Free Software Foundation

Boston, MA

Fighting for essential freedoms for computer users since 1985.

  • Special Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup and LIVE STREAM: May 6th

    2016-05-05T18:07:32Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Join the FSF and friends every Friday to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Join the FSF and friends Friday, May 6th, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory. This week's meet-up will include a live video stream, featuring the FSF's licensing & compliance manager, Joshua Gay (see "screen capture" from our test run of the video stream, below).

  • Free Software Supporter Issue 97 is out!

    2016-05-04T19:58:51Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • Beyond reproducible builds

    2016-05-04T19:42:48Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet video now available!

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  • No one should have to use proprietary software to communicate with their government

    2016-05-04T16:47:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) submitted a comment to the U.S. Copyright Office calling for a method to submit comments that do not require the use of proprietary JavaScript. likes this. shared this.

  • 2016-05-03T15:42:04Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    2026: Last DRM-spewing company closes down. People once again share media w/o technological barricades #HowDRMDies

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  • Effective outreach in four steps

    2016-04-29T20:29:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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    Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Red Hat

    The full potential of free software is to break down the barriers to technology and to participation, and to include users and contributors from a wide range of backgrounds. There are four key steps for making communities diverse and inclusive: creating a welcoming environment, teaching skills, fostering connections, and increasing visibility of contributors from underrepresented backgrounds. Whether you are a prospective contributor wondering what an inclusive community looks like, a project contributor wanting to take concrete steps to improve your project's outreach, or a project leader looking to create a diversity strategy for your community, this talk will have the information you need. Marina will share best practices and inspiring stories from her years of experience in free software diversity outreach in roles including outreach specialist at Red Hat, co-organizer of Outreachy, advisor and director for the Ada Initiative, and outreach lead for GNOME.

  • It is Friday! Time for Free Software Directory IRC meetup starting now!

    2016-04-29T16:00:48Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • Richard Stallman, recipient of the ACM Software System Award for the development and leadership of GCC

    2016-04-29T15:30:54Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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  • ThankGNU James Wilson, Ed Price, and Francis Rowe for donating

    2016-04-28T17:25:58Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • Take control of your communication with Ring!

    2016-04-28T16:17:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet video now available

    Adrien Béraud and Guillaume Roguez, Savoir-faire Linux

    Do you know Ring? It's a free software for real-time communication. Developed by Savoir-faire Linux and a community of contributors, it operates in peer-to-peer - so without a central server. Communication is tightly coupled to the sense of liberty. Ring let users keep control of their exchanges.

    It allows you to make audio or video calls, and to send messages - in confidence and safely. Currently in an alpha version, Ring is even more than that! Available on GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, and Android, it can be associated with a conventional phone service, integrated with any connected device, and adapted to the specific needs of users. It is a combination of technologies and innovations opening all kinds of perspectives for everyone!

    During this presentation, you will understand how Ring is built to respect privacy and how you can use it. You will also discover why it is an essential tool for the future and how Ring defends freedom.

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  • Software Freedom Conservancy - Non-profit Problem Solver

    2016-04-28T14:41:14Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers , Bradley M. Kuhn

    Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for a new employee to fill a number of roles within the organization.

    Conservancy is a nonprofit charity that promotes and improves free and open source software projects. We are home to almost 40 projects, including Git, Samba, Inkscape, QEMU, phpMyAdmin, and Selenium (to name a few). Conservancy is the home of Outreachy, an award winning diversity intiative, and we also work to improve software freedom generally. Our organization is involved in every area of the software freedom community: from handling bookkeeping and accounting; to license analysis, compliance, education, and enforcement; to project and community mentorship; to administration and devops work for and with our member projects; to software development in strategic areas, such as non-profit accounting, where existing free software doesn't do the job yet.

    We are a growing nonprofit with three full time staff members. We recognize that as a small software freedom nonprofit our needs are unique. We seek a fourth full-time employee who can fill more than one role within the organization. Accordingly, we are able to tailor the position for the right candidate and expect that person to grow and develop along with the organization.

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    I'm glad my two favorite nonprofits look out for each other! :)

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-04-28T14:50:59Z

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    >> Stephen Michael Kellat:

    “ Applied”

    You can do it, !

    Kete Foy at 2016-04-29T17:30:55Z

  • Advocate for yourself at work: use more free software and keep contributing to the community

    2016-04-27T20:51:22Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet video now available!

