Topic: fsf

GNU celebrates 40 years

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the GNU operating system, and a number of its users are coming together around the world to celebrate the milestone.  GNU is an open-source operating system similar to Unix that was created in 1983 by Richard Stallman. In 2019, following controversy around statements he made around Jeffrey Epstein and … continue reading

Zoë Kooyman ushers in new era for FSF as new executive director

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a nonprofit that exists to promote software freedom, announced that Zoë Kooyman has been appointed as the organization’s new executive director.  She will replace John Sullivan, who held the role for the past 12 years. Sullivan will stay with the organization for the next few months in order to ensure … continue reading

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

SD Times news digest: PHP moves to GitHub, OSI’s statement on Stallman, and Ian Kelling joins FSF board of directors

The PHP programming language team has announced its repositories on GitHub are now canonical and changes should be pushed directly to GitHub rather than to This change follows two malicious commits that were pushed to the php-src repo. “While investigation is still underway, we have decided that maintaining our own git infrastructure is an … 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

FSF asking for feedback on its High Priority Free Software Projects list

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a call for feedback from the community. This feedback will be used to create an update to the FSF’s High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP). According to the Foundation, the HPP initiative draws attention to specific area of development and projects of strategic importance, with the ultimate goal … 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

FSF calls on Microsoft to open source Windows 7

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is calling on Microsoft to open source Windows 7 now that it has reached End of Life. Windows 7 reached End of Life on January 14, 2020.  “The end of Windows 7’s lifecycle gives Microsoft the perfect opportunity to undo past wrongs, and to upcycle it instead,” the FSF wrote … 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 Protection Status