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  • gsl @ Savannah: GNU Scientific Library 2.6 released
    on 20/08/2019 at 7:52 pm

    Version 2.6 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release introduces major performance improvements to common linear algebra matrix factorizations, as well as numerous new features and bug fixes. The […]

  • FSF Events: Coding workshop (Ballarat, VIC, Australia)
    on 20/08/2019 at 3:54 pm

    This workshop, presented by Sturm Software Engineering, will teach you how to code on a free software project, and guide you through the whole process. On the Friday evening you'll meet the mentors and participants, go through some preliminaries and then head out for dinner with the group. Dinner […]

  • unifont @ Savannah: Unifont 12.1.03 Released
    on 11/08/2019 at 8:53 pm

    11 August 2019 Unifont 12.1.03 is now available. Significant changes in this version include the replacement of the Jiskan glyphs in the Japanese version, unifont_jp, with Izumi public domain glyphs.  Also, modifications to Limbu, Buginese, Tai Tham, Adlam, and Mayan Numerals, plus a redrawn […]

  • FSF Blogs: May 2019: Photos from Aalborg and Copenhagen
    on 08/08/2019 at 3:35 pm

    Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman (RMS) was in Denmark in May 2019. After a visit to the beach in nearby Slettestrand the day before, RMS went to Aalborg, where he delivered his speech “Free software and your freedom”1 at Aalborg University (AAU), on May 6th. […]

  • FSF Blogs: Fundraiser membership drive comes to an end and we all win!
    on 07/08/2019 at 3:43 pm

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) spring fundraiser has come to an end and we would like to thank you for your help in surpassing our ambitious goal of 200 new members in 28 days, and for all the inspirational words of support we've received over the past weeks. The motivations people give for […]

  • Christopher Allan Webber: ActivityPub Conf 2019 Speakers
    on 07/08/2019 at 2:54 pm

    Good news everyone! The speaker list for ActivityPub Conf 2019 is here! (In this document, below, but also in ODT and PDF formats.) (Bad news everyone: registration is closed! We're now at 40 people registered to attend. However, we do aim to be posting recordings of the event afterwards if you […]

  • GNU Guile: GNU Guile 2.9.3 (beta) released
    by (Andy Wingo) on 03/08/2019 at 2:20 pm

    We are delighted to announce GNU Guile 2.9.3, the third beta release in preparation for the upcoming 3.0 stable series. See the release announcement for full details and a download link.This release improves the quality of the just-in-time (JIT) native code generation, resulting in up to 50% […]

  • gnuastro @ Savannah: Gnuastro 0.10 released
    on 03/08/2019 at 2:16 am

    The 10th release of GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro) is now available. Please see the announcement for more. […]

  • FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "Copyright vs Community" (Moscow, Russia)
    on 02/08/2019 at 5:20 pm

    This speech by Richard Stallman will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend. Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not […]

  • FSF Events: Event - EmacsConf
    on 02/08/2019 at 5:15 pm

    EmacsConf is the conference about the joy of Emacs, Emacs Lisp, and memorizing key sequences. See event page for more information. Location: virtual (online) Please subscribe to our online newsletter, the Free Software Supporter, so that we can contact you about future events. […]

  • FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "Free software and your freedom" (TechTrain, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
    on 02/08/2019 at 5:10 pm

    Richard Stallman will be speaking at TechTrain (2019-08-24–25). His speech will be nontechnical and the public is encouraged to attend. The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users' freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the […]

  • FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "Copyright vs Community" (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
    on 02/08/2019 at 4:55 pm

    Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit […]

  • libc @ Savannah: The GNU C Library version 2.30 is now available
    on 01/08/2019 at 8:12 pm

    The GNU C Library ================= The GNU C Library version 2.30 is now available. The GNU C Library is used as the C library in the GNU system and in GNU/Linux systems, as well as many other systems that use Linux as the kernel. The GNU C Library is primarily designed to be a portable […]

  • stow @ Savannah: GNU Stow 2.3.1 released
    on 28/07/2019 at 1:43 pm

    This release improves ease of installation by dropping some module dependencies which were introduced in 2.3.0.  It also fixes an issue with the test suite, and improves the release procedure.  See for more details. Also note that 2.3.0 […]

