After 18 years with the Free Software Foundation, I've decided to resign my position as executive director, effective at the end of a transition period. We'll be sharing further details, including information about that transition, and a few more words, in the coming days. It's been a humbling honor to serve this institution, and to work alongside the FSF's staff, members, and volunteers over the years. The current staff deserve your full confidence and support -- they certainly have mine.

We're pleased to announce Guardian Project founder and director Nathan Freitas will be joining us as a keynote speaker for #LibrePlanet 2021: Empowering Users! Nathan's work to bring anonymity to millions online is truly inspiring.

This year, your contributions to Tor's Bug Smash Fund have allowed us to work on CI tooling, Tor Browser improvements, defenses against DDoS, GetTor, Arti, security fixes, & Details on the 97 tickets closed with the Bug Smash Fund:

The Free Software conference LibrePlanet is coming up next month (March 20 and 21), hosted by @fsf. I have a warm place in my heart for this conference because I first went on a lark expecting essentially a techbro open-source conference and found instead a community of people concerned with the role of software in society. Unfortunately with an online conference we won't see so much of the community beyond the speakers, but still...

As if I didn't miss FOSDEM enough, when I opened OsmAnd today, it started me at my hotel from Brussels in 2020.

Learning vim every now and then. Is the equivalent to Emacs's M-q really gqip?

Virtual #FOSDEM is this week, and FSF executive director John Sullivan will be appearing on a panel on 2/6 to discuss free software license compliance and users -- check out the details at and watch the panel online!

"Some people are like blisters. They show up when the work is done."

The GNU Press Shop has re-stocked our zip-up Free Software, Free Society hoodie -- if your size was missing, it's almost certainly back now:

Thrilled that our paper (w A. Pietri & T. Allançon) «The Software Heritage Filesystem (SwhFS): Integrating Source Code Archival with Development» has been accepted to #ICSE with great reviews. It presents a #FUSE layer on top of #SoftwareHeritage. Preprint in the working! #ICSE2021

Guix has made it into Debian Unstable! This means Debian users can use Guix as a "userspace" package manager now!

This is really wonderful! Debian and Guix both care deeply about reproducibility.

This could be a big win for user freedom on both (cotd ...)

Nothing like USPS returning a donation from your own family member to your own org in your own org's preprinted envelope as undeliverable. If this happens to you, either re-send, or make the contribution online. We are receiving mail.

seems like a good day to reconsider that whole lifelong going by the middle name thing

Definition of meritocracy is not: system in which you loudly evaluate other people's job qualifications from a distant position with zero knowledge other than their name
and gender.

My December break project was to finally sit down and work on the Libre Arts website for my friend @prokoudine.

We soft-launched on Jan 1 and he's now ready to announce the site is open and ready for all! Come check out the amazing work he's doing reporting and covering the world of Free/Libre Arts!

#FreeSoftware #FOSS #LibreArts #news

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