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What is a POS System?

Modern POS systems can revolutionize your small business by providing plenty of tools to help you succeed. With advances in technology and new software, a POS system is a must-have item for any small business. But what exactly is a POS system? What does it do? How exactly will it serve your business? If you’re […]

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What makes a good LMS

It goes pretty much without saying that an Elearning course has to be user-friendly. The moment you hit the market, you’ll come across a host of Elearning courses and packages. Going out there and buying an LMS just for the sake of buying one doesn’t make any sense. Also, before you plan to buy an […]

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4 Benefits of Using Technology for Your Small Business

Technology can help businesses owners overcome some of the biggest challenges and increase the likes of efficiency and versatility. In most cases, entrepreneurs who refuse to implement technology into their business are seriously losing out. Although there is likely to be a lengthy transitional process involved, the benefits will certainly outweigh those temporary teething problems […]

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How to Use Parental Control Applications to Manage Teens

Are you planning to get a parental control app for your teen kids? You are concerns are justified. Today’s children are living in the age of advanced technology. They have access to the Internet and other technologies coupled with high-quality devices like smartphones tabs and computers. As parents, you are worried about the appropriateness of […]

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Six more devices from ThinkPenguin, Inc. now FSF-certified to Respect Your Freedom

This is ThinkPenguin’s second batch of devices to receive RYF
certification
this spring. The FSF announced certification of
seven other devices from ThinkPenguin on March 21st. This latest
collection of devices makes ThinkPenguin the retailer with the largest
catalog of RYF-certified devices.

“It’s unfortunate that so many of even the simplest devices out there
have surprise proprietary software requirements. RYF is an antidote
for that. It connects ethical shoppers concerned about their freedom
with companies offering options respecting that freedom,” said the
FSF’s executive director, John Sullivan.

Today’s certifications expands the availability of RYF-certified
peripheral devices. The Penguin USB 2.0 External USB Stereo Sound
Adapter
and the 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express Audio Sound
Card
help users get the most of their computers in terms of sound
quality. For wireless connectivity, ThinkPenguin offers the Wireless
N PCI Express Dual-Band Mini Half-Height Card
and Penguin
Wireless N Mini PCIe Card
. For users with an older printer, the
USB to Parallel Printer Cable can let them continue to use it
with their more current hardware. Finally, the PCIe eSATA / SATA
6Gbps Controller Card
help users to connect to external eSATA
devices as well as internal SATA.

“I’ve spent the last 14 years working on projects aimed at making free
software adoption easy for everyone, but the single greatest obstacle
over the past 20 years has not been software. It’s been hardware. The
RYF program helps solve this problem by linking users to trustworthy
sources where they can get hardware guaranteed to work on GNU/Linux,
and be properly supported using free software,” said Christopher Waid,
founder and CEO of ThinkPenguin.

While ThinkPenguin has consistently sought certification since the
inception of the RYF program — gaining their first certification
in 2013, and adding several more over the years since — the pace at
which they are gaining certifications now eclipses all past efforts.

“ThinkPenguin continues to impress with the rapid expansion of their
catalog of RYF-certified devices. Adding 14 new devices in a little
over a month shows their dedication to the RYF certification program
and the protection of users it represents,” said the FSF’s licensing
and compliance manager, Donald Robertson, III.

To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom certification program,
including details on the certification of these ThinkPenguin devices,
please visit https://fsf.org/ryf.

Retailers interested in applying for certification can consult
https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to
promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating
system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free
software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and
political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites,
located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important
source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s
work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in
Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

About ThinkPenguin, Inc.

Started by Christopher Waid, founder and CEO, ThinkPenguin, Inc., is a
consumer-driven company with a mission to bring free software to the
masses. At the core of the company is a catalog of computers and
accessories with broad support for GNU/Linux. The company provides
technical support for end-users and works with the community,
distributions, and upstream projects to make GNU/Linux all that it can
be.

Media Contacts

Donald Robertson, III
Licensing and Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
licensing@fsf.org

ThinkPenguin, Inc.
+1 (888) 39 THINK (84465) x703
media@thinkpenguin.com

The Benefits of Maintaining Regular Engagement With Your Employees To Ensure Optimal Result for Your Business  

In any Business Organization, it is of utmost significance to maintain a close relationship between the employer and the employees. The term “relationship” can be applied in many contexts, but, in this specific case, the term refers to maintaining a good and professional work relationship with the staffs in order to determine and understand the […]

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FSF job opportunity: campaigns manager

Reporting to the executive director, the campaigns manager works on our campaigns team to lead, plan, carry out, evaluate, and improve the FSF’s advocacy and education campaigns. The team also works closely with other FSF departments, including licensing, operations, and tech. The position will start by taking responsibility for existing campaigns in support of the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the network; and against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), software patents, and proprietary software.

Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and participating in online and physical actions to
    achieve our campaign goals;
  • Setting specific goals for each action and then measuring our
    success in achieving them;
  • Doing the writing and messaging work needed to effectively explain
    our campaigns and motivate people to support them;
  • Overseeing or doing the graphic design work to make our campaigns
    and their Web sites attractive;
  • Supporting and attending special events, including
    community-building activities and our annual LibrePlanet conference;
  • Assisting with annual online and mail fundraising efforts;
  • Working with our tech team on the technology choices and
    deployments — especially of Web publication systems like Drupal
    and Plone — for our campaign sites; and
  • Being an approachable, humble, and friendly representative of the
    FSF to our worldwide community of existing supporters and the
    broader public, both in person and online.

