## TABLE OF CONTENTS
* 2010 Free Software Awards announced
* FSF announces new executive director
* Sign-up! May 4th, 2011 Day Against DRM
* Happy 10th birthday to FSF Europe!
* Happy Document Freedom Day!
* Volunteer to help the new Savannah maintainer
* Free software is what we humans are talking more about
* Steer clear of Android Market and its DRM
* EA uses DRM to punish forum behavior
* Trisquel 4.5 "Slaine" released
* Librarians Against DRM
* LibrePlanet featured resource: Day Against DRM 2011
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Featured GNU Status Report: Gnash 0.8.9 Released
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!
### 2010 Free Software Awards announced
During our annual conference, LibrePlanet, we announced the 2010 Free
This year, the Award for Social Benefit was given to The Tor Project
for their critical role in protecting the privacy of many millions of
Internet users using free software.
The Award for the Advancement of Free Software was given to Rob Savoye
for his long-time contributions to many important free software
projects, including Gnash, GCC, GDB and OLPC, during the past 20 years.
Peter Brown, who has been part of the FSF for the last ten years and
served as our executive director since 2005, has decided to seek new
John Sullivan was appointed by the FSF board as his successor.
We are looking forward to facing new challenges and taking new
opportunities under John's leadership!
Sylvain Beucler, who was instrumental in modernizing and maintaining
Savannah for the last seven years, has decided to step down and look
for new challenges. Many, many, thanks to Sylvain and best wishes.
Michael Flickinger, a long-time Savannah administrator, has taken over
maintainer responsibilities and resumed work on the Savannah back
end. New volunteers would be greatly appreciated!
### Free software is what we humans are talking more about
Peter Brown wrote about his experience as the outgoing executive
director of the Free Software Foundation:
> When I joined the FSF in 2001, free software was not so well
> known. The values we promoted were often ignored in the corporate
> adoption and promotion of free software under the banner of open
Google recently made headlines after they identified some malware
being distributed through the Android Market. Not only did they stop
distributing those apps, but they used their "remote kill switch" to
remove the apps from phones where they were already downloaded. This
is a kind of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) that all computer
users should avoid.
In this case, the DRM is being used to prevent developers from
breaking phones' security and collecting personal information without
authorization. Those are laudable ends, but they don't justify the
means: anyone using the Android Market gives Google the power to
remove software from their phones.
Just because you buy a DRM-restricted game doesn't mean you can play
it. An unfortunate forum comment temporarily left a gamer unable to
play a single-player game purchased through the EA Store, as EA
revoked his game access along with his forum access. This article
about the dangers of proprietary games and DRM is the first post by
our newest campaigns intern, Helen.
A recent move by the publisher HarperCollins -- limiting the number of
times an ebook can be checked out -- may have just pushed many
librarians over the edge. One reaction to this demand of HarperCollins
is a call for a "Readers' Bill of Rights", as well as the creation of
powerful graphics and logos that create solidarity for Librarians
As always, please feel free to write to me, <karl@gnu....>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
### Featured GNU Status Report: Gnash 0.8.9 Released
Open Media Now! and the Gnash community are happy to announce the
release of Gnash 0.8.9. Gnash the GNU Flash player is a free/libre SWF
movie player, with all the source code released under GPLv3. Gnash is
available as both a standalone player and also as a browser plugin for
Firefox (and all other Gecko-based browsers), Chromium and Konqueror.
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