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Submission + - Software Freedom Conservancy asks for supporters

paroneayea writes: Software Freedom Conservancy has is asking people to join as supporters to save both their basic work and GPL enforcement. Conservancy is the steward of projects like it, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and many more. Conservancy also does much work around GPL enforcement and needs 2,500 members to join in order to save copyleft compliance work. You can join as a member here.

Submission + - Container provisioning with Guix

paroneayea writes: Container provisioning just landed in GNU Guix, the purely functional, scheme-based, totally free software package manager (and with GuixSD, distro too). Containers now work with both the "guix system" command as a lightweight and isolated substitution for VMs to launch applications and test reproducible deployments with, and a "guix environment" command for launching isolated development environments. Since the word "container" has been mentioned, some will no doubt be wondering how this compares to Docker, and fortunately such a breakdown has been given on a mailing list post.

Submission + - FBI's Advice for Ransomware Victims: Pay Up!

campuscodi writes: Speaking at the Cyber Security Summit that took place last week in Boston, Joseph Bonavolonta, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cyber and Counterintelligence Program, revealed that the FBI started advising organizations into paying up ransoms if they ever face ransomware infections. The thinking behind this recommendation is that companies and users will eventually learn their lesson and start employing better self-protection measures when navigating the Web.

Submission + - Open source web apps, installed with one click (

paulproteus writes: Sandstorm is an open source project whose mission is to bring open source and indie web apps to a wider audience. Most web apps exist in the software-as-a-service model, where the app author runs a hosting service. But for open source web apps, the developers aren’t a big corporation with resources to run servers for you, so you typically arrange your own hosting.

To make open source web apps viable, installing apps on a server needs to be so easy that everyone can do it, so today we launched a new, open source server app marketplace. You can use it to install any app packaged for Sandstorm, either on your own Sandstorm install or, also new today, on Sandstorm hosting.

Submission + - MediaGoblin 0.8.0 "A Gallery of Fine Creatures" released

paroneayea writes: GNU MediaGoblin has released version 0.8.0 dubbed "A Gallery of Fine Creatures". This release includes a number of improvements including an upgrade to GStreamer 1.0, improved video thumbnailing, and preliminary Python 3 support. Additionally, an improved Social API support making use of the Pump API means that existing clients like Pumpa and Dianara are now compatible with MediaGoblin. This coincides with work underway by MediaGoblin developers working with the W3C Social Working Group to build a general federation standard, of which a draft submission to the group is already in progress.

Submission + - Pitivi Video Editor surpasses 50% crowdfunding goal, releases version 0.94

kxra writes: With the latest developments, Pitivi is proving to truly be a promising libre video editor for GNU distributions as well as a serious contender for bringing libre video production up to par with its proprietary counterparts. Since launching a beautifully well-organized crowdfunding campaign (as covered here previously), the team has raised over half of their 35,000 € goal to pay for full-time development and has entered "beta" status for version 1.0. They've released two versions, 0.94 (release notes) being the most recent, which have brought full MPEG-TS/AVCHD support, porting to Python 3, lots of UX improvements, and—of course—lots and lots of bug fixes. The next release (0.95) will run on top of Non Linear Engine, a refined and incredibly more robust backend Pitivi developers have produced to replace GNonLin and bring Pitivi closer to the rock-solid stability needed for the final 1.0 release.

Submission + - MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" released

paroneayea writes: The GNU MediaGoblin folks have put out another release of their free software media hosting platform, dubbed 0.7.0: Time Traveler's Delight. The new release moves closer to federation by including a new upload API based on the Pump API, a new theme labeled "Sandy 70s Speedboat", metadata features, bulk upload, a more responsive design, and many other fixes and improvements. This is the first release since the recent crowdfunding campaign run with the FSF which was used to bring on a full time developer to focus on federation, among other things.

Submission + - MediaGoblin and FSF successfully raise funds for federation, privacy features

paroneayea writes: GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!

Submission + - MediaGoblin devs: "Mad about government censorship? Do something about it."

paroneayea writes: Responding to recent news that YouTube is giving the UK Government tools to broadly flag even legal videos on YouTube for takedown, the MediaGoblin developers have made a call to arms: "Mad about Government censorship? Let's do something about it." The MediaGoblin crew are currently running a campaign for federation and privacy features, including expanding federation tools like PyPump to make adding federation easier for all sorts of python web applications.

Submission + - MediaGoblin and the FSF run campaign for privacy and federation on the web

paroneayea writes: MediaGoblin, a free software image/video/audio media publishing system, and the FSF have launched a campaign for media publishing privacy and federation on the web! The campaign's goals include wrapping up present work to add federation via the Pump API, adding private media sharing, and simplifying deployment. There's a set of other stretch goals illustrated by goblin themed pixel art. You can also read more on their announcement blogpost.

Submission + - How to block the NSA from your friends list (

Atticus Rex writes: The fact that our social networking services are so centralized is a big part of why they fall so easily to government surveillance. It only takes a handful of amoral Zuckerbergs to hand over hundreds of millions of people's data to PRISM.

That's why this Slate article makes the case for a mass migration to decentralized, free software social networks, which are much more robust to spying and interference. On top of that, these systems respect your freedom as a software user (or developer), and they're less likely to pepper you with obnoxious advertisements.

Submission + - MediaGoblin 0.4.0 released, supports document uploads

An anonymous reader writes: The MediaGoblin folks have knocked out another release. MediaGoblin now can handle document uploads, displaying them in-browser with pdf.js (not just PDFs can be uploaded, but almost any document which can be converted by LibreOffice is supported). Also includes a new expanded plugin infrastructure and Plugin Writer's Guide. Get it while it's still hot off the presses!

Submission + - OpenStreetMap in 3D via WebGL (

An anonymous reader writes: Most of us know OpenStreetMap just from (IMHO very detailed!) webmaps. The more experienced ones might know, that there had been approaches to bring in a third dimension. Now here is a WebGL app presenting you OSM entirely interactive and with real cute animations, all done just from open geodata.

If your neighbourhood is currently still flat and you like to improve it:

Submission + - Rhythos: a FOSS RPG Builder using Liberated Pixel Cup assets (

paroneayea writes: For those who are fans of old RPG game building tools like RPGMaker, Rhythos is running a kickstarter campaign to build a free and open source software RPG builder. They're using the Liberated Pixel Cup assets and have plans to expand that set if they raise enough funds in addition to building the game engine.

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