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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - August 2009</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - August 2009</h1>
  9. <p>August traditionally is a month with a lower level of activity due to
  10. holidays. Still, a lot of things happened under FSFE's and the
  11. Fellowship's roofs.</p>
  12. <p>Fellowship groups met in Zurich and Stuttgart, other Fellows and
  13. volunteers manned a booth at the FrOSCon, our website now benefits from
  14. an improved contact page, Karsten Gerloff commented on the ruling about
  15. software patent infringement against Microsoft, and Thomas Jensch took
  16. on the role of coordinator for our edu-team.</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">Fellowship meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, 26 August</a></li>
  21. <li><a href="#2" name="TOC2">4th FrOSCon in St. Augustin, Germany, 22-23 August</a></li>
  22. <li><a href="#3" name="TOC3">Software patent infringed: Microsoft barred from selling Word</a></li>
  23. <li><a href="#4" name="TOC4">New overview on our community contacts</a></li>
  24. <li><a href="#5" name="TOC5">Fellowship meeting and KDE 4.3 release party in Stuttgart, Germany, 01 August</a></li>
  25. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  26. <li><a href="#6" name="TOC6">Thomas Jensch takes on coordination for FSFE's edu-team</a></li>
  27. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  28. <li><a href="#7" name="TOC7">Karsten Gerloff at the ATTAC Germany summer academy</a></li>
  29. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  30. <li><a href="#8" name="TOC8">Fellowship's booth at the Braderie de Lille, France, 05-06 September</a></li>
  31. </ol>
  32. <p></p>
  33. <h3><a name="1"/>Fellowship meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, 26 August</h3>
  34. <p>On 26 August the Fellowship group of Zurich met for their traditional
  35. Free Software summer barbecue. About 13 Fellows and other interested
  36. people participated. Christian Holz, FSFE's Executive Director, also
  37. joined them meeting to discuss our potential participation in
  38. OpenExpo, the consolidation of the Swiss Fellowship group, and the
  39. philosophical differences between Free and proprietary Software.</p>
  40. <ul>
  41. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  42. </ul>
  43. <h3><a name="2"/>4th FrOSCon in St. Augustin, Germany, 22-23 August</h3>
  44. <p>We participated with a lively and highly populated booth at the 4th
  45. FrOSCon in St. Augustin, Germany. Ten of our Fellows and volunteers were
  46. present at the booth during the two days event to explain our work and
  47. our projects. As a result new people will join the Fellowship. Matthias
  48. Kirschner, Fellowship coordinator, and Michael Kesper, our team member,
  49. were also interviewed by a local radio station. Michael wrote a short
  50. post on his blog with a couple of pictures taken at FrOSCon.</p>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  53. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  54. </ul>
  55. <h3><a name="3"/>Software patent infringed: Microsoft barred from selling Word</h3>
  56. <p>On Tuesday 11 August, Microsoft received an injunction for patent
  57. infringement concerning an XML-related patent held by Canadian XML
  58. specialist i4i. The injunction prevents Microsoft from selling the
  59. 2003 and 2007 versions of Word in the United States and requires the
  60. company to pay US$ 290 million in damages. Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's
  61. president, commented the news on his blog and focused on how damaging
  62. software patents can be even for the biggest corporation.</p>
  63. <ul>
  64. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  65. </ul>
  66. <h3><a name="4"/>New overview on our community contacts</h3>
  67. <p>After some redesign work, our contact page is now available with a new
  68. section providing a better overview of our Community contacts. We
  69. hope that these improvements will make it easier for people get in
  70. touch with the right groups and to start becoming involved in our
  71. community of Free Software supporters.</p>
  72. <ul>
  73. <li><a href="/contact/community.html"></a></li>
  74. </ul>
  75. <h3><a name="5"/>Fellowship meeting and KDE 4.3 release party in Stuttgart, Germany, 01 August</h3>
  76. <p>The Fellowship group in Stuttgart gathered together with some KDE people
  77. to celebrate the release of KDE 4.3. The meeting started at 19:00 on
  78. 1 August and went on until midnight with about ten people discussing
  79. about the new improvements of KDE and Free Software in general.
  80. There was also space for a small tournament of Ksquares played on the
  81. touch screen of a tablet PC.</p>
  82. <ul>
  83. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  84. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  85. </ul>
  86. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  87. <h3><a name="6"/>Thomas Jensch takes on coordination for FSFE's edu-team</h3>
  88. <p>FSFE's Education project aims at furthering Free Software in all
  89. education related activities and institutions, such as kindergartens,
  90. schools and universities. In recent years the project had been
  91. inactive due to lack of a coordinator and workforce. Now, thanks
  92. to Thomas Jensch, our current intern in Zurich, we will be able to
  93. revive this important project.</p>
  94. <p>Thomas accepted the role of coordinator for the edu-team as a part of
  95. his internship and he is already working to reorganise the activities of
  96. the project. Thomas also agreed to continue coordinating the team
  97. after his intership ends in November.</p>
  98. <p>To receive information about the progresses and news of the edu-team, it
  99. is possible to register to the mailing list, to get
  100. in contact with the team you can send an e-mail
  101. to <a href="">edu-team &lt; AT &gt; fsfeurope &lt; DOT &gt; org</a></p>
  102. <ul>
  103. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20090831-01.html"></a></li>
  104. </ul>
  105. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  106. <ul>
  107. <li><a href="/activities/education/education.html"></a></li>
  108. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  109. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  110. </ul>
  111. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  112. <h3><a name="7"/>Karsten Gerloff at the ATTAC Germany summer academy</h3>
  113. <p>In August 2005, Karsten Gerloff, now FSFE's president, was invited to
  114. give a speech at ATTAC Germany's summer academy in Goettingen about
  115. the developments within the World Intellectual Property Organisation
  116. (WIPO) and the A2K (Access To Knowledge) Treaty. At that time, Karsten
  117. had just finished his internship with FSFE.</p>
  118. <ul>
  119. <li><a href="">Press Release</a></li>
  120. </ul>
  121. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  122. <h3><a name="8"/>Fellowship's booth at the Braderie de Lille, France, 05-06 September</h3>
  123. <p>The Fellowship will take part with a booth to the "Braderie de Lille"
  124. (Lille's flea market) in Lille, France. FSFE and, in particular, the
  125. Fellowship booth, will get a lot of visibility, since millions of
  126. people from different nations take a walk on Lille's streets during
  127. the event. The booth will be located on Place du Vieux Marché aux
  128. chevaux. If you would like more information about this event please
  129. send an e-mail to Benjamin Morant:</p>
  130. <ul>
  131. <li><a href="">morant &lt; AT &gt; fsfeurope &lt; DOT &gt; org</a></li>
  132. </ul>
  133. <p></p>
  134. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  135. <a href="/news/newsletter.html"></a>
  136. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
  137. <a href=""></a>
  138. <a href="/contribute/contribute.html"></a>
  139. <p>You can order our merchandise at</p>
  140. <a href="/order/order.html"></a>
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