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  Free Software Foundation Europe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE, or FSF Europe) was founded in 2001 as an official European sister organization of the U.S. -based Free Software Foundation (FSF) to take care of all aspects of free software in Europe.
Software patents are considered by the FSFE to be a menace to society and economy and FSF Europe is actively involved in the resistance against such plans.
The Free Software Foundation Europe was invited from the EC to represent the stances of Free Software movement.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_Software_Foundation_Europe   (1208 words)

 Free Software Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit organization founded in October 1985 by Richard Stallman to support the free software movement (free as in freedom), and in particular the GNU project.
FSF has the resources and the will to enforce the GPL and other GNU licenses, but only for software for which it owns the copyrights; GPL'd software owned by others must be defended by its owners, since the FSF has no legal standing to enforce the GPL for them.
In 2001, Free Software Foundation Europe was founded in Germany to act as a "hub" for the Free Software organisations of Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_Software_Foundation   (754 words)

 Free Software Foundation - Encyclopedia Dramatica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1985 by Richard Stallman to support the free software movement (free as in freedom), and in particular the GNU project.
The FSF is notoriously difficult to deal with, choosing to isolate itself and its members from interaction with large companies instead of work with them to find an understanding or some common ground.
Their insistance that all software should be free is typically viewed as a joke by major software distributors and even many open source advocates, as the FSF's stance is so incredibly extreme as to be laughable.
www.encyclopediadramatica.com /index.php/Free_Software_Foundation   (120 words)

 The Free Software Definition - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.
Software developers do not have the power to eliminate or override these restrictions, but what they can and must do is refuse to impose them as conditions of use of the program.
To decide whether a specific software license qualifies as a free software license, we judge it based on these criteria to determine whether it fits their spirit as well as the precise words.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/free-sw.html   (1471 words)

 The Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But we should keep in the back of our minds, while doing this, the vision of a free encyclopedia that is universal in scope--so that we can firmly reject any attempt to put artificial limits on either the scope or the free status of the encyclopedia.
To ensure that the encyclopedia is indeed free, all software included in articles and courses should meet the criteria of free software (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html) and open source software (http://www.opensource.org).
If the free encyclopedia is a success, it will become so ubiquitous and important that we dare not allow any organization to decide what counts as part of it.
gnuweb.kookel.org /ftp/www.gnu.org/encyclopedia/free-encyclopedia.html   (3659 words)

 GPLv3 Draft — GPLv3
If the software is modified by someone else and passed on, the GPL ensures that recipients are told that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors' reputations.
Many people have made generous contributions to the wide range of software distributed through that system in reliance on consistent application of that system; it is up to the author/donor to decide if he or she is willing to distribute software through any other system and a licensee cannot impose that choice.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
gplv3.fsf.org /draft   (3802 words)

 Free Software
The precise meaning of Free Software is spelled out in the Debian Free Software Guidelines or the Free Software Definition while Open Source is defined officially by the Open Source Definition.
Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.
GNU is a mark of the Free Software Foundation.
www.free-soft.org   (530 words)

 Free Software Foundation - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software ---particularly the GNU operating system(used widely today in its GNU/Linux variant)--- and free (as in freedom) documentation.
The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software.
In contrast, the Free Software Foundation concentrates on development of new free software---and on making that software into a coherent system which can eliminate the need to use proprietary software.
www.gnu.no /fsf/fsf.html   (272 words)

 The GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Software publishers have worked long and hard to convince people that there is only one way to look at the issue.
If a program is free software when it leaves the hands of its author, this does not necessarily mean it will be free software for everyone who has a copy of it.
Free software has developed such practical advantages that users are flocking to it for purely practical reasons.
gnu.mirrors.atn.ro /gnu/thegnuproject.html   (7273 words)

 Free Software Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Foundation's main work is supporting the GNU project, started by Richard Stallman (RMS), partly to proselytise for his position that information is community property and all software source should be shared.
Software is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, which also provides a good summary of the Foundation's goals and principles.
The Free Software Foundation raises most of its funds from distributing its software, although it is a charity rather than a company.
burks.bton.ac.uk /burks/foldoc/49/45.htm   (251 words)

 FSF - The Free Software Foundation
The FSF promotes the development and use of free software, particularly the GNU operating system, used widely in its GNU/Linux variant.
Read more about free software in our essays section, in the philosophy section of gnu.org, and in the pages of the independently published Free Software Magazine.
Today the GNU GPL is the most widely used Free Software license, and as its author, the FSF works to help the wider community use and comprehend it.
www.fsf.org   (633 words)

 GNU's Not Unix! - the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation (FSF)
FSF is the principal organizational sponsor of the GNU Project.
The Free Software Foundation is a tax-exempt charity that raises funds for work on the GNU Project.
The FSF supports the freedoms of speech, press, and association on the Internet, the right to use encryption software for private communication, and the right to write software unimpeded by private monopolies.
www.tw.gnu.org   (422 words)

 Free Software Foundation of India | Weave our own code. Together.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The word `free' in Free Software has a similar meaning as in free speech, free people and free country and should not be confused with its other meaning associated with zero-cost.
FSF India is a non-profit organisation committed to advocating, promoting and propagating the use and development of swatantra software in India.
Nagarjuna G., Chairman, Free Software Foundation of India and Scientist at Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research presented a talk on Open Standards: What it means to the user, government and industry at the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday.
www.fsf.org.in   (513 words)

