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[Trans-coord-news] GNU news update

From: Nic Ferrier
Subject: [Trans-coord-news] GNU news update
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:00:02 -0400

* 26 September 2006

The first discussion draft for version 2 of the GNU Free Documentation License 
<a href="";>has been released</a>. Please 
read the new text and contribute comments!

* 25 September 2006

Read a few points of <a 
href="";>clarification by the FSF</a> 
with regard to recent misinformation about GPLv3.

* 18 September 2006

Watch <a href="";>Trusted Computing: An Animated Short 
Story</a> by Benjamin Stephen and Lutz Vogel for a great introduction to what 
"Trusted Computing" really means.

* 22 Aug 2006

The FSF is holding a contest to award the honor of the five-thousandth entry in 
the <a href="";>Free Software Directory</a>. <a 
href="";>Read the news 
announcement</a> for the contest details.

* 27 Jul 2006

The FSF has released new discussion drafts of the GPL and LGPL. <a 
href="";>Read the 
announcement</a> and <a href="";>examine the changes</a>.

* 28 Apr 2006

Please <a href="";>sign the EFF's
petition in favor of music sharing</a>.  There is one flaw in the
wording of this petition.  It is a mistake to speak of "compensating
musicians" for copying, because that encourages the <acronym title="Recording 
Industry Association of America">RIAA</acronym>'s dangerous
pretense that they have &quot;lost&quot; something when people copy.  The
appropriate goal is not that musicians be &quot;compensated&quot; - it is to
support music and musicians.  However, that is no reason not to sign the 

21 Apr 2006

Live streaming audio and video are available from the 2nd International 
Conference on GPLv3 along with other parts of the 7th International Forum on 
Free Software. Please see <a 
href="";></a> for the feeds.

14 Apr 2006

The UK government is asking for comment on issues of concern to free software 
supporters. Please send an email comment and pass the word on. See <a 
href="";>the FSF news item</a> for more 
info. The deadline is April 21.

28 Feb 2006

GNU mailing list subscribers: <a href="";></a> 
has recovered and is resuming normal mail delivery. There will be some delay as 
it works through its backlog, but we do not expect any messages to be lost. 

15 Feb 2006

<a href="";>Help stop</a> the WIPO 
broadcast/netcast treaty---it's like
the DMCA but worse. See the <a 
href=""; title="News article about 
WIPO broadcast treaty">FSF news item</a> for more detail.

17 Jan 2006

 to impose software patents in the EU.

11 Jan 2006

Sign <a href="";>this pledge</a> at 
PledgeBank to boycott <a 

03 Jan 2006

Richard Stallman is speaking in New York, NY at an event hosted by Gnubies and 
LXNY on January 4th at 6:30pm. For more details, see the <a 
href="";>event listing at</a>. 

09 Dec 2005
Stop the French government from prohibiting free software! See the <a 
href="";>FSF news item</a> for more 
information, and <a href="";>sign 
the petition</a>.

05 Dec 2005
Richard Stallman will be on the Alex Jones radio show from 13:00 to 14:00 EST 
on 2005-12-06. For more information, see <a href="http://www."></a>.

30 Nov 2005
The GPL3 process is picking up steam. The FSF has released its <cite>GPL3 
Process Definition</cite>, which gives the details and sets the schedule for 
how the new license draft will develop. Read the document and sign up for the 
new GPLv3 announcement mailing list at <a 

28 Oct 2005
Stop the sabotage of OpenDocument! Please attend the public hearing in Boston 
on Monday, October 31 from 1pm to 5pm in Hearing Room A1 at the State House. 
Bring small paper signs to show your support. See <a 
href="";></a> for more information.

14 Oct 2005
MPAA and RIAA are trying (again) to push through the Broadcast Flag, without a 
hearing. <a href="";>Read EFF's 
report</a> and take action.

28 August 2005
Listen to RMS interviewed on the GNU/Linux User Show in <a 

15 August 2005
The US Copyright Office is asking for comments on requiring the use of Internet 
Explorer for a new preregistration service. The FSF is collecting, delivering, 
and posting comments opposing this requirement. <a 
href="";>Send us your 
comments</a> by August 18!

06 July 2005
The European Parliament has voted (648 to 14) against an attempt to impose 
software patents in Europe!

21 June 2005
The FSF is hiring for a <a 
href="";>Senior GNU/Linux 
Systems Administrator and Programmer</a> position. 

21 June 2005
Richard Stallman's article <a 
 Absurdity</a>, calling on the European Parliament to reject rules allowing 
software patents, appears in the Guardian.

