Software Freedom Conservancy

Conservancy will continue our basic community services, thanks to our first 750 Supporters! We still need 808 more Supporters to avoid reducing licensing work & hibernating our enforcement efforts in 2017.
1,032 have joined so far. Thus, our 750 goal was achieved & 282 have joined beyond that. Also, match pledges reduced our 2,500 maximum need by 660 !

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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August 22, 2016

Brett Smith Joins Conservancy as Director of Strategic Initiatives

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce the addition of Brett Smith as its Director of Strategic Initiatives. Brett will be Conservancy's fourth full-time staffer, and will contribute to the organization's charitable mission on several wide-ranging fronts — from software development, to systems administration, to organizational operations, to logistics. Brett will contribute to FLOSS projects that support Conservancy's infrastructure, including leading Conservancy's NPO Accounting Project. Brett will also provide Conservancy's member projects with additional support and mentorship, and will strengthen the public voice of the organization.

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August 9, 2016

Hellwig Announces He Will Appeal VMware Ruling After Evidentiary Set Back in Lower Court

In a statement on his website, Christoph Hellwig announced today that he will appeal the ruling of the Hamburg District Court, which recently dismissed his case against VMware. As Christoph underscores in his statement, the ruling concerned German evidence law and the Court did not rule on the merits of the case. The ruling centered around German evidentiary rules related to documenting Christoph's contributions that appear in VMware's product. Christoph also published (in German and English) the Court's ruling which explains why the materials submitted did not satisfy German evidence rules — despite publicly available information in Linux's Git repositories. In addition, the Court chose not to seek expert testimony.

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August 8, 2016

Bradley M. Kuhn To Keynote GUADEC & OpenSym 2016

In the next ten days, Bradley M. Kuhn, Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, will keynote two conferences in Germany — GUADEC 2016 and OpenSym 2016.

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My Keynote at GUADEC 2016

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn on August 16, 2016

Last Friday, I gave the first keynote at GUADEC 2016. I was delighted for the invitation from the GNOME Foundation to deliver this talk, which I entitled Confessions of a command line geek: why I don’t use GNOME but everyone else should. You can watch the video, or, if you prefer, read this blog post for a short summary of the topics in my keynote.

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Why You Should Speak At & Attend LinuxConf Australia

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn on August 4, 2016

Bradley M. Kuhn discusses his trip to LCA 2016, and explains why community-oriented and -organized conferences like LCA are so important to the advancement of software freedom. Bradley also urges everyone to submit a talk proposal for LCA 2016 before the CFP closes on Friday 5 August 2016.

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