  • FSF Blogs: GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 16 new GNU releases in July!
    on 26/07/2019 at 5:56 pm

    denemo-2.3.0 direvent-5.2 gama-2.06 gnunet-0.11.6 gnupg-2.2.17 grub-2.04 guile-2.2.6 libmicrohttpd-0.9.65 libtasn1-4.14 linux-libre-5.2 nettle-3.5 parallel-20190722 pies-1.4 rush-2.1 stow-2.3.0 tramp-2.4.2 For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: […]

  • FSF Blogs: Strengthen free software by telling Congress to reject the STRONGER Patents Act
    on 25/07/2019 at 7:20 pm

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has long been opposed to the ways in which US and international patent law have been misused to allow for so-called "software patents." As these patents are not held over a particular piece of software, but rather any principle that can be used in its design, it […]

  • Christopher Allan Webber: Mark S. Miller keynoting at ActivityPub Conf 2019
    on 24/07/2019 at 4:00 pm

    I am extremely pleased to announce that Mark S. Miller is keynoting at ActivityPub Conf 2019! It's hard for me to understate how huge this is. Mark S. Miller works at Agoric which is leading the way on modern application of object capabilities, which is convenient, since exploration of how to apply […]

  • FSF Blogs: Fall internships at the FSF! Apply by September 2
    on 24/07/2019 at 4:00 pm

    Do you believe that free software is crucial to a free society? Do you want to help people understand why free software matters, and how to use it? Are you interested in diving into software freedom issues like copyleft, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), or surveillance and encryption? Or are […]

  • GNUnet News: GNUnet 0.11.6 released
    on 24/07/2019 at 12:00 am

    2019-07-24: GNUnet 0.11.6 released We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.6. This is a bugfix release for 0.11.5, fixing a lot of minor bugs, improving stability and code quality. Further, our videos are […]

  • Jose E. Marchesi: Rhhw July 2019 @ Frankfurt am Main
    on 24/07/2019 at 12:00 am

    The Rabbit Herd will be meeting the weekend from 26 July to 28 July 2019, in Frankfurt. If you are in the nearby and in the mood for some hacking, feel free to join us! […]

  • parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20190722 ('Ryugu') released
    on 23/07/2019 at 7:00 am

    GNU Parallel 20190722 ('Ryugu') has been released. It is available for download at: GNU Parallel is 10 years old next year on 2020-04-22. You are here by invited to a reception on Friday 2020-04-17. See […]

  • Christopher Allan Webber: ActivityPub Conf 2019
    on 22/07/2019 at 4:00 pm

    This flier also available in PDF and ODT formats. UPDATE: As of August 5th, registrations have now filled up! See all of you who registered at ActivityPub Conf! That's right! We're hosting the first ever ActivityPub Conf. It's immediately following Rebooting Web of Trust in Prague. There's no […]

  • hyperbole @ Savannah: GNU Hyperbole 7.0.3 is the latest release
    on 22/07/2019 at 4:16 am

    Hyperbole is an amazing hypertextual information management system that installs quickly and easily as an Emacs package.  It is part of GNU Elpa, the Emacs Lisp Package Archive. Hyperbole interlinks all your working information within Emacs for fast access and editing, not just within […]

  • Sylvain Beucler: Planet clean-up
    on 21/07/2019 at 4:57 pm

    I did some clean-up / resync on the setup Fix issue with newer https websites (SNI) Re-sync Debian base config, scripts and packaging, update documentation; the planet-venus package is still in bad shape though, it's not officially orphaned but the maintainer is unreachable AFAICS […]

  • Parabola GNU/Linux-libre: [From Arch] libbloom>=1.6-2 update requires manual intervention
    on 13/07/2019 at 10:00 pm

    The libbloom package prior to version 1.6-2 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 1.6-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error libbloom: /usr/lib/ exists in filesystem when updating, use pacman -Suy […]

  • rush @ Savannah: Version 2.1
    on 12/07/2019 at 7:45 pm

    Version 2.1 is available for download from GNU and Puszcza archives. This version fixes several minor bugs that appeared in previous release 2.0. […]

