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Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's
(FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and
196,565 other activists. That's 1,170 more than last month!

## TABLE OF CONTENTS

* The FSF is 5,000 members strong -- thanks to you
* Licensing and Compliance Lab: The most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions
* Registration and schedule for Copyleft Conf
* The fight over Europe’s Internet just got even messier
* In January, the EU starts running bug bounties on free software
* NSA to release a free reverse engineering tool
* Google proposes changes to Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions
* GNU Ring changes name to GNU Jami
* UK health service prescribes nonfree "app therapy" for children
* It's now clear that none of the supposed benefits of killing net neutrality were real
* GNOME Project: 2018 year-end summary
* Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
* LibrePlanet featured resource: Guix/Wishlist
* GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 22 new GNU releases!
* GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Thank GNUs!
* GNU copyright contributions
* Take action with the FSF!

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###

### The FSF is 5,000 members strong -- thanks to you

*From January 15*

In the first week of January, we closed the Free Software Foundation's
end of the year fundraiser and associate membership drive, and we'd
like to thank you for your generosity and support. Because of you,
we've raised $441,802 and had 488 new associate members join --
surpassing our goal of 400 new members, and pushing our total
membership over 5,000. Thank you for donating, joining, and spreading
the word.

Not a member yet? Build on the momentum and join the movement for free
software at .

*

### Licensing and Compliance Lab: The most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions

*From January 25 by Jake Glass*

The [FSF Licensing and Compliance Lab](https://www.fsf.org/licensing/)
is committed to helping free software developers around the world with
their questions sent to . Our primary goal is to
support what we believe is the best legal tool we have for protecting
the rights of users, [copyleft](https://www.gnu.org/copyleft/). The
Lab works toward that goal by offering licensing education, running
certification programs like Respects Your Freedom, providing license
compliance and enforcement for the GNU Project, and fielding licensing
questions from the free software community.

In the course of this work, we often refer back to questions in the
comprehensive [Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses
(FAQ)](https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html). The FAQ is quite
long, with over 150 questions. Looking at the Licensing and Compliance
Lab's email referrals to the FAQ can help us gauge the questions that
are the most frequent, or perhaps the most confusing. We'd like to
share some of the insights we've gathered in our work to make our
licensing resources as effective as possible.

*

### Registration and schedule for Copyleft Conf

*From January 10 by Software Freedom Conservancy*

Conservancy is very excited to share the schedule for the first-ever
Copyleft Conf with you! Copyleft Conf is a one-day event, taking place
on February 4 in downtown Brussels, Belgium. FSF campaigns manager
Molly de Blanc will be delivering the keynote speech, ["The margins of
software
freedom,"](https://www.fsf.org/events/molly-deblanc-20190204-brussels-copyleftconf)
and FSF executive director John Sullivan will be delivering the speech
["< script
src="trap.js">< /script >."](https://www.fsf.org/events/john-sullivan-20190204-brussels-copyleftconf) We
hope we'll see you there!

*

### The fight over Europe’s Internet just got even messier

*From January 23 by James Vincent*

The European Union’s (EU) Copyright Directive has led a tortured life,
even by the standards of EU law. This bundle of legislation, intended
to comprehensively update copyright for the Internet age, was hotly
debated in Parliament and public all last year. But as of the
beginning of this month, it seemed to be edging its way toward a final
vote. That is until six countries switched sides during negotiations,
booting the proposed directive back into legislative limbo yet again.

The sticking point continues to be the appalling Articles 11 and 13,
also known as the "link tax" and "upload filter." Article 11 gives
publishers the right to charge a fee when platforms like Google or
Facebook show snippets of their articles, while Article 13 makes these
platforms directly liable for user-uploaded media that infringes
copyright. [As we
noted](https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/free-software-is-at-risk-in-the-eu-take-action-now)
back in June 2018, Article 13 would make it impossible for developers
to build off of one another's code, which would be a blow to the
collaborative development of free software and would push against the
basic freedoms of free software.

