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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - August 2010</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - August 2010</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">The focus of this edition is Free Software in the public
  9. sector: on a national level within the United Kingdom, in the Italian region of
  10. Bozen, and in the Austrian city of Linz. We introduce a new definition of
  11. mnemonic Open Standards, and invite you to participate in upcoming local Free
  12. Software events.</p>
  13. <p>Additionally in July <a
  14. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/maelle">Maëlle Costa</a> and <a
  15. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke">Sam Tuke</a> started their <a
  16. href="http://www.fsfe.org/contribute/internship.html">internships</a>. Răzvan
  17. Sandu transcribed Richard Stallman's speech from eLiberatica, Maëlle created a
  18. <a href="/freesoftware/transcripts/rms-2009-05-22-eliberatica.html">structured
  19. web edition</a>, and our active translator Stelios Stavroulakis translated it
  20. into Greek. Matthias Kirschner gave the first in a new <a
  21. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=625">series of radio interviews</a> occurring
  22. on the 4th Monday of the each month for the public radio station 'Dradio
  23. Wissen'.</p>
  24. <p>Europe is witnessing an ever increasing number of public administrations
  25. considering the migration to Free Software. Public administration represents the
  26. largest purchaser of software in each EU country, and is a critically important
  27. area of Free Software growth. Increased public sector use of free software means
  28. more money invested in the development and deployment of Free Software, which
  29. ultimately results in greater quality and quantity of Free Software
  30. programs.</p>
  31. <p>In June the Government of Malta<a
  32. href="http://ictpolicies.gov.mt/docs/GMICT_D_0097_Open_Source_Software_v1.0.pdf"
  33. > asked all their agencies</a> to prefer Free Software in all future purchases.
  34. In their statement they directly referred to <a
  35. href="http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html">FSF's Free Software
  36. definition</a>.</p>
  37. <h2>Saving money with Free Software in the UK</h2>
  38. <p>In the UK, her Majesty’s Treasury asked 600,000 people working for the
  39. government how more savings could be made. They got 60,000 ideas out of it,
  40. processed them and put that into 31 proposals. Two of those <a
  41. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=614">proposals relate to Free Software</a>.
  42. They include annulling the government’s contract with Microsoft to
  43. furnish government departments, and replace their products with Free Software,
  44. including GNU/Linux and OpenOffice. Supporting arguments for the switch included
  45. lower costs, improved security, and the opportunity to create a
  46. "more diverse spectrum of the IT industry, instead of [just] one
  47. corporation".</p>
  48. <h2>Public tendering: Bozen reconsiders deal with Microsoft</h2>
  49. <p>Progress in the public sector of Italy was also made this month, when the
  50. regional government of Bolzano accepted FSFE's request to discuss a rethink of a
  51. plan forged earlier this year to renew and extend their licenses from
  52. Microsoft. On the 25th of May Italian politicians agreed to spend 2.2 million
  53. EUR over the next three years on contracts with Microsoft Ireland, and increase
  54. the number of licenses that they had purchased. This decision was made without
  55. a public call for tender, making it impossible for competing suppliers to make
  56. offers of their own.</p>
  57. <p><a href="/news/2010/news-20100702-01.html">We asked the local government to
  58. rethink their decision</a> and accept an offer of dialogue extended to them
  59. by local Free Software experts at the GNU/Linux User Group Bolzano (LUGBZ). The
  60. local government has now <a
  61. href="http://www.osor.eu/news/it-bolzano-region-begins-discussion-on-open-source-strategy">accepted LUGBZ's offer</a>,
  62. and the first meeting is planned for the
  63. beginning of August. Also in attendance shall be representatives from the Free
  64. Software Center of TIS and the Free University of Bolzano.</p>
  65. <h2>Linz - region for Free Software</h2>
  66. <p>In the Austrian city of Linz, Free Software is already the norm, and a new
  67. scheme is being devised to crown it a 'Free Software Region'. Linz City
  68. councillors recognise the social importance of Free Software, and as a result
  69. are instigating a much wider programme of Free Software use and promotion.
