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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 20:10

The hackathon will take place primarily on-line, on the #guix IRC channel on Freenode. We have started collecting a list of hacking ideas. Feel free to stop by and make more suggestions!

The hackathon is accessible to anyone with experience in GNU/Linux packaging or systems hacking. Scheme programmers will find additional things to work on in the tool set. Finally, we will also be welcoming newcomers and helping them get started.

This is a followup to last year's hackathon, organized for GNU's 30th anniversary.

About GNU Guix:

GNU Guix is the functional package manager for the GNU system, and a distribution thereof.
In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. It also offers a declarative approach to operating system configuration management. Guix uses low-level mechanisms from the Nix package manager, with Guile Scheme programming interfaces.
At this stage the distribution can be used on an i686 or x86_64 machine. It is also possible to use Guix on top of an already installed GNU/Linux system, including on mips64el.
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 17:35

GNU Parallel 20140922 ('Scotland') has been released. It is available for download at: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/

Haiku of the month:

bash for loops vanquished
jobs fan out over network
collated results!

New in this release:

  • If the file give as --sshloginfile is changed it will be re-read when a job finishes though at most once per second. This makes it possible to add and remove hosts while running.
  • Bug fixes and man page updates.

GNU Parallel - For people who live life in the parallel lane.

About GNU Parallel

GNU Parallel is a shell tool for executing jobs in parallel using one or more computers. A job is can be a single command or a small script that has to be run for each of the lines in the input. The typical input is a list of files, a list of hosts, a list of users, a list of URLs, or a list of tables. A job can also be a command that reads from a pipe. GNU Parallel can then split the input and pipe it into commands in parallel.

If you use xargs and tee today you will find GNU Parallel very easy to use as GNU Parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU Parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel. GNU Parallel can even replace nested loops.

GNU Parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU Parallel as input for other programs.

You can find more about GNU Parallel at: http://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/

You can install GNU Parallel in just 10 seconds with: (wget -O - pi.dk/3 || curl pi.dk/3/) | bash

Watch the intro video on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL284C9FF2488BC6D1

Walk through the tutorial (man parallel_tutorial). Your commandline will love you for it.

When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU Parallel - The Command-Line Power Tool, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, February 2011:42-47.

About GNU SQL

GNU sql aims to give a simple, unified interface for accessing databases through all the different databases' command line clients. So far the focus has been on giving a common way to specify login information (protocol, username, password, hostname, and port number), size (database and table size), and running queries.

The database is addressed using a DBURL. If commands are left out you will get that database's interactive shell.

When using GNU SQL for a publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU SQL - A Command Line Tool for Accessing Different Databases Using DBURLs, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, April 2011:29-32.

About GNU Niceload

GNU niceload slows down a program when the computer load average (or other system activity) is above a certain limit. When the limit is reached the program will be suspended for some time. If the limit is a soft limit the program will be allowed to run for short amounts of time before being suspended again. If the limit is a hard limit the program will only be allowed to run when the system is below the limit.

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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 15:00

MediaGoblin 0.7.1 has been released! This is a bugfix release building on MediaGoblin 0.7.0.

Upgrading is highly encouraged to those running postgresql databases especially. There were some issues in the previous release that lead to users of postgresql to see random errors. We had some problems related to a couple of (non-critical) features not handling transactions well… these have been disabled for this release, but will likely be re-enabled by 0.8.0’s release.

Thanks to everyone who made this release possible: Andrew Browning, Christopher Allan Webber, Jessica Tallon, Low Kian Seong, Matt Molyneaux, and Odin Hørthe Omdal. Thanks so much!

Please see the release notes for details. Happy goblin’ing!

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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 12:04
I really do hate being right sometimes.  I believe that's enough said on the subject, don't you?  All I know now is that action must be taken.   The era of closed source languages is over and has been for some time.
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:50

This Saturday, September 20th, people everywhere are getting together to celebrate free software. Install parties, encryption workshops, hackathons, you name it. Here in Massachusetts, FSF Web developer David Thompson is running a getting-started workshop for F-Droid, the free software app repository for devices running Android-based operating systems like Replicant.

Wondering what to do for Software Freedom Day? Take a page out of Dave's book and share your favorite free software application with a friend. What better way to celebrate than exercising freedom 2 of free software's four freedoms with your community? If you're on GNU Social or Pump.io or even Twitter, tell us (@FSF) which application you're sharing with the hashtag #SFD (see our thoughts about Twitter).

This is the eleventh year of Software Freedom Day, and people are holding events in almost 100 countries. Thanks, everyone involved for reminding us how active, creative and inspiring the free software movement is. However you choose to celebrate, have a great Software Freedom Day!

Image CC BY 3.0 Unported Software Freedom Day.

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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 15:12

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." We're looking for talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "where" in the broadest sense of the word--it's not just geography-based talks we're after. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have you worked to gain a foothold for free software in your company or community? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and through all kinds of industries, governments, organizations, fields of study, and communities.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around the Boston area.

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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 13:50

FACIL, pour l'appropriation collective de l'informatique libre (FACIL), a non-profit organization focused on the adoption, usage and democratisation of software freedom, invites FSF members and friends to the Software Freedom Day celebration in Quebec. The celebration will also open the Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre (SQIL), which will run from September 20th to 28th.