*

### In January, the EU starts running bug bounties on free software

*From December 27 by Julia Reda*

In 2014, security vulnerabilities were found in important free
software projects, including the encryption library OpenSSL. This type
of software is called a library because it provides standard functions
to a huge number of other software programs. And they subsequently
suffered from the issue. Since OpenSSL is also very important for the
encryption of Internet traffic, it is also highly relevant to the
protection of your personal communication, or your payment details
when you’re shopping online. The issue made lots of people realize how
important free software is for the integrity and reliability of the
Internet and other infrastructure. That is why my colleague Max
Andersson and I started the free software audit project: FOSSA.

In 2017, the project added the carrying out of bug bounties on
important free software projects to the list of measures we wanted to
put in place to increase security. In January, the European Commission
is launching 14 out of a total of 15 bug bounties on free software
projects that EU institutions rely on. A bug bounty is a prize for
people who actively search for security issues. The amount of the
bounty depends on the severity of the issue uncovered and the relative
importance of the software.

You can contribute by analyzing the software, and by submitting any
bugs or vulnerabilities you find to the involved bug bounty
platforms. Check out the full article for a full list of projects that
need your help!

*

### NSA to release a free reverse engineering tool

*From January 5 by Catalin Cimpanu*

The US National Security Agency (NSA) will release a free reverse
engineering tool at the upcoming RSA security conference that will be
held at the start of March, in San Francisco. The software's name is
GHIDRA and in technical terms, is a disassembler, a piece of software
that breaks down executable files into assembly code that can then be
analyzed by humans.

GHIDRA can also analyze binaries for all major operating systems, such
as Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, Android, and iOS, and a modular architecture
allows users to add packages in case they need extra features. US
government workers to whom *ZDNet* has spoken said the tool is
well-known and liked, and generally used by operators in defensive
roles, who normally analyze malware found on government networks.

*

### Google proposes changes to Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions

*From January 22 by Beau Hamilton*

"Google engineers have proposed changes to the Chromium browser that
will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad
blockers," reports *The Register*. "The drafted changes will also
limit the capabilities available to extension developers, ostensibly
for the sake of speed and safety. Chromium forms the central core of
Google Chrome, and, soon, Microsoft Edge."

This is yet another step towards making browsers serve businesses that
use Web sites to snoop and manipulate, rather than serving users. One
consequence is that it will be impossible to use anything like
[GNU LibreJS](https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/gnu-librejs-new-and-improved),
the Web browser plugin that protects your freedom by blocking nonfree
JavaScript, in the modified Chromium. As we understand it, Chromium
has never had a sufficient extension interface to implement LibreJS,
but we hoped it would be improved. Now we know it won't be.

*

### GNU Ring changes name to GNU Jami

*From January 4 by the Jami team*

On December 2018, GNU Ring changed its name to GNU Jami. GNU Jami is
a universal and distributed communication platform, implemented as
free software, which respects the freedoms and privacy of users. Its
core features -- decentralized architecture and end-to-end-encryption
-- and commitments to freedom and privacy remain the same.

GNU Jami aims to address a [high priority software
goal](https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/campaigns-summaries#hpp) of the
FSF, responding to the challenges of privacy on the
Internet. Developed by Savoir-faire Linux, Jami takes advantage of an
active development community thanks to the support of Google Summer of
Code developers, as well as research partnerships with Polytechnique
Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Visit GNU Jami at
the Free Software Directory at
or on Savannah at .

*

### UK health service prescribes nonfree "app therapy" for children

*From January 23 by Denis Campbell*

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be an effective treatment for
depression and anxiety, but having it administered through a nonfree
app -- and to children, at that! -- is an extremely bad idea. The UK
National Health Service (NHS) will be prescribing "app therapy" to
children as young as age five in 2019, delivered via mobile phones,
tablets, or computers. This may give kids some relief for their mental
health issues, but it will also create a tremendous pool of
easily-harvested information about their day-to-day emotional state,
and neither children nor parents will be able to ascertain how it
works or how their information is used. This is a tremendous
injustice.

