Sonali's Internship work on the Free Software Directory, part 2

For context, see the previous blog post, Sonali's Progress on the Free Software Directory, weeks 1-2

Also, by the time this blog was published, more progress has been made. Stay tuned for more updates.

Mobile view project

I made the licenses section of the Directory mobile-friendly by:

  • Changing table tags to divs.
  • Using media queries and mobileonly and nomobile tags that are provided by the MobileDetect extension to enable vertical table view for small screens.
  • Using if statements to hide headings for table cells with no content in mobile view.

I added a mobile-friendly logo in the header and footer by adding $wgMFCustomLogos in LocalSettings.php.

Mediawiki Upgrade

I took up the task of upgrading Free Software Directory from MediaWiki version 1.27 to 1.31. This version is a long-term stable release of MediaWiki. This project has been a great opportunity for me to learn things like importing MySQL database and troubleshooting site issues on a GNU/Linux server.

MediaWiki version 1.31 comes with more bundled extensions than in version 1.27, like a code editor and a mobile-friendly Timeless skin. I spent my time this week trying to get the site to work correctly, importing the wiki database, and then setting up a new wiki on the development server.

To begin upgrading the wiki, I went through upgrade instructions given in, and then I downloaded the files for the new release locally and performed a GPG signature check on tar file using their public keys and signature available at After verifying that the file is secure, I decompressed the tarball in /var/www. I went through the release notes of versions between 1.27 and 1.31, to get an idea of the changes that were made. Then I created a user in MySQL and used myloader to import the wiki database. The site wasn’t working so I checked for errors in Apache by checking error logs and used netstat and netcat to check if the Web server is running properly. After fixing a few other bugs, the site began working correctly. Then I set up the new MediaWiki installation, added new versions of extensions in the extensions directory, and added older customizations of the Vector module to the new code.

Things I plan to work on in the coming weeks

  1. Modify the Vector module further to obtain correct arrangement of content in the wiki.
  2. Add semantic MediaWiki extensions to the new installation.

David's internship work on the Free Software Directory, part 2

For context, see the previous blog post, David's Progress on the Free Software Directory, weeks 2-3

Also, by the time this blog was published, more progress has been made. Stay tuned for more updates!


Over this period, I worked on various GNU IceCat related issues. IceCat's new API for extensions, called WebExtensions, means that many legacy extensions will soon no longer work on a supported browser and will be for historical reference only. There were some that had never been approved for inclusion in the Directory. We generally don't approve new entries that are only for historical reference, so I deleted them. I deleted IceCatMobile and related addons because we don't list Android apps. I started a buggy entries page to address Mozilla brand name issues in Directory entries. For example, "Firefox" should almost always be replaced with "IceCat."


I learned how to use Pywikibot to import entries to the Directory with the generous help of a Pywikibot developer over the course of a few days. He wrote a patch to fix an issue that prevented sites other than Wikipedia from being written to a configuration file. Since the Free Software Directory uses CASAuth for login, we did some work to get pywikibot automated login working. I wrote documentation on how to set up Pywikibot to upload files to the Directory.

IceCat addons

I made general improvements and bug fixes to my (AMO)/FSD sync script. For example, I made it clean the titles from AMO for punctuation and other issues so we could reuse them for the Directory. I added the API variable "platform=linux" to the URI to avoid add-ons that only work with Windows.

Highlighting Some of Our Leaders in the Linux Kernel

This week has shown two interesting events related to Linux. Yesterday, the New Yorker published an article pointing out that abusive behavior in the Linux project specifically has created an unfriendly and unwelcoming environment for underrepresented groups. Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation Fellow and leader of the Linux project, after having been contacted by the New Yorker in connection with the article, admitted his past behavior has been problematic and is taking time off from the project.

Conservancy Staff on the Road

Catch Conservancy staff out on the road next week if you live in Santa Clara, or Berkeley CA or Lisbon, Portugal. More on these events below!

Richard Stallman - « Libertad de usuario, libertad del lector » (Burgos, Spain)

Esa charla de Richard Stallman formará parte del III Foro de Cultura (2019-11-09–11). La charla no será técnica y la entrada será gratis; todos están invitados a asistir.

El título de la charla será determinado.

Lugar: Plaza de la Libertad, Burgos, España

Favor de rellenar este formulario, para que podamos contactarle acerca de eventos futuros en la región de Burgos.

