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The voting members are *not* the individual associate members one becomes by signing up on the web site. It was initially set to be the same group as the board of directors, but they voting members could add others to their group. The current list doesn't seem to be public.

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Important read: Bradley Kuhn no longer director: ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/2019/10/15/

His thoughtful post reminds me, FSF has a separate class of voting members. Did resign as a voting member or just as dir/president? It's unclear.

Per the bylaws, the voting members are effectively "in charge" of the organization because they are the ones who name the board of directors. static.fsf.org/nosvn/fsf-amend

Don't miss #FSFE's software freedom #podcast! The first episode is about the day against #DRM with Cory Doctorow as guest fsfe.org/news/podcast/episode- #FreeSoftware

Can someone help me understand?

If is "free labor for corporations", how exactly is it not *also* "free labor for individuals" or small groups of citizens?

Don't nationalize Facebook 

> ...software does not, by itself, change the world; it lacks agency. It is the people that maintain, grow, adapt, and build the software that are the heart of the #GNU project...
wingolog.org/archives/2019/10/
#freeSoftware

One of the perks of my job is that I get to learn so much from my coworkers. We're doing an #Equality, #Diversity, and #Inclusion initiative in my office and one of my colleagues just taught me that the #disability part of this is actually covered by a very specific UN goal!

un.org/development/desa/disabi

Towards totally free & open computing: System76 ships new laptops without BIOS / UEFI.

Galago Pro & Darter Pro are two new Linux laptops shipping with Coreboot as an alternative to its proprietary counterparts.

System76 is known for their rock solid powerful line of Linux PC's with a support and enthusiasm second to none. From the boot screen to desktop "29% faster" than with BIOS, thanks to dropping unnecessary features.

=> system76.com/
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#system76 #coreboot #Linux #laptops #pop

"Adobe is cutting off users in Venezuela due to US sanctions" Another example how dangerous it is to rely on proprietary and rented software. This can't happen to you if you build your business on top of #FreeSoftware which is the only software you really own. theverge.com/2019/10/7/2090403

Correct: it's hard to make money working on open source software

Correct: it's hard to make money working on open source software, therefore I will make nonfree software

Incorrect: it's hard to make money on open source software, and therefore I will make nonfree software and claim that it's open source

The official asshat award for today goes to Jan Oberhauser, an asshat who publishes a nonfree software project with the Anti-commons Clause and calls it "open source" in his marketing material despite being well aware that it's not.

n8n.io/

Eat a bag of dicks, Jan Oberhauser.

I will not participate in #Hacktoberfest this year, although contributing to #OpenSource and #FreeSoftware is my day job. First, I already have enough t-shirts. But second, the ecosystem I use on a daily basis is mostly made up of projects that use GitLab, or BitBucket, or sr.ht, or Fossil, or sending patches by mail, or GNU Savannah, or (good grief!) even SourceForge. I think only two of the projects I contributed last year were on GitHub.

The #FOSS world is so much bigger. Don't forget that.

One of my favorite features of is the ability to follow remote instances. @fedilab

Whoo boy, this is the most public statement I've ever signed:

guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-s

Let's hope some good for #GNU comes of this all.

Calibre 4.0 - an excellent ebook reader for Linux!

The development is taking off; adding new ebook viewer.

Calibre is and ebook reader or viewer, an ebook manager, an ebook converter & a general cross-platform do-all-the-things utility, ticking pretty much all boxes now.

==> omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/10/calibr
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#calibre #linux #ebooks #ebook #freesoftware

Very interesting post about the history of FOSS (free, open soucre software) licenses with conclusions about the harm "ethical clauses" may do to FOSS subfictional.com/open-source-l As it states, we already have means to control how people may use (or not) software: proprietary licenses

DOJ has made it clear: they want backdoor access to the private communications of billions of users of Facebook messaging products. We all need to stand up and say no. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/10/open

Would you like to join us and other organisations to support the open letter on #FreeSoftware / #OpenSource #EU #Policy recommendations?

fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201910

If so, see the instructions at the end of the letter.

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