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The basics of open source quality assurance

Open Source - Dom, 10/23/2016 - 09:00

Open source depends on a sustainable community to develop code rapidly, debug code effectively, and build out new features. Because community involvement is voluntary, people's skills, levels of involvement, and time commitments can vary. Given the variable nature of these factors, along with the fact that open source often relies on a philosophy of "release early, release often," quality assurance can be become challenging.

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Categorías: Open Source

Five 3D printing projects for Halloween

Open Source - Sáb, 10/22/2016 - 09:00

With Halloween fast approaching I figured it was time to add some 3D printed decorations to the office. Below are some of my pictures for fun Halloween-themed prints. I tried to pick some models that demonstrate varied printing techniques.

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Categorías: Open Source

Input from Community and Partners on our Community Standards

Facebook - Vie, 10/21/2016 - 19:37

By Joel Kaplan, VP Global Public Policy, and Justin Osofsky, VP Global Operations & Media Partnerships

In recent weeks, we have gotten continued feedback from our community and partners about our Community Standards and the kinds of images and stories permitted on Facebook. We are grateful for the input, and want to share an update on our approach.

Observing global standards for our community is complex. Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in one part of the world may be offensive — or even illegal — in another. Respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict. And people often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community that is both safe and open to expression.

In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards. We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this, both through new tools and approaches to enforcement. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.

As always, our goal is to channel our community’s values, and to make sure our policies reflect our community’s interests. We’re looking forward to working closely with experts, publishers, journalists, photographers, law enforcement officials and safety advocates about how to do better when it comes to the kinds of items we allow. And we’re grateful for the counsel of so many people who are helping us try to get this right.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

Top 5: Twitter on the command line, deep learning, Apache Kafka, and more

Open Source - Vie, 10/21/2016 - 17:19

In this week's Top 5, we highlight a chat bot that helps employees learn DevOps culture, lessons from the history of open source, Apache Kafka's influence on Big Data, an intro to deep learning, and command-line Twitter clients.

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Categorías: Open Source

Using metrics effectively in OpenStack development

Open Source - Vie, 10/21/2016 - 09:02

At the OpenStack summit taking place this month in Barcelona, Ildikó Váncsa will be speaking on metrics in her talk Metrics: Friends or Enemies?

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Categorías: Open Source

MySQL and database programming for beginners

Open Source - Vie, 10/21/2016 - 09:01

Dave Stokes has been using MySQL for more than 15 years and has served as its community manager since 2010. At All Things Open this year, he'll give a talk about database programming for newbies with MySQL.

In this interview, he previews his talk and shares a few helpful resources, required skills, and common problems MySQL beginners run into.

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Categorías: Open Source

A look inside the 'blinky flashy' world of wearables and open hardware

Open Source - Vie, 10/21/2016 - 09:00

While looking at the this year's All Things Open event schedule, a talk on wearables and open hardware caught my eye: The world of the blinky flashy. Naturally, I dug deeper to learn what it was all about.

Though Gina Linkins and Jen Krieger of Red Hat would like to leave a few surprises for the lucky folks who attend their talk, they told me they can promise at least the following:

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Categorías: Open Source

3 Twitter clients for the Linux command line

Open Source - Jue, 10/20/2016 - 09:03

Twitter at the command line? Why not!

While this may seem like a solution searching for a problem, for some people interacting with Twitter in a terminal window makes sense. There's less distraction at the command line than with a desktop Twitter client or even Twitter's web interface. On top of that, command-line clients are fast and their interfaces are generally quite clean.

No matter why you want to work with Twitter in a terminal, there are applications out there for you. Here's a look at three Twitter clients that you can run from the command line.

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Categorías: Open Source

How to incorporate open source into computer science classes

Open Source - Jue, 10/20/2016 - 09:02

This year at the Grace Hopper Conference I'm moderating a panel on why, and how, to incorporate open source into computer science classes. The panelists are four computer science instructors—all women—who have already used open source projects in their classrooms.

