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Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot

December 29th, 2012 12:05 admin View Comments

DRM

hypnosec writes “The Free Software Foundation is on an offensive against restricted boot systems and is busy appealing for donations and pledge in the form of signatures in a bid to stop systems such as the UEFI SecureBoot from being adopted on a large-scale basis and becoming a norm in the future. The FSF, through an appeal on its website, is requesting users to sign a pledge titled ‘Stand up for your freedom to install free software‘ that they won’t be purchasing or recommending for purchase any such system that is SecureBoot enabled or some other form of restricted boot techniques. The FSF has managed to receive, as of this writing, over 41,000 signatures. Organizations like the Debian, Edoceo, Zando, Wreathe and many others have also showed their support for the campaign.”

Source: Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

December 23rd, 2012 12:20 admin View Comments

GNU is Not Unix

In a scathing rant posted to a GNU project mailing list, the maintainer of grep and sed announced that he was quitting the GNU project over technical and administrative disagreements. Chief among them: He believes RMS is detrimental to the project by slowing down technical innovation (the example used was RMS’s distaste for C++, not exactly a strong point against RMS). Additionally, he noted that the FSF is not doing enough to help GNU “Projects such as gnash are bound to have constant funding problems despite being (and having been for years) in the FSF’s list of high priority projects.”. Finally: “Attaching the GNU label to one’s program has absolutely no attractiveness anymore. People expect GNU to be as slow as an elephant, rather than as slick as a gazelle, and perhaps they are right. Projects such as LLVM achieve a great momentum by building on the slowness of GNU’s decision processes, and companies such as Apple get praise even if they are only embracing these projects to avoid problems with GPLv3.” The author is quick to note that he has no philosophical disagreements with GNU or the FSF.

Source: GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

FSF Certifies First Device in “Respects Your Freedom” Program

October 10th, 2012 10:12 admin View Comments

GNU is Not Unix

Earlier this year, the Free Software Foundation announced a hardware endorsement campaign for hardware that respects the rights of its owner (no DRM, runs Free Software, support for open formats, no or freely licensed patents, etc.). Now, they’ve announced that the Lulzbot AO-100 3D Printer is the first device to pass certification and be endorsed by the FSF. Source code to both the hardware and software is available, naturally.

Source: FSF Certifies First Device in “Respects Your Freedom” Program

Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

September 25th, 2012 09:43 admin View Comments

Open Source

tqft writes “From the sourceforge page: ‘Source Sans is a set of monospaced OpenType fonts that have been designed to work well coding environments. This family of fonts is a complementary design to the Source Sans family.’ License: Open Font License 1.1 (OFL 1.1) (both FSF and DFSG free). Hope to see it Debian (& other) repositories soon.” The example text doesn’t really look too much better than Inconsolata. But, hey, who can complain about more liberally licensed fonts?

Source: Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

Ubuntu Can’t Trust FSF’s Secure Boot Solution

July 6th, 2012 07:41 admin View Comments

Ubuntu

sfcrazy writes “The Free Software Foundation recently published a whitepaper criticizing Ubuntu’s move to drop Grub 2 in order to support Microsoft’s UEFI Secure Boot. The FSF also recommended that Ubuntu should reconsider their decision. Ubuntu’s charismatic chief, Mark Shuttleworth, has responded to the situation during an interview, and explained the reason they won’t change their stand on dropping Grub 2 from Ubuntu. Shuttleworth said, ‘The SFLC advice to us was that the FSF could require key disclosure if some OEM screwed up. As nice as it is that someone at the FSF says they would not, we have to plan for a world where leaders change and institutional priorities change. The FSF wrote a licence that would give them the rights to take specific actions, and it’s hard for them to argue they never would!’”

Source: Ubuntu Can’t Trust FSF’s Secure Boot Solution

FSF Criticises Ubuntu For Dropping Grub 2 For Secure Boot

July 2nd, 2012 07:45 admin View Comments

Ubuntu

sfcrazy writes “The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published a whitepaper recommending free operating systems how to deal with UEFI secure boot. In the whitepaper, the foundation has criticized the approach Canonical/Ubuntu has taken to deal with the problem. The paper reads: ‘It is not too late to change. We urge Ubuntu and Canonical to reverse this decision, and we offer our help in working through any licensing concerns. We also hope that Ubuntu, like Fedora, will actively support users generating and using their own signing keys to run and share any versions of the software, and not require users to install a key from Canonical to get the full benefit of their operating system.’”

Source: FSF Criticises Ubuntu For Dropping Grub 2 For Secure Boot

Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a ‘Gambling Site’

June 24th, 2012 06:27 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes The FSF slammed Microsoft for categorizing donate.fsf.org website as a ‘Gambling Site.’ Corporate systems that use a Microsoft ‘network security’ program cannot access FSF donation website because of this and as a result, many people were unable to make donations. FSF has submitted a correction to Microsoft and they are now waiting for a response. However, John Sullivan warned corporate about Microsoft’s proprietary network security programs.”

Source: Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a ‘Gambling Site’

RMS Robbed of Passport and Other Belongings In Argentina

June 10th, 2012 06:18 admin View Comments

Crime

New submitter Progman3K writes “Richard Stallman, father of the FSF, had his bag containing his laptop, medicine, money and passport stolen after his talk at the University of Buenos Aires on Friday, June 8.” Adds reader jones_supa, excerpting from the same linked story: “As a result of this occurrence, he was forced to cancel his talk in Cordoba, and it’s still unknown how this will impact the rest of his speaking engagements throughout the world.”

Source: RMS Robbed of Passport and Other Belongings In Argentina

FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

August 22nd, 2011 08:29 admin View Comments

Android

jfruhlinger writes “We’ve already seen claims from Edward Naughton and Florian Mueller that most Android distributors are in violation of the GPL — claims that the open source community has, for the most part, rejected. Therefore it’s disheartening to see that the FSF is using this line of reasoning to push the GPL v3 over the supposedly more troublesome GPL v2. The FSF’s press release on the subject emphasizes ‘worries’ without bringing up a specific concrete case of infringement — a classic FUD technique.”

Source: FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

FSF On How To Choose a License

May 27th, 2011 05:02 admin View Comments

Media

ciaran_o_riordan writes “FSF have put together their license recommendations, beyond just their own licenses, for software, documentation, and other works: ‘People often ask us what license we recommend they use for their project. We’ve written about this publicly before, but the information has been scattered around between different essays, FAQ entries, and license commentaries. This article collects all that information into a single source, to make it easier for people to follow and refer back to. The recommendations below are focused on licensing a work that you create — whether that’s a modification of an existing work, or a new original work.’”

Source: FSF On How To Choose a License

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