Software Freedom Conservancy

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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Conservancy is Heading to LibrePlanet 2017

March 22, 2017

Software Freedom Conservancy will have a major presence at LibrePlanet 2017 on March 25-26 on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Free Software Foundation, LibrePlanet is an annual conference for software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges relating to software freedom. Conservancy staffers and members of Conservancy's Evaluation Committee will give talks on a variety of topics; and, Conservancy will host a booth in the LibrePlanet exhibit hall.

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Linux XIA Joins Conservancy as a Member Project

March 15, 2017

Software Freedom Conservancy proudly welcomes Linux XIA as a member project. Linux XIA is a new protocol stack for Linux built using eXpress Internet Architecture (XIA), an interoperable meta network architecture. Linux XIA is designed to meet unfulfilled demands of real-world networking. The project's roadmap includes the development of a DDoS protection system, and the addition of state-of-the-art algorithms and data structures to increase Linux XIA's speed and flexibility.

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Success! Conservancy Receives Full Supporter Match

March 2, 2017

Our Supporter match that ran over February has ended. Conservancy received many new Supporter sign-ups and renewals. In addition, many of our Supporters gave more than $120. We matched the full $18,000 amount pledged.

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Software Freedom Conservancy Welcomes Harvey OS as Member Project

February 28, 2017

Harvey project logo

Today Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce that Harvey OS has joined the organization as a member project. Harvey is a new operating system. It’s most directly descended from Plan 9, the research operating system developed at Bell Labs as a successor to Unix. This influence spans from its distributed application architecture all the way down to much of its code. However, Harvey aims to be a more practical, general-purpose operating system, so it also uses ideas and code from other systems.

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Clojars is Conservancy’s Newest Member Project

February 23, 2017

Clojars logo

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce the addition of Clojars as its newest member project. Clojars is a community-maintained repository for free and open source libraries written in the Clojure programming language. Clojars emphasizes ease of use, publishing library packages that are simple to use with build automation tools.

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Getting Started with Linux Development and Compliance: An Interview with Christoph Hellwig

by Karen Sandler on February 22, 2017

Photo of Christoph Hellwig speaking at DebConf 2015

Christoph Hellwig is a Linux developer, responsible for code for several filesystems and the NVM Express drive. He’s a member of Conservancy’s GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers and the plaintiff in the case against VMWare, which still awaits appeal. We recently had a chance to catch up with him to hear how he got started working on Linux, what advice he would give newcomers, and why he supports Conservancy’s work.

Q: How did you become interested in Linux? Is there a contribution you are most proud of?

CH: When I was a kid in Germany I started using Usenet and got myself into programming more or less by accident. That lead to learning about Linux and installing it at home. Soon after I started hacking kernel to make the sound card in my computer work under Linux.

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