FSFE Newsletter - September 2018

FSFE Newsletter September 2018Limited exclusion for Free Software in the Copyright Directive

On September 12, the European Parliament rejected the mandate to fast-track the controversial legislation intended to reform online copyright. After its previous rejection in July, they voted again on this package – and this time it was adopted. However, with amendment 143 and 150 of the current copyright reform proposal, we now have at least a limited exclusion for “open source software developing platforms (..) within the meaning of this Directive”. (consolidated document)

This exception is partially a result of our SaveCodeShare Campaign. Nearly 13.000 individuals have already signed our open letter asking to preserve the ability to share and build software online, and lots of Free Software supporters raised their voice. Please continue to support this campaign as the debate is not over yet.

In the next step, the European Parliament and the Council are starting the Trialogue, moderated by the European Commission. This debate will most likely continue until the beginning of next year. We will closely follow this process and will continue to raise our voice for Free Software. If you like to support our work, join us as a supporter.

"Go open today, there's no excuse not to"

Within our Public Money? Public Code! campaign, we run a series of interviews that highlight good examples and use-cases as best practices. This time we conducted an interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS Expert at the National Land Survey of Finland and product owner for Oskari software. Oskari is an award-winning Free Software platform for browsing, sharing and analysing geographic information from distributed data sources. Read about its background, its development practices and a network with over 38 organisations from both the public and private sector.

From left to right: FSFE community members

Help us to demand Public Money? Public Code!

What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE The FSFE is now official partner with the German "Bundesfreiwilligendienst", a successor of the former alternative civilian service. A paid volunteer can now work full time in our office and learn about Free Software and our community. We have an open call running for this position. Be our first "Bufdi" or spread the message to people who might be interested. Until two years ago, the FSFE had successfully defended the user's right of free choice against compulsory routers introduced by Internet service providers in Germany. Recent numbers seem to acknowledge the importance of our activites, as they suggest (DE) that the number of users who exercise their right of free choice have doubled since the law passed in 2016. Due to Tobias Platen's findings however, users now have a “freedom of choice” but they do not have full “software freedom”, because many embedded devices still use proprietary software. The FSFE is happy to welcome Alexander Sander as our new EU public policy programme manager. OMEMO is an XMPP extension protocol, which specifies end-to-end encryption for XMPP clients and it is currently the de-facto standard for XMPP encryption. In his blog, Vanitas Vitae discusses its current problems and the foreseeable future of this protocol. Paul Boddie argues how Free Software advocates could improve understanding the significance of their message by augmenting the four software freedoms with some freedoms or statements of their own. Isabel Drost-Fromm posts a detailed summary of the keynote by Lorena Jaume-Palasi given at FrOSCon about the intersection of ethics and technology: "Blessed by the algorithm - the computer says no!". At the 25th anniversary of Debian, Bits from the Basement writes about Freedom, Aretha Franklin and Debian's birthday. Diderik van Wingerden estimates and calculates how much Free Software projects would profit if people would donate 25% of the price of its equivalent proprietary alternative. Torsten Grote explains reproducible build processes, and why they matter for Briar. Max Mehl, FSFE Program Manager, and Albert Dengg, FSFE System Administrator, participated in BalCCon with a talk about "Public Money? Public Code!" and a "Free Your Android" workshop. FSFE had a booth at NLLGG Software Freedom Day 2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and at FrOSCon in St. Augustin, Germany, Open positions at FSFE

We currently have open positions for an internship as well as for a "Bundesfreiwilligendienst". Read about internships, previous interns and currently open positions on our internships page

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International Day Against DRM takes action for a Day Without DRM on September 18th

On Tuesday, September 18th, there will be two rallies in Boston – one from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston Street, and one from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in front of the Apple Store at 815 Boylston Street.

DRM is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media. DRM creates a damaged good: it prevents you from doing what would be possible without it. This concentrates control over production and distribution of media, giving DRM peddlers the power to carry out massive digital book-burnings and conduct large-scale surveillance over people's media viewing habits.

Organized by the Defective by Design team, IDAD has occurred annually since 2006. Each year, participants take action through protests, rallies, and the sharing of DRM-free media and materials. Participating nonprofits, activist groups, and companies from around the world include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Open Rights Group, Public Knowledge, The Document Foundation, and others (for a complete list, see: These groups will share the message by writing about why DRM is harmful, organizing events, and offering discounts on DRM-free media.

