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<h2>Rooting and flashing your device does not void the warranty in EU</h2>
<p>During our <a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>
workshops we often receive the question, if rooting your device (e.g. an
<p>Most of the participants in our <a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>
workshops are concern whether rooting your device (e.g. an
Android phone) and replacing its operating system with something else voids
your statutory warranty, if you are a consumer? We asked our legal coordinator
your statutory warranty as consumer. We asked our legal coordinator
Matija Šuklje and FSFE legal council Carlo Piana to analyse the problem. <a
href="http://matija.suklje.name/rooting-and-flashing-your-device-does-not-void-the-warranty-in-eu">Their
answer is: No.</a> "Just the fact that you modified or changed the software
of your device, is not a sufficient reason to void your statutory warranty. As
long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union." Read
long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union." Read throughout
their <a
href="http://matija.suklje.name/rooting-and-flashing-your-device-does-not-void-the-warranty-in-eu">whole
href="http://matija.suklje.name/rooting-and-flashing-your-device-does-not-void-the-warranty-in-eu">
analysis</a>.</p>
<p>We hope that encourages many people to flash their devices with Free
<p>We hope these news will encourage people to flash their devices with Free
Software. Next opportunity to attend on of our Free Your Android workshop is on
the 9th of November at <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">FSCONS</a> in
the 9th of November at <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">FSCONS</a>, in
Sweden, and on the 16th of November <a
href="https://2012.sfscon.it/en/program">at SFCON</a> in Italy.</p>
href="https://2012.sfscon.it/en/program">at SFCON</a>, in Italy.</p>
<h2>Facts about software patents by the New York Times</h2>
<p>The New York Times published the article <a
<p>The New York Times published an article entitled <a
href="https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/technology/patent-wars-among-tech-giants-can-stifle-competition.html">
"The Patent, Used as a Sword"</a> about the patent system. Hugo Roy provides
a <a href="
http://blog.hugoroy.eu/2012/10/10/some-facts-about-the-us-patent-system/">summary
of the article</a>: It is about how Apple and Google are spending more on
patents than on research and development in 2011, that the number of lawsuits
filed each year in the US has tripled from 1990 to 2010, that 70% of patent
applications are approved after the applicant altered claims, and much
more.</p>
<p>On the same topic Karsten Gerloff <a
"The Patent, Used as a Sword"</a> about the patent system. Hugo Roy
<a href="
http://blog.hugoroy.eu/2012/10/10/some-facts-about-the-us-patent-system/">summaries
it</a>. It is about how Apple and Google were spending more on
patents than on research and development in 2011. Among other issues, it focuses on the number of lawsuits
filed each year in the US, which has tripled from 1990 to 2010, and how 70% of patent
applications are approved after the applicant altered claims.</p>
<p>On the same topic, Karsten Gerloff <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/09/27/epo-debate-how-software-patents-are-delaying-the-future/">gave
a talk about "How Software Patents Are Delaying The Future"</a>, on a
discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. "Currently, a lot of
discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. "Currently, a lot of
policy on patents (as well as copyright) is made on the basis of faith and
rather dubious argument. We urgently need to move on towards evidence-based
policy making.", concludes Karsten. </p>
policy making", concludes Karsten. </p>
<h2>Something completely different</h2>
<ul>
<li>FSFE will <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">have a track focusing
<li>FSFE will <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">have a track focused
on general purpose computing at FSCONS</a> in Gothenburg from 9th to 11th
November. Karsten Gerloff will talk about <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/09/27/epo-debate-how-software-patents-are-delaying-the-future/">software
patents</a>, Erik Albers about the <a
href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android campaign</a>, Sam
Tuke will give a preview about a new campaign FSFE will launch soon, and your
editor gives a general overview about general purpose computing. In other
editor gives a general overview about general purpose computing. In other
tracks Otto Kekäläinen gives two talks, one about <a
href="/news/2012/news-20121022-01.html">"dirty tactics against LibreOffice
in public administration and how to overcome them"</a> and the other about
how to fix public procurement, Hugo Roy will present his project <a
how to fix public procurement; and Hugo Roy will present his project <a
href="http://tos-dr.info/">"Terms of Services; Didn't Read"</a>, and there
are <a href="https://fscons.org/2012/schedule/">other interesting talks</a>.