*

### It's now clear that none of the supposed benefits of killing net neutrality were real

*From January 24 by Karl Bode*

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telecommunications
sector repeatedly tried to claim that killing net neutrality would
boost broadband industry investment, spark job creation, and drive
broadband into underserved areas at an unprecedented rate. It's not as
though the loss of freedom to use the Internet exactly as users wish
would have been worth it, but it's worth noting how thoroughly untrue
these claims were, as network investment is down, layoffs abound, and
networks are falling apart.

*

### GNOME Project: 2018 year-end summary

*From January 1 by GNOME Project*

With 2018 having ended, the GNOME Project now enters another exciting
year full of software releases, events, and computing
excellence. Looking back at the past year, 2018 brought us two large
GNOME releases, versions 3.28 and 3.30, which delivered improvements
across the board, particularly with performance, usability, and
overall polish. Continuing its long-held tradition, the GNOME
Foundation successfully hosted another iteration of its main
conference, GUADEC, in Almería, Spain. On the technical side of
things, significant developments were made to better support Rust for
use in the GNOME platform, GJS (GNOME’s JavaScript Engine) was
upgraded to support Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey 52, and GNOME made the
important decision to move to GitLab.

*

### 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 irc.freenode.org, and usually include a handful
of regulars as well as newcomers. Freenode is accessible from any IRC
client -- everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, February 1, from 12pm to 3pm EST (16:00 to
19:00 UTC). Details here:

*

### LibrePlanet featured resource: Guix/Wishlist

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 Guix/Wishlist, which provides
information about software that users of GNU Guix would like to see
packaged. 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 Mike Gerwitz: 22 new GNU releases!

22 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 27, 2019):

* [artanis-0.3.1](https://www.gnu.org/software/artanis/)
* [autoconf-archive-2019.01.06](https://www.gnu.org/software/autoconf-archive/)
* [bash-5.0](https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/)
* [bison-3.3.1](https://www.gnu.org/software/bison/)
* [c-graph-2.0.1](https://www.gnu.org/software/c-graph/)
* [diffutils-3.7](https://www.gnu.org/software/diffutils/)
* [ed-1.15](https://www.gnu.org/software/ed/)
* [freedink-109.4](https://www.gnu.org/software/freedink/)
* [freeipmi-1.6.3](https://www.gnu.org/software/freeipmi/)
* [gnuastro-0.8](https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuastro/)
* [gnuhealth-client-3.4.3](https://www.gnu.org/software/health/)
* [gzip-1.10](https://www.gnu.org/software/gzip/)
* [libidn2-2.1.0](https://www.gnu.org/software/libidn/)
* [mdk-1.2.10](https://www.gnu.org/software/mdk/)
* [mit-scheme-10.1.5](https://www.gnu.org/software/mit-scheme/)
* [moe-1.10](https://www.gnu.org/software/moe/)
* [ocrad-0.27](https://www.gnu.org/software/ocrad/)
* [parallel-20190122](https://www.gnu.org/software/parallel/)
* [readline-8.0](https://www.gnu.org/software/readline/)
* [recutils-1.8](https://www.gnu.org/software/recutils/)
* [tar-1.31](https://www.gnu.org/software/tar/)
* [tramp-2.4.1](https://www.gnu.org/software/tramp/)

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To download: nearly all GNU software is available from
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If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to
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As always, please feel free to write to us at
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### GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain

Donate to support the GNU Toolchain, a collection of foundational
freely licensed software development tools including the [GNU C
Compiler collection (GCC)](https://gcc.gnu.org/), the [GNU C Library
(glibc)](https://www.gnu.org/software/libc/libc.html), and the [GNU
Debugger (GDB)](https://sourceware.org/gdb/).

