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.
Yep, we need free software for vacuums too: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/26/971681198/users-report-drunken-roombas-after-software-update "go home roomba" "where's that?"
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, & http://status.torproject.org. 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...
There’s an exciting #GNU #Guix program at #FOSDEM this week-end, plus a one-day Guix workshop on Monday 8th!
FSF's 8th consecutive 4-star rating, first ever perfect score: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8557, #4 on Charity Navigator's list of "10 charities worth watching" https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=topten.detail&listid=7
I thought the @FSF was the home of GNU https://www.gnuhomes.com/
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: https://u.fsf.org/37s
Guix has made it into Debian Unstable! This means Debian users can use Guix as a "userspace" package manager now! https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/guix
This is really wonderful! Debian and Guix both care deeply about reproducibility.
This could be a big win for user freedom on both (cotd ...)
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!
Waymo dropping the term "self-driving": https://www.engadget.com/waymo-self-driving-192000562.html I think the clearest name is "software driven". "Self-driving", "autonomous", etc, elide
what's actually driving them. They are neither toasters nor magic.