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Free Software Foundation receives $1 million donation from Pineapple Fund — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

Free Software Foundation receives $1 million donation from Pineapple Fund — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software:



The anonymous Pineapple Fund has donated $1 million worth of Bitcoin
to promote and defend free software, computer user freedom, and
digital rights.

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) announced it has received a record-breaking
charitable contribution of 91.45 Bitcoin from the Pineapple Fund,
valued at $1 million at the time of the donation. This gift is a
testament to the importance of free software, computer user freedom,
and digital rights when technology is interwoven with daily life.


"Free software is more than open source; it is a movement that
encourages community collaboration and protects users' freedom," wrote
Pine, the Pineapple Fund's founder. "The Free Software Foundation does
amazing work, and I'm certain the funds will be put to good use."




"The FSF is honored to receive this generous donation from the
Pineapple Fund in service of the free software movement," said John
Sullivan, FSF executive director. "We will use it to further empower
free software activists and developers around the world. Now is a
critical time for computer user freedom, and this gift will make a
tremendous difference in our ability, as a movement, to meet the
challenges."




The anonymous Pineapple Fund, created to give away $86 million worth
of Bitcoin to charities and social causes, "is about
making bold and smart bets that hopefully impact everyone in our
world."


The FSF believes free software does impact everyone, and this gift from
the Pineapple Fund will be used to:



  • Increase innovation and the number of new projects in high priority
    areas of free software development, including the GNU Project;



  • Expand the FSF's licensing, compliance, and hardware device
    certification programs;



  • Bring the free software movement to new audiences;



  • Contribute to the long-term stability of the organization.



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