*

### 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 this month:

* February 7, 2019, Toronto, Canada, ["Free software: Your freedom in computing"](https://www.fsf.org/events/rms-20190207-toronto)
* February 11, 2019, Bozeman, Montana, USA, ["Free software and your freedom"](https://www.fsf.org/events/rms-20190211-bozeman)

### Other FSF and free software events

* February 2, 2019, FOSDEM, Brussels, Belgium, [John Sullivan, "Who wants you to think nobody uses the AGPL and why"](https://www.fsf.org/events/john-sullivan-20190202-brussels-fosdem)
* February 3, 2019, FOSDEM, Brussels, Belgium, [John Sullivan, "JavaScript: If you love it, set it free"](https://www.fsf.org/events/john-sullivan-20190203-brussels-fosdem)
* February 4, 2019, Copyleft Conf, Brussels, Belgium, [Molly de Blanc, "The margins of software freedom"](https://www.fsf.org/events/molly-deblanc-20190204-brussels-copyleftconf)
* February 4, 2019, Copyleft Conf, Brussels, Belgium, [John Sullivan, "< script src="trap.js">< /script >"](https://www.fsf.org/events/john-sullivan-20190204-brussels-copyleftconf)

### Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation,
and 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:

* Alexandre BLANC
* Clark Everetts
* Conan Chiles
* Dario Armani
* Dean Ellis
* Donald Craig
* Georges Sancosme
* Inouye Satoru
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You can add your name to this list by donating at
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### GNU copyright contributions

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assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:

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* Edward Kigwana (GNU Radio)
* Harald Anlauf (GCC)
* Mak Kolybabi (Emacs)
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Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your
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Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's
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TABLE OF CONTENTS




  • The FSF is 5,000 members strong -- thanks to you

  • Licensing and Compliance Lab: The most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions

  • Registration and schedule for Copyleft Conf

  • The fight over Europe’s Internet just got even messier

  • In January, the EU starts running bug bounties on free software

  • NSA to release a free reverse engineering tool

  • Google proposes changes to Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions

  • GNU Ring changes name to GNU Jami

  • UK health service prescribes nonfree "app therapy" for children

  • It's now clear that none of the supposed benefits of killing net neutrality were real

  • GNOME Project: 2018 year-end summary

  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Guix/Wishlist

  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 22 new GNU releases!

  • GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain

  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events

  • Thank GNUs!

  • GNU copyright contributions

  • Take action with the FSF!




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The FSF is 5,000 members strong -- thanks to you



From January 15



In the first week of January, we closed the Free Software Foundation's
end of the year fundraiser and associate membership drive, and we'd
like to thank you for your generosity and support. Because of you,
we've raised $441,802 and had 488 new associate members join --
surpassing our goal of 400 new members, and pushing our total
membership over 5,000. Thank you for donating, joining, and spreading
the word.



Not a member yet? Build on the momentum and join the movement for free
software at https://my.fsf.org/join.






Licensing and Compliance Lab: The most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions



From January 25 by Jake Glass



The FSF Licensing and Compliance Lab
is committed to helping free software developers around the world with
their questions sent to licensing@fsf.org. Our primary goal is to
support what we believe is the best legal tool we have for protecting
the rights of users, copyleft. The
Lab works toward that goal by offering licensing education, running
certification programs like Respects Your Freedom, providing license
compliance and enforcement for the GNU Project, and fielding licensing
questions from the free software community.



In the course of this work, we often refer back to questions in the
comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses
(FAQ)
. The FAQ is quite
long, with over 150 questions. Looking at the Licensing and Compliance
Lab's email referrals to the FAQ can help us gauge the questions that
are the most frequent, or perhaps the most confusing. We'd like to
share some of the insights we've gathered in our work to make our
licensing resources as effective as possible.






Registration and schedule for Copyleft Conf



From January 10 by Software Freedom Conservancy



Conservancy is very excited to share the schedule for the first-ever
Copyleft Conf with you! Copyleft Conf is a one-day event, taking place
on February 4 in downtown Brussels, Belgium. FSF campaigns manager
Molly de Blanc will be delivering the keynote speech, "The margins of
software
freedom,"

and FSF executive director John Sullivan will be delivering the speech
"< script
src="trap.js">< /script >"
We
hope we'll see you there!