"DRM is a major problem for computer user freedom, artistic expression, free speech, and media," said John Sullivan, executive director of the FSF. "International Day Against DRM has allowed us to, year after year, empower people to rise up together and in one voice declare that DRM is harmful to everyone."

This year's theme is A Day Without DRM – the FSF invites people around the world to avoid DRM for the day. DRM is lurking in many electronic devices we use, both online and offline, and you'll find it everywhere from media files to vehicles. Its impact is echoed in the fight for the Right to Repair and the fight for the right to investigate the software in medical devices. Examples of flagrant DRM abuses include:

  • In a classic example from 2009, Amazon remotely deleted thousands of copies of George Orwell's 1984 from Kindle ebook readers. Given this power, corporations like Amazon could fully disappear a book from existence if they chose, committing a massive digital book-burning. Amazon still has the power to do this, and has remotely deleted at least one user's library since then.

  • A US law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it illegal to remove DRM from media using widely-available online tools. These policies have a chilling effect among security researchers, those who wish to repair their devices, and anyone who wants to understand how their technologies work.

  • Media companies including Netflix pressured the World Wide Web Consortium to add DRM as a Web standard, normalizing DRM and giving it the opportunity to become even more prevalent.

DRM-supporting companies and device manufacturers claim it makes technology and media more secure, enhances user experience, and protects rights holders. In reality, the technologies behind DRM have been used as a vulnerability since 2005 to attack end-users' computer systems and devices. DRM limits what users can do with their media: access is limited by the whims of rights holders. Rather than protecting people who create media, it protects the interests of large companies that aggregate media.

For a thorough overview of DRM abuses, please visit the Defective by Design FAQ.

About Defective by Design

Defective by Design is an initiative of the Free Software Foundation. It is a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. It works together with activists and others to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, reader privacy, and freedom for computer users.

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 and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at

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"Go open today, there's no excuse not to" - interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS expert at National Land Survey Finland.

"Go open today, there's no excuse not to" - interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS expert at National Land Survey of Finland.

Oskari is a Free Software platform for browsing, sharing and analysing geographic information from distributed data sources. Its development is coordinated by the National Land Survey of Finland and is organised through the Oskari network with over 38 organisations from both the public and private sector. Oskari was awarded second prize in the cross-border category of the European Commission's Sharing and Reuse Awards Contest 2017 and is currently going through incubation phase to become an official Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Project. To shed light on best practices regarding Free Software developed by public funds, we have conducted an interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS Expert at the National Land Survey of Finland’s SDI Services department.

FSFE: Could you briefly explain what “Oskari” is?

Timo Aarnio: Oskari is an open source web map application platform. It can be used to set up services that benefit from or require a map component. Oskari is designed to be used as a part of spatial data infrastructure so that the data is not stored in the Oskari instance but rather fetched from different APIs on-the-fly.

Timo Aarnio works as a GIS Expert at the National Land Survey of Finland’s SDI Services department. With a background in IT Administration, Timo has a lot of experience with open source software especially on the server side. At NLSFI he has been working as a product owner for the Oskari open source software, with a focus on analysis and thematic mapping functions, and as an expert in the INSPIRE implementation with OGC compliant services. Timo’s biggest interests are agile development, user-centered design, and web applications.

What is the main target group for Oskari? Public administrations?

Public administrations are definitely one target group but not the only one. What we would like to see more in the Oskari community is companies offering Oskari related services and training. Most of the public sector organisations do not have the necessary know-how or resources available to set up this kind of a platform product. Companies can obviously benefit by generating revenue, but for others the benefits are wherever a map representation for a dataset can be useful. This is true in a plethora of use cases be it for planning purposes, spatial analysis or just for simply displaying locations of offices with routing integrated, and so on.

What was the initial idea behind creating Oskari?

The idea for Oskari came about when a new geoportal was being planned for Finland. Commercial solutions did not offer enough functionalities to fulfil the needs of the National Land Survey of Finland, so we decided to develop a new software utilising existing open source solutions as much as possible. There was also a desire to try new development methods, like Agile and Scrum.

How did the development of Oskari benefit from existing open source solutions or from collaboration with other projects?

For Oskari we’ve used as many readily available libraries and pieces of software as possible. We use, for example, GeoTools, GeoServer, OpenLayers, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Redis, just to name a few. Going further, all of our “production line” is based on Free and Open Source Software tools and our production servers also all run Linux. We’ve also been in contact with some similar projects and tried to find ways to collaborate.