13 May 2005
Free Software loving Christians might be interested in taking a look at <a 
href="";>Penguin in the Pew</a>, a book by Don 
Parris which expands on the philosophies from a Christian perspective. (Note 
that this is a third party work and thus not the official view of the FSF.)

10 May 2005 
<a href="";>The Free Software, Free Society (FSFS) 
Conference</a>, organized by Government and civil society organizations from 
Brazil, Italy, Venezuela and India, is scheduled for 28-30 May 2005 in the 
Southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of the 
province of Kerala.

06 May 2005 
The FSF is looking for volunteers to build, test and package fully free 
versions of 2.0 that use GCJ as a replacement for the non-free 
Java platform.  Please look at <a 
href="";>this page</a> 
for a list of bugs, patches and feature requests needed for better support and 
instructions for testing and reporting bugs to the GCJ and teams.

04 April 2005
There is a vital need to draw the Free Software community's attention to the 
ongoing development work on Free Flash and Free Java platforms. <a 
href="";>These projects</a> are 
important because computer users are continually being seduced into using 
non-free software, because there is no adequate free replacement.

08 March 2005
FSF associate members should <a href="mailto:address@hidden";>RSVP</a> for this 
year's <a href="";>annual meeting</a>. 
Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen, Lawrence Lessig and more will be speaking.

18 February 2005
The FSF is hiring a full-time <a 

16 February 2005
There will be <a href="";>a 
demonstration against software patents in Brussels</a> 

16 February 2005
<a href="";>The FSF has 
appointed a new Executive Director</a> and got a new, distinct <a 

22 January 2005
<b>URGENT</b>: The European software patent directive is being introduced at 
the Council for Agriculture and Fishery on January 24. More info <a 
href="";>here</a>. <a 
href="";>Immediate action</a> is necessary! 
More information can be found on <a 
href="";>Foundation for a Free Information 
Infrastructure</a>'s website.

14 January 2005 
<a href="";>Free Software Magazine</a> is 
the free magazine for the free software world, available on paper and in 
electronic format. The first issue of this new magazine has become available 

04 January 2005 
Current FSF associate members will receive a <a 
href="";>customized message recorded by RMS 
or Eben Moglen</a>, suitable for use as the greeting on their answering 
machine, voicemail or home page, when they inspire three new people to join as 
annual members!

03 January 2005
We have revised the music to the <a 
href="";>Free Software Song</a>. 
The <a href="";>Lilypond</a> are 
<a href="";>here</a> and <a 

03 January 2005
GNU founder <a href="";>Richard Stallman</a> will be 
doing an interview with <a href="";>radioActive San 
Diego</a> on Thursday, 06 Jan 2005 at 7PM PST (GMT -8). Those living in San 
Diego, CA, USA can listen to it on 106.9 FM. A press release can be found <a 

02 January 2005
Thanks to Turkish artist Kursad Karatas we now have <a 
href="";>abstract art of our mascot</a>. 

29 December 2004
There is a <a href="";>new page up 
for Windows users</a>, aimed at the Free Software curious. 

24 December 2004
We have placed a banner on top of the main page to thank Poland for blocking 
the European software patent vote. We urge all proponents of software Freedom 
to not only do the same with their own sites, but also send a letter thanking 
them for doing so. More information can be found <a 

14 Decemeber 2004 now provides an RSS feed for our <a 
href="/server/whatsnew.html">what's new</a> page. We are gradually 
internationalizing our news. You should soon be able to read GNU RSS in your 
own language.

19 November 2004
<a href="/jobs/fsf-sysadmin.html">FSF is currently seeking a full-time Senior 
GNU/Linux Systems Administrator and Programmer</a>

14 September 2004
Added Richard Stallman's new article: <a 
href="/philosophy/fighting-software-patents.html">Fighting Software Patents - 
Singly and Together</a>, with a link from the <a 
href="/philosophy/philosophy.html#LicensingFreeSoftware">Philosophy</a> page.

14 September 2004
Added a new SVG logo to the <a href="/graphics/gnusvgart.html" >GNU SVG Art 

21 August 2004
Added a <a href="/">Russian translation</a> of the main page.

21 July 2004
FSF is offering <a href="";>two days of 
seminars at Stanford University</a> on the <abbr>GPL</abbr> and Free Software 
Licensing on August 24 and 25 of 2004.

6 July 2004
<a href="";>Richard M. 
Stallman</a> put a short note on the <a 
href="";>license page</a> 
explaining why the <a 
href="";>Reciprocal Public License</a> 
is a non-free license.

