Software Freedom Conservancy

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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October 6, 2015

Conservancy Welcomes Bro as a Member Project

Software Freedom Conservancy proudly announces the addition of The Bro Project, a network analysis framework and security platform as its newest member project. Bro is now one of the dozens of free and open source software projects who call Conservancy their non-profit corporate home.


October 1, 2015

Conservancy and FSF Publish Principles of Copyleft Enforcement

Software Freedom Conservancy announces today the publication of The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement. This document, co-authored with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), outlines basic guidelines for any organization that seeks to uphold copyleft licenses on behalf of the public good. In their regular work, Conservancy and FSF each actively pursue compliance actions for copylefted software. Members of the public entrust the FSF and Conservancy to uphold the rights embodied in the GPL family of licenses. The FSF holds copyrights in many essential GNU packages, and Conservancy not only holds its own copyrights in BusyBox, the Linux kernel, and Debian, but also has built coalitions of BusyBox, Debian, Linux, and Samba developers who have delegated their license enforcement authority to Conservancy. Both organizations conduct GPL enforcement as transparently as possible, and provide helpful and abundant educational material (such as their joint project) for individuals and companies who use and distribute Open Source and Free Software.


September 18, 2015

Outreachy Expands to People of Color Underrepresented in U.S. Tech

Outreachy, a member project of Software Freedom Conservancy announces today that it is expanding to be open to people of color underrepresented in tech in the U.S. (in addition to already being open to women, trans men, and genderqueer people internationally).


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Linaro Connect, Volkswagen and Developer Ethics

Posted by Karen Sandler on September 30, 2015

Last week I had the privilege of delivering Friday's keynote address at Linaro Connect. One of the topics I touched on, given its newsworthiness was the situation with Volkswagen, where I focused on another aspect of dieselgate - engineer and developer culture. In this post, I explore this issue and discuss what we can learn for copyleft enforcement.

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How Would Software Freedom Have Helped With VW?

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn on September 29, 2015

Would software-related scandals, such as Volkswagen's use of proprietary software to lie to emissions inspectors, cease if software freedom were universal? Likely so — in a world where regulations mandate distribution of source code for all the software in all devices, and where no one ever cheats on that rule, VW would need means other than software to hide their treachery. Sadly, we don't live in that world. In the world we live in today, software freedom can impact the VW situation only if a few complex conditions are met.

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