[2s.mk-friends] Fwd: [FSF] Free Software Supporter -- Issue 33, December 2010
Aleksandar D. Balalovski
abalalovski at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 11:35:57 UTC 2011
# Free Software Supporter
Issue 33, December 2010
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## TABLE OF CONTENTS
* An appeal from Peter Brown
* FSF Fall 2010 Bulletin articles start to appear
* 82 web site domains seized -- a preview of the Internet blacklist?
* Zuckerberg is the Person of the Year? Where's the "dislike" button?
* New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software
* The most important work for freedom seen in generations
* Kettling Wikileaks
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
* Take action with the FSF!
### An appeal from Peter Brown
This year, the FSF turned 25! We were launched by Richard Stallman in
1985 to be a home for the GNU Project, and to undertake the advocacy
campaigns to advance the cause of a free software world.
Our executive director, Peter Brown, wrote an appeal to the community
asking for financial support for the next year. You can join our
membership for $10/month or you can donate any amount using several
methods. Our main funding source is individual donations from people
### FSF Fall 2010 Bulletin articles start to appear
The first three articles from the latest issue of the FSF Bulletin are
now online. You can read "Lending: A solved problem" by John Sullivan,
"When Free Software Isn't Better" by Benjamin Mako Hill, and "The Saga
of the Sun RPC Code" by Bradley M. Kuhn.
### 82 web site domains seized -- a preview of the Internet blacklist?
The Internet Blacklist bill passed out of Senate committee on November
18th. It's now facing some stiff opposition in the broader Senate, but
we need to let that opposition know we support them. If you are in the
United States, please sign the petition if you haven't already, and
write directly to your senator.
### Zuckerberg is the Person of the Year? Where's the "dislike" button?
TIME Magazine praises Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, for creating
a system that has connected people around the world with each other
but, unfortunately, the terms under which he claims to have done this
set a terrible precedent for our future -- for our control over the
software we use to interact with each other, for control over our
data, and for our privacy.
We have prepared some "dislike" buttons which you can use to show your
opposition to that, and to raise awareness about the important
issues of freedom, privacy and autonomy.
### New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software
Richard Stallman recently called our attention to the Homeland
Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of
2010. This bill, currently being considered in a House subcommittee,
has the potential to threaten software freedom.
Its loose wording would allow bad measures like requiring companies,
institutions, or even just major Web sites, to use specific
We need to make sure that free software is not hurt by this bill.
### The most important work for freedom seen in generations
This year introduced several freedom-threatening technologies, from
the iPad to the DRM'd App Store for Mac OS X, and from the more
aggressive DRM on video games to the increasing efforts from
Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Adobe to keep control over users.
You can support our campaign to eliminate Digital Restrictions
Management by donating to the FSF.
### Kettling Wikileaks
Richard Stallman wrote about online protesting and digital handcuffs
in an article originally published by the Guardian.
This article provides an important back story to our anti-DRM
campaign. It helps show the bigger picture of how DRM is a threat to
society's freedom: it's about more than just access to music and
### LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet Italia
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 LibrePlanet Italia, which was the
very first official LibrePlanet local group! It's a great model for
starting your own local group, as several others have done since.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at <campaigns at fsf.org>.
### GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry
acm-5.1 global-5.9.3 libmicrohttpd-0.9.4
autogen-5.11.5 glpk-4.45 libtasn1-2.9
binutils-2.21 gnunet-0.9.0pre2 libzrtpcpp-1.5.3
ccrtp-1.7.2 gnutls-2.10.4 parallel-20101222
coreutils-8.8 groff-1.21 recutils-1.1
denemo-0.8.22 gretl-1.9.3 smalltalk-3.2.3
electric-9.00 gsasl-1.6.0 swbis-1.7
freeipmi-0.8.12 guile-1.8.8 ucommon-4.0.4
garpd-0.2.0 help2man-1.38.4 wdiff-0.6.5
gcc-4.5.2 icecat-3.6.13 xorriso-0.6.6
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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 Tim Marston as the the new maintainer of GNU Gtypist
and Fadi Osman as the new maintainer of GNU Sather.
I'd like to specially note the new pretest release of GNUnet (a
framework for decentralized peer-to-peer networking), made with the hope
of getting feedback from the community. See <https://gnunet.org/> and
get involved if you're interested.
I'd also like to mention the newly-revamped GNU documentation web page,
<http://www.gnu.org/manual/>. It now lists all official GNU packages,
grouped by category, with links to online manuals and home pages.
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
As always, please feel free to write to me, <karl at gnu.org>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
### Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
2011-01-20 | El Movimiento del Software Libre y el Sistema Operativo
2011-01-21 | Software Libre en la Ética y en la Practica
2011-01-22 | El Movimiento del Software Libre y el Sistema Operativo
2011-01-24 | El Software Libre y Tu Libertad
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