Friday, July 18, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why is Docker the new craze, what is OpenStack, and more




Here's what's coming up in July:

  • O'Reilly OSCON 2014, covering the open source stack in its entirety, is scheduled for next week, July 20-24 in Portland, Oregon.

  • OpenEdJam, a 3-day event focused on open education resources, is scheduled for July 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas.

  • EuroPython 2014 is scheduled for July 21-27 in Berlin, Germany.

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

OSCON 2014 is next week! If you're still on the fence about whether to attend this influential open source conference, head over to the site to read our interviews with some of the speakers and grab a 20% discount on tickets.

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What should we teach high schoolers about Internet safety? We've got some great starting points for 21st century high school classroom debate and discussion, with a focus on open source, ethics, and privacy.


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

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Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality is crucial to free software

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs to be convinced that Net Neutrality is worth saving. The agency has asked members of the public, along with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, to tell it why Internet Service Providers should be banned from traffic discrimination. This comment window is one of the best opportunities we've had to make an impact. Comments are due tomorrow, July 15, 2014. Submit your statement in support of Net Neutrality right away using the Electronic Frontier Foundation's free software commenting tool.
Net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, should be a basic right for Internet users. It's also crucial for free software's continued growth and success. Here's why:
Media distribution giants that use Digital Restrictions Management and proprietary software to control what's on your computer have also been fighting for years to control the network. Without Net Neutrality, DRM-laden materials could be easier to access, while DRM-free competitors could be stuck in the slow lane. Web-based free software projects like GNU MediaGoblin could also suffer the slow treatment while competitors like YouTube shell out big bucks for speedier service. The bottom line--an Internet where the most powerful interests can pay for huge speed advantages could push smaller free software projects right off the map and make it harder

Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality will help free software flourish
Activists have worked for years to get to this moment. Over the last several months, things have really heated up--with Internet freedom lovers camping out outside of the FCC, serenading FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with a special version "Which Side Are You On?" The comments flooding in to the agency have jammed the phones and crashed the FCC's email servers. And yet, Chairman Wheeler still thinks he can get away with ignoring overwhelming public outrage and wrecking the free Internet. We have to keep up our historic momentum in order to convince a cable-industry sympathizer like Chairman Wheeler to listen to the public and protect Net Neutrality.
The deadline for comments is tomorrow, July 15, 2014. Don't delay--comment now!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Software Supporter - Issue 75, June 2014

Free Software Supporter

Issue 75, June 2014


  • Reset the Net with our Email Self-Defense Guide
  • Join the FSF and allies: strengthen the Tor anti-surveillance network
  • US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good
  • Recap of Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: June 6
  • "Active Management Technology": The obscure remote control in some Intel hardware
  • Replicant at the 15th Libre Software Meeting in Montpellier, France this July
  • US Supreme Court reining in software patents
  • GCC 4.7.4 released
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: IBM Thinkpad X60
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 23 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

Reset the Net with our Email Self-Defense Guide

From June 5th
This month we joined the Reset the Net day of action by releasing Email Self-Defense, a guide to personal email encryption to help everyone, including beginners, make the NSA's job a little harder. The Email Self-Defense Guide will lead you all the way through the process of sending and receiving your first encrypted mail.
We're excited to announce that volunteers are currently working on translations of the guide and infographic into ten languages. Translations in German, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Russian, Turkish, and Japanese have been published, with more languages coming soon.
Blog posts:
Press release:

Join the FSF and allies: strengthen the Tor anti-surveillance network

From June 5th
We're joining our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in kicking off the Tor Challenge, an effort to strengthen the global Tor network that protects Internet traffic from surveillance. Start a relay and register it with the Tor Challenge! It's easy and works on all operating systems, including the best one — GNU/Linux.

US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good

From June 19th
On June 19, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled a prominent software patent invalid in the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, saying that implementing an abstract idea on a computer does not make that idea patent-eligible. This ruling is an important and meaningful step in the right direction, but the Court and Congress must go further.

