|Free Software Foundation Fun For Xmas|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Saturday, 09 December 2017|
If you're looking for festive presents for programmers, the Free Software Foundation has some options that combine open software street cred with supporting open source and the GNU philosophy.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a not for profit organization founded in the mid 80s to support the free software movement. Its founder was Richard Stallman, who also launched the GNU Project in the 80s to create an operating system like UNIX but entirely free. The FSF initially used its funds to pay developers to write free software for the GNU project, and once that was achieved, funds have been used to support the free software movement legally and structurally.
Most of the choices in the FSF shop do come down to items with the word GNU on them - I was hoping for some furry GNU hats or slippers, but sadly (or perhaps fortunately) this wasn't a choice.
There is a GNU scarf with the iconic GNU mascot peering sideways that's rather fun, and is described as long, warm, soft, and stylish.
The scarf can be combined with the GNU beanie to ensure your head stays warm as well as your neck, and there's a GNU travel mug to keep your coffee warm to complete the set.
And if, like me, you're still pining for a furry GNU, there is a toy stuffed baby GNU.
The site also has a range of t-shirts, badges and stickers with slogans supporting free software, GNU and LibrePlanet. If you don't need more t-shirts, the GNU Press shop stocks autographed copies of Richard Stallman's books -- including his best known work, Free Software, Free Society.
The FSF is also having its annual fundraiser.
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|Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 December 2017 )|