All of our “production line” is based on Free and Open Source Software tools and our production servers also all run Linux.

Was there positive feedback from administrations in Finland so far? Do they find new software well fit for their needs?

I think most of the feedback has been positive, but then again I must be biased. If someone doesn’t find the software useful I guess they are not likely to send any feedback, they just move on to the next software. But as Oskari has a lot of organisations using it to fulfil different needs I can safely say that it has been found useful in many cases. Our web page lists multiple public administrations that use Oskari as well as community projects.

In your demo version on, you offer a lot of thematic maps and visualised data. Are these based on open data? Where do you get the data from?

The statistical data currently available on is open data from Statistics Finland. The data is utilized via an API. Like mentioned before, in typical cases no data is hosted in the Oskari instance itself.

Who are the people or the organisations behind Oskari and how is it financed?

In 2014, the network for Oskari users was established in Finland, today it consists of partners from all over the world, including organisations, individuals and developers. This incudes National Land Survey of Finland, Finnish Transport Agency, The City of Tampere, The Finnish Heritage Agency, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority and many more. Most of the financing has so far come from public authorities.

In 2014, the network for Oskari users was established in Finland, today it consists of partners from all over the world, including organisations, individuals and developers.

With our campaign "Public Money? Public Code!" we demand that publicly funded software should be available to the public under a Free and Open Source Software license. What is your opinion on this matter?

It feels to me that it is quite usual in Finland to publish something as Free Software, but I don't have any data to back up that claim. Personally, I strongly believe that all data and software collected and produced by public administrations should be available as Open data / Free and Open Source Software whenever possible. It should simply be the default, always.

That said, I also understand that there are some cases, when it is simply not commendable to release the source code or data for everyone to access, for example for safety reasons.

I strongly believe that all data and software collected and produced by public administrations should be available as Open data / Free and Open Source Software whenever possible. It should simply be the default, always.

What do you think is the major benefit of Oskari being Free Software?

The potential for re-use and further development, increased transparency and code quality to name a few.

How exactly does Free Software help code quality in your opinion?

I think in many ways, but from the top of my head: when a developer knows that her/his code is going to end up on GitHub she/he probably will be a bit more careful already when first writing the code. Our development process includes code reviews and public commenting, that’s another way for improving quality. Bugs are found faster when more people are able to see the code. I suppose this means they are also reported and verified more efficiently.

You took a Second prize in the cross-border category of the European Commission's Sharing and Reuse Awards Contest 2017. Can you already see many examples of Oskari being re-used across Europe? Is there a lot of interest from organisations and institutions?

Outside of Finland we don’t yet have that many cases of re-using Oskari. The national mapping agencies in Moldova and Iceland are the only ones I know of. I suppose the biggest reason for this is that there is no company selling Oskari yet internationally. So all the organisations interested in Oskari have had to use their own resources when trying to re-use the software. In the future this is probably going to change for the better as interest from companies is on the rise.

Oskari software demo, image source:

Who are the active members of the community around Oskari? Is it composed of individuals or organisations?

Cooperation around Oskari in Finland is organised through the Oskari network, which coordinates the software development. Over 38 organisations from both public and private sector are members of it. The ones mentioned before are the currently most active contributors, but also the National Land Survey of Iceland, the National Land Survey of Moldova and Statistics Finland.

Is it possible for people outside, who are interested in the project, to contribute and, if so, how?

Of course, the contributions are welcome and guidelines can be found on our website.

Did a lot of individuals contribute so far? Do you see collaboration with different software developers and other professionals as a big benefit of Free Software for Oskari?

Not that many contributions from individuals so far I’m afraid. We’ve received a couple of pull requests, however. Collaboration with developers from similar projects might be very beneficial as the challenges we face are often similar.

Go open today, there's no excuse not to.

Which recommendations would you give to other innovative projects that would like to follow your example?

Go open today, there's no excuse not to. Give the needed support to early adopters and users when documentation is not sufficient. Try and maintain a healthy ratio of developing new features and maintaining old code. If you aim to develop collaboratively or accept outside contributions use a well-defined process for that.

Interviewer: Erik Albers

With our Public Money? Public Code! campaign, the FSFE demands that publicly financed software developed for the public sector shall be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. In order to help understand our call and its benefits, we run a series of interviews that highlight good examples and use-cases as best practices. Our interview partners will be policy makers and decision takers, authorities and developers, that in one way or another are already implementing public code.

