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<title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</title>
<h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</h1>
<h2>Our movement turned 30!</h2>
<p>It was 30 years ago that Richard Stallman announced the <a
href="/freesoftware/basics/gnuproject.html">GNU project</a>. An initiative
that started with a <a
href="">programmer's frustration
over a broken printer driver</a> has changed our society. The idea of
software that everyone can <a href="/about/basics/freesoftware.html">use,
study, share and improve</a> has proven successful.</p>
<p>The GNU project has acted as the starting point of a movement that makes
sure we can control technology, and not technology controlling us. Today, Free
Software is everywhere: It powers the Internet, our mobile phones, televisions,
cars, routers, and electronic devices of all sorts. Free Software has
fundamentally changed the way people create software: instead of preventing
people to adapt the software to their own needs, they invite people to
participate in the development.</p>
<p>FSFE is grateful to Richard Stallman for sparking this epochal change, and
to everyone who has worked so hard to drive Free Software's progress for three
<h2>Boost local activities: European Fellowship Coordinators Meeting</h2>
<p>During the last month our Fellowship group in <a
href="">Aarhus/Denmark held a
talk</a> and the meetings in <a
are continuing. In <a
we had a public booth during a street festival</a>, during SFD Fellows
informed passers-by about Free Software in <a
and in <a href="">Offenburg/Germany</a>.
In <a
Helsinki/Finland</a> they helped others installing Free Software. Our
Düsseldorf Fellowship group was very active the last weeks. They had a booth at
the summer party of the <a href="">Pirate
Party</a>, and attend the summer party of the <a
href="">Green Party</a>, held a <a
href="">Software Freedom Day event</a>,
supported a <a href="">Cryptoparty in
Kempen</a>, held a <a href="">regular
meeting</a>, as well <a href="">as a
talk by Sam Tuke about Free Your Android</a>.</p>
<p newsteaser="yes">From 27-29 September 22 Fellows from FSFE from 10 countries
gathered in Berlin for the first European Coordinators Meeting. During the
weekend the coordinators get known to each other, presented their work, talked
about problems to promote Free Software, shared good practices, and provided
valuable feedback about our campaigns. If you are interested to see who is
promoting Free Software on the local level in Fellowship groups <a
a look at Lucile's blog entry</a>.</p>
<h2>Something completely different</h2>
<li>Technology should be a means to freedom and creativity. Yet governments
around the world are turning computers and networks into tools of oppression
FSFE <a href="/news/2013/news-20130923-01.html">joined a coalition of more
than 265 organisations</a> which launched a list of 13 International
Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communication
<li>Ask Your Candidates: Our Austrian team <a
href="/news/2013/news-20130926-01.html">published their questions and
answers for the Nationalratswahl (federal election)</a>, and the German <a
href="/news/2013/news-20130918-01.html">published the
answers to similar questions for the state elections in Hessen</a>.</li>
<li>After <a
already spoke up against it</a>, KDE also rejected the Fairsearch
initiative claims, and <a
why Free Software is competitive</a>.</li>
<li>There is a <a
new edition of the Free Software in education news for August</a>.</li>
<li>FSFE <a href="">wrote a letter to the
German Federal Network Agency</a> (Germany). Together with Mirko Vogt from
OpenWrt we argued about the importance of having the freedom to run the
router you want to have for your internet access.</li>
<li><a href="">CERN has update its Open Hardware
License</a> to version 1.2.</li>
<li>To celebrate GNU's 30th anniversary, FSF suggested <a
href="">30 software freedom actions</a>
you can take in a month. It was meant for September, but can of course be
repeated anytime.</li>
<li>Public administration: the <a
Gendarmerie now maintains 37,000 GNU/Linux desktops</a>, and after the
planed switch next summer it will be 72,000. They say they are able to lower
the total cost of operation by 40% compared to the proprietary solution. But
the savings are just one point, the other is more vendor independce.</li>
<li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
<li>Hugo Roy asks for feedback on the <a
data manifesto</a>.</li>
<li>Georg Greve argues that software freedom advocates had it right all
along: <a href=""> You cannot trust
proprietary cryptography, or proprietary software</a>.</li>
<li>Lucile learnt <a
to appreciate regular expressions</a>, and <a
highlighted some quotes by Bruce Schneier</a>, including "We’re afraid of
risk. It's a normal part of life, but we're increasingly unwilling to
accept it at any level."</li>
<li>Mirko Böhm and Paul Adams organised a <a
seminar about Free Software in economy and society at the German
protestant student union</a> (German), were Karsten Gerloff also gave a
talk as a guest speaker in front of students studying medicine, natural
sciences, or theology. </li>
<li>Read the description from our Finnish Fellows how to do <a
"Dual-booting Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 on machines with Restricted
<li>If you used GnuCash or HomeBank before for your finances, <a
href="">Daniel Pocok
suggests to have a look at PostBooks</a>, and maybe support their
crowdfunding campaign for missing features.</li>
<li>He also looked into <a
calendar and contact data with Free Software</a> in the Smartphone
<li>Paul Boddie wrote about the <a
href="">Neo900</a> successor of the
famous N900 mobile phone.</li>
<li>Guido Günther is <a
monitoring a heating system</a> powered by Free Software.</li>
<li>Henri Bergius was <a href="">
flying a quadrocopter with NoFlo</a>.</li>
<li> Thomas Løcke <a
if we want to live in a world where shadow agencies run amok</a> and
where our hard-earned taxes are being used to fund leashes for our necks
and whips for our backs?</li>
<li>Our Munich Fellowship coordinator Christian Kalkhoff <a
why he finally quit facebook</a> (German) after they changed their terms
of services.</li>
<li>After many years Matija's laptop broke. <a
how he changed his distribution</a> after a decade and the good feeling
to have working backups.</li>
<li>Finally he is <a href="">
discussing if copyright, patents (and state-given monopolies in general)
are natural</a>.</li>
<h2>Get active: Talk to some friends about GNU!</h2>
Initial announcement
If you want to learn more about GNU, go over to and read up on its history and the philosophy behind it all.
If you are interested in more: get the book "Free as in Freedom"
<p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
<a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
<a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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