Software Freedom Conservancy

Conservancy will continue our basic community services, thanks to our first 750 Supporters! We still need 841 more Supporters to avoid reducing licensing work & hibernating our enforcement efforts in 2017.
1,008 have joined so far. Thus, our 750 goal was achieved & 258 have joined beyond that. Also, match pledges reduced our 2,500 maximum need by 651 !

Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit charity that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.

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April 26, 2016

Software Freedom Conservancy reaches 1000 Supporters

This week, Software Freedom Conservancy achieved over 1000 individual Supporters who help Conservancy meet its mission to support and defend software freedom. Conservancy launched its fundraiser in November of last year, when it needed 750 Supporters to continue minimal operations. With 1000 Supporters, Conservancy can now afford to hire its fourth full-time employee. Today Conservancy has published a job description for a Non-profit Problem Solver, a unique position which it will tailor for the right candidate.


April 26, 2016

Conservancy is Hiring: Non-profit Problem Solver

Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for a new employee to fill a number of roles within the organization.


April 22, 2016

Conservancy Supporter-Only Dinner & Reception at LinuxFest Northwest 2016

Join us this Saturday night, 23 April 2016 in Bellingham, WA, USA to celebrate another Conservancy Supporter night, including an informal dinner and drinks. This exclusive Supporter-only event will be held nearby LinuxFest Northwest 2016, and all Supporters are invited to attend. However, Please RSVP by Saturday at noon by emailing <>


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Free Software Foundation Issues Statement in Support of Community's ZFS Concerns

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler on April 11, 2016

In a statement today, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the charity that publishes all versions of the GNU General Public License (GPL), issued a statement regarding GPL-incompatible licenses and their interactions with strong copyleft licenses. The statement, written by Richard M. Stallman, President of the FSF and author of all versions of the GPL, confirms various points that we made previously in our blog post on the matter in late February.

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