Introducing Alex Patel, our summer campaigns intern

From June 30th
Alex Patel will be working as an intern with the campaigns team at the Free Software Foundation this summer. In this post, he writes about what brought him to free software, and the goals for his internship.

Recap of Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: June 6

From June 6th
Updates from the Free Software Directory community from the week of June 6, 2014.

"Active Management Technology": The obscure remote control in some Intel hardware

By Ward Vandewege, Matthew Garrett, and Richard M. Stallman, from June 19th
Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) is a proprietary remote management and control system for personal computers with Intel CPUs. It is dangerous because it has full access to personal computer hardware at a very low level, and its code is secret and proprietary.

Replicant at the 15th Libre Software Meeting in Montpellier, France this July

By Paul Kocialkowski, from June 19th
Replicant will be in attendance at the 15th edition of the Libre Software Meeting (Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre) from July 5 to 11, 2014 in Montpellier, France. Replicant will present the project through a few talks as well as a workshop. In addition, Replicant developer Paul Kocialkowski will present about various freedom issues on ARM devices: ARM devices and your freedom.

US Supreme Court reining in software patents

By Ciarán O'Riordan, from June 20th
"Reining in." It wasn't easy to find a term that was both accurate and also vague enough to describe what just happened. The US Supreme Court today published its decision on Alice v. CLS Bank. It's too early to say exactly what the effects will be, but the news is certainly all good: The Court in no way extended patentability nor did it affirm patentability for any sub-category of software; and a certain category of software patents has definitely been invalidated.
Blog post:
Wiki page:

GCC 4.7.4 released

By GCC, June 12th
The GNU project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 4.7.4. This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 4.7.3 relative to previous releases of GCC.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

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, July 11 from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: IBM Thinkpad X60

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 IBM Thinkpad X60, which provides information about making the IBM Thinkpad free software friendly. 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: 23 new GNU releases!

23 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 28, 2014):
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 Bernd Paysan as the new maintainer (though the long-time author and developer) of gforth and vmgen, and Ruben Rodriguez (long-time developer of Trisquel) as the new maintainer of IceCat. Thanks to all.
Also, please consider attending the GNU Hackers' Meeting in Munich this year, August 15-17; attendance is free of charge, but pre-registration is essential.
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.

GNU Toolchain update

From June 22th
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 improvements to GDB, G++, and GCC.

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 July:

Other events

On the weekend of August 15 to 17, 2014, people responsible for the GNU operating system will gather in Munich, Germany at the eighth GNU Hackers' Meeting The meeting is open to developers, users and all people interested in GNU. It is an opportunity to share ideas and for social interaction within the GNU community.
Attendance is gratis, but prior registration is necessary. More details here:

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:
  • George Tsiagalakis
  • Dominik Kellner
  • Justin Baugh
  • Mirko Luedde
  • Marilee Griswold
  • Laurentiu Mihai Popescu
  • Aycan Özcan
  • Allan Fields
You can add your name to this list by donating at

GNU copyright contributions

Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals, and eleven others, have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:
  • Abhishek Bhowmick (GNU Radio)
  • Dr. Philipp Tomsich (GNU Binutils)
  • Santiago Paya Miralta (GNU Emacs)
  • Jose A. Ortega Ruiz (GNU EMMS and GNU Emacs)
  • Kelvin Duane White (GNU Emacs)
  • Kevin Cox (glibc)
  • Artyom Poptsov (GNU Guile-RPC)
  • Sylvestre Ledru (GCC)
  • Zhuo Qingliang (GNU Emacs)
  • Nick Salerni (GNU Emacs)
  • Braden Obrzut (GCC)
  • Zihang Chen (GNU Wget)
  • Thomas Morgan (GNU Emacs)
  • Dieter Schoen (GNU Emacs)
  • Alex Kost (GNU Emacs)
Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at 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!
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.