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Bundesfreiwilligendienst bei der Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)

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Wir suchen eine engagierte Person, die Interesse hat ihren Bundesfreiwilligendienst bei dem FSFE e.V. zu leisten. Die Bundesfreiwillige wird Vollzeit (35 Stunden wöchentlich) gemeinsam mit unserem Team in unserem Berliner Büro arbeiten.

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Über den FSFE e.V.:

Der Free Software Foundation Europe e.V. ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der Menschen im selbstbestimmten Umgang mit Technik unterstützt. Software ist in vielen Aspekten unseres Lebens tief verankert. Es ist daher elementar, dass diese Technologie uns hilft, statt uns einzuschränken.

Freie Software gibt allen das Recht, Programme für jeden Zweck zu verwenden, zu verstehen, zu verbreiten und zu verbessern. Diese Rechte stärken zudem Grundrechte wie das Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung, die Pressefreiheit und das Recht auf Privatsphäre.

Wir betreiben zahlreiche Projekte und Kampagnen, um unsere Ziele zu erreichen, zum Beispiel "Public Money Public Code", "Save Code Share" und die REUSE-Initiative.

Wir bieten: Einblick in die Arbeit und Organisationsabläufe einer europaweit agierenden NGO; Zusammenarbeit mit Unterstützerinnen von Freier Software aus ganz Europa; Ein engagiertes Team, das neue Ideen schätzt; Einen Mix aus inhaltlicher Arbeit zu Freier Software und technischen Aufgaben. Folgende Aufgaben werden Sie erwarten: Unterstützung / Mitarbeit bei Kampagnen und Projekten des Vereins; Verfassen von Pressemitteilungen, Dokumentationen, Texten für Informationsmaterial, Artikeln, Blogbeiträgen sowie Inhalten für die Webseite; Recherchearbeiten; Übersetzungen; Betreuung von Informationsständen des FSFE e.V.; Verschicken von Informationsmaterial; Allgemeine Bürotätigkeiten; -Moderation von Mailinglisten; Kommunikation und Koordination mit Ehrenamtlichen und der Community.

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Fachliche und persönliche Voraussetzungen:

Großes Interesse an Freier Software und Interesse für technische Aufgaben sollten vorhanden sein; Fließend Englisch in Wort und Schrift; Deutschkenntnisse sind für die Arbeit bei dem FSFE e.V. nicht notwendig, aber notwendig für die Fortbildungskurse des Bundesfreiwilligendienstes; Kenntnisse einer weiteren Sprache in Wort und Schrift sind wünschenswert, aber nicht notwendig; Kenntnisse im Umgang mit GNU/Linuxsystem sind wünschenswert aber nicht notwendig. Details:

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Boston supporters! Join us against DRM

idad protest

International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is coming up on Tuesday, September 18th. This is our twelfth year gathering together to say in one voice that we oppose Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). If you live in the Boston area, we hope you'll join us for some in-person events! We're excited to spread the word about the injustice of DRM face-to-face, and we hope to see you there.

IDAD Events

  • Thursday, September 13th, at 18:30: Join us for a sign-making party at the Free Software Foundation (FSF) office! Stop by any time between 18:30 and 20:30 to meet other free software enthusiasts from the Boston area, make signs for IDAD, and enjoy some snacks.

  • Tuesday, September 18th, from 12:00 - 14:00: We'll be in front of the Copley Square side of the Boston Public Library, to rally in support of DRM-free ebooks, audiobooks, and other media.

  • Tuesday, September 18th, at 17:30: Meet us at the FSF office in Boston to gather signs and head over to the Apple store on Boylston Street.

  • Tuesday, September 18th, at 18:00: Gathering at the Apple store on Boylston Street to communicate to shoppers that Apple devices are stacked with proprietary software and DRM-supporting technologies, that Apple opposes their Right to Repair, and that there are better options for devices and software.

Can't join us in person?

There are still things you can do to participate in IDAD! IDAD is a global event with people from all around the world participating and taking action online and in their communities. Here are a few things you can do:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at Hope to see you in the office and in the streets!

Defective by Design (DbD) is a participatory and grassroots campaign run by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). DbD raises awareness about devices and media encumbered by Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), showing what they really are: Defective by Design. DRM is the practice of placing technological restrictions on digital media, and we're working together to eliminate it as a threat to freedom for computer users, as well as a threat to privacy for readers, viewers, and those making art, media, and more.

Photo by Karen Rustad Tölva, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)