[sf-lug] [Fwd: [FSF] An appeal from Benjamin Mako Hill, technologist and author.]
larry.cafiero at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 12:13:32 PST 2010
I joined several years ago and was successful (member #5030).
Not to detract from the work that the Free Software Foundation does, but I
think there are many other -- arguably more deserving -- projects that could
use your funds, meager as they may be if they're anything like mine. :-)
For example, one of my favorites is the Oregon State University Open Source
Lab -- from which everyone here has probably downloaded FOSS software at one
time or another -- which has a fundraising effort going right now at
Not only this, there are local projects that could use help as well.
Hackerspaces in the area -- like the Bitsmasher in Santa Cruz (my local
hackerspace) or the one in the South Bay with a name that escapes me at the
So this is NOT to say ignore the FSF -- join if you believe in what they do
(I did) -- but bear in mind that there are many other projects out there
that are worthy of your dime.
On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM, Alex Kleider <a_kleider at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Has anyone tried to join and been successful?
> I did and was not.
> --- On Thu, 1/21/10, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
> > From: jim <jim at well.com>
> > Subject: [sf-lug] [Fwd: [FSF] An appeal from Benjamin Mako Hill,
> technologist and author.]
> > To: "sf-lug" <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
> > Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 10:12 AM
> > -------- Forwarded Message --------
> > From: Benjamin Mako Hill <info at fsf.org>
> > Reply-To: info at fsf.org
> > To: info-fsf at gnu.org
> > Subject: [FSF] An appeal from Benjamin Mako Hill,
> > technologist and
> > author.
> > Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:21:00 -0500
> > An appeal from Benjamin Mako Hill, technologist and
> > author.
> > ** Read the complete appeal online: http://www.fsf.org/appeal/2009/mako/
> > Free software is not really about software in this
> > fundamental sense;
> > it's about bringing freedom to users through software.
> > In free software's incredible success over the last two
> > decades, many
> > people have lost sight of this simple fact.
> > We have created an incredible array of applications,
> > vibrant
> > communities and powerful licenses -- but these are all how
> > we give
> > users freedom. They are not freedom itself. They are not
> > what we were
> > trying to achieve.
> > They are our instruments, not our goal.
> > As more and more users' primary computers become mobile
> > phones and new
> > types of network services make up most of many users'
> > interaction with
> > computers, the free software movement's goal of bringing
> > freedom to
> > computer users will need to involve new software and new
> > forms of
> > advocacy.
> > A strong free software movement focused on the principled
> > issues of
> > software freedom -- and a strong FSF in particular -- will
> > determine
> > what freedoms the next generation of computer users enjoy.
> > At stake is no less than the next generation's autonomy.
> > If you are not an FSF associate member, now is the time to
> > become one
> > with a $10 monthly contribution ($5 students).
> > * http://my.fsf.org/join
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> > info-fsf at gnu.org
> > Unsubscribe: http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-fsf
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