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FSF announces new fiscal sponsorship for SeaGL conference

FSF News - Tue, 2017-08-01 11:43

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

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Fifteen new devices from Technoethical now RYF-certified to respect your freedom

FSF News - Wed, 2017-06-28 11:10

"We are excited that Technoethical has brought out such an impressive collection of hardware whose associated software respects user freedom. RYF certification continues to gain speed and momentum, thanks to companies like them. Users now have more options than ever when it comes to hardware they can trust, and I'm looking forward to what Technoethical will do next, " said the FSF's executive director, John Sullivan.

These are not the first devices from Technoethical to receive RYF certification. These fifteen new devices join Technoethical's Mini N150 WI-FI USB adapter TET-N150, certified in 2014. With these additions, Technoethical is now home to an incredible breadth of devices that users can trust to respect their freedom.

"In 2014 we started selling hardware compatible with fully free systems in order to fund the free software activism work that we've been doing with our foundation. Since then, we worked hard to build a hardware catalog that allows free software users to choose what best fits their computing needs, while also helping with the funding of different free software projects," said Technoethical founder, Tiberiu C. Turbureanu.

Today's certifications include multiple laptops: the TET-X200, the TET-X200T, the TET-X200s, the TET-T400, the TET-T400s, and the TET-T500 are all now available for purchase. Technoethical also received certification on two docking stations: the TET-X200DOCK for X200 series laptops and the TET-T400DOCK for T400 and T500 series laptops. The TET-D16 is the second mainboard certified by the FSF. Technoethical now offers a wide range of RYF-certified WiFi USB adapters, adding the TET-N150HGA, the TET-N300, and the TET-N300HGA to its line-up. They also have two internal WiFi devices: the TET-N300DB and the TET-N450DB. Finally, Technoethical now offers the first certified Bluetooth device — the TET-BT4 USB adapter.

"We thank the FSF for the opportunity to bring Technoethical hardware to LibrePlanet 2017 and have it reviewed for Respects Your Freedom certification. We consider their certification to be a confirmation of our ethical stance in technology. We also thank our customers for their trust and support. That enables us to contribute more to the building of the free society that FSF president Richard Stallman envisioned when he decided to start the GNU Project," said Turbureanu.

Certification details, including certified source code, can be found at https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/technoethical.

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 Technoethical

Technoethical (formerly Tehnoetic) is an ethical tech business focused on hardware compatible with fully free systems, and if possible compatible with fully free software at lower levels, such as the boot firmware. This hardware gives back control to the users over their computing, allowing them to use, study, copy, modify and distribute computer programs. The Technoethical online shop with worldwide delivery, http://technoethical.com, supports the free software activism of Fundația Ceata and is owned and operated by Turbureanu Tiberiu-Constantin PFA. Part of its income is also donated to different free software projects.

Media Contacts

Donald Robertson, III
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
licensing@fsf.org

Tiberiu C. Turbureanu
Turbureanu Tiberiu-Constantin PFA
info@technoethical.com

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