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Friends of Outreachy, UX and the GPL
byon December 13, 2019
David Turner and Danielle Sucher are just two of the excellent people who are supporting our annual fundraiser by putting up matching funds. This year's match is our biggest yet! We've been challenged to match a total of $113,093. Donations help us support and protect free software alternatives and grow a bold software freedom movement where everyone is welcome.
David Turner has been working on free software for nearly 20 years. He's been a GPL Compliance Engineer at the Free Software Foundation, worked on Open Trip Planner (a Conservancy member project) and is a Senior Software Engineer at Two Sigma. Danielle Sucher is a polyglot who primarily works with OCaml these days. They are partners who live together in New York City, along with the best cats.
Picture is available under a CC.BY license and was taken by Danielle Sucher.
David and Danielle were gracious enough to participate in an interview -- thanks!
1. What do you think is the most exciting thing that happened in free software over the past year?
David: As a user of free software, I think the renewed focus on UX has been valuable. Two examples: Git has added some new subcommands like "switch" and "restore" and that put the emphasis on the task the user is trying to accomplish rather than on what happens internally. And Blender has a whole new UI, just in time for me to start playing around with it.
2. How does software freedom fit in with the other causes you support?
I think the notion that it's possible to cooperate with folks with whom one might not have very much in common seems increasingly rare these days. I think of freedom of speech as a sort of treaty: I won't try to censor you, and you won't try to censor me. Free software is very much the same: you're doing your thing with the software, and I'm doing mine. Because freedom of speech is threatened, we support the ACLU.
3. Danielle, you went from being a lawyer to being a developer when most people in this field go the other way if they're going to switch! What was the most unexpected thing about that change?
Danielle: I thought I would like front-end stuff because I love art, but in fact, I hate it and am very happy doing backend development and distributed systems.
4. Do you ever dream of writing a software license? Why or why not?
David: I do sometimes dream of writing a constitution. But I don't really feel the need to write a license, because I think the GPL does a fine job.
5. What do you hope to see Conservancy accomplish in the next five years?
We continue to enjoy seeing new folks joining the movement through Outreachy. And I'm sure that whatever else you do will be great too.
Participate in the match and have your donation doubled through the generosity of folks like David and Danielle, today!
Conservancy News Round-up August
byon September 11, 2019
Updates from many of our projects' departing summer interns, updates on what our contractors have been up to and pictures from recent events.
Picture is available under a CC.BY license and was taken by Sarah Withee
Picture is available under a CC.BY licenses and was taken by Zach Harris
Picture is available under a CC.BY.SA license and was taken by Deb Nicholson
Picture is available under a CC.BY.SA license and was taken by Deb Nicholson
Recent Videos and Pictures
Our Executive Director, Karen Sandler, is going to be part of an upcoming French documentary about the global fight for software freedom. The English version will be titled "Hackers For The Commons" and you can already check out the trailer (along with a fundraiser for the English version), right here. There are a few upcoming screenings scheduled of the French version.
Check out these two pictures from Karen's Abstractions talk last month! (top)Deb held a "Supporters & Friends" event during GUADEC. Check out these nice pictures of folks talking about software freedom in Thessaloniki! (below)
Upcoming talks from staff
Bradley is keynoting the 8th edition of Kernel Recipes in Paris on September 26 & 27. Conservancy is also this year's featured non-profit beneficiary. Registration opened this week.
Karen will be keynoting State of the Map in Heidelberg in September, on Saturday, September 21st.
Deb is speaking about "Selenium and Conservancy" at Selenium Conf this October.
Deb is also co-presenting with Nithya Ruff (the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office) at All Things Open on "Companies and Communities: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?"
Interns are wrapping up for the summer
- Read this lovely wrap up from Niharika. titled: Last post!
- Plus this parting blog post from Priscillah, about her work on mUzima mobile.
- From Buildbot, Rajdeep Bharati reports on his Google Summer of Code work on MacPorts.
- Asami finishes his work adding QEMU/AArch64 Support to Coreboot
- A big omnibus report on Godot's eight GSoC students.
Also, applications are currently being accepted for the next round! Outreachy internships are remote, paid ($5,500 stipend), and last three months. Initial applications for the Dec 2019 to Mar 2020 internships are due on Sep 24 at 4pm UTC. Please help us reach folks who could benefit from an internship by sharing with your networks!
Conservancy contractors have been working hard
Lots happening at Reproducible Builds, including more work on diffoscope, new variations in their testing framework.
Over at phpMyAdmin, in addition to the intern that was sponsored directly through Conservancy, work focused on the request router and time with the Google Summer of Code interns who both wrapped up and reported on their work this summer, here and here.
Clojurists Together started work on four new projects. You can read about them all here.
Loads of fresh code!
- Wine 4.15 Released
- Git 2.23 Release Notes
- Boost Version 1.71.0
- Racket version 7.4 is now available
- You can try the new alpha Selenium IDE
- Lots of Linux XIA patches accepted
- QEMU version 4.1.0 released
- Twisted 19.7.0 Released
- Three new releases available from Evergreen!
- WebSocket updates, UDP multicast for Godot
- Samba 4.11.0rc3 Available for Download
- SWIG-4.0.1 released
Member Projects: Fall is for learning
Thanks to Chris Lamby for promoting Conservancy with complimentary beer mats at the recent Debian BBQ!
Conservancy News Round-up June
byon June 28, 2019
Summer in the northern hemisphere means lots and lots of busy time with interns and quite a few FOSS events. We've got plenty of blog posts for your edifying summer reading and plenty of opportunities to catch up with Conservancy folks in person.
