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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - July 2009 </title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - July 2009</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">This month has been full of activity, but one bit of news has cast a
  9. shadow over it all. We have learned of the death of Richard Rothwell,
  10. who was a prominent and respected advocate for Free Software in
  11. education and a Fellow. We are saying farewell to him below.</p>
  12. <p>Major activities of the month were: the support of our German Chapter
  13. to OpenRuhr initiative, the participation to a Conference hosted by
  14. the WIPO, an interesting Fellowship meeting in Berlin, our presence to
  15. RMLL in Nantes, and the publishing of our statement about the latest
  16. developments in the EU browser case.</p>
  17. <p align="right"><a href="">Giacomo Poderi</a></p>
  18. <h3>Table of Contents</h3>
  19. <ol>
  20. <li><a href="#1" name="TOC1">Fresh air at WIPO, but old habits die hard</a></li>
  21. <li><a href="#2" name="TOC2">A farewell to Richard Rothwell</a></li>
  22. <li><a href="#3" name="TOC3">FSFE supports OpenRuhr</a></li>
  23. <li><a href="#4" name="TOC4">FSFE booth at RMLL Nantes, France, 07-11 July</a></li>
  24. <li><a href="#5" name="TOC5">Fellowship Meeting in Berlin, 09 July</a></li>
  25. <li><a href="#6" name="TOC6">The Fellowship interviews: Smári McCarthy</a></li>
  26. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  27. <li><a href="#7" name="TOC7">EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial</a></li>
  28. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  29. <li><a href="#8" name="TOC8">FSFE supporting European Commission in their case against Microsoft</a></li>
  30. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  31. <li><a href="#9" name="TOC9">4th Froscon, St. Augustin, Germany, 22-23 August</a></li>
  32. </ol>
  33. <p></p>
  34. <h3><a name="1"/>Fresh air at WIPO, but old habits die hard</h3>
  35. <p>On the 13 and 14 July, in Geneva, the World Intellectual Property
  36. Organization (WIPO) hosted the Conference "Intellectual Property and
  37. Public Policy Issues" with the aim of reflecting on the consequences of
  38. the policies that WIPO promotes. Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president,
  39. attended the event and wrote an extensive report: "Fresh air at WIPO,
  40. but old habits die hard". He highlights that the event in itself was a
  41. very positive step for the organisation, which is starting to pay
  42. attention to the real-world impact of the policies it develops. Still,
  43. some troubling old mistakes remain.</p>
  44. <ul>
  45. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  46. </ul>
  47. <h3><a name="2"/>A farewell to Richard Rothwell</h3>
  48. <p>It is with sorrow that we pay our respect to Richard Rothwell. A
  49. Fellow, a brilliant activist and a key figure in the UK Free Software
  50. community. On 17 July, Richard passed away, tearing a hole in the
  51. network of the Free Software movement which will be difficult to
  52. fill. We want to remember him here, and to offer our condolences to
  53. Richard's family and closest friends.</p>
  54. <ul>
  55. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  56. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  57. </ul>
  58. <h3><a name="3"/>FSFE supports OpenRuhr</h3>
  59. <p>Our German chapter has decided to support the OpenRuhr initiative.