</li>
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<li>Last month your editor <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1017">visited Benjamin Mako Hill, John
Sullivan, Richard Stallman, and the FSF office staff</a> in Boston. Besides
there was a lot happening at our sister organisation: They <a
Sullivan, Richard Stallman, and the FSF office staff</a> in Boston. There was
a lot happening at our sister organisation: They <a
href="https://www.fsf.org/news/the-free-software-foundation-opens-nominations-for-the-15th-annual-free-software-awards">
opened nominations</a> for the 15th Annual Free Software Awards, they <a
opened nominations</a> for the 15th Annual Free Software Awards; they <a
href="http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/gnus-trick-or-treat-at-windows-8-launch">crashed
the Microsoft Windows 8 launch event</a> in New York City with a cheerful
GNU, Libby Reinish wrote about the <a
GNU; Libby Reinish wrote about the <a
href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/happy-ada-lovelace-day">Ada
Lovelace Day</a>, a day to celebrate women's contributions to science and
technology, the LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer was <a
technology; the LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer was <a
href="https://www.fsf.org/news/hardware-certification-aleph-objects-lulzbot-3d-printer">
awarded the first "Respects Your Freedom" (RYF) certification</a>, and
awarded the first "Respects Your Freedom" (RYF) certification</a>; and
Donald Robertson <a
href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/jeremy-allison-on-why-samba-switched-to-gplv3">published
a presentation from Jeremy Allison</a> explaining why Samba chose the GNU
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<li><a
href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/contribution-open-source-europes-economy-450-billion-year">
A study from Carlo Daffara</a> came to the conclusion that Free Software is
contributing 450 billion Euro per year to Europe's economy. And you
contributed part of that!</li>
A study from Carlo Daffara</a> concluded that Free Software is
contributing 450 billion Euro per year to Europe's economy. You are contributing to it!</li>
<li>The European Commission's joinup portal now <a
href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/federated_forge">lists different
<li>The European Commission's joinup portal is <a
href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/federated_forge">listing different
national and regional Free Software repositories</a>.</li>
<li>From our Fellowship <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
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"Social media and the concept of “freedom”"</a>, her <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/anaghz/2012/09/26/free-sotfware-baptism-of-fire/">experiences
from changing keyboard layouts</a> after setting up an encrypted hard
disk, in general she concludes "My computer is working better and I am
disk. In general she concludes "My computer is working better and I am
starting to understand software a bit better".</li>
<li>Karl Beecher reports, that in 1974 <a
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<li>Erik explained <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/eal/2012/10/12/why-become-a-supporter-of-fsfe/">
why you should become a supporter of FSFE</a>. We <a
href="https://fsfe.org/support/stats">are now at 1233 supporters</a>, if
why you should become a supporter of FSFE</a>. Currently, we <a
href="https://fsfe.org/support/stats">have 1233 supporters</a>, and if
the growth continues at the same pace, we will have 5733 in a year. Thanks
also to all of you promoting the supporter, like <a
href="http://lionel.montrieux.eu/2012/09/26/become-a-supporter-of-fsfe/">Lionel
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<li>Interested in tablets and phones? Henri looks into how to be <a
href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/tablet-productivity">productive with
them</a>, our Finnish Fellows describe how to <a
them</a>. Our Finnish Fellows describe how to <a
href="http://seravo.fi/2012/10/trying-out-meego-offspring-mer-and-nemo-on-exopc-wetab">
install the Meego offspring Mer and Nemo on ExoPC tablet (WeTab)</a>, and
install the Meego offspring Mer and Nemo on ExoPC tablet (WeTab)</a> and
Timo wrote about the <a
href="http://losca.blogspot.de/2012/10/openphoenux-gta04.html">Bavarian
phone OpenPhoenux GTA04</a> and <a
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webgen</a> (which we use for <a
href="http://pdfreaders.org">pdfreaders.org</a>), and <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=428">how to install the Android
Emulator in Fedora 17</a>, so you can test things without having an
Emulator in Fedora 17</a>, that lets you to test applications without having an
Android phone.</li>
<li>When you want to know why is Telepathy is awesome? Read <a
<li>Do you want to know why Telepathy is awesome? Read <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=747">Daniele Domenichelli's blog
post</a>. Also KDE related, Torsten Grote <a
post</a>. Also, and related to KDE, Torsten Grote <a
href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote/2012/10/03/compiling-kde-kontact-from-source/">explains
how to build Kontact on Debian Sid</a>. Besides KDE became 16 last month.
Thanks to all Free Software hackers in KDE! Continue being awesome.</li>
how to build Kontact on Debian Sid</a>. In fact, KDE became 16 last month.
Congrats and thanks to all Free Software hackers in KDE! Continue being awesome.</li>
<li>Our legal coordinator Matija is <a
href="http://matija.suklje.name/understanding-how-python-counts">
learning to program Python again</a> and he <a
learning to program Python </a> and he <a
href="http://matija.suklje.name/fsfe-legal-office-hours-in-cyberpipe">
announced</a> to work one day a week from Cyberpipe, Slovenian's biggest
hacklab.</li>

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