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Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is free software's friend

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Richard Stallman is a free-software activist and creator of the GNU OS that forms part of the basis of modern GNU/Linux distros. He believes that Microsoft's decision to build a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) amounts to an attempt to extinguish software that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve.

"It certainly looks that way. But it won't be so easy to extinguish us, because our reasons for using and advancing free software are not limited to practical convenience," he said.

"We want freedom. As a way to use computers in freedom, Windows is a non-starter."

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FSF, GNU and FSFE

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  • LibrePlanet 2018: Let's talk about Freedom. Embedded.

    The call for sessions is open now, until November 2nd, 2017. General registration and exhibitor and sponsor registration are also open. Pre-order a LibrePlanet 10th anniversary t-shirt when you register to attend!

    Do you want to discuss or teach others about a topic relevant to the free software community? You've got until Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC) to submit your session proposals.

    LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts and everyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. For the past nine years, LibrePlanet has brought together free software developers, policy experts, activists, hackers, students, and people who are at the beginning of their free software journeys. LibrePlanet 2018 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

  • LibrePlanet free software conference celebrates 10th anniversary, CFP and registration open now

    The call for proposals is open now, until November 2, 2017. General registration and exhibitor and sponsor registration are also open.

    LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts and anyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. For the past nine years, LibrePlanet has brought together free software developers, policy experts, activists, hackers, students, and people who are at the beginning of their free software journeys. LibrePlanet 2018 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

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  • FSFE Newsletter - September 2017

    To push our demand, the FSFE launched a new campaign last week: "Public Money Public Code". The campaign explains the benefits of releasing publicly funded Software under free licences with a short inspiring video and an open letter to sign. Furthermore, the campaign and the open letter will be used in the coming months until the European Parliament election in 2019 to highlight good and bad examples of publicly funded software development and its potential reuse.

  • Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Call For Taxpayer-Funded Software To Be Licensed For Free Re-use

    Considered objectively, it's hard to think of any good reasons why code that is paid for by the public should not be released publicly as a matter of course. The good news is that this "public money, public code" argument is precisely the approach that open access advocates have used with considerable success in the field of academic publishing, so there's hope it might gain some traction in the world of software too.

Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi Zero W: Now Available via Humble Bundle!

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Hardware

My new book is now shipping! And it's being launched via a terrific Humble Bundle of books on electronics, making, Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Humble Bundles, if you haven't encountered them before, let you pay what you want for a bundle of books on related subjects. The books are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats, without DRM, so you can read them on your choice of device. If you pay above a certain amount, they add additional books. My book is available if you pay $15 or more.

You can also designate some of the money you pay for charity. In this case the charity is Maker Ed, a crowdfunding initiative that supports Maker programs primarily targeted toward kids in schools. (I don't know any more about them than that; check out their website for more information.)

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BlackArch Linux A Pentesting Linux Distribution

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​When it comes to penetration testing, the best way to go is Linux. Distros like Kali and Parrot are quite popular. Today we're going to look at another awesome penetration testing distro known as Blackarch. Blackarch Linux is an Arch Linux-based penetration testing distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. The Blackarch comes with a tools repository that contains over 1800 tools with new ones being added quite frequently. Let us take a brief look at this Linux distro.

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GNU Releases and News: GNU Lightning, Gnuastro, GNU Libffcal, Jitter, Unifont, Guix-HPC, GNU Remotecontrol, GNU Health

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  • GNU lightning 2.1.1 released!

    GNU lightning is a library to aid in making portable programs that compile assembly code at run time.

  • Gnuastro 0.4 released

    I am happy to announce that the fourth release of Gnuastro now available.

    GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro) is an official GNU package consisting of various command-line programs and library functions for the manipulation and analysis of astronomical data. All the programs share the same basic command-line user interface for the comfort of both the users and developers.

  • GNU libffcall 2.0 is released

    libffcall version 2.0 is released.

  • Introducing Jitter, an efficient language Virtual Machine generator

    During the last few months of this long silence I’ve been busy working on a new project. Of course it is free software, and I plan to propose it soon as an official GNU project.

  • Unifont 10.0.06 Released

    Unifont 10.0.06 is now available. This version has many glyph improvements, most of which were contributed by David Corbett. This version also has make files with Mike Gilbert's modifications to allow parallel make, and corrects a bug in unifontpic for generation of the large Unifont graphic images. See the ChangeLog for further details.

  • Announcing Guix-HPC

    Today, Inria, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), and the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center (UBC) are announcing a joint effort to consolidate GNU Guix for reproducible scientific workflows in high-performance computing (HPC). The three research institutes have been using Guix and contributing to it. The new effort, dubbed Guix-HPC, hopes to extend Guix functionality to better address the needs of HPC users, as well as augmenting its package collection.

    Guix was not initially designed with HPC in mind. However, we believe it has many good properties both for flexible software deployment on clusters, and as a foundation for reproducible scientific workflows. The Guix-HPC blog will regularly feature articles with HPC “howtos” and stories about our achievements. We are thrilled by the opportunities this new effort offers!

  • GNU Remotecontrol: Newsletter – September 2017
  • GNUHealthCon 2017 and Social Medicine Awards nominations

    GNUHealthCon 2017 (www.gnuhealthcon.org) is coming up this November in Las Palmas ! We are very excited, and working hard on the preparations so we can make it a success again.

    On Saturday night (Nov 25th), we will celebrate the GNU Health Social Medicine Awards 2017 ceremony. Besides having a great time with our colleagues from around the world, we will announce the winners of the Social Medicine Awards. The awards are a way to recognize the work of individuals and organizations that fight for social justice and freedom in this world, and a source of inspiration for all of us.

  • GNU Health 3.2.3 patchset released

…and today is Software Freedom Day!

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For its fourteenth edition the Digital Freedom Foundation is happy to celebrate Software Freedom Day! At the time of this writting we have 112 teams listed on the wiki and about 80+ events registered. Over the year we’ve notice that this “double registration process” (creating a wiki page and then filling the registration form) is a bit difficult for some of our participants and we wish to change that. In the plan for the coming months we plan to have a single registration process which will in turn generate a wiki page. We also want to display the event date as some of us cannot celebrate exactly on this international day due to local celebrations or other reasons.

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Desktop: Lenovo and StationX

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Q4OS 1.8.8, Orion

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The new Q4OS 1.8.8 stable release updates core system packages and implements improvements. Q4OS Orion 1.8.8 is based on Debian 8.9 Jessie and Trinity R14.0.4 desktop environment, it's the maintenance release of the Q4OS 1.8 'Orion' series, and is built on and updates the previous version. Google Chrome, the default Live CD web browser, has been upgraded to its most recent version 61.0.3163.79. Other improvements include polished GTK3 themes, new first boot Systemd configuration script, and more.

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New Enlightenment Alpha

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  • Enlightenment DR 0.22.0-alpha Release
  • Enlightenment 22 Alpha Strikes With Better Wayland Support, Meson Build System

    Enlightenment 0.22 is now available in alpha form with a variety of improvements, including continued progress on Wayland.

    The Enlightenment X window manager / Wayland compositor has continued getting better particularly over the last few years and the upcoming E22 release will be no different. The Enlightenment 0.22 Alpha that's out today has "greatly improved" Wayland support as one of the leading features, which has continued to get better since E20.

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