Ideal candidates have at least three to five years of work experience in online issue advocacy and free software; proficiency and comfort with professional writing and publications preferred. Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. With our small staff of fourteen, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston. The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings.

Benefits and salary

This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF’s downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $63,253/year and is non-negotiable. Other benefits include:

  • Full individual or family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s HMO Blue program;
  • Subsidized dental plan;
  • Four weeks of paid vacation annually;
  • Seventeen paid holidays annually;
  • Weekly remote work allowance;
  • Public transit commuting cost reimbursement;
  • 403(b) program through TIAA with employer match;
  • Yearly cost-of-living pay increases (based on government guidelines);
  • Healthcare expense reimbursement budget;
  • Ergonomic budget;
  • Relocation (to Boston area) expense reimbursement;
  • Conference travel and professional development opportunities; and
  • Potential for an annual performance bonus.

Application instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to hiring@fsf.org. The email must contain the subject line “Campaigns manager”. A complete application should include:

  • Cover letter, including a brief example of a time you motivated and organized others to take action on an issue important to you;
  • Resume;
  • Two recent writing samples;
  • Links to any talks you have given (optional); and
  • Graphic design samples (optional).

All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To guarantee consideration, submit your application by Sunday, April 28th.

The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. We are based in Boston, MA, USA.

OpenStreetMap and Deborah Nicholson win 2018 FSF Awards

OpenStreetMap and Deborah Nicholson win 2018 FSF Awards

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Saturday, March 23, 2019 — The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) recognizes OpenStreetMap with the 2018
Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit and Deborah
Nicholson with the Award for the Advancement of Free Software. FSF
president Richard M. Stallman presented the awards today in a yearly
ceremony during the LibrePlanet 2019 conference at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to a
project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas
of the free software movement, to intentionally and significantly
benefit society. This award stresses the use of free software in
service to humanity.

Richard Stallman with Free Software Awards winners Deborah Nicholson and Kate Chapman

This year the FSF awarded OpenStreetMap and the award was accepted by
Kate Chapman, chairperson of the OpenStreetMap Foundation and
co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map
of the world. Founded by Steve Coast in the UK in 2004, OpenStreetMap
is built by a community of over one million community members and has
found its application on thousands of Web sites, mobile apps, and
hardware devices. OpenStreetMap is the only truly global service
without restrictions on use or availability of map information.

Stallman emphasized the importance of OpenStreetMap in a time where
geotech and geo-thinking are highly prevalent. “It has been clear for
decades that map data are important. Therefore we need a free
collection of map data. The name OpenStreetMap doesn’t say so
explicitly, but its map data is free. It is the free replacement that
the Free World needs.”

Kate thanked the Free Software Foundation and the large community of
contributors of OpenStreetMap. “In 2004, much of the geospatial data
was either extraordinarily expensive or unavailable. Our strong
community of people committed to free and open map information has
changed that. Without the leadership before us from groups such as the
Free Software Foundation, we would not have been able to grow and
develop to the resource we are today.”

The Award for the Advancement of Free Software goes to an
individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and
development of free software through activities that accord with the
spirit of free software.

Richard Stallman presenting Free Software Award to Deborah Nicholson

This year it was presented to Deborah Nicholson, who, motivated by the
intersection of technology and social justice, advocates access to
political information, unfettered freedom of speech and assembly, and
civil liberties in our increasingly digital world. She joined the free
software movement in 2006 after years of local organizing for free
speech, marriage equality, government transparency and access to the
political process. The Free Software Foundation recognizes her as an
exceptional opinion leader, activist and community advocate.

Deborah is the director of community operations at the Software
Freedom Conservancy
, where she supports the work of its member
organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free
software community. She has served as the membership coordinator for
the Free Software Foundation, where she created the Women’s
Caucus to increase recruitment and retention of women in the free
software community. She has been widely recognized for her volunteer
work with GNU MediaGoblin, a federated media-publishing platform,
and OpenHatch, free software’s welcoming committee. She continues
her work as a founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux
Conference
, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and
welcoming new people to the free software community.

Stallman praised her body of work and her unremitting and widespread
contributions to the free software community. “Deborah continuously
reaches out to, and engages, new audiences with her message on the
need for free software in any version of the future.”

Deborah continued: “Free software is critically important for
autonomy, privacy and a healthy democracy — but it can’t achieve that
if it is only accessible for some, or if it is alienating for large
swathes of people. That’s why it’s so important that we continue
surfacing new voices, making room for non-coders and welcoming new
contributors into the free software community. I also find that in
addition to helping us build a better, bigger movement, the work of
welcoming is extremely rewarding.”

Nominations for both awards are submitted by members of the public,
then evaluated by an award committee composed of previous winners and
FSF founder and president Richard Stallman.

More information about both awards, including the full list of
previous winners, can be found at https://www.fsf.org/awards.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to
promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating
system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free
software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and
political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites,
located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important
source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s
work can be made at https://my.fsf.org/donate. Its headquarters are
in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contacts

John Sullivan
Executive Director
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
campaigns@fsf.org

Photo credits: Copyright © 2019 Madi Muhlberg, photos licensed under CC-BY 4.0.