The event est free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Montreal.

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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 13:49

FACIL, pour l'appropriation collective de l'informatique libre (FACIL), a non-profit organization focused on the adoption, usage and democratisation of software freedom, invites FSF members and friends to the Software Freedom Day celebration in Quebec. The celebration will open the Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre (SQIL), which will run from September 20th to 28th.

The event est free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Montreal.

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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 12:06

GNU RCS (Revision Control System) 5.9.3 is available.

The full announcement was posted to the info-gnu mailing list:

Additionally, the main page for RCS on Savannah now notes that GNU RCS is provided under the terms of the GNU GPLv3+. (This has been the case since version 5.8, released 2011-08-30.)

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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 09:50

This speech by Richard Stallman will be nontechnical and the public is encouraged to attend.

Topic to be determined.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Thiruvananthapuram.

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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 00:00

Released GnuTLS 3.3.8, and 3.2.18, which are bug-fix releases on the next, and current stable branches respectively.

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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 21:42

This speech by Richard Stallman will be nontechnical, admission is free of charge, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Time and detailed location to be determined.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around London.

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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:30

Esa charla de Richard Stallman no será técnica y será abierta al público; todos están invitados a asistir.

Favor de rellenar este formulario, para que podamos contactarle acerca de eventos futuros en la región de Logroño.

El título, el lugar exacto, y la hora de la charla serán determinados.

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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:04

Our Call for Sessions is open now, and you can also apply to volunteer or exhibit at LibrePlanet 2015. General registration will open in October.

You've got until Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 19:59 EST (23:59 UTC) to submit your proposals. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." We're looking for talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "everywhere" in the broadest sense of the word--it's not just geography-based talks we're after. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have you worked to advance free software in your company or community? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and considering its role in industry, government, academia, community organizing, and personal computing.

Should I submit a session proposal for LibrePlanet?

Yes! We encourage speakers of all experience levels to submit a proposal. LibrePlanet is a great place for new and seasoned speakers alike. While LibrePlanet always includes technical talks, our program also emphasizes non-technical topics and topics that are appropriate for newcomers. We are especially interested to see proposals from people who use free software or apply its values for social benefit, from academic research to community organizing, education to medicine and the arts. LibrePlanet is committed to increasing the participation of speakers belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented at free software conferences, including women and people of color.

Some ideas for sessions

  • Sharing a story of how free software has been applied for social benefit
  • Tackling a threat or organizing challenge facing the free software movement
  • Demonstrating a new and exciting piece of software or development within an existing software project
  • Engaging youth, the future of the free software movement. We're looking for proposals for all age groups, from young children, to high school age, to college students
  • Thinking critically about challenges and opportunities facing the movement, and charting a path to victory
  • Bringing a key part of free software history to life
  • Giving newcomers a way to learn about free software principles and philosophy, and/or giving newcomers a way to start using free software in their daily lives

At LibrePlanet, we are looking for sessions that embrace the free software movement's ideals and also its language. For example, using "free software" is better than using "open source."

Volunteer for LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet depends on volunteer support during the planning process all the way through the event. We're looking for volunteers who want to help us with the planning and preparation work for LibrePlanet. Learn more about volunteering and sign up at LibrePlanet.org.

Promotional opportunities at LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the perfect place to spread the word about your organization to an inspired and engaged audience. We have two kinds of promotional opportunities for LibrePlanet 2015: exhibit tables and sponsorships. Exhibit tables will be located in a highly visible primary thoroughfare. Your table and program acknowledgement will reach hundreds of software developers, free software activists, academics, students, and computer users. You can apply for an exhibit table at LibrePlanet.org. Exhibitors will be accepted on a rolling basis until the hall fills, so apply early!

What makes LibrePlanet so special is the amazing contributions from our speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers. We can't wait to hear your ideas!

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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 19:56

LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." The call for sessions seeks talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Proposals are encouraged to consider "everywhere" in the broadest sense of the word. LibrePlanet 2015 will take software freedom around the world, to outer space, and consider its role in industry, government, academia, community organizing, and personal computing.

"LibrePlanet is one of the most rewarding things we do all year. This conference brings people from all over the planet who want to make the world a better place with free software," said John Sullivan, executive director of the FSF.

Call for Sessions

"I hope we'll receive session proposals from people with all levels of speaking and technical experience; you don't have to be a coder to speak at LibrePlanet. Free software users, activists, academics, policymakers, developers, and others are all key contributors to the free software movement, and we want to showcase all of these skills at LibrePlanet 2015," said Libby Reinish, a campaigns manager at the FSF.

Call for sessions applications are currently being accepted at https://www.libreplanet.org/2015/call_for_sessions and are due by Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 19:59 EST (23:59 UTC).**

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation, and is co-produced by the Student Information Processing Board. What was once a small gathering of FSF members has grown into a larger event for anyone with an interest in the values of software freedom. LibrePlanet is always gratis for associate members of the FSF. To sign up for announcements about LibrePlanet 2015, visit https://www.libreplanet.org/2015.

