Frank Karlitschek of ownCloud
  • Spring 2013 FSF Bulletin now available online
  • Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with free software
  • GNU Press announces gray GPLv3 hoodies
  • Avoiding surveillance
  • More news — server move, new design, kittens
  • GnuPG - Sixteen years of protecting privacy
  • GNU MediaGoblin 0.6.0 released
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibreDWG
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 20 new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

Build us up! Free software is a cornerstone of a free society

They know when you are sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good... You guessed it. We're not talking about Santa. The NSA and the world's big Internet and telecommunications companies have built a massive Surveillance Industrial Complex that undermines all our freedoms.

Register for LibrePlanet today!

From December 9th
Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2014: "Free Software, Free Society," March 22-23, 2014 in Cambridge, MA.

Defective by Design visits an Apple store (with photos)

From December 20th
Ever wonder if you're the only one concerned about DRM when you're doing your holiday shopping? The Defective by Design anti-DRM crew hit the streets to make sure that you aren't.
Press release:

Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom

From December 19th
The FSF has awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to Gluglug X60 laptops. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. This is the first laptop to receive RYF certification from the FSF.

LibrePlanet for all!

From December 23rd
Everyone at the FSF is excited for LibrePlanet 2014, and to make it the best conference yet, we've launched a scholarship fund so that we can bring free software movers and shakers to Cambridge in March for the conference.

FSF responds to Microsoft's privacy and encryption announcement

From December 5th
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a new effort to "[protect] customer data from government snooping." FSF executive director John Sullivan issued a statement in response to Microsoft's announcement.

Chirp along with us on your microblogging service of choice

From December 4th
There are many ways to follow with what's going on at the Free Software Foundation, and we now also have accounts.

FSF: Reform corporate surveillance

From December 11th
A group of technology companies, most of whom were implicated in handing user information over to the NSA, recently came together to ask world governments to reform the way they conduct surveillance. FSF executive director John Sullivan wrote a statement pointing out how proprietary software vendors have enabled government surveillance around the world.

Windows 8: A "certifiable flop"

From December 5th
Looking to upgrade your computer? Join a growing movement of software users and steer clear of Windows 8.

Ask reddit to upvote user freedom by serving no nonfree JavaScript

From December 27th
Reddit is a major Internet hub that's home to lots of awesome communities, and it's always been very supportive of computer user freedom. Since 2008, the vast majority of the codebase has been available under a free software license, but the JavaScript that serves its users isn't labeled with the licensing information necessary for it to meet the free software definition.

Upcoming changes for Ututo

From December 18th
Although the oldest fully free GNU/Linux distribution has come to an end, there are many other actively maintained fully free distributions to choose from.

Interview with Frank Karlitschek of ownCloud

From December 20th
In this edition 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 Frank Karlitschek, the lead developer of ownCloud, a server software project that provides universal access to your files via the Web, your computer, or your mobile devices — wherever you are.

Spring 2013 FSF Bulletin now available online

From December 10th
The latest Free Software Foundation Bulletin for spring 2013 is now online. For this semester's update in free software and free software activism, check it out.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with free software

From December 10th
December 9th to 13th marked the first ever Computer Science Education Week. Unfortunately, the Computer Science Education Week 2013 website and the affiliated website recommend sites that promote proprietary software.

GNU Press announces gray GPLv3 hoodies

From December 10th
Stay warm this winter with our GPLv3 hoodie, now available in gray! The front of the hoodie features the stylish "GPLv3: Free as in Freedom" logo in maroon, with the v3 logo emblazoned on the back.

Avoiding surveillance

By Jason Self, from December 20th
Free software activist Jason Self writes about the threat of surveillance and steps people can take to mitigate snooping.

More news — server move, new design, kittens

By Matt Lee, from December 19th
This month sees a massive update to's infrastructure thanks to our good friends at Bytemark.

GnuPG - Sixteen years of protecting privacy

By Same Tuke, from December 20th
It's been sixteen years since the first release of GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG). In that time the project has grown from being a hacker's hobby into one of the world's most critical anti-surveillance tools. Today GnuPG stands at the front line of the battle between invasive surveillance and civil liberties.

GNU MediaGoblin 0.6.0 released

From December 3rd
GNU MediaGoblin 0.6.0 has been released, featuring LDAP support, a default Terms of Service, and a new admin interface including moderation tools.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From December 31st
Tens of thousands of people visit 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, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.
The next meeting is Friday, January 3rd from 2pm to 5pm EST (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:
After this meeting, you can check to see the rest of January's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibreDWG

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 LibreDWG, which provides information about GNU LibreDWG, an effort to develop a free C library to handle DWG files. 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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 20 new GNU releases!

20 new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 25, 2013):
To get announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: Nearly all GNU software is available from, or preferably one of its mirrors ( You can use the url to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
This month we welcome Joseph Myers as a new co-maintainer of GCC, and Mike Gerwitz as the author and maintainer of his new GNU package easejs, and German Arias as the author and maintainer of his new GNU package fisicalab. Thanks to all.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance. Please see if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see
As always, please feel free to write to me,, 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
So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in January:

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:
  • Hiroo Yamagata
  • John David Stone
  • Aleph Objects, Inc.
  • Julian Kalbhenn
  • Justin Baugh
  • Skowronski Foundation
  • Igalia
  • Boulder Inc.
  • Joseph Kohler
  • Donald Craig
  • Huisking Foundation
  • Kahle/Austin Foundation
  • Manoj Kumar
  • Michael Viren Towanda Charitable Foundation
  • Alipes Inc.
  • John Ramsdell
  • Viktor Przebinda
  • Michael Cavanaugh
  • Russell McManus
  • Scott Boughton
  • Eben Moglen
  • Bill Bogstad and Lenore Cowen
  • Gabor L Toth
  • Matthew Neiger
  • Agaric
  • Tom Puckett
  • Cadoles
  • Howard Bampton
  • Benjamin Wiley Sittler
You can add your name to this list by donating at

Take action with the FSF

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The FSF is also always looking for volunteers ( 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 ( and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.


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