  60. During 2010 in the Ruhr area the 'cultural cities' will set facilities
  61. and plan events which will promote Free Software as a cultural technique
  62. for creative people in their works. Our German chapter aims at
  63. developing informative material to portray Free Software as a cultural
  64. technique.</p>
  65. <ul>
  66. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  67. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  68. </ul>
  69. <h3><a name="4"/>FSFE booth at RMLL Nantes, France, 07-11 July</h3>
  70. <p>Rainer Kersten and Michel Roche manned our booth at the 10th
  71. "Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libres" (RMLL), which took place in
  72. Nantes. RMLL is the most important Free Software event in France with
  73. some 5000 visitors. Rainer and Michel had a very busy four days
  74. explaining the basics of Free Software, and telling a large number of
  75. people about FSFE's work.</p>
  76. <ul>
  77. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  78. </ul>
  79. <h3><a name="5"/>Fellowship Meeting in Berlin, 09 July</h3>
  80. <p>The Berlin Fellowship group met on 9 July at the Newthinking Store, at
  81. Tucholskystrasse 48. On the meeting's agenda was an interesting debate
  82. with representatives of youth organisations of various political
  83. parties. Members of the Junge Union Brandenburg, Jungen Liberalen
  84. Brandenburg, Grüne Jugend, Piratenpartei, and SDS.Berlin presented
  85. their views about Free Software issues and answered questions from
  86. other participants. Lena Simon recorded the event, which we will
  87. publish shortly on our Fellowship platform.</p>
  88. <ul>
  89. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  90. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  91. </ul>
  92. <h3><a name="6"/>The Fellowship interviews: Smári McCarthy</h3>
  93. <p>This month, Stian Rødven Eide interviewed Smári McCarthy: a thoughtful
  94. anarchist and practical chaos technician with a deep interest in Free
  95. Software and democracy. The interview addressed various aspects of
  96. Smári's life from his work at the Fab Lab, to the Icelandic Society for
  97. Digital Freedoms, concluding with his views on a "crowdsourced
  98. democracy".</p>
  99. <ul>
  100. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  101. </ul>
  102. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  103. <h3><a name="7"/>EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial</h3>
  104. <p>In 2007, Opera Software presented the European Commission with a formal
  105. complaint regarding Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer (IE) to its
  106. operating systems. We decided to follow the development of this issue
  107. and we officially offered our help as interested third party to the
  108. Directorate General for Competition.</p>
  109. <p>On January 2009, the European Commission DG Competition issued a
  110. statement of objections against Microsoft which recently led the
  111. company to consider a settlement. While the offer of a settlement is
  112. an important achievement for the European Commission, we believe that
  113. it is the details which will make all the difference. A settlement
  114. that simply looks good will not be enough. We need to be sure that any
  115. agreement between Microsoft and the Commission really puts Free
  116. Software on an equal footing with proprietary competitors, and allows
  117. for free competition in the web browser market.</p>
  118. <p>Our press release, which outlines some details of the settlement that
  119. should be carefully considered, is available here:</p>
  120. <ul>
  121. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  122. </ul>
  123. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  124. <ul>
  125. <li><a href="">Press release</a></li>
  126. <li><a href="">Press release</a></li>
  127. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  128. </ul>
  129. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  130. <h3><a name="8"/>FSFE supporting European Commission in their case against Microsoft</h3>
  131. <p>Five years ago, Microsoft appealed against the European Commission
  132. antitrust decision. The Directorate General for Competition called for
  133. cooperation upon FSFE and Samba. A call that we did not miss: on 27
  134. July 2004 we had already participated to the preliminary hearing of
  135. the appeal in Luxembourg. That was the beginning of what would become
  136. the greatest success for FSFE and for Free Software in the legal field
  137. in 2007, when Microsoft was ordered by the European Court of First
  138. Instance to share interoperability information with the Samba team.</p>
  139. <ul>
  140. <li><a href="">Press release</a></li>
  141. </ul>
  142. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  143. <h3><a name="9"/>4th Froscon, St. Augustin, Germany, 22-23 August</h3>
  144. <p>We will be present with a booth at the 4th Froscon in St. Augustin,
  145. Germany. The conference is organised by the Department of Computer
  146. Science of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, with the
  147. help of Fachschaft of Computer Science, LUUSA and FrOSCon e.V.
  148. For coordination we will use the booth@ mailing list and the Fellowship
  149. Wiki.</p>
  150. <ul>
  151. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  152. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  153. </ul>
  154. <p></p>
  155. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  156. <a href=""></a>
  157. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
  158. <a href=""></a>
  159. <a href=""></a>
  160. <p>You can order our merchandise at</p>
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