6 July 2004
 Independent</a> reports a US Computer Emergency Response Team alert regarding 
Microsoft's Internet Explorer security vulnerabilities. "It is possible to 
reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by using a different web browser." 
<br/> (However, they should not refer to the people who exploit these security 
holes as <a 

1 July 2004
The Dutch parliament voted to take its support away from the EU software patent 
directive. If a few other countries change their votes, software patents in 
Europe may be defeated in the Council of Ministers. <a 

21 June 2004
FSF <a href="";>The Associate Membership site has a new 

21 June 2004
FSF <a href="/jobs/fsf-db.html">seeks a system analyst/database guru</a>.

4 June 2004
Added a <a href="/server/takeaction.html">Take Action</a> page, and linked to 
it from the front page, and from <a 
href="/keepingup.html#takeaction">/keepingup.html</a>. The purpose was to allow 
for greater flexibility of description of what actions we can take, while still 
providing a brief summary on the front page to explain what we need help with. 
Take Action is modeled after the What's New page.

21 May 2004
Added new instructions for mirroring to <a 
href="/server/mirror.html"></a>. We are now 
recommending using rsync to update mirrors (from, rather than 
directly from us).

18 May 2004
Added <a href="/fun/jokes/merry-xmas.xhtml">Merry Christmas in 4 languages</a> 
to the <a href="/fun/humor.html">humor page</a>.

13 April 2004
<a href="";>Larry Lessig joins the Board 
of Directors of the Free Software Foundation.</a>

13 April 2004
Added Richard Stallman's new article: <a href="/philosophy/java-trap.html">Free 
But Shackled - The Java Trap</a>, with a link from the <a 
href="/philosophy/philosophy.html#LicensingFreeSoftware">Philosophy</a> page.

11 April 2004
Added a link to the UTUTO-e GNU/Linux distribution to the <a 
href="";>Links to Other 
Free Software Sites</a> page.

1 March 2004
Added a link to Prof Eben Moglen's speech at Harvard, to the <a 
href="/philosophy/philosophy.html#Speeches">Philosophy</a> page.

25 February 2004
New action item on the <a href="/home.html">home page</a> regarding proposed 
U.S. copyright bill

24 February 2004
Added a new picture - <a href="/graphics/gnu-jacket.html">a Gnu wearing a 
jacket</a> - to the <a href="/graphics/graphics.html">GNU art</a> page.

22 February 2004
Added RMS essay, <a href="/philosophy/my_doom.html">MyDoom and You</a>

12 February 2004
Added the new FSF bulletin Issues 1 and 2 to <a href="/bulletins">Bulletins 

29 January 2004
Added a link on the <a href="/home.html">home page</a> requesting suggestions 
for free software packages to add to the <a href="/directory">Free Software 

23 January 2004
New look to the <a href="/home.html">home page</a>.

20 January 2004
<a href="/events/nyc-2004-01.html">Events in New York between January 20 - 

14 January 2004
<a href="/press/2004-01-14-record-straight.html">FSF to host press conference 
on the General Public License and SCO versus IBM</a>.

12 January 2004
Added a link on the <a href="/graphics/graphics.html">graphics page</a> to an 
<a href="/graphics/supergnu-ascii.html">ASCII Super Gnu</a>.

8 January 2004
New essay by Richard Stallman: " <a 
href="/philosophy/use-free-software.html">The Free Software Community After 20 
Years: With great but incomplete success, what now?</a> "

8 January 2004
Added a link on the <a href="/home.html">home page</a> to the <a 
href="";>English version</a> of the EFN's web 
page about the Jon Lech Johansen ("DVD Jon") case.

7 January 2004
Added a link on the <a href="/home.html">home page</a> to a news article: The 
Norwegian appeals court sustained the ruling that <a 
 is not illegal</a>.

6 January 2004
Article about the <a href="/philosophy/wsis.html">World Summit on the 
Information Society</a> by Richard Stallman.

6 January 2004
Added a link to the <a href="";>GNU/Linux User Group 
Bamberg/Forchheim</a> website on the <a href="/gnu/gnu-user-groups.html">User 
Groups</a> page.

5 January 2004
Added the <a href="/keepingup.html">Keeping Up With GNU and the FSF</a> page.

2 January 2004
<a href="/fun/jokes/gcc.html">Another humorous email</a> received by rms, this 
time suggesting new options to gcc.

2 January 2004
<a href="/press/2004-01-02-nyc-seminars.html">FSF To Host Free Software 
Licensing Seminars and Discussions on SCO v. IBM in New York</a>. (<a 
href="/press/2004-01-02-nyc-seminars.txt">A plain text version is also 

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