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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2011</title>
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  7. <body>
  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - April 2011</h1>
  9. <h2>A decade of Freedom: FSFE turned 10</h2>
  10. <p>
  11. One room with a bed, a desk, and a sofa. That was the situation when
  12. your editor started working as an intern for FSFE in Georg Greve's one
  13. room appartment in Hamburg in 2004. FSFE started with its operations
  14. in <a href="/news/2011/news-20110310-01.html">March 2001</a> as the first
  15. sister organisation of the FSF in the US. We have come <a href="/about/history/birthday10.html">a
  16. long way</a> since then.
  17. First of all, our interns don't get Georg's mandatory cooking lessons any more,
  18. instead they now have their own desks and do not have to work from the
  19. sofa any more. Second, we now have the Fellowship which leads to a growth
  20. of volunteers and activities:</p>
  21. <ul>
  22. <li>In the UK, Sam Tuke is currently busy setting up a punchy team. They
  23. are giving talks, organising events, and documenting
  24. <a href="/news/2011/mapping-uk.html">the developments</a> in the future
  25. role of Free Software in the British public sector.</li>
  26. <li>Our Italian team is currently supporting ADUC to get rid of the
  27. <a href="">Windows Tax</a>. ADUC is
  28. an Italian association for users/consumers' rights who recently filed a
  29. class action request against Microsoft Italy's refusal of reimbursing
  30. unused OEM licences for its operating system. Carlo Piana is helping
  31. ADUC's lawyers and Giacomo Poderi with the Italian team will help to
  32. <a href="/news/2011/news-20110321-01.html">raise awareness on this issue</a>.</li>
  33. <li>In Switzerland you have a confusing landscape of different Free
  34. Software organisations, which have problems with coordination. It was
  35. nearly impossible to find out what is going on in the next weeks, or
  36. to find a date for an activity which does not interfere with another
  37. group. That's why the Zurich Fellowship group has now set up an event
  38. calendar on <a href=""></a> to
  39. improve this situation.</li>
  40. <li>Our Swedish team was actively publishing
  41. <a href="">videos from FSCONS</a>.
  42. Last year in
  43. November, we hosted our own track at FSCONS around different topics of
  44. decentralised (social) networks and free network services. Now the
  45. <a href="">videos of the talks</a>
  46. are finally online.</li>
  47. <li>This year there are at least 8 Federal State elections in Germany. The
  48. German team already received replies from the parties in
  49. <a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/">Sachsen-Anhalt</a>,
  50. <a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/">Rheinland-Pfalz</a>,
  51. and <a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/">Baden-Würrtemberg</a>
  52. on questions like general support of Free Software, problems of vendor
  53. lock-in, <a href="/freesoftware/standards/standards.html">Open Standards</a>,
  54. <a href="/activities/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">non-free PDF readers advertisements</a>
  55. on public websites, the use of <a href="/freesoftware/education/education.html">Free Software in education</a>,
  56. and <a href="/activities/swpat/swpat.html">software patents</a>. The same will
  57. be done for the remaining elections.</li>
  58. </ul>
  59. <h2>Worldwide celebration of Open Standards</h2>
  60. <p>
  61. Open Standards are a common language, publicly documented, that computer
  62. programs can speak. They are central to interoperability and freedom of
  63. choice in technology. Open Standards allow Free Software developers to
  64. create programs that can interoperate with other solutions, so users can
  65. migrate away from proprietary solutions.
  66. </p>
  67. <p>
  68. Many of you followed our call to participate in this year's Document
  69. Freedom Day: in Brazil, the Federal Data Processing Company - Serpro -
  70. hold events in 10 cities. In the European Parliament, experts discussed
  71. Open Standards as a means to guarantee access to cultural works in the
  72. long term. Other groups participated in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil,
  73. Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal,
  74. Spain and United Kingdom. Selected FSFE activities include:
  75. <ul>
  76. <li>The City Munich was awarded with the European Document Freedom Day
  77. prize for its <a href="/news/2011/news-20110330-02.html">LiMux project</a>.</li>
  78. <li><a href="/news/2011/news-20110330-01.html"> awarded</a> for
  79. the use of Open Standards: The prize was
  80. awarded in Berlin and Hamburg by the Foundation for a Free Information
  81. Infrastructure (FFII) and us for offering the broadcast shows also
  82. in the free video format "Ogg Theora". As you can see on the
  83. <a href="">pictures</a> (DE) the cake
  84. was amazing (also available <a href="">in French</a>)</li>
  85. <li>"A bright Document Freedom Day for Britain?"
  86. about <a href="/news/2011/news-20110330-04.html">Open Standards in Britain</a>.</li>
  87. </ul>
  88. </p>
  89. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  90. <ul>
  91. <li>Redhat made $909 million with Free Software and Nokia is spreading
  92. FUD?: After Mirko Böhm wrote <a href="">an interesting analysis</a>
  93. on the current Nokia move, your editor <a href="">commented on Nokia's announcement</a>
  94. about selling the proprietary Qt business to Digia. This also led to
  95. interesting discussions on our public mailing lists about the meaning of
  96. "commercial". </li>
  97. <li>Our freshly elected Fellowship representative
  98. <a href="/news/2011/news-20110301-01.html">Hugo Roy</a> wrote about <a href="">IPRED</a> (FR).</li>
  99. <li><a href="">Fellowship
  100. Interview with Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen</a>. Dan describes the
  101. aims of these exciting gaming projects, and discusses what Free
  102. Software could mean for gaming in future.</li>
  103. <li>New Legal News available for <a href="">19.02.-25.02.</a>,
  104. <a href="">26.02.-04.03.</a>,
  105. <a href="">05.03.-13.03.</a>,
  106. <a href="">14.03.-20.03.</a>,
  107. <a href="">21.03.-28.03.</a></li>
  108. <li><a href="">2010 Free Software Awards</a>
  109. go to: Rob Savoye and the TOR project.
  110. Savoye is a long-time free software hacker, who has worked on GNU and
  111. other free software for over 20 years. TOR is enabling people around
  112. the world to experience freedom of access and expression on the
  113. Internet while keeping them in control of their privacy and anonymity.</li>
  114. <li>The FSF <a href="">welcomed
  115. Debian's "Squeeze" release</a>.
  116. Debian GNU/Linux also received a prize at the Cebit, where Karsten
  117. Gerloff held the <a href="/events/2011/lnm-award-debian.html">laudatio</a>.</li>
  118. </ul>
  119. <h2>Get Active - Translations for free PDF readers</h2>
  120. <p>During <a href="/activities/pdfreaders/pdfreaders">our pdfreaders campaign</a>
  121. we received the
  122. feedback that it is difficult to use some free PDF readers, as the
  123. download pages, or the actual software is not translated. Since then our
  124. intern Nicoulas Jean is in contact with several free PDF reader developers.
  125. Take a look at <a href="">our list of PDF readers</a>
  126. and how to help them with translation, and take action:
  127. <ul>
  128. <li>Help translating your favorite PDF reader and ask others to do so.</li>
  129. <li>Find out how to help with translations of the missing readers and add
  130. this information it to the website.</li>
  131. </ul>
  132. </p>
  133. <p>Regards,<br/>
  134. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
  135. <p>-- <br />
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