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Categorías: Open Source

Tips for contributing to a complex and large project like OpenStack

Open Source - Jue, 10/20/2016 - 09:01

Becoming a QA Engineer for OpenStack was a career shift for Emily Wilson who has a background in research microbiology. But there's an odd similarity between the two careers—they both involve figuring out what makes complicated systems work and where the weak points are. Paradoxically, this requires both a big picture perspective of a system, as well as an in-depth understanding of how the individual components function.

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Categorías: Open Source

Today's #OpenOrgChat: Open organizations and DevOps

Open Source - Jue, 10/20/2016 - 09:00

Join us later today for an #OpenOrgChat about "Open organizations and DevOps!" As usual, we'll gather around the #OpenOrgChat hashtag at 2 p.m. Eastern (14:00 ET/18:00 UTC).

Follow OpenOrgBook and the chat's live stream for updates!

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Categorías: Open Source

Getting Things Done With the Help of Your Friends

Facebook - Mié, 10/19/2016 - 15:00

People come to Facebook every day to connect and share experiences with friends and family. We share the great places we go and we ask our friends for advice when we need help getting things done. Today we’re starting to introduce a variety of new features that help you use those connections to discover new things in the world around you, decide what to do or where to go, and connect with local businesses in easier and faster ways.

Get Recommendations
Whether traveling to a new place, looking for a hair salon, or searching for the perfect place to eat, people already turn to their friends, family, and local Groups on Facebook for advice. We’re rolling out a new tool that makes it easier to get and organize all those recommendations in one place.

When you write a Facebook post looking for advice on local places or services, you’ll have the option to turn on Recommendations for that post. If you turn on the feature, your friends can comment on your post with suggestions, and you’ll see all of them mapped out and saved in one place. You can also go to your Recommendations bookmark on Facebook (desktop only) to ask a new question or help your friends.

Discover Local Events
Facebook is a great way to find events happening around you and now it’s even easier to discover new things to do with friends. To make exploring events even better, we’ve revamped the Events bookmark on Facebook. You can catch up on the latest events activity from friends and hosts and browse event recommendations based on what’s popular with friends or events you’ve connected with in the past. This new version of the events dashboard will start to roll out in the US in the coming weeks.



Get More Out of Your Local Business Interactions on Facebook

We’re introducing some new ways for people to take action faster once they’ve found something they want to do or a place they want to go.

  • Order food: You can now order food from restaurants directly from their Facebook Pages. Simply click “Start Order” on any restaurant’s Facebook Page that uses Delivery.com or Slice.
  • Request an appointment: For local businesses that require you to book an appointment, such as spas and salons, you can now request a time via the business’ Facebook Page and view their entire slate of services and offerings. They’ll then get back to you on Messenger to confirm your appointment.
  • Get a quote: Some local business Pages will now have a “Get Quote” button at the top that lets you easily and quickly request a quote from the business.
  • Get tickets to movies and events: For many new movies this fall, you can buy movie tickets straight from their Facebook Pages via Fandango. In partnership with Ticketmaster and Eventbrite, we’re also making it possible for people to get tickets to other events — free or paid — directly from the event page on Facebook.

We’re starting to roll out these initial experiences in the US today. This is the first step, and over the coming months we’ll be launching even more new features that will make it easier to get things done, make confident decisions and communicate directly with businesses on your time and terms.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

A New Way to Watch Videos From Facebook on Your TV

Facebook - Jue, 10/13/2016 - 19:00

By Brent Ayrey, Product Director

Video on Facebook helps you to connect with the people and stories you care about every day, whether you’re watching personal moments from your friends, learning how to cook delicious meals or keeping tabs on the latest election news.

We’re focused on creating video experiences that people want, and we’ve heard that people want different options for how and where they watch videos that they discover on Facebook. To give you even more ways to watch, we’re excited to roll out the ability to stream videos from Facebook to your TV — through devices like Apple TV or Google Chromecast — so you have the option to enjoy your favorite videos on a bigger screen. You can already stream Facebook videos to Apple TV (and other AirPlay-enabled devices) or Chromecast (and other Google Cast–enabled devices) from an iOS device or your web browser, and soon you’ll be able to cast from Android devices to Chromecast as well.

