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. u.fsf.org/39o

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, & status.torproject.org. Details on the 97 tickets closed with the Bug Smash Fund:

blog.torproject.org/tor-bug-sm

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...
libreplanet.org/2021/

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 u.fsf.org/395 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: u.fsf.org/37s

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! 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 ...)

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!

librearts.org/2021/01/introduc

#FreeSoftware #FOSS #LibreArts #news

Waymo dropping the term "self-driving": engadget.com/waymo-self-drivin I think the clearest name is "software driven". "Self-driving", "autonomous", etc, elide
what's actually driving them. They are neither toasters nor magic.

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