  70. Government officials have identified <a
  71. href="http://www.netzpolitik.org/2010/linz-will-open-commons-region-werden/">7
  72. key
  73. characteristics</a> (German) that an area should fulfil in order to merit the
  74. title of Free Software Region. Amongst them: general public sector support for
  75. Free Software, regular Free Software events together with local companies and
  76. user groups, usage of Free Software in universities, schools and other education
  77. bodies, as well as the suggestion that public administration and organisations
  78. should cooperate with Free Software organisations, or become members of
  79. them.</p>
  80. <h2>Open Standards on the political agenda in Germany</h2> <p>Beside
  81. the progress of Free Software in the public sector, Open Standards continue to
  82. be on the political agenda. In June, Thomas de Maiziere, German Minister of
  83. Interior, <a
  84. href="http://mailman.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/press-release-de/2010q2/000158.
  85. html">demanded Open Standards for all public IT
  86. systems</a>, therefore supporting FSFE's long standing demands. The minister's
  87. permanent secretary and IT Commissioner of the German government, Cornelia
  88. Rogall-Grothe <a
  89. href="http://www.fsfe.org/news/2010/news-20100705-01.de.html">explained his
  90. position further in an interview</a>: "only by using Open Standards can [the
  91. government] obtain independence from software development companies". She also
  92. recognised that "maximal interoperability can be reached with open
  93. IT-Standards".</p>
  94. <h2>Now available in English: AEIOU mnemonic for Open Standards</h2>
  95. <p>While <a href="/news/2010/news-20100705-01.html">publishing our press
  96. release</a> <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=618">Kai Eckert translated our
  97. German AEIOU mnemonic for Open Standards</a> into English. We hope it helps you
  98. to remember a clear and meaningful definition of the term <a
  99. href="activities/os/def.html">Open Standard</a>. This definition requires formats
  100. and protocols to adhere to the following rules:</p>
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  105. <ul>
  106. <li><strong>a</strong>pplicable (without restrictions): free from legal or
  107. technical clauses that limit its utilisation by any party or in any business
  108. model,</li>
  109. <li><strong>e</strong>xisting (implementations): available in multiple
  110. complete implementations by competing vendors, or as a complete
  111. implementation equally available to all parties.</li>
  112. <li><strong>i</strong>ndependent (of a single vendor): managed and further
  113. developed independently of any single vendor in a process open to the equal
  114. participation of competitors and third parties</li>
  115. <li><strong>o</strong>pen (specification): subject to full public assessment
  116. and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties</li>
  117. <li><strong>u</strong>ntainted (with dependencies to closed standards):
  118. without any components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or
  119. protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard themselves</li>
  120. </ul>
  121. <h2>Get active: Help at local events</h2>
  122. <p>This month FSFE President Karsten Gerloff participated in local regional
  123. events, including <a
  124. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/?p=376">RMLL Bordeaux</a> (France) and
  125. Free Software events in Vitoria, San Sebastian, and Bilbao in Basque (Spain).
  126. For organising such events we depend local volunteers. Help us to introduce Free
  127. Software to people in your region:</p>
  128. <ul>
  129. <li>We have an <a href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/FellowshipEvents">event
  130. calendar</a> where you can add Free Software events (Thanks to Paul Boddie for
  131. implementing this great feature!)</li> <li>Add the <a
  132. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/FellowshipEvents">ical calendar</a> to your own
  133. digital calender, and get in contact with us if you can help at one of the
  134. events.</li>
  135. <li>Contact contact@fsfe.org if you organise an event and you need more
  136. help at the booth or a speaker from FSFE.</li> <li>Help us to improve our <a
  137. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/BoothCountdown">documentation for organising
  138. booths</a>.</li> </ul>
  139. <p>Regards,<br /> <a href="/about/kirschner/kirschner.html">Matthias
  140. Kirschner</a>- FSFE</p>
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  149. <tag>newsletter</tag>
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