To watch a video from Facebook on your TV:

  • Find a video you want to watch on your phone or desktop and press the TV symbol in the top right corner.
  • Select the device you want the video to stream to.
  • Enjoy the video right from your TV.

While you’re watching a Facebook video on your TV, you can go back and scroll through News Feed on the device you’re streaming from, so you can catch up on other stories while your video keeps playing on the TV. Or you can find more videos to watch by choosing a new one from places like News Feed or your Saved tab. And if you’re streaming a Facebook Live video to your TV, you can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and you can join in the conversation yourself by reacting or commenting.

Whether you’re hanging out with friends or just relaxing on the couch by yourself, we hope you enjoy this new way to watch videos on Facebook.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

The Free Software Foundation seeks nominations for the 19th annual Free Software Awards

FSF - Mar, 10/11/2016 - 20:30
Award for the Advancement of Free Software

This award is presented annually by FSF president Richard Stallman to an individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software.

Individuals who describe their projects as "open" instead of "free" are eligible nonetheless, provided the software is in fact free/libre.

Last year, Werner Koch was recognized with the Award for the Advancement of Free Software for his work on GnuPG, the de facto tool for encrypted communication. Koch joined a prestigious list of previous winners including Sébastien Jodogne, Matthew Garrett, Dr. Fernando Perez, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Rob Savoye, John Gilmore, Wietse Venema, Harald Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza, and Larry Wall.

Award for Projects of Social Benefit

Nominations are also sought for the 2016 Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

This award is presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life.

The award recognizes projects or teams that encourage people to cooperate in freedom to accomplish tasks of great social benefit, and those that apply free software ideas and lessons outside the free software community. A long-term commitment to one's project (or the potential for a long-term commitment) is crucial to this end.

This award stresses the use of free software in the service of humanity. The FSF has deliberately chosen this broad criterion so that many different areas of activity can be considered. However, one area that is not included is that of free software itself. Projects with a primary goal of promoting or advancing free software are not eligible for this award (the FSF honors individuals working on those projects with its annual Award for the Advancement of Free Software).

The award committee will consider any project or team that uses free software or its philosophy to address a goal important to society. To qualify, a project must use free software, produce free documentation, or use the idea of free software as defined in the Free Software Definition. Projects that promote or depend on the use of non-free software are not eligible. Commercial projects are not excluded, but commercial success is not the metric for judging projects.

Last year, the Library Freedom Project received the award. A partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries, the Library Freedom Project teaches librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and offers digital tools to stop surveillance, all with the aim of creating a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the local communities they serve. Notably, the project helps libraries launch Tor exit nodes.

Other previous winners have included Reglue, the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (now Outreachy), OpenMRS, GNU Health, Tor, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons, Groklaw, the Sahana project, and Wikipedia.


In the case of both awards, previous winners are not eligible for nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged. Only individuals are eligible for nomination for the Advancement of Free Software Award (not projects), and only projects can be nominated for the Social Benefit Award (not individuals). For a list of previous winners, please visit https://www.fsf.org/awards.

Current FSF staff and board members, as well as award committee members, are not eligible.

Winners will be decided by a committee to be announced, including several previous winners. Last year's committee was:

  • Suresh Ramasubramanian
  • Rob Savoye
  • Jonas Öberg
  • Fernanda Weiden
  • Wietse Venema
  • Matthew Garrett
  • Vernor Vinge
  • Hong Feng
  • Andrew Tridgell
  • Marina Zhurakhinskaya
  • Richard Stallman

After reviewing the eligibility rules above, please click on the links below to submit your nominations. All nominations need to be submited before Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at 23:59 UTC.

Information about the previous awards can be found at https://www.fsf.org/awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the LibrePlanet conference, March 25-26 2016, in the Boston area.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contacts

Georgia Young Program Manager Free Software Foundation +1 (617) 542 5942 campaigns@fsf.org

Categorías: Software Libre

Introducing Workplace by Facebook

Facebook - Lun, 10/10/2016 - 18:59

At Facebook, we’ve had an internal version of our app to help run our company for many years. We’ve seen that just as Facebook keeps you connected to friends and family, it can do the same with coworkers. We started testing a version of Facebook for the workplace with a few other organizations over a year ago.