    Deb Nicholson, Open Invention Network and Richard Fontana, Red Hat

    Your workplace can exert a lot of control over how much free software you use, what you're allowed to work on in your own time and what kinds of tools you become an expert in. New employees don't always negotiate their contracts to make sure they can continue contributing to free software and current employees aren't always successful at advocating for using free software tools, choosing free software technologies or contributing changes back upstream when they do rely on free software. This talk addresses what's possible, what your legal department is likely to be concerned about and how to be a smooth negotiator at work. Many companies could benefit tremendously from using FLOSS, but free software enthusiasts and institutional gatekeepers are coming from very different perspectives. Free software developers and users tend to be most familiar with free software's benefits when compared to proprietary solutions; user freedom, reusing code, public code review for bugs, increased project capacity and cost. The uninitiated may -- unfortunately -- be most familiar with the risks, some real and some perceived. Employers also benefit from having workers who are passionate about their work, are well-connected to the free software community and are constantly learning about new technologies from their peers outside the company, but new employee contracts rarely recognize this unless you ask. Conversations about contracts, choosing new technologies and sharing an employee's work with another entity are high stakes negotiations. With a solid understanding of what worries and motivates the other parties, you can become a savvy advocate for free software at work. This talk will help you gather information, frame the conversation and make the best possible case for using and contributing to free software at work.

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  • ThankGNU AskApache, in honor of RMS Last MIT Hacker for donating

    2016-04-27T13:40:01Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • Artificial scarcity: beyond the digital

    2016-04-26T15:36:52Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet video now available.

    Digital resources such as software programs can be easily copied and shared, but distribution is restrained by technical, legal, and cultural means. The free culture community is not the first to fight "artificial scarcity." What can we learn from other communities and movements?

    This presentation is a series of case studies covering a variety of other forms of artificial scarcity, including food waste, housing vacancy, and the destruction of excess retail merchandise. It focuses on efforts to combat this scarcity, highlighting what's worked and drawing lessons from what hasn't.

    By exploring the connections between free culture and other anti-scarcity movements, we find new approaches, new allies, and new opportunities to stand up for the public commons.

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    Artificial scarcity, indeed!

    JanKusanagi at 2016-04-26T16:21:59Z

  • FSF Job Opportunity: Operations Assistant

    2016-04-25T20:51:05Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a motivated and organized Boston-based individual to be its full-time Operations Assistant.

    This position works closely with FSF staff and management to ensure all administrative functions of the FSF run smoothly and efficiently, preserving our 4-star Charity Navigator rating and boosting all areas of our work.

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  • Startup seeks Node.js software engineer

    2016-04-25T20:49:38Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Are you an amazing Node.js engineer? Are you passionate about decentralization, free software, and the blockchain? Do you want to change the way people own data? Have you ever geeked out over novel p2p pub/sub systems? If so, we’d would love to meet you!

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  • FSF & GNU release ethical evaluations of code-hosting services

    2016-04-25T19:58:00Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project announced evaluations of several major repository-hosting services according to the standards of the GNU Ethical Criteria for Code Repositories. Released in 2015, these criteria grade code-hosting services for their commitment to user privacy and freedom. At the time of publication, Savannah and GitLab have met or surpassed the baseline standards of the criteria.

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    At various points, gitlab has taken community-funded features and used them as "value-add" for their non-community edition.  Not sure I trust their values. at 2016-04-25T22:37:49Z

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    Yeah, as much as I like GitLab Community Edition, there are parts of the app that are purposely crippled. For example, any visual customization basically requires altering hard-coded templates and stylesheets.

    Sean Tilley at 2016-04-25T23:38:24Z

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) , like this.

    I wish this comparison included Gogs as well.  Hosted versions like appear to be well on their way to an A rating.

    Benjamin Cook at 2016-04-26T00:15:21Z

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    do I need so much complexity?

    prefer to host it myself and keep it simple

    looks like some of them could be installed that way though.

    I'll look at those first

    (I probably should have done that decades ago)

    Michael at 2016-04-26T07:06:39Z

  • Taking back our freedom: free software for sousveillance

    2016-04-25T16:41:32Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet video now available

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  • 12º Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre el 23 de abril 2016

    2016-04-22T15:56:42Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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  • Trans Code: free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hacker

    2016-04-22T14:37:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers