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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - December 2015</h1>
<h2 id="from-the-fsfe">From the FSFE</h2>
<h2 id="meps-in support-of-our-amendments" >MEPs in support of our amendments</h2>
<p>The European Parliamentary committees for Internal Market and Consumer
Protection (IMCO) as well as Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) issued
their joint own-initiative report based on the Commission's Digital Single
Market Strategy. FSFE's policy team analysed their report and proposed
changes to include standards that are open, minimalistic, and implementable
with Free Software, to integrate users' control over their data and to
make sure that the single open science cloud is implemented with
Free Software.</p>
<p>The report received more than 1000 amendments from Members of the European
Parliament (MEPs), several of whom supported our points and proposed amendments.
This shows increased awareness in the Parliament towards the importance
of Free Software in &quot;cloud computing&quot;, big data and standardisation,
as well as in public sector. Shadow rapporteur Cornelia Ernst even highlighted
the need to address Free Software during her talk in the joint meeting of
IMCO/ITRE on 10 November. This month, on December 14, the Parliament will
vote for the final version of the report.</p>
<p>Although the report is non-binding and the Commission is not obliged
to follow the Parliament's recommendations, the fact that our amendments
were supported by several MEPs is an important step. Especially in the
Parliament that is usually less receptive when it comes to the issues
concerning digital rights and Free Software.</p>
<h2 id="germany-passed-law-against-compulsory-routers">Germany passed law
against compulsory routers</h2>
<p><a href="/activities/routers/timeline.html">After three
years of intensive lobbying by the FSFE</a> and other organisations, the
German Parliament as well as the second chamber, the Federal Council,
passed a law against compulsory routers but for free choice of the user.
This is an important step towards consumer protection and fair competition
of manufacturers. Free choice also empowers users to take care of critical
features like security or privacy on their own preferred device. The law
will become effective in the mid of 2016 and should set an example across
Europe. We will support similar legislation wherever needed.</p>
<h2 id="sony-rootkit-makes-headlines-10-years-later">Sony Rootkit makes
headlines 10 years later</h2>
<p>In the end of October FSFE reminded of the dangers posed by technical
restrictions on technology to promote everyone's right to tinker. As a
result, the topic got picked up by the press and the FSFE info page was
linked with at least a dozen articles from several big name news sources.
Our ex-intern Asa Ritz <a href="">summarised</a> in his blogpost the media coverage we received.</p>
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
<li>FSFE president <a href="">Matthias Kirschner gave a talk about the computer as a universal machine</a> at
Codemotion Berlin, and ran a <a href="">workshop
about restrictions on technical restrictions at the "Open IT Summit"</a>
in Berlin. In a podcast, <a href="">Matthias argued against a &quot;non-military clause&quot; in Free Software
<li>FSFE community coordinator Erik Albers and FSFE legal team coordinator
Matija Šuklje participated at <a href="">Copycamp
Warsaw</a> to host a booth and Matija to gave a talk about "Implications
of the EU Copyright Reform on Free Software".</li>
<li>FSFE was present at <a href="">FSCONS</a> in
Goteborg, Sweden. Christian Kalkhoff <a href="">wrote
about his FSCONS experience</a> in a blogpost.</li>
<li>FSFE had its booths also at <a href="">Open
Source Summit in Paris</a>, at <a href="">Linuxday
in Dornbirn</a>, Austria, at T-Dose in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and at <a href="">OpenRheinRuhr Oberhausen</a>, Germany.</li>
<h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
<li>If you like to meet us in person, you will meet members, staff and
community of the FSFE at our booth at <a href="">FOSDEM</a>.
And if you go to <a href="">this
year's Chaos Communication Congress, #32C3</a>, then do not miss to pass by
the <a href="">FSFE assembly</a>, participate in one of our sessions or simply take a break
in our "Free Software lounge".</li>
<li>The FSFE Education team is redesigning its educational leaflet. If
you like to join or share ideas, feel free to participate on the <a href="">wiki page</a>.</li>
<li>The local group FSFE Zurich started a Free Software photo book to show
people that use Free Software. If you like, <a href="">you
can be part of it.</a></li>
<li>In our Free Your Android campaign we highlight the importance of
Replicant as a 100% free Android-based operating system. We are happy to
see that business grows, that start to sell <a href="">phones with Replicant pre-installed</a> and we hope there are more
companies who follow this example.</li>
<li>If you like what we have done in 2015 and you like us to continue
the good work in 2016 or even grow stronger, then consider to
<a href="/donate/donate">support us with a donation</a>
or to <a href="">become a sustainable member</a>.
Funding is crucial to our existence.</li>
<h2 id="out-of-the-community">Out of the community</h2>
<li>A new team got established: North Rhine-Westphalia is the biggest
state of Germany with currently three local FSFE groups. This month, they
had an <a href="">inaugural meeting
of a state-wide action group, the Team NRW</a>. Besides coordination,
the <a href="">primary tasks shall be the education of teachers</a>.</li>
<li>At the local meeting of FSFE Düsseldorf, <a href="">Andreas Schreiber talked about the open source strategy of Germany’s Aerospace
Centre DLR</a> and this event was <a href="">picked
up by the European Open Source Observatory</a></li>
<li>After offering pre-flashed Libreboot Laptops at <a href=""></a> the local group <a href="">FSFE
Zurich now decided to start doing Flashdays</a></li>
<li>Daniel Pocock reports about team building around SIP and XMPP communication in Debian and Fedora, and
Daniel has also written a quick start to use Blender for video editing</li>
<li>Marcus Möller <a href="">customised Fedora 23 in a Freed version</a>, which includes linux-libre
kernel and Icecat webbrowser. All proprietary firmware has been removed.</li>
<h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software News</h2>
<p>At the <strong>EU</strong> level: the European Parliament calls upon
the Commission for the <a href="/news/2015/news-20151110-01.html">systematic
replacement of proprietary software by verifiable Free Software in all
the EU institutions</a>. In <strong>Italy</strong>, the <a href="">Italian Ministry of Defence is replacing Microsoft Office with
LibreOffice</a> on 150,000 PCs in what is Europe’s second largest
LibreOffice implementation. Meanwhile, the second most important industrial
city in Southern Italy, <a href="">Bari,
is about to complete its transition to LibreOffice</a> and the ODF. At
the same time in <strong>Switzerland</strong>, the <a href="">council
of Bern ordered the IT department to end its dependence on proprietary
software</a>, and replace proprietary software by Free Software solutions.
The same example was followed in <strong>Denmark</strong> where the city of Aarhus <a href="">is requiring the use of open IT standards for all of its future IT projects</a>
in order to rid itself of IT vendor lock-in. Lastly, recent study in
<strong>France</strong> confirmed that <a href="">country's administration is still a large enabler of Free Software in France</a>.
According to the study, the Free Software market is growing on a linear trend and will grow by 9% annually until 2020.</p>
<p>This was the final newsletter in 2015. Thank you very much for your
attention. You will receive the next newsletter in the beginning of
February 2016.</p>
<p>BTW: We are still experimenting with new ways and formats for our
newsletter. Please feel free to give us your feedback at
<p>Happy Christmas and a Happy GNU-year!</p>
<p>Your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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