The fight over Europe’s Internet just got even messier



From January 23 by James Vincent



The European Union’s (EU) Copyright Directive has led a tortured life,
even by the standards of EU law. This bundle of legislation, intended
to comprehensively update copyright for the Internet age, was hotly
debated in Parliament and public all last year. But as of the
beginning of this month, it seemed to be edging its way toward a final
vote. That is until six countries switched sides during negotiations,
booting the proposed directive back into legislative limbo yet again.



The sticking point continues to be the appalling Articles 11 and 13,
also known as the "link tax" and "upload filter." Article 11 gives
publishers the right to charge a fee when platforms like Google or
Facebook show snippets of their articles, while Article 13 makes these
platforms directly liable for user-uploaded media that infringes
copyright. As we
noted

back in June 2018, Article 13 would make it impossible for developers
to build off of one another's code, which would be a blow to the
collaborative development of free software and would push against the
basic freedoms of free software.






In January, the EU starts running bug bounties on free software



From December 27 by Julia Reda



In 2014, security vulnerabilities were found in important free
software projects, including the encryption library OpenSSL. This type
of software is called a library because it provides standard functions
to a huge number of other software programs. And they subsequently
suffered from the issue. Since OpenSSL is also very important for the
encryption of Internet traffic, it is also highly relevant to the
protection of your personal communication, or your payment details
when you’re shopping online. The issue made lots of people realize how
important free software is for the integrity and reliability of the
Internet and other infrastructure. That is why my colleague Max
Andersson and I started the free software audit project: FOSSA.



In 2017, the project added the carrying out of bug bounties on
important free software projects to the list of measures we wanted to
put in place to increase security. In January, the European Commission
is launching 14 out of a total of 15 bug bounties on free software
projects that EU institutions rely on. A bug bounty is a prize for
people who actively search for security issues. The amount of the
bounty depends on the severity of the issue uncovered and the relative
importance of the software.



You can contribute by analyzing the software, and by submitting any
bugs or vulnerabilities you find to the involved bug bounty
platforms. Check out the full article for a full list of projects that
need your help!






NSA to release a free reverse engineering tool



From January 5 by Catalin Cimpanu



The US National Security Agency (NSA) will release a free reverse
engineering tool at the upcoming RSA security conference that will be
held at the start of March, in San Francisco. The software's name is
GHIDRA and in technical terms, is a disassembler, a piece of software
that breaks down executable files into assembly code that can then be
analyzed by humans.



GHIDRA can also analyze binaries for all major operating systems, such
as Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, Android, and iOS, and a modular architecture
allows users to add packages in case they need extra features. US
government workers to whom ZDNet has spoken said the tool is
well-known and liked, and generally used by operators in defensive
roles, who normally analyze malware found on government networks.






Google proposes changes to Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions



From January 22 by Beau Hamilton



"Google engineers have proposed changes to the Chromium browser that
will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad
blockers," reports The Register. "The drafted changes will also
limit the capabilities available to extension developers, ostensibly
for the sake of speed and safety. Chromium forms the central core of
Google Chrome, and, soon, Microsoft Edge."



This is yet another step towards making browsers serve businesses that
use Web sites to snoop and manipulate, rather than serving users. One
consequence is that it will be impossible to use anything like
GNU LibreJS,
the Web browser plugin that protects your freedom by blocking nonfree
JavaScript, in the modified Chromium. As we understand it, Chromium
has never had a sufficient extension interface to implement LibreJS,
but we hoped it would be improved. Now we know it won't be.






GNU Ring changes name to GNU Jami



From January 4 by the Jami team



On December 2018, GNU Ring changed its name to GNU Jami. GNU Jami is
a universal and distributed communication platform, implemented as
free software, which respects the freedoms and privacy of users. Its
core features -- decentralized architecture and end-to-end-encryption
-- and commitments to freedom and privacy remain the same.



GNU Jami aims to address a high priority software
goal
of the
FSF, responding to the challenges of privacy on the
Internet. Developed by Savoir-faire Linux, Jami takes advantage of an
active development community thanks to the support of Google Summer of
Code developers, as well as research partnerships with Polytechnique
Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Visit GNU Jami at
the Free Software Directory at https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Jami
or on Savannah at https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/jami/.






