Using the Security Theme I would second the ideas of:

Using a general computer related theme I would second the idea of:

I was thinking we could donate to an open source web browser dedicated to internet security and privacy. We could donate to Firefox, but I was hoping to find a web browser completely dedicated to internet security and privacy. Surely there is one out there, that I am totally missing. Firefox does take measures in this direction, but I don't think that this is their main purpose.
posted by [Old Forum bee.keeper] • 6 years and 16 days ago Link

Wine already gets financial and commercial support from their parent company's sales of Crossover. Several distros (such as Canonical's Ubuntu) have begun pushing the commercial version pretty heavily lately in their stores. A lot of the FLOSS projects are backed by successful commercial entities to some extent. I think that should play heavily in decisions here.

Mozilla makes all their tens of millions (or at least a majority) from revenue agreements with Google and others and the terms of their revenue share is not always -- read: almost never -- transparent to the broader community. They have also ignored calls to add alternatives such as DDG, ixquick and others to their default lists. I do not believe we should be donating money to for profit corporations such as Mozilla. Especially ones whom are at direct ideological and financial odds with DDG, and an unholy alliance with The Competition™.

David Pierce
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 15 days ago Link
Truecrypt is not free or open source (FSF and OSI definitions), Red Hat's lawyers also do not accept it.

The TrueCrypt software is under a poor license, which is not only non-free, but has the potential to be actively dangerous to end users or distributors who agree to it, opening them to possible legal action even if they abide by all of the licensing terms, depending on the intent of the upstream copyright holder. Fedora continues to make efforts to try to work with the TrueCrypt upstream to fix all of the issues in their license so that it can be considered Free, but have not yet been successful.

Fedora Suggests: Avoid this software entirely.

tcplay is an independently developed TrueCrypt-compatible program under the BSD license. A tcplay package has been submitted for package review for possible future inclusion in Fedora.

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 15 days ago Link
These assumptions were made on a very old version of The License. They have since released a patch to this bug, as it were.

FSF nor the OSI are the arbiter or Gods over all code. They're political organizations. The "CrimethInc. N©! license" is not FSF compatible either. Almost half of the Creative Commons Licenses would fail this test because they contain non-commercial, no deriv clauses. BSD while open and permissive, is still technically not "Free" according to the FSF zealots. "TrueCrypt-compatible" raises security concerns, much like the Debian SSL fiasco. TrueCrypt is "Open" and "Free" enough.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 14 days ago Link
The Free Software Foundation considers the BSD licenses free.

The ORIGINAL BSD LICENSE with advertising clause is free, but not GPL compatible:

I hope this clarifies things.

The FSF's concerns are that since the permissive licenses are not copyleft, there's no guarantee that they will remain free. Companies like to take permissively licensed code and make nonfree forks all the time. It's what went on with OS X. The FSF's position is that they aren't in the business of giving handouts to companies that want to take what they can and give nothing back. They have never said that permissive licenses are not free. If you can cite where they have, please link to that. :)
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 9 days ago Link