LibrePlanet 2014 was held at MIT from March 22-23, 2014. Over 350 attendees from all over the world came together for conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme of "Free Software, Free Society." You can watch videos from past conferences at http://media.libreplanet.org.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contacts

Libby Reinish
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 - 5942
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 07:58

The GNU Guix project is organizing a hackathon on September 27th and 28th, 2014. The hackathon will take place primarily on-line, on the #guix IRC channel on Freenode. We have started collecting a list of hacking ideas. Feel free to stop by and make more suggestions!

The hackathon is accessible to anyone with experience in GNU/Linux packaging or systems hacking. Scheme programmers will find additional things to work on in the tool set. Finally, we will also be welcoming newcomers and helping them get started.

This is a followup to last year's hackathon, organized for GNU's 30th anniversary.

About GNU Guix

GNU Guix is the functional package manager for the GNU system, and a distribution thereof.

In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. It also offers a declarative approach to operating system configuration management. Guix uses low-level mechanisms from the Nix package manager, with Guile Scheme programming interfaces.

At this stage the distribution can be used on an i686 or x86_64 machine. It is also possible to use Guix on top of an already installed GNU/Linux system, including on mips64el.

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 20:42

We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the IPA Font license. It is a copyleft free software license for fonts, incompatible with the GPL. The IPA Font is one of the few freely licensed high quality TrueType fonts available for Japanese characters, so verifying that the license is actually free is an important step for Japanese hackers. That success does come with one caveat: the IPA Font license has a somewhat burdensome requirement regarding the use of the name of the font. The license requires that derivative works not use or include the name of the original work as a program name, font name or file name. Since fonts can be easily aliased with free software tools, this isn't too big of an issue, more of an annoyance. Despite this flaw, fonts distributed under the terms of the IPA font license carry freedom to users, and so it deserves a spot on our license list.

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 17:27
My personal todo list on GNUstep at the moment in no particular order:

  1. XIB v5 support, currently working on this.
  2. Complete XIB/NIB creation via Gorm
  3. NSMetadata classes
    1. Involves looking into GWorkspace to see how metadata is extracted for files and to separate this functionality out.
  4. Printing on Windows. Integration with PrintDlg and GDI Printing API on Windows.
  5. Fix issues in buildtool/xcodebuild clone.
  6. WebKit implementation/Browser using CEF+elements of SWK
  7. Class Parser bugs fixed for ProjectCenter.

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 22:50

Today's Friday Free Software Directory (FSD) IRC Meeting was focused on GNU packages. In particular, user mtmj updated dozens of GNU packages to make sure that the package identifier used on gnu.org matches the one we use on directory.fsf.org. This is exciting because it brings us one step closer to having a seamless integration between the Free Software Directory and the GNU project (at least in terms of formatting URLs!). The next (super secret project) I want to begin working on is an importer that pulls info from GNU Guix directly into the FSD.

In addition to updating GNU packages and brainstorming some new functionality for the FSD, I want to highlight a new contribution from our newest contributor, c107:

  • Canvas: a feature-rich learning management system. It is licensed under GNU AGPL version 3 (or at your option, any later version).

I believe we have averaged at least one new contributor per week this entire summer! Let's keep this streak going. You, too, can join in on the fun. Find out how to attend our Friday Free Software Directory IRC Meetings by checking our blog or subscribing to the RSS feed.

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 21:45

The TPE-NWIFIROUTER comes pre-installed with libreCMC, an FSF-endorsed embedded GNU/Linux distribution.

"This is a big step forward for computer user freedom. For the first time, you can purchase a router that ships with only free software preinstalled. This router and OS give us a platform that we can trust and control, and that the community can use to begin building our own, free software based network for communication, file sharing, social networking, and more," said FSF's executive director John Sullivan.

This is the third product by ThinkPenguin to be awarded the use of the RYF certification mark. The first two were the TPE-N150USB Wireless N USB Adapter and the long-range TPE-N150USBL model.

Christopher Waid, ThinkPenguin's founder and CEO, said, "ThinkPenguin, Inc. was founded with the goal of making free software more easily adoptable by the masses. Everyone needs a wireless router in their homes, and so I am very proud that we are able to offer users a router that ships with 100% free software installed and that is backed by a reputable certification process provided by the FSF."

To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom hardware certification, including details on the certification of the TPE-N150USB Wireless N USB adapter, as well as information on the driver and firmware for the device, visit http://www.fsf.org/ryf. Hardware sellers interested in applying for certification can consult http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.

Subscribers to the FSF's Free Software Supporter newsletter will receive announcements about future Respects Your Freedom products.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

About ThinkPenguin, Inc

Started by Christopher Waid, founder and CEO, ThinkPenguin, Inc. is a consumer-driven company with a mission to bring free software to the masses. At the core of company is a catalog of computers and accessories with broad support for GNU/Linux. The company provides technical support for end-users and works with the community, distributions, and upstream projects to make GNU/Linux all that it can be.

Media Contacts

Joshua Gay
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Free Software Foundation
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Media Inquires
ThinkPenguin, Inc.
+1 (888) 39 THINK (84465) x703
media@thinkpenguin.com

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