Tag: freedom

FSF adds Guix System Distribution to list of endorsed distributions

The FSF’s list consists of ready-to-use full GNU/Linux systems whose developers have made a commitment to follow the Guidelines for Free System Distributions. This means each distro includes and steers users toward exclusively free software. All distros on this list reject nonfree software, including firmware “blobs” and nonfree documentation. The Guix System Distribution is a…

The Importance of Being FOSS

“To my mind, the fundamental freedom is not the freedom to tinker but the freedom to build things out of the software,” said blogger Chris Travers. “This freedom becomes effectively the freedom to use the software to solve problems the designers of the software did not foresee.” Source: Tech

LibrePlanet is coming March 21-22, 2015, call for proposals now open for annual free software conference

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…

ThinkPenguin wireless router now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

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…

FSF and Debian join forces to help free software users find the hardware they need

While other databases list hardware that is technically compatible with GNU/Linux, h-node lists hardware as compatible only if it does not require any proprietary software or firmware. Information about hardware that flunks this test is also included, so users know what to avoid. The database lists individual components, like WiFi and video cards, as well…

Free Software Foundation adds libreCMC to its list of endorsed distributions

The FSF’s list consists of ready-to-use full systems whose developers have made a commitment to follow the Guidelines for Free System Distributions. This means each distro includes and steers users toward exclusively free software. All distros reject nonfree software, including firmware “blobs,” and nonfree documentation. The wireless network router is a ubiquitous device found in…

GNU hackers unmask massive HACIENDA surveillance program and design a countermeasure

After making key discoveries about the details of HACIENDA, Julian Kirsch, Dr. Christian Grothoff, Jacob Appelbaum, and Dr. Holger Kenn designed the TCP Stealth system to protect unadvertised servers from port scanning. According to Heise Online, the intelligence agencies of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand are involved in HACIENDA. The…

US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good

The FSF, Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), and Open Source Initiative (OSI) had co-filed an amicus curiae brief in the case, stating their position that software on general-purpose computers is not patentable. “Today’s ruling is an important and meaningful step in the right direction, but the Court and Congress must go further,” said Zak Rogoff,…