FSF's Campaigns for Free Software Adoption and Development

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Did you know about Free Software Foundation before. If not, here is a brief intro about that.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit corporation with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. This organisation is founded by Richard Stallmam in 1985.

From its founding until the mid-1990s, FSF's funds were mostly used to employ software developers to write free software for the GNU Project. Since the mid-1990s, the FSF's employees and volunteers have mostly worked on legal and structural issues for the free software movement and the free software community.

Have a look at the list of projects that they are involved in : http://www.fsf.org/about/

Since then there has been a lot of activities happening worldwide with volunteers working on various fields to bring important opportunities for free software adoption and development, empower people against specific threats to their freedom, and move us closer to a free society.

Having that in mind, the following are few of the movements that they are actively involved in

The GNU Operating System


Richard is a software developer and software freedom activist. In 1983 he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software which respects your freedom. Visit  http://www.gnu.org/ for further details. Since then, The GNU Project was launched in 1984.



DefectiveByDesign.org is a broad-based anti-Digital Restriction Management campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and Digital Restriction Management(DRM) distributors. It robs us of control over the technology we use and the culture we live in. DRM and the DMCA can make it illegal to share an article, back-up your kids' favorite DVD, or move your music from one player to another. The campaign aims to make all manufacturers wary about bringing their DRM-enabled products to market and are therefore "defective by design".

Eg : These are the biggest targets for anti-DRM action:

  • iPad is iBad for freedom--sign the petition
  • Avoid the Kindle Swindle!
  • Boycott Sony!
  • Don't let Nintendo brick you
  • Tell B&N the Nook is DBD

Learn more about this campaign

Windows 7 Sins

Windows 7 Sins

With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft is selling the new version on a combination of fear anthreats. They threaten to stop supporting older version version of Windows in the long-term, and because their system is proprietary, instead of free software like GNU/Linux, you are dependant on Microsoft to provide regular security updates and fixes.

With the threat to withdraw their support, they  try to strong-arm you into adopting a new versions of their software even when you don’t need them and they may have a negative consequence to your ability to operate, once again abusing its monopoly position, explicitly inducing vendor lock-in.

Like the plans to include DRM restrictions with Windows Vista, Microsoft continued to attack against your security, privacy and freedom are no mistake. Microsoft has a history of manipulating computer manufacturers into installing its products onto the computers you purchase.

You deserve to be able to cooperate openly and freely with other people who use software. You deserve to be able to learn how the software works, and to teach your students with it. You deserve to be able to hire your favorite programmer to fix it when it breaks.

You deserve free software. Find out more about Windows 7 Sins.



Increasingly, proprietary software companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers.

The PlayOgg campaign (playogg.org) promotes the use of free audio and video formats unencumbered by patent restrictions, rather than MP3, QuickTime, Windows Media, and AAC, whose patent problems threaten free software and hinder progress.

End Software Patents

End Software Patents

Software patents create a legal nightmare for all software developers and pose particular problems for the free software movement. So as the FSF campaigns for formats that are free of software patents, we also work on the more fundamental task of ending software patents entirely, through legal and legislative action. Learn more at EndSoftPatents.org

Campaign for OpenDocument


The OpenDocument format (ODF) is a format for electronic office documents, such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word-processing documents.

OpenDocument campaign fights for the use of free formats in government documents, pushing governments to adopt policies requiring that all digital public documents and information be stored and distributed in formats that are standard, open, and royalty-free. OpenDocument Format (ODF) is one such format

RIAA Expert Witness Fund


In conjunction with Recording Industry vs. The People, the FSF has established a fund to help provide computer expert witnesses to combat the RIAA's ongoing lawsuits against households that share music, and to defend against the RIAA's attempt to redefine copyright law. Read more about why the FSF is involved.

High Priority Free Software Projects

The FSF high-priority projects list serves to foster the development of projects that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems. Our list helps guide volunteers and supporters to projects where their skills can be utilized, whether they be in coding, graphic design, writing, or activism. The FSF does not ask to run or control these projects; some of them are in fact GNU projects (and all are welcome to apply), but we are happy to encourage them whether they are done under our auspices or not. We hope that you can find a project here where your skill, energy, and time can be put to good use.



The LibrePlanet project is a global network of free software activists organized into teams working together to help further the ideals of software freedom by advocating and contributing to free software.

The main activity of LibrePlanet is hosting regional teams that operate locally in accordance with the project mission statement.

Campaign for Hardware that Supports Free Software

Free Software

Knowing which hardware devices support GNU/Linux is important not only for practical reasons — you want your hardware to work with the software that you want to use — but also for ethical and political reasons.

You can help the free software movement by purchasing hardware from manufacturers who support our goals and not purchasing from those who don't.

For example: the Free Software Foundation only purchases desktop machines which support coreboot. As a result, all of the workstations used by the FSF staff have a free BIOS. Where support for a free BIOS is not yet possible, or is limited, some companies have made the decision to sell computers running fully-free distributions of the GNU/Linux operating system.

Free BIOS Campaign

Free BIOS Campaign

Campaign for a Free BIOS protects your rights by giving you freedom at the lowest level (if the BIOS is not free, manufacturers can use it to interfere with your control over the computer you use, for example). One piece of this campaign is Coreboot. coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers. coreboot performs a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes additional boot logic, called a payload.

Campaign against the ACTA

The FSF opposes the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) because it is a threat to the distribution and development of free software, and we campaign against this and other international agreements that undermine people's right to control technology. Learn more about our campaign against the ACTA.

Source : http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/

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