UK health service prescribes nonfree "app therapy" for children



From January 23 by Denis Campbell



Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be an effective treatment for
depression and anxiety, but having it administered through a nonfree
app -- and to children, at that! -- is an extremely bad idea. The UK
National Health Service (NHS) will be prescribing "app therapy" to
children as young as age five in 2019, delivered via mobile phones,
tablets, or computers. This may give kids some relief for their mental
health issues, but it will also create a tremendous pool of
easily-harvested information about their day-to-day emotional state,
and neither children nor parents will be able to ascertain how it
works or how their information is used. This is a tremendous
injustice.






It's now clear that none of the supposed benefits of killing net neutrality were real



From January 24 by Karl Bode



The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telecommunications
sector repeatedly tried to claim that killing net neutrality would
boost broadband industry investment, spark job creation, and drive
broadband into underserved areas at an unprecedented rate. It's not as
though the loss of freedom to use the Internet exactly as users wish
would have been worth it, but it's worth noting how thoroughly untrue
these claims were, as network investment is down, layoffs abound, and
networks are falling apart.






GNOME Project: 2018 year-end summary



From January 1 by GNOME Project



With 2018 having ended, the GNOME Project now enters another exciting
year full of software releases, events, and computing
excellence. Looking back at the past year, 2018 brought us two large
GNOME releases, versions 3.28 and 3.30, which delivered improvements
across the board, particularly with performance, usability, and
overall polish. Continuing its long-held tradition, the GNOME
Foundation successfully hosted another iteration of its main
conference, GUADEC, in Almería, Spain. On the technical side of
things, significant developments were made to better support Rust for
use in the GNOME platform, GJS (GNOME’s JavaScript Engine) was
upgraded to support Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey 52, and GNOME made the
important decision to move to GitLab.






Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory



Tens of thousands of people visit https://directory.fsf.org 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 irc.freenode.org, and usually include a handful
of regulars as well as newcomers. Freenode is accessible from any IRC
client -- everyone's welcome!



The next meeting is Friday, February 1, from 12pm to 3pm EST (16:00 to
19:00 UTC). Details here:






LibrePlanet featured resource: Guix/Wishlist



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 Guix/Wishlist, which provides
information about software that users of GNU Guix would like to see
packaged. 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 campaigns@fsf.org.



GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 22 new GNU releases!



22 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 27, 2019):






For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu
mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.



To download: nearly all GNU software is available from
https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from
https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the URL
https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a
(hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.



A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a
whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see
https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to
help. The general page on how to help GNU is at
https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.



If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to
offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see
https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.



As always, please feel free to write to us at maintainers@gnu.org
with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.



GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain



Donate to support the GNU Toolchain, a collection of foundational
freely licensed software development tools including the GNU C
Compiler collection (GCC)
, the GNU C Library
(glibc)
, and the GNU
Debugger (GDB)
.






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 https://www.fsf.org/events.



So far, Richard Stallman has the following events this month:






Other FSF and free software events






Thank GNUs!



We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation,
and 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:




  • Alexandre BLANC

  • Clark Everetts

  • Conan Chiles

  • Dario Armani

  • Dean Ellis

  • Donald Craig

  • Georges Sancosme

  • Inouye Satoru

  • Luiz Paternostro

  • Maria Miertoiu

  • Mark Wielaard

  • Matthias Herrmann

  • meissa GmbH

  • Paul Allen

  • Richard Harlow

  • Robert Dionne

  • Stefan Maric




You can add your name to this list by donating at
https://donate.fsf.org/.



GNU copyright contributions



Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us
defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have
assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:




  • Andrew Elie Attali (Emacs)

  • Andrew Luo (GCC)

  • Dennis Lambe Jr. (Diffutils)

  • Edward Kigwana (GNU Radio)

  • Harald Anlauf (GCC)

  • Mak Kolybabi (Emacs)

  • Qiu Ji (GCC)

  • Scott Worley (Coreutils)

  • Valentin Sergeevich Ignatev (Emacs)

  • Win Treese (Emacs)




Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your
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