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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - June 2009</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - June 2009</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">June has definitely been a thrilling month. Besides our ongoing
  9. activities with Fellowship meetings, participations to events such as
  10. the LinuxTag in Berlin, most of our energy and attention were directed
  11. at the General Assembly (GA) held in Miraflores de la Sierra.</p>
  12. <p>This has been an important event for our organisation since, for the
  13. first time, it included a representative of the Fellowship; it
  14. presented our new Spanish team and gave the chance for community
  15. building during the social event, but more importantly, it put in
  16. place our new Executive Team!</p>
  17. <p>Read on to get to know them!</p>
  18. <p align="right"><a href="">Giacomo Poderi</a></p>
  19. <h3>Table of Contents</h3>
  20. <ol>
  21. <li><a href="#1" name="TOC1">FSFE participates at "LinuxTag 2009", Berlin, 24-27 June</a></li>
  22. <li><a href="#2" name="TOC2">Social event and presentation of Spanish team, Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, 20 June</a></li>
  23. <li><a href="#3" name="TOC3">The account from the first Fellowship representative at the GA</a></li>
  24. <li><a href="#4" name="TOC4">Two year Executive Summary (2007-2009)</a></li>
  25. <li><a href="#5" name="TOC5">Fellowship meeting in Berlin, 11 June</a></li>
  26. <li><a href="#6" name="TOC6">It's time for the community to take charge of its brand</a></li>
  27. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  28. <li><a href="#7" name="TOC7">The new Executive Team appointed at FSFE's General Assembly 2009</a></li>
  29. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  30. <li><a href="#8" name="TOC8">Introducing the translators team</a></li>
  31. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  32. <li><a href="#9" name="TOC9">FSFE booth at RMLL Nantes, France, 07-11 July</a></li>
  33. <li><a href="#10" name="TOC10">Fellowship Meeting in Berlin, 09 July</a></li>
  34. </ol>
  35. <p></p>
  36. <h3><a name="1"/>FSFE participates at "LinuxTag 2009", Berlin, 24-27 June</h3>
  37. <p>We participated with a booth at the "LinuxTag", in Berlin, as in the years
  38. before. The event took place at Berlin's Expo Center from 24-27 June, and
  39. attracted about 10,000 visitors interested in Free Software at all kind of
  40. levels, 135 exhibitors and about 300 speakers. This year, our booth was
  41. coordinated by Lena Simon and Matthias Kirschner with the valuable help
  42. of 12 volunteers, who manned it over the four days event. This year our
  43. booth included some novelties such as brand new leaflets,
  44. an introductory comic strip to the Fellowship and the alpha version of a
  45. booth game named "GNUstav the GNU". Read more about it on Matthias' and
  46. Torsten's blog posts:</p>
  47. <ul>
  48. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  49. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  50. </ul>
  51. <h3><a name="2"/>Social event and presentation of Spanish team, Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, 20 June</h3>
  52. <p>On Saturday 20 June, after a public presentation of our Spanish team,
  53. all General Assembly (GA) members, Fellows and friends were invited to
  54. the "compile your own"-Cocktail-Party. Roughly 30 people adapted the
  55. four basic principles of Free Software to the art of cocktail
  56. mixing. The raw materials were deployed at La Cristalera and the party
  57. people were provided with the source code of various cocktails. This
  58. social event was a valuable chance for community building and
  59. strengthen of personal ties amongst colleagues and friends.</p>
  60. <ul>
  61. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  62. </ul>
  63. <h3><a name="3"/>The account from the first Fellowship representative at the GA</h3>
  64. <p>Torsten Grote is the first Fellow elected to represent the Fellowship
  65. at FSFE's GA. In Miraflores de la Sierra, he had the chance to participate
  66. in high level decision-making process within the organisation. He has
  67. already reported with an e-mail to all Fellows, his views on the experience.
