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New FSF membership benefit: LibreOffice certification

Mié, 20/09/2017 - 09:59

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the opportunity to apply for LibreOffice certification for migrations and trainings is now available to FSF Associate Members.

LibreOffice is a free software project of The Document Foundation (TDF), a non-profit based in Germany. An office suite, LibreOffice encompasses word processing, and programs for the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, databases, diagrams and drawings, and mathematical formulae. It uses the ISO standard OpenDocument file format (ODF).

"LibreOffice is widely used, effectively fulfills a crucial free software need, and its robust community has made it even better in just a few years' time. Using LibreOffice gets many people started down the path of free software," said FSF executive director John Sullivan. "We admire The Document Foundation's steadfast commitment to free software principles."

In 2015, TDF began offering LibreOffice certification to certify "individuals actively promoting LibreOffice deployments, thanks to their competence in specific areas" including development and L3 support, migrations to LibreOffice, and LibreOffice training.

People who are certified in LibreOffice migrations and trainings are able to help companies and government offices make the switch away from proprietary office suites, and that raises the value of a deep understanding of LibreOffice. Italo Vignoli, Chair of the LibreOffice Certification Committee, said, "By extending LibreOffice certification to FSF members, we are widening the reach of our program to foster migrations to LibreOffice. In several geographies, the availability of certified professionals has triggered a number of large deployments in public administrations and enterprises."

FSF members can learn more about the program at https://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/program/ and fill out the application form at https://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/application/.

Fans of software freedom can become an FSF Associate Member for as little as $10/month or $5/month for students. Membership comes with an array of benefits, including the opportunity to become certified in LibreOffice migrations and trainings, and supports the FSF and the GNU Project.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contact

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
campaigns@fsf.org

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

Mar, 19/09/2017 - 15:02

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.

LibrePlanet's 10th anniversary theme is "Freedom. Embedded." Embedded systems are everywhere, in cars, digital watches, traffic lights, and even within our bodies.

"Proprietary software is everywhere, its sinister aspects woven throughout the devices permeating our lives," said John Sullivan, FSF executive director. "We need to reverse the new norm that whomever sold us a device gets to embed their control over us in it forever -- instead, we need freedom embedded."

In a society reliant on embedded systems, how do we defend computer user freedom? How do we insist on copylefted code, protect ourselves against government and corporate surveillance, and move toward a freer world? For many people, digital freedom seems like a pipe dream. Can the free software community change the narrative and make free software the norm, instead of walled gardens, denial of the right to repair, and digital restrictions management (DRM)?

Call for Sessions

"The tenth LibrePlanet conference is a great time to think big," said Georgia Young, program manager at the FSF. "We hope session proposals will try to bring the free software movement to the next level, inviting in new ideas and welcoming a broad range of people to the movement."

Call for sessions applications are currently being accepted and are due by Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC).

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation. What was once a small gathering of FSF members has grown into a larger event for anyone with an interest in the values of software freedom. LibrePlanet is always gratis for associate members of the FSF. To sign up for announcements about LibrePlanet 2018, visit https://www.libreplanet.org/2018.

Each year at LibrePlanet, the FSF presents its annual Free Software Awards. Nominations for the awards are open through Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 18:59 EST (23:59 UTC).

For information on how your company or organization can exhibit at or be a sponsor of LibrePlanet 2018, email campaigns@fsf.org.

LibrePlanet 2017 was held at MIT from March 25-26, 2017. Nearly 400 attendees from all over the world came together for conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme of "The Roots of Freedom." You can watch videos from last year's conference, including the opening keynote, a look at the 21st century techno-surveillance state by Kade Crockford of the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and , are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contacts

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542-5942
campaigns@fsf.org

FSF announces new fiscal sponsorship for SeaGL conference

Mar, 01/08/2017 - 12:43

As part of its Working Together for Free Software Fund, the FSF provides fiscal sponsorship for a number of important free software and GNU technical projects, such as the GNU Toolchain and Replicant. Today, SeaGL becomes the first event to receive this sponsorship.

SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community, free software, and freedom-respecting hardware. Their interest in free software extends to how they manage the conference, using tools like Jekyll and OSEM, and making sure that nonfree software is not required for attendee registration. In 2016, SeaGL had an attendance of more than 300.

"SeaGL educates new contributors about free software values and provides a friendly forum for community members to share news and tips about free software tools. We can't imagine an organization more in line with our goals than the FSF," said SeaGL board member Deb Nicholson.

As a fiscal sponsor, the FSF will assist SeaGL by providing services required by a legal entity, including the signing of contracts and receiving and processing payments.

"We have always been impressed with the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference's dedication to free software," said John Sullivan, executive director of the FSF and prior speaker at SeaGL. "We are excited to support what they are doing. Conferences are invaluable for building momentum and community within free software."

The FSF has already been represented at SeaGL for several years. FSF staff and volunteers have run an expo table. Richard Stallman, FSF founder, delivered a keynote in 2014. Past speakers include FSF board of directors members Benjamin Mako Hill and Bradley Kuhn. Staff members Donald Robertson III, Georgia Young, and Molly de Blanc have also spoken at the event.

Organizations interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities for SeaGL can view the SeaGL 2017 Sponsors prospectus, and individual supporters can visit the conference's contribution page.

Other free software focused events interested in fiscal sponsorship should contact the FSF at campaigns@fsf.org.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

About SeaGL

Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is an annual conference in Seattle, Washington (USA). This year, it occurs October 6-7th, 2017, at Seattle Central College. The call for proposals is open until August 6th. More information is available on their website.

Media Contact

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
campaigns@fsf.org