Wed. Feb 26th, 2020

Free Software Foundation receives $1 million in donations from Handshake

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced that it has received a $1 million donation from Handshake.

Handshake is an organization that develops an experimental peer-to-peer root domain name system. FSF also received a $1 million bitcoin donation from the Pineapple Fund earlier this year. FSF executive director John Sullivan said that with record personal donations, it is more important than ever to show software freedom.

John Sullivan, FSF’s executive director, said, “Building on the $1 million Bitcoin gift from the Pineapple Fund earlier this year, and our record high number of individual associate members, it is clear that software freedom is more important than ever to the world. We are now at a pivotal moment in our history, on the cusp of making free software the ‘kitchen table issue’ it must be. Thanks to Handshake and our members, the Free Software Foundation looks forward to scaling to the next level of free software activism, development, and community.”

One million dollars from Handshake:

  • $400,000 for the FSF’s organizational capacity, publications, licensing, and activist initiatives;
  • $200,000 for Replicant, the fully free mobile operating system based on Android;
  • $100,000 for GNU Guix and GuixSD, a package manager supporting transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and more, as well as a distribution of the GNU operating system using that package manager;
  • $100,000 for GNU Octave, a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations;
  • $100,000 to help the GNU Project address important threats like nonfree JavaScript; and
  • $100,000 for the GNU Toolchain, which provides the foundational software components of the GNU/Linux system and the Internet.