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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 + - 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 + - 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 + - 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.

Submission + - Conservancy running campaign to write better accounting software for nonprofits ( 1

paroneayea writes: The Software Freedom Conservancy is running a campaign to improve accounting software, especially for nonprofits. To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees. This is fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality, democracy, and sharing. You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now!
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - 3d model support comes to MediaGoblin (

paroneayea writes: "MediaGoblin and LulzBot have teamed up to bring 3d model support to MediaGoblin! The announcement shows off a live demo of the new feature... it uses Blender on the backend to render stills and thingiview.js to show realtime webgl previews. This means MediaGoblin is becoming more useful for 3d artists and people interested in 3d printing, especially those looking for a free-as-in-freedom alternative to Thingiverse."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - MediaGoblin partners with FSF on fundraiser to decentralize media publishing (

paroneayea writes: "MediaGoblin and the FSF team up to decentralize media publishing! MediaGoblin, a free software, decentralized alternative to web services like Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc, and has made a lot of progress, but needs more direct (financial) help to fully realize its dream. Read more on the mediagoblin blog or check out this excellent article by Bruce Byfield in Linux Pro Magazine."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GNU Mediagoblin Project launches (

paroneayea writes: "The GNU project is starting a new federated web application project called GNU MediaGoblin, written in Python. From the article:

    The GNU Project is taking a shot photo sharing. On May 2nd, the wraps came off the GNU Mediagoblin project. If successful, the GNU Mediagoblin could solve several problems that haven't been addressed well by existing photo sharing services — namely privacy, data ownership, reliability, and software freedom.

    So what's GNU Mediagoblin? The project is starting with the goal of creating a federated photo sharing site that could stand alongside popular services like Flickr, DeviantArt, Picasa, and Facebook. Eventually, the project hopes to tackle other types of media, but the first target is photo/artwork sharing. Right now? It's very much a work in progress."


Submission + - Big Buck Bunny Movie Now Downloadable

paroneayea writes: "Big Buck Bunny (previously known as Project Peach), the world's second fully open source movie, is now available for download!

Like its predecessor Elephants Dream, Big Buck Bunny is made in Blender, the free software 3d modeling and animation tool, as well as other free software applications such as The GIMP and Inkscape. The end product, as well as all of the source files used to create the movie, are released under a Creative Commons license. Unlike its predecessor, which was both loved and hated for its very experimental style, Big Buck Bunny is a bit more accessible and closer to the furry, anthropomorphic cartoonish 3d movies that the public tends to be more used to.

Though short, the movie is extremely well polished and is definitely worth the download. But aside from being a treat for the eyes, the direct collaboration between the artists and the developers means a whole lot more features for the next Blender release. Plus, the sales of the DVDs help fund the Blender Foundation as well as the next Blender movie (and the currently work-in-progress game, Project Apricot). So if you enjoy the movie, consider buying a DVD!"

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.