Now, more than 1,000 organizations around the world use Workplace (formerly known as Facebook at Work). People have created nearly 100,000 groups and the top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France. We’re excited by the progress we’ve made and the level of adoption and engagement we’re seeing.

So today we’re announcing that Workplace will now be available to any company or organization that wants to use it.

For Everyone, Around the World

The workplace is about more than just communicating between desks within the walls of an office. Some people spend their entire workday on the go, on their mobile phone. Others spend all day out in the field, or on the road. We’ve been amazed by the breadth of organizations who’ve embraced Workplace — from a shipping company that can now connect with their ship crews using Live video, to a bank that now uses Workplace instead of fax machines and newsletters to share updates with its distributed bank branches. Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, international nonprofits such as Oxfam, and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore have all embraced Workplace. People work in different ways, around the world, and Workplace’s mission is to help them stay connected.

The Best of Facebook, Plus New Features

We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts. This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.

Today we’re also announcing Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond your company in a safe and secure way. These will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks.

Scaling the Solution: Introducing the Workplace Partner Program

To help more companies get started with Workplace, we are announcing the Workplace Partner Program, a group of technology and professional service organizations such as Deloitte who will work with us to bring Workplace to even more businesses across the globe. This means that companies will have more ways to access Workplace — by working with our teams directly or via our approved and trained partners.

Workplace will be priced competitively — companies only pay for people who are actively using the product. See details of pricing here.

The new global and mobile workplace isn’t about closed-door meetings or keeping people separated by title, department or geography. Organizations are stronger and more productive when everyone comes together. For more information, or to get Workplace by Facebook for your company, visit workplace.fb.com. Or stay in touch on our Facebook Page at facebook.com/workplace.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

Introducing the Events from Facebook App

Facebook - Vie, 10/07/2016 - 19:00

By Aditya Koolwal, Product Manager

Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events to discover things they can do with their friends — from festivals and 5Ks to neighborhood fairs and nightlife. With hundreds of millions of events shared on Facebook every year, the fear of missing out is becoming a thing of the past.

Today we’re announcing Events from Facebook, a new app we designed for event seekers who are passionate about keeping up with nearby events and finding things to do with their friends. Whether you’re looking for something to attend this weekend or just wondering what’s happening in your area, Events will help get you there.

Here’s how it works:

When you open Events, you can quickly catch up on new events your friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the Pages you like, and updates from events you’re already connected to.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or even right now, you can easily browse event recommendations based on time, location and your interests. Explore events happening where you are or in places you like to go using the interactive map. You can also search for events in any city if you’re planning ahead for a trip.

Finally, you can keep track of all of your upcoming events in the calendar, which lets you see which days you’re already attending an event and when you’re free. You can even choose calendars you want to add from your phone and view them alongside your Facebook events, so it’s easier to make plans.

The actions you take on events in the app will also be visible and available on Facebook. This way, your friends can see what you’re interested in and what events you’ve shared with them, even if they don’t have the app.

Events is available in the App Store for iPhone users in the US today, and is coming soon to Android.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

Oculus Reveals Touch Launch Details and Unveils Santa Cruz Prototype at Oculus Connect 3

Facebook - Vie, 10/07/2016 - 04:17

Today, Oculus shared its latest developments in VR hardware, software and content with roughly 3,000 Oculus Connect 3 attendees — and hundreds of thousands more who joined online.

Details of the much-anticipated Touch controllers launch were announced. Pre-orders begin on October 10 and come bundled with VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken. At $199 with a December 6 ship date, Touch includes an additional sensor and a Rock Band VR connector.

The team also revealed Santa Cruz, a feature prototype demonstrating inside-out tracking that opens up the path to standalone as an entirely new VR category.