  • GNU Guix: Towards Guix for DevOps
    on 12/07/2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hey, there! I'm Jakob, a Google Summer of Code intern and new contributor to Guix. Since May, I've been working on a DevOps automation tool for the Guix System, which we've been calling guix deploy.The idea for a Guix DevOps tool has been making rounds on the mailing lists for some time now. Years, […]

  • Christopher Allan Webber: Racket is an acceptable Python
    on 09/07/2019 at 2:27 pm

    A little over a decade ago, there were some popular blogposts about whether Ruby was an acceptable Lisp or whether even Lisp was an acceptable Lisp. Peter Norvig was also writing at the time introducing Python to Lisp programmers. Lisp, those in the know knew, was the right thing to strive for, and […]

  • Aleksander Morgado: DW5821e firmware update integration in ModemManager and fwupd
    on 03/07/2019 at 1:27 pm

    The Dell Wireless 5821e module is a Qualcomm SDX20 based LTE Cat16 device. This modem can work in either MBIM mode or QMI mode, and provides different USB layouts for each of the modes. In Linux kernel based and Windows based systems, the MBIM mode is the default one, because it provides easy […]

  • rush @ Savannah: Version 2.0
    on 01/07/2019 at 8:15 am

    Version 2.0 is available for download from GNU and Puszcza archives. This release features a complete rewrite of the configuration support. It introduces a new configuration file syntax that offers a large set of control structures and transformation instructions for handling arbitrary […]

  • GNU Guile: GNU Guile 2.2.6 released
    by (Ludovic Courtès) on 30/06/2019 at 9:55 pm

    We are pleased to announce GNU Guile 2.2.6, the sixth bug-fix release in the new 2.2 stable release series. This release represents 11 commits by 4 people since version 2.2.5. First and foremost, it fixes a regression introduced in 2.2.5 that would break Guile’s built-in HTTP […]

  • trans-coord @ Savannah: Malayalam team re-established
    on 29/06/2019 at 6:54 am

    After more than 8 years of being orphaned, Malayalam team is active again.  The new team leader, Aiswarya Kaitheri Kandoth, made a new translation of the Free Software Definition, so now we have 41 translations of that page! Currently, Malayalam the only active translation team of official […]

  • Christopher Allan Webber: How do Spritely's actor and storage layers tie together?
    on 27/06/2019 at 6:15 pm

    I've been hacking away at Spritely (see previously). Recently I've been making progress on both the actor model (goblins and its rewrite goblinoid) as well as the storage layers (currently called Magenc and Crystal, but we are talking about probably renaming the both of them into a suite called […]

  • Andy Wingo: fibs, lies, and benchmarks
    on 26/06/2019 at 10:34 am

    Friends, consider the recursive Fibonacci function, expressed most lovelily in Haskell:fib 0 = 0 fib 1 = 1 fib n = fib (n-1) + fib (n-2) Computing elements of the Fibonacci sequence ("Fibonacci numbers") is a common microbenchmark. Microbenchmarks are like a Suzuki exercises for learning violin: […]

  • libredwg @ Savannah: libredwg-0.8 released
    on 25/06/2019 at 9:55 am

    This is a major release, adding the new dynamic API, read and write all header and object fields by name. Many of the old dwg_api.h field accessors are deprecated. More here: and Here are the […]

  • apl @ Savannah: GNU APL 1.8 Released
    on 23/06/2019 at 1:03 pm

    I am happy to announce that GNU APL 1.8 has been released. GNU APL is a free implementation of the ISO standard 13751 aka. "Programming Language APL, Extended", This release contains: bug fixes, ⎕DLX (Donald Knuth's Dancing Links Algorithm), ⎕FFT (fast fourier transforms; real, […]

  • denemo @ Savannah: Release 2.3 is imminent - please test.
    on 22/06/2019 at 9:29 am

    New Features     Seek Locations in Scores         Specify type of object sought         Or valid note range         Or any custom condition […]

  • parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20190622 ('HongKong') released
    on 21/06/2019 at 1:36 pm

    GNU Parallel 20190622 ('HongKong') has been released. It is available for download at: GNU Parallel is 10 years old in a year on 2020-04-22. You are here by invited to a reception on Friday 2020-04-17. See […]