  68. Torsten said, "I was surprised how much influence I had on the decisions
  69. that were made". He continues "My concerns and proposals were not treated
  70. differently from the ones of any other member. This way I had considerable
  71. influence on all the decisions made and was able to check if the executive
  72. team does and will do its job properly." Torsten will keep his blog up
  73. to date to include more coverage on the GA. Don't miss it!</p>
  74. <ul>
  75. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  76. </ul>
  77. <h3><a name="4"/>Two year Executive Summary (2007-2009)</h3>
  78. <p>In preparation of the General Assembly (GA) of this year, Georg Greve,
  79. former FSFE's President, drafted the biennial executive summary on the
  80. work of the organisation, which is now available on-line. The document
  81. summarises the cornerstone activities in various areas such as the
  82. Microsoft Antitrust Case, open standards, the United Nations and the
  83. legal work of the Freedom Task Force. The Executive Summary is a good
  84. resource to understand the current changes and further directions of
  85. our organisation.</p>
  86. <ul>
  87. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  88. </ul>
  89. <h3><a name="5"/>Fellowship meeting in Berlin, 11 June</h3>
  90. <p>The Fellowship group of Berlin met on 11 June in the Newthinking Store
  91. at Tucholskystraße 48. At the meeting, Sabine Stengel from Cartogis
  92. gave a talk about OpenStreetMap, which was followed by an inspiring
  93. discussion. The preparation for the LinuxTag was another main topic of
  94. the evening. Torsten answered Fellows' questions about his new role
  95. as representative at the GA. About 25 Fellows and interested guests
  96. participated in the two hours official meeting, and also joined for a
  97. more informal social gathering at the pub.</p>
  98. <ul>
  99. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  100. </ul>
  101. <h3><a name="6"/>It's time for the community to take charge of its brand</h3>
  102. <p>As the terms "Free Software" and "Open Source" are becoming more and
  103. more mainstream we are seeing many companies that want to 'jump on the
  104. bandwagon', branding anything they produce as Free or Open Source
  105. Software. However, it often happens that the mixed models they want to
  106. sell are far from what we would call Free Software. Georg published a
  107. concise post with the title "It's time for the community to take
  108. charge of its brand", which focuses on current corporate practices of
  109. mixing models and depriving the community of their meaning and
  110. understanding of Free Software.</p>
  111. <ul>
  112. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  113. </ul>
  114. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  115. <h3><a name="7"/>The new Executive Team appointed at FSFE's General Assembly 2009</h3>
  116. <p>Our yearly GA meeting was held in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, on
  117. 19-21 June. It brought about a lot of changes. Torsten in the role of
  118. first Fellowship's representative was there, our Spanish team, who
  119. hosted and organised the meeting, was formally presented and, most
  120. exciting, the new Executive Team was deliberated upon and formally set
  121. it up.</p>
  122. <p>Karsten Gerloff, Fernanda Weiden, Christian Holz, Adrian de Groot,
  123. Matthias Kirschner and Reinhard Müller are the people who will lead
  124. FSFE for the coming years. They are, respectively, our new President,
  125. Vice-President, Executive Director, FTF coordinator, Fellowship
  126. coordinator and Financial Officer. Georg Greve, who founded the
  127. organisation together with others and chaired it during the past eight
  128. years says about the new team: "There is no doubt in my mind that
  129. these extraordinary people are a dream team to ensure both continuity
  130. and change towards a better, larger, and more successful FSFE."</p>
  131. <p>The new Executive Team is well aware of the capabilities of the
  132. organisation and will work to strengthen it even further. Karsten,
  133. FSFE's new President, says: "Georg Greve and his team have done
  134. splendid work over the past eight years, building FSFE out of nothing
  135. into an organisation that is highly respected and trusted as an expert
  136. group on Free Software, and as a reliable partner in policy making and
  137. negotiations." Fernanda, FSFE's Vice-President, continues: "The people
  138. in this organisation have a deep understanding not only of technology
  139. itself, but also of its social and political aspects. Together, we
  140. can continue to develop cutting-edge thinking on how we as a society
  141. handle knowledge, and how we can best make the most of technology."</p>
  142. <p>More information about the new team and how to contact them can be
  143. found here:</p>
  144. <ul>
  145. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  146. </ul>
  147. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  148. <ul>
  149. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  150. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  151. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  152. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  153. </ul>
  154. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  155. <h3><a name="8"/>Introducing the translators team</h3>
  156. <p>The international reach of our organisation demands that our
  157. information and documents are available in as many languages as
  158. possible. Five years ago we decided to give space for a flexible,
  159. responsive, and well coordinated translator team to grow. The decision
  160. has paid off extremely well. As of today, most of the content on
  161. is available in 27 languages. Thanks to our
  162. volunteers for their excellent job!</p>
  163. <ul>
  164. <li><a href="">Newsletter June 2004</a></li>
  165. </ul>
  166. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  167. <h3><a name="9"/>FSFE booth at RMLL Nantes, France, 07-11 July</h3>
  168. <p>The 10th RMLL, "Rencontre Mondial de Logiciel Libre" (LSM, Libre
  169. Software Meeting) is taking place at Nantes. Rainer Kersten will
  170. organise a FSFE booth there. RMLL is the most important Free Software
  171. event in France and some 5000 visitors are expected.</p>
  172. <p>Whoever would like to come and help is highly welcome. To coordinate,
  173. please contact:</p>
  174. <ul>
  175. <li><a href="">dus &lt;AT&gt; office &lt;DOT&gt; fsfeurope &lt;DOT&gt; org</a></li>
  176. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  177. </ul>
  178. <h3><a name="10"/>Fellowship Meeting in Berlin, 09 July</h3>
  179. <p>The local Berlin Fellowship group will meet on 9 July at 7.30 pm at
  180. the Newthinking Store, in Tucholskystraße 48. This time there will be
  181. a discussion with representatives from political party youth
  182. organisations about Free Software. As always, guests are welcome to
  183. join.</p>
  184. <ul>
  185. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  186. </ul>
  187. <p></p>
  188. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  189. <a href=""></a>
  190. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
  191. <a href=""></a>
  192. <a href=""></a>
  193. <p>You can order our merchandise at</p>
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