 Position on W3C "RF" Patent Policy - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
One requirement for Free Software is that users have the freedom to modify and redistribute it.
If the software license does nothing to prevent this, you can find yourself in a situation where the program's license appears to give you freedom, but this freedom has been taken away by restrictions not stated there.
One of the things you should be able to do with a Free Software implementation of that standard is to merge it into a web browser or a non-interactive web client, so as to provide the same functionality there.
www.gnu.no /philosophy/w3c-patent.html   (1164 words)

 Welcome to GPLv3 — GPLv3
It has nurtured a spirit of cooperation and trust that has enabled a worldwide community of user/developers to release an extraordinary range of free software.
The core legal mechanism of the GNU GPL is that of copyleft, which requires modified versions of GPL'd software to be GPL'd themselves.
Copyleft is essential for preventing the enclosure of the free software commons, today as it was in 1991.
gplv3.fsf.org   (395 words)

 FSF Europe - Free Software Foundation Europe
The FSF Europe was launched on 10 March 2001 and supports all European aspects of Free Software; especially the GNU Project.
FSF Europe's work is made possible by many individual contributions, in particular to the Fellowship of FSFE.
Commonly called "the GPL", this licence is used by the majority of Free Software to detail the distribution terms of the software.
www.fsfeurope.org   (678 words)

 Licenses - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
The GNU Free Documentation License is a form of copyleft intended for use on a manual, textbook or other document to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifications, either commercially or noncommercially.
Copyleft is a general method for making a program free software and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free software as well.
When we explain to the employer that it is illegal to distribute the improved version except as free software, the employer usually decides to release it as free software rather than throw it away.
www.tw.gnu.org /licenses/licenses.html   (1297 words)

 The Fellowship - Fellowship of FSFE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This is the place where the Fellows of the Free Software Foundation Europe meet and come together to share ideas, collaborate on projects and inform each other about what is going on in the world of Free Software.
The Fellowship is a community of people who take interest in the multiple interactions of Free Software with economy, politics, science and society and seek to change things for the better.
The KDE e.V. - a registered non-profit organisation that represents the K Desktop Environment (KDE®) in legal and financial matters - and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are proud to announce their associate status, working together for the promotion and protection of Free Software on users' desktops in Europe and worldwide.
www.fsfe.org   (561 words)

 FSF statement
The Free Software Foundation thanks the board of the Python Foundation and Guido van Rossum for their cooperation in developing a license for Python 2.0.1 that is fully compatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Python 2.0.1c1 and all future versions released under the same license are free software that may be freely combined with programs released under GPL.
FSF recognizes the enormous value of Python for developers of free software; we are pleased that all prior difficulties with the fullest use of Python in free software projects have now been resolved.
www.python.org /download/releases/2.0.1/fsf   (101 words)

 Xah: Responsible Software License and Free Software Foundation
I have high respect for the Free Software Foundation, even though i do not believe their tenet and dedication that ALL software MUST be “Free”.
So, as i was thinking that a movement towards Responsible Software Licensing may be opposed by the free software community in general, in principle and in practice.
It is a pioneer in the concept of Free Software with its GPL license, which is the main force behind the success and ubiquity of Linux and a massive collection of freely available software and components.
xahlee.org /UnixResource_dir/writ/responsible_license_FSF.html   (755 words)

 French Government Lobbied to Ban Free Software
SNEP and SCPP have told Free Software authors: "You will be required to change your licenses." SACEM add: "You shall stop publishing free software," and warn they are ready "to sue free software authors who will keep on publishing source code" should the "VU/SACEM/BSA/FA Contents Department"[1] bill proposal pass in the Parliament.
The FSF France (http://www.fsffrance.org/) is a non-profit organization dedicated to all aspects of Free Software.
Creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSF France.
www.fsffrance.org /news/article2005-11-25.en.html   (852 words)

 Dictionary of Computers - Free Software Foundation
FSF is the publisher of the GNU software, which includes compilers, operating systems, utilities, editors, databases, and PostScript viewers.
All the software is free of licensing fees and restrictions.
The FSF was founded in 1983 by US artificial intelligence specialist Richard Stallman as a way of bringing back the cooperative spirit of the computing community's early days that had vanished by the early 1980s with the advent of widely sold proprietary software.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/dictionaries/computers/data/m0051250.html   (246 words)

 TechWeb | News | Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
Richard Stallman, author of the GNUGeneral Public License, said Tuesday evening that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is poised to revise the key license which governs the use of free software.
A first stab at the new license, dubbed a discussion draft, will be released by the FSF at a conference it's holding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January.
The current version of GPL was designed for global use and distribution but it is no longer suitable considering the expansion of free software and new modes for distribution, according to a document outlining plans for modification.
www.techweb.com /showArticle.jhtml?articleID=174402854   (906 words)

 FSF - Associate Member
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, USA.
We rely on individuals like you to support FSF's mission to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users.
Inspire three other people to join the FSF as associate members, and receive a personalized greeting recorded by Richard Stallman or Eben Moglen for your answering machine, voicemail or home page.
member.fsf.org   (234 words)

 NewsForge | Free Software Foundation launches Gnash   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Even before the FSF called, Savoye, a Colorado-based consultant, was taking an in-depth look at free Flash implementations at the request of a client working on an embeddable player.
Electronic Frontier Foundation founder and major GNU contributer John Gilmore knew Savoye from his years of involvement in high-profile GNU projects, and approached him in the spring of 2005 about the possibility of adapting GameSWF's Flash implementation into a Mozilla/Firefox Web browser plugin.
Likewise, the FSF is, quite true, very vocal in its sociopolitical message of software and computer freedom.
software.newsforge.com /software/06/02/02/1641208.shtml?...&tid=150   (848 words)

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