  • mailutils @ Savannah: Version 3.7
    on 21/06/2019 at 1:15 pm

    Version 3.7 of GNU mailutils is available for download. This version introduces a new format for mailboxes: dotmail. Dotmail is a replacement for traditional mbox format, proposed by Kurt Hackenberg. A dotmail mailbox is a single disk file, where messages are stored sequentially. Each message […]

  • GNU Guile: GNU Guile 2.2.5 released
    by (Ludovic Courtès) on 20/06/2019 at 11:20 am

    We are pleased to announce GNU Guile 2.2.5, the fifth bug-fix release in the new 2.2 stable release series. This release represents 100 commits by 11 people since version 2.2.4. It fixes bugs that had accumulated over the last few months, notably in the SRFI-19 date and time library and in […]

  • GNU Guix: Substitutes are now available as lzip
    on 17/06/2019 at 2:30 pm

    For a long time, our build farm at has been delivering substitutes (pre-built binaries) compressed with gzip. Gzip was never the best choice in terms of compression ratio, but it was a reasonable and convenient choice: it’s rock-solid, and zlib made it easy for us to have […]

  • GNUnet News: 2019-06-05: GNUnet 0.11.5 released
    on 05/06/2019 at 12:00 am

    2019-06-05: GNUnet 0.11.5 released We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.5. This is a bugfix release for 0.11.4, mostly fixing a few minor bugs and improving performance, in particular for identity management with a large number of egos. In the wake […]

  • gengetopt @ Savannah: 2.23 released
    on 04/06/2019 at 8:41 am

    New version (2.23) was released. Main changes were in build system, so please report any issues you notice. […]

  • Andy Wingo: pictie, my c++-to-webassembly workbench
    on 03/06/2019 at 10:10 am

    Hello, interwebs! Today I'd like to share a little skunkworks project with y'all: Pictie, a workbench for WebAssembly C++ integration on the web.loading pictie... >  JavaScript disabled, no pictie demo. See the pictie web page for more information. […]

  • unifont @ Savannah: GNU Unifont 12.1.02 Released
    on 01/06/2019 at 10:43 pm

    1 June 2019 Unifont 12.1.02 is now available. This version introduces a Japanese TrueType version, unifont_jp, replacing over 10,000 ideographs from the default Unifont build with kanji from the public domain Jiskan16 font.  This version also contains redrawn Devanagari and Bengali […]

  • GNU Guile: Join the Guile and Guix Days in Strasbourg, June 21–22!
    by (Ludovic Courtès) on 28/05/2019 at 9:11 am

    We’re organizing Guile Days at the University of Strasbourg, France, co-located with the Perl Workshop, on June 21st and 22nd.Update: The program is now complete, view the schedule on-line.The schedule is not complete yet, but we can already announce a couple of events:Getting Started with […]

  • Andy Wingo: lightening run-time code generation
    on 24/05/2019 at 8:44 am

    The upcoming Guile 3 release will have just-in-time native code generation. Finally, amirite? There's lots that I'd like to share about that and I need to start somewhere, so this article is about one piece of it: Lightening, a library to generate machine code.on lightningLightening is a fork of […]

  • GNU Guile: GNU Guile 2.9.2 (beta) released
    by (Andy Wingo) on 23/05/2019 at 9:00 pm

    We are delighted to announce GNU Guile 2.9.2, the second beta release in preparation for the upcoming 3.0 stable series. See the release announcement for full details and a download link.This release extends just-in-time (JIT) native code generation support to the ia32, ARMv7, and AArch64 […]

  • Andy Wingo: bigint shipping in firefox!
    on 23/05/2019 at 12:13 pm

    I am delighted to share with folks the results of a project I have been helping out on for the last few months: implementation of "BigInt" in Firefox, which is finally shipping in Firefox 68 (beta).what's a bigint?BigInts are a new kind of JavaScript primitive value, like numbers or strings. A […]

  • parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20190522 ('Akihito') released
    on 22/05/2019 at 8:29 pm

    GNU Parallel 20190522 ('Akihito') has been released. It is available for download at: GNU Parallel is 10 years old in a year on 2020-04-22. You are here by invited to a reception on Friday 2020-04-17. See […]

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