Topic: free software foundation

A statement by the FSF board

The voting members of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which include the board of directors, voted to appoint Richard Stallman to a board seat after several months of thorough discussion and thoughtful deliberation. We decided to bring RMS back because we missed his wisdom. His historical, legal and technical acumen on free software is unrivaled. … continue reading

Red Hat suspends funding to the Free Software Foundation

The aftermath of Richard Stallman rejoining the Free Software Foundation (FSF) continues as a long-time donor and contributor suspends its funding to the foundation. Red Hat announced that it will suspend any Red Hat funding to the FSF and any FSF-related event. Red Hat contributors have also announced they plan to stop participating in FSF-led … continue reading

The free software community calls for the removal of entire FSF board

In response to Richard Stallman returning to the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as a board member, more than a thousand software developers and free software advocates have signed an open letter asking for the removal of the entire board. According to the open letter, Stallman is a “dangerous force in the free software community” and … continue reading

Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project and free software advocate. Oslo, Norway, 23 February 2009

Richard Stallman returns to the Free Software Foundation

Richard Stallman, the founder and former president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), has announced he is returning to the foundation as a board member.  Stallman founded the FSF in 1985 and was the acting president until about 18 months ago when he resigned over comments he made regarding Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged victims.  … continue reading

Free Software Foundation celebrates 35 years in the free software fight

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has been fighting for software freedom for 35 years now. It all started on October 4, 1985 when Harold Abelson, Robert J. Chassell, Richard M. Stallman, Gerald Jay Sussman, and Leonard H. Tower, Jr. established the Free Software Foundation Inc. Their vision from the beginning has been to encourage the … continue reading

FSF reveals plans to build a public code hosting and collaboration platform

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced plans to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform (“forge“) this year.  Members of the FSF tech team are currently reviewing ethical web-based software that will help teams work on their projects, with features like merge requests, bug tracking, and other common tools. “Infrastructure is very important for … continue reading

Richard Stallman resigns from Free Software Foundation and MIT CSAIL

The founder and president of the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman has resigned in the wake of comments he made about accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his victims. He is also removing himself from the foundation’s board of directors effective immediately.  In addition, Stallman will no longer be a visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer … continue reading

Fight for software freedom continues, FSF says

The Free Software Foundation’s future is looking bright according to its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report. The report outlines efforts and accomplishments by the free “as in freedom” software advocacy group over the previous year, from activism to awards and growth in membership and infrastructure. With individual contributions to the non-profit totalling more than $1 … continue reading

Moovweb’s Optimize MEO platform, Verizon launches enterprise cybersecurity service, and Microsoft releases Band Web Tiles, Health Cloud APIs—SD Times news digest: July 16, 2015

Responsive design company Moovweb has coined a new mobile development term—Mobile Experience Optimization (MEO)—and has rolled out a platform to go with it. Moovweb Optimize is an MEO platform allowing developers and organizations to customize code usability and user flow within a mobile app experience for contextual use, while using edge caching, post load and … continue reading

Linux kernel developer and Software Freedom Conservancy sue VMware over GPL violation

VMware has come under fire for an alleged violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL). It has been accused of misusing GPL-licensed Linux kernel contributions in its ESXi line of products without releasing the source code, as required by the license. Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig, along with the nonprofit advocacy organization Software Freedom … continue reading

GNU community members uncover international government surveillance program

Just when you thought public opinion of the NSA couldn’t get any worse, the United States is implicated in another massive government surveillance program. Community members of the open-source GNU Project have unearthed evidence of HACIENDA, a government surveillance program used to map servers in 27 countries. Discovered by security researchers Julian Kirsch, Christian Grothoff, … continue reading

Free Software Foundation crashes Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch

Organization claims operating system is harmful to users’ freedoms, creates privacy and security risks … continue reading

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