New FAIFcast episode: Bradley and Karen enjoy and discuss Molly De Blanc's keynote at the first annual CopyleftConf, entitled The Margins of Software Freedom, followed by an exclusive interview with Molly! This show was released on May 31st, 2019.
OSCON in Portland next month
We've got our pub night, two talks by staff and two days of expo floor. We hope to see you there!
Monday, July 15thJoin us from 7pm -10pm at McMenamin's Broadway Pub! The address is 1504 NE Broadway St, and it's about a 20 minute walk (or an 11 minute bus ride) from the Oregon Convention Center. Deb and Bradley will be there to meet with Supporters and to talk about software freedom! There is nothing we'd like more than to spend an evening talking about the future of free software and its toughest problems with supporters and friends. Light snacks will be provided.
Expo Hall Hours
- Wednesday, July 17: 10:15am – 5:45pm / 5:45pm – 7:00pm (Sponsor Reception)
- Thursday, July 18: 10:15am – 4:15pm
Volunteers are essential to the success of a booth at a large event like OSCON. Let us know if you can help out by committing to a few hours of booth time. We'd really appreciate it!
Wednesday, July 17Deb Nicholson, "FOSS governance: The good, the bad, and the ugly" at 2:35pm–3:15pm
Thursday, July 18Bradley Kuhn, "If open source isn't sustainable, maybe software freedom is?" at 1:45pm–2:25pm
More upcoming talks from staff
Bradley Kuhn, our Distinguished Technologist will be at the Ninth Annual RacketCon in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 13 & 14, where he will give a talk titled, "Conservancy and Racket: What We Can Do Together!"
The 20th Debian Conference will be held in Curitiba, Brazil, from July 21st to 28th, 2019. Our Director of Community Operations, Deb Nicholson is giving two talks there and will be around for formal and informal discussions.
Deb is also speaking at the Mid-Atlantic Developer Conference on August 1st.
Our Executive Director, Karen Sandler, will be a featured speaker at Abstractions on August 21-23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA
Bradley is keynoting the 8th edition of Kernel Recipes in Paris on September 26 & 27. Conservancy is this year's featured non-profit beneficiary. Registration opened this week.
Outreachy: Blogs from this year's amazing interns
- The Mercurial Commands That Saved My Workflow By Danielle Leblanc-Cyr
- Outreachy : Understanding my project and contributing to Mozilla by Nupur Baghel
- Let’s talk mUzima by Priscillah
- Outreachy Week 5: What is debci? by Candy Tsai
- Outreachy Internship: Improve suricata-update by Vagisha Gupta
- Jaegertracing in Ceph 101 and my struggles till now by deepika
GSoC students are also working on Conservancy projects this summer
- Ghidra firmware utilities, week 5 by Asami (at Coreboot)
- Google Summer of Code ’19 With phpMyAdmin by Apoorv Khare
Even more code!
- Backdrop 1.13 Released
- BusyBox 1.31.0 (unstable)
- Security fix: phpMyAdmin 4.9.0 is released
- Samba 4.10.5 Available for Download
- Twisted 19.2.1 Released
- Wine 4.11 Released
Our Member Projects Have Been Busy
- Reproducible Builds in May 2019
- WebRTC support, progress report #3, includes tutorials, demos and a peek at future work.
- Homebrew shared some nice pictures from their first-ever maintainers meeting!
Conservancy News Round-up
byon May 28, 2019
May is for code releases! Check out these videos, blog posts from member projects, code releases and upcoming events.
Recent Videos and Podcasts
Deb's talk on Free Software/Utopia is up, on the Free software Foundation's MediaGoblin server.
Deb was also the guest of honor on Libre Lounge, Episode 19: Community Development with Deb Nicholson. Thanks to Chris and Serge for their dedication to free software and to Conservancy's work!
On Free as in Freedom, Karen and Bradley discuss two additional permissions that can be used to “backport” the GPLv3 Termination provisions to GPLv2 — the Kernel Enforcement Statement Additional Permission, and the Red Hat Cooperation Commitment.
Our Member Projects Have Been Busy
This summer's Outreachy interns were announced. "Congratulations to the 43 interns accepted to the Outreachy May 2019 to August 2019 round!"
phpMyAdmin -- along with several other Conservancy projects -- are excited about participating in Outreachy this round.
MicroBlocks presented at ROBOLOT, an educational robotics conference held in Catalan. The video of their panel is about 75% Catalan and 25% English, so feel to skip around or brush up on your Catalan.
The Godot team attended GDC, aka the "Game Developers Conference" in San Francisco reported on their improved name recognition at this year's event.
The folks at Reproducible Builds, shared" that security and software supply chain attacks were in the news and that this was a busy month for their distro work.
Some recent code releases:
- Kallithea 0.4.1 released
- Mercurial 5.0 released
- QEMU 4.0 adds micro:bit emulation support
- Samba 4.10.4 available for download
- SWIG-4.0.0 released
- Wine 4.0.1 released
Etherpad merged in a big chunk of code to improve recovery from brief server outages. "The resulting code is 15% smaller than before, and is also much easier to comprehend."
What's coming up?
Catch up with staff:
Karen keynotes sambaXP on June 5th at 10:15 local time in Göttingen, Germany.
Bradley will be at the Ninth Annual RacketCon in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he will give a talk titled, "Conservancy and Racket: What We Can Do Together!"
Many of our projects have events coming up:
First talks are announced for Selenium's upcoming London conference, tickets are available now.
North Bay Python has announced their dates for this year's event, November 2 & 3, 2019. Talk submissions will open soon!