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  • IP Voice 2008 - Lisbon, Portugal - March 5th to 6th, 2008 -

    IP Voice 2008 ( will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on March 5th to 6th, 2008, and with the main audience of this conference being targeted to enterprise customers and communication carriers.

    There have been a number of Open Software Phone projects that have happened in the past year and which continue to move forward: more>>

  • Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit - Austin, Texas - April 8th to 10th, 2008 -

    Unlike a lot of the events that I discuss in my Blog, the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is a "by invitation only" event with a twist. Normally for "invitation only events", the potential attendee sits by the phone with their prom clothes on, waiting for the call that may or may not come. more>>

  • Campus Party, February 11-17, 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil -

    After speaking at the Florida Linux Show on February 11th, I return ever-so-briefly to the New England area to re-pack my bags and head for Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend Campus Party (February 11th to 17th, 2008). more>>

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    Richard Stallman’s Blog

  • Volunteer -

    I am looking for people to help web sites put free licenses on their Javascript code.

  • Urgent: Resignation of Harris County DA -

    Everyone: call on the Harris County district attorney to resign.

    More info.

  • Urgent: Cancel plans to pass TPP -

    US citizens: call on Democrats to cancel plans to pass the TPP in the lame-duck session of Congress.

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    Sérgio Amadeu


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    GNU`s News

  • FSF Blogs: Free Software Directory meeting recap for August 26th, 2016 -

    Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished on the Friday, August 26th, 2016 meeting.

    This week's meeting got off to a great start as there had been many updates during the week that needed reviewing. Many packages had updates and other new ones were added, including Unknown Horizons and GNU Fontopia. adfeno added documentation for their script to the wiki, so now volunteers can have a bit of an easier time checking the packages. The channel also discussed a licensing issue with a game remake and some potentially non-free data, and adfeno set out to file an issue with the project. The meeting also saw the return of jgay, who initiated and previously ran the weekly meetings. He reviewed a bunch of updates in record time, so it was great having his experience and knowledge back at the meeting. GuiltyDolphin updated Shutter, but found some issues with the available categories and user interface with the directory. So the channel decided that next week's meeting will have a theme of looking to improve the categories and other user interface aspects of the directory. juri_ joined in the meeting and announced that they had succeeded in upgrading the license on their project to the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 by contacting each previous contributor, a truly impressive task. The channel caught a small issue with the package in that the license document hadn't been updated yet! We'll be helping juri_ get their project listed in the directory next week, along with many other packages. If you would like to join in on the fun, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).

  • FSF News: FSF Job Opportunity: Copyright and Licensing Associate -

    This position, reporting to the executive director, works as part of our licensing and compliance team to protect and promote the use of freely licensed works of software and documentation. For over twenty years, the FSF's Licensing and Compliance Lab has been the preeminent community resource for information about free licensing. From enforcement of the GNU General Public License, to certifying software and devices as fully free, to the writing and distribution of licensing-related educational materials, the team does work vital for the free software movement.

    For this position, we are looking for a strong writer who is familiar with free software copyright licenses, and understands the basics of how software is written, compiled, and distributed. Neither a legal nor computer science education is required, but both would be a plus. Ideal candidates will also have experience with administrative tasks and record keeping.

    Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • diligent and careful filing, archiving, and recording of all the FSF's copyright assignment data (both electronic and paper),

    • daily correspondence with GNU and other free software developers from around the world,

    • reviewing hardware devices for our Respects Your Freedom certification program,

    • investigating violations of free licenses on FSF-copyrighted works,

    • public speaking as an FSF representative,

    • writing articles and materials on licensing-related issues and news,

    • helping to organize and facilitate educational licensing events both online and in-person,

    • working with volunteers and mentoring interns, and

    • pitching in to help with organization-wide projects like our major fundraising activities and the annual LibrePlanet conference.

    Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. With our small staff of thirteen, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston. The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings.

    Benefits and Salary

    This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF's downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $51,646/year and is non-negotiable. Other benefits include:

    • full family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
    • subsidized dental plan,
    • four weeks of paid vacation annually,
    • seventeen paid holidays annually,
    • public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
    • 403(b) program through TIAA-CREF,
    • yearly cost-of-living pay increases (based on government guidelines), and
    • conference travel opportunities.

    Application Instructions

    Applications must be submitted via email to The email must contain the subject line "Copyright and Licensing Associate". A complete application should include:

    • resume,
    • cover letter, and
    • a published writing sample.

    All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

    Applications must be received by Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 17:00 EDT.

    The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

    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 and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at We are based in Boston, MA, USA.

    More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at

  • denemo @ Savannah: Release 2.0.12 is imminent! -

    Please test versions labelled 0.0.0 at;O=D

    New Features
    Assign current staff to an instrument
    Create Ligatures
    Add staff for instrument now sets time and key signatures
    Improved menu layout
    Custom Templates preserved on upgrade
    Direct setting of Mute/Printing status of staffs at staff start

    More GUI features
    Highlighting objects as the cursor hovers over them
    Staff tools in Display expanded
    A Movement tools button installed
    Tools in Display now sensitive when hovered over
    Hidden Staffs indicator now clickable
    Bug Fixes
    Fix Print View update when changing initial clef/timesig
    Fix Print View update when using score properties dialog
    Fix WYSISYG beam angle alteration
    Fix display update on attaching ornaments without cursor highlighting
    Fix visibility of cursor on Denemo Directives
    Various fixes to undo
    Handle absence of LilyPond more gracefully
    Edit staff by mouse interface improved

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    Debian Project News

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  • Internal News/Happenings - Mike Gabriel announced MATE 1.14 was landing in unstable, with builds for the 23 architectures supported by Debian. Mike notes that the greatest change is the switch from GTK2 to GTK3 and that there are some known issues such as when running in an NXv3-based remote desktop session. The team thanks all those who helped getting MATE into Debian.