Read more on the Oculus blog here, or watch the keynote on Twitch.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

Introducing Marketplace: Buy and Sell with Your Local Community

Facebook - Lun, 10/03/2016 - 14:00

By Mary Ku, Director of Product Management

Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other. This activity started in Facebook Groups and has grown substantially. More than 450 million people visit buy and sell groups each month — from families in a local neighborhood to collectors around the world.

To help people make more of these connections, today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people. 

To visit Marketplace, just tap on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app and start exploring.

Discover Items for Sale Near You

Marketplace opens with photos of items that people near you have listed for sale. To find something specific, search at the top and filter your results by location, category or price. You can also browse what’s available in a variety of categories such as Household, Electronics and Apparel. Use the built-in location tool to adjust the region you’re looking in, or switch to a different city altogether.

When you find something interesting, tap on the image to see more details from the seller, including a product description, the name and profile photo of the seller, and their general location. You can also save the item to find it later.

Decided that you want it? Send the seller a direct message from Marketplace to tell them you’re interested and make an offer. From that point on, you and the seller can work out the details in any way you choose. Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace.

Post Items for Sale in Just a Few Steps

Selling an item in Marketplace is just as easy as browsing for one. Simply:

  1. Take a photo of your item, or add it from your camera roll
  2. Enter a product name, description and price
  3. Confirm your location and select a category
  4. Post

Now anyone looking in your area can find your item and message you if they want to buy it. You can also choose to post to Marketplace and a specific buy and sell group at the same time.

To keep track of all of your current and past transactions in Marketplace, visit the Your Items section. There, you can view your saved items, products you’ve posted for sale, and all your messages with people.

Now in Four Countries, With More to Come
Over the next few days, Marketplace will be rolling out to everyone over 18 years old in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android. We will continue expanding to additional countries and make Marketplace available on the desktop version of Facebook in the coming months.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

Empowering the World to Stay Connected: Introducing Messenger Lite

Facebook - Lun, 10/03/2016 - 08:00

By Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite

Furthering our goal to empower people all over the world to stay connected, today we’re launching a new app called Messenger Lite, a standalone version of Messenger for Android. Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones. With Messenger Lite, people are able to quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.

More than 1 billion people around the world use Messenger every month from a range of mobile devices on networks of various speeds and reliability. With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.

Messenger Lite is under 10MB, so it’s fast to install and quick to start up. It includes Messenger’s core experiences such as messaging, sending and receiving photos and links, and receiving stickers. Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.

Messenger Lite is starting to roll out to people in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Look for Messenger Lite in other countries in the coming months.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

LibrePlanet returns March 25-26, 2017, call for proposals for annual free software conference now open

FSF - Mar, 09/27/2016 - 20:58

LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2017 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "The Roots of Freedom." This encompasses the historical "roots" of the free software movement -- the Four Freedoms, the GNU General Public License and copyleft, and a focus on strong security and privacy protections -- and the concept of roots as a strong foundation from which the movement grows.

"LibrePlanet is an impactful, exciting free software conference. Attendance has grown each year, yet the community-minded atmosphere has grown even stronger," said John Sullivan, executive director of the FSF.

Call for Sessions

"We are looking forward to session proposals from people around the world, at all levels of speaking and technical experience. LibrePlanet features developers, users, students, activists, policymakers, and others. The free software movement depends on them all, and LibrePlanet 2017 will highlight their contributions," said Georgia Young, program manager at the FSF.

Call for sessions applications are currently being accepted and are due by Wednesday, November 14th, 2016 at 18:59 EST (23:59 UTC).**

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation. What was once a small gathering of FSF members has grown into a larger event for anyone with an interest in the values of software freedom. LibrePlanet is always gratis for associate members of the FSF. To sign up for announcements about LibrePlanet 2017, visit https://www.libreplanet.org/2017.

LibrePlanet 2016 was held at MIT from March 19-20, 2016. Over 370 attendees from all over the world came together for conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme of "Fork the System." You can watch videos from last year's conference at https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/tag/libreplanet-2016/, including the opening keynote, a conversation with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contacts

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542-5942

Categorías: Software Libre