FSF 2006 year-end fund-raiser handout

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The FSF has announced a year-end fund-raiser for their 2007 campaigns for software freedom. Their modest target is 300 new FSF members or $50,000--whichever comes first.

In 2006, the new FSF projects included:

  • First ever international conferences on the GNU General Public License, held in Tokyo, Porto Alegre, Bangalore, and Boston.
  • The rewrite process for GNU licenses, including version 3 of the GNU GPL, version 3 of the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and version 2 of the GNU Free Documentation License and the release of a new Simpler Free Documentation License: http://gplv3.fsf.org/
  • The successful test of the GPL in US courts (Wallace vs. FSF).
  • Redesign of the GNU Project Web site: http://www.gnu.org/
  • The Web site release for the GPL compliance lab: http://www.fsf.org/licensing/
  • Release of gNewsense 1.0, an entirely free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system: http://gnewsense.org/
  • The first alpha release of Gnash, a free Flash media player: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/
  • The 5,000 entry to the Free Software Directoy: http://directory.fsf.org/
    • The Defective by Design campign against Digital Restrictions Management: DefectiveByDesign.org, which has:
    • secured the pledges of over 15,000 technologists to take action to stop DRM
    • organized the hugely successful "October 3rd Day Against DRM"
    • delivered a clear message, through major press coverage of actions, that DRM is anti-user and anti-consumer.
  • The "Bad Vista" campaign, to alert the dangers to software freedom in Microsoft Windows Vista and promote free software alternatives that respect users' security and privacy rights.

Ongoing work of the FSF also includes:

  • Supporting development of the GNU system and packages.
  • Hosting the GNU Savannah, a host of GNU and non-GNU free software and documentation projects: http://savannah.gnu.org/
  • Enforcing the freedoms of copyleft free software through the GPL compliance lab.
  • Working with FSF sister organizations in Europe, India and Latin America.

Visit http://www.fsf.org/ to view an appeal from FSF Counsel, Eben Moglen, where he discusses the Microsoft and Novell deal, GPLv3, DRM and software patents.

Help the FSF reach their target: spread the word by word-a-mouth email, by inviting a friend to join or donate to the FSF, or ask your company to become an FSF patron.

The FSF campaign for software freedom needs your support.