Software Freedom Conservancy

Conservancy needs 750 Supporters to continue its basic community services & 2,500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts!
393 have joined so far and match pledges reduced our 2,500 maximum need by 83 !

Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization 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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November 27, 2015

Black Friday Deal for Software Freedom!

In the U.S. there's a tradition the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping. It's "officially" the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Many stores have discount deals to lure shoppers out. It's quite famous for people to get competitive over whatever the hottest product is.

Well, shopping isn't our thing (though we're excited about the FSF's holiday gift giving guide), but we at Conservancy are thrilled to let you know about today's hot deal for freedom...


November 23, 2015

Software Freedom Conservancy Launches 2015 Fundraiser

Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces a major fundraising effort. Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support. The organization needs at least 750 annual Supporters to continue its basic community services and 2500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts. If Conservancy does not meet its goals, it will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of its operations.


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Half Way to Our First Goal and a Message from Stefano Zacchiroli

Posted by Karen Sandler on November 30, 2015

Thanks to you, we're reached the halfway point towards our first goal of 750 Supporters to continue our basic community services! Checkout this video by Stefano Zacchiroli about why he's signed up as a Conservancy Supporter.

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Do You Like What I Do For a Living?

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn on November 26, 2015

Software freedom is not merely an ideology for me. I believe the ideology matters because I see the lives of developers and users are better when they have software freedom. I've concentrated specifically on how I could preserve, protect and promote this valuable culture and ideology in a manner that would assure the rights of developers and users to improve and share the software they write and use. I've spent most of my career at charities because I believe deeply that I should take actions that advance the public good, and because I have a strategic vision for the best methods to advance software freedom. My strategic goals to advance software freedom include two basic tenants: (a) provide structure for Free Software projects in a charitable home (so that developers can focus on writing software, not administration, and so that the projects aren't unduly influenced by for-profit corporations) and (b) uphold and defend Free Software licensing, such as copyleft, to ensure software freedom.

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