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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - July 2011</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - July 2011</h1>
  9. <h2>Attack on Free Software and the GNU GPL</h2>
  10. <p>Imagine that you've just bought a computer with pre-installed Free Software. After
  11. some time you decide to install additional software made by someone
  12. else. The vendor that sold you your computer, however, does not approve, and decides to sue the people who made the additional software
  13. that you installed. Sounds like purchasing a computer from that vendor was not such a great idea!</p>
  14. <p>At the moment something very similar is happening in <a
  15. href="/news/2011/news-20110620-01.en.html"> in Germany</a>, in an important
  16. GNU GPL violation case that the FSFE and <a
  17. href="http://www.gpl-violations.org">gpl-violations.org</a> are
  18. participating. Germany company AVM maintains in court that others should not be allowed
  19. to modify the software that comes pre-installed on their commercial computers and devices. It turns out, though, that this pre-installed software includes the Linux kernel, a piece of software distributed under the GNU GPL which guarantees exactly this freedom to users.</p>
  20. <p>Through their actions, AVM is attacking the very foundations of Free Software: they
  21. want to take away freedom from others. It will directly <a
  22. href="http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2011/06/24/#20110624-avm_cybits_gpl_fud">
  23. contravene the legal rights of the original software authors</a>, who decided that software freedom and cooperation is more
  24. important to them than receiving license fees. If AVM is
  25. successful in court it will be a disastrous move for the freedom of software on embedded
  26. devices, mobile phones, network hardware and other Free
  27. Software based products.</p>
  28. <p>The judge did not make a decision during the June 21 court hearing, and participants in the case may still file further written pleas. On September 27 the court is set to either make a direct ruling on the case or choose to begin hearing evidence. The FSFE and gpl-violations.org have published a <a
  29. href="/activities/avm-gpl-violation/avm-gpl-violation.html">detailed report about
  30. the case</a>, and will continue to monitor the situation in defence of freedom for software users.</p>
  31. <h2>FSFE Internal: An era ends - others start</h2>
  32. <p>Usually you don't hear about the people who work behind the scenes for the
  33. FSFE. Most of us are volunteers, and press and publicity
  34. work is handled by people like FSFE president <a
  35. href="/about/people/gerloff/gerloff.html">Karsten Gerloff</a>, or your humble editor. But
  36. without those volunteers who donate their spare time to promote software freedom the FSFE would not be what it is today. (Thank you!)</p>
  37. <p>At the FSFE's June 11 General Assembly, which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, <a href="/about/team.html">FSFE's members</a> elected <a
  38. href="http://sandklef.com/hesa">Henrik Sandklef</a> to be the organisation's Vice President.
  39. A computer scientist and GNU Hacker from Gothenburg, Sweden, Henrik has
  40. been active with the FSFE since 2005. He takes over from Fernanda Weiden,
  41. who held the volunteer position for the past two years. The General
  42. Assembly also confirmed Karsten Gerloff as FSFE's President and
  43. Reinhard Müller as Finanical Officer.</p>
  44. <p>While a new officer term cycle began, another era ended as Bernhard Reiter, FSFE co-founder, completed ten years as German coordinator and Deputy. He is the
  45. first FSFE representative to continuously hold positions within the organisation for such a long time, and is the only person to have participated in every
  46. FSFE annual General Assembly to date. Bernhard will remain active within the FSFE but has handed the official post of Deputy German Coordinator
  47. to <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote/">Torsten Grote</a>.</p>
  48. <h2>The European Commission’s locked-in syndrome</h2>
  49. <p>It's official: The European Commission will migrate to Microsoft
  50. Windows 7 without considering alternative solutions. In a reply to
  51. questions asked by MEP Bart Staes (Greens/EFA), the European Commission
  52. confirmed that it has awarded contracts for the 'upgrade' to Microsoft
  53. and reseller Fujitsu-Siemens on behalf of 55 other European institutions
  54. and the Commission itself. As Karsten explains in his <a
  55. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/06/06/the-european-commissions-locked-in-syndrome/">
  56. blog article on the issue</a>, this move will drive the Comission into even greater
  57. dependence on Microsoft.</p>
  58. <h2>And now for something completely different</h2>
  59. <ul>
  60. <li>Do you want your (future) children to work with Free Software in
  61. school? Read the new <a
  62. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=321">Fellowship
  63. Interview with Guido Arnold</a>. Guido is coordinating the FSFE's education
  64. team. He gives insights into the team's latest efforts at increasing
  65. the use of Free Software in education.</li>
  66. <li>One IP address for everything: FSFE <a
  67. href="/news/2011/news-20110608-01.html">celebrated World IPv6
  68. Day</a>. Almost all of our servers are now reachable via IPv6.</li>
  69. <li>Have you ever seen three FSF presidents in one place? The
  70. famous picture <a
  71. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/06/30/free-software-summit-improvised/">captures Richard Stallman (FSF US), Nagarjuna G (FSF India) and Karsten Gerloff
  72. (FSFE)</a> together.</li>
  73. <li>From the <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  74. <ul>
  75. <li>Do you need <a
  76. href="http://matija.suklje.name/?q=node/249">Free Software law
  77. related links</a>? Matija Šuklje and Natalia
  78. Evdokimova published a June 2011 edition of their Free Software law resource list. </li>
  79. <li>How do you organise a cool Free Software event, like <a
  80. href="http://fscons.org">FSCONS</a>, using only command line tools? Read
  81. the <a href="http://blog.padowi.se/">blog articles from Patrik
  82. Willard</a>, FSFE's new Deputy coordinator of Sweden.
  83. </li>
  84. <li>Football is still a topic on our blog aggregation: <a
  85. href="http://www.stud.uni-potsdam.de/~leena/2011/06/fusball-und-mannerfusball-gleichermasen-ernst-nehmen/">
  86. Lena Simon writes about football and football for men</a> and <a
  87. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2011/06/euro-2012-in-free-software-qualification-results-june-7-2011/">Guido
  88. writes about the EURO 2012 in Free Software</a>, an
  89. alternative for those not interested in traditional
  90. football.</li>
  91. <li>Greek Fellow Kostas Boukouvalas <a
  92. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/boukouvalas/?p=360">writes about
  93. Thessaloniki’s GNU/Linux Lab</a></li>
  94. <li>Michael Stehmann <a
  95. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=260">reports about the
  96. Düsseldorf Fellowship meeting</a>, including the Open Music Contest</li>
  97. </ul>
  98. </ul>
  99. <h2>Get active: Become an FSFE booth volunteer in Strasbourg</h2>
  100. <p>The FSFE will participate in the RMLL, one of France's biggest Free Software events, from July 9 to 14. In addition to having an information booth, the FSFE will also deliver presentations on Free Software: Karsten will talk about Centralised Internet Services and
  101. Problems of Power (13.07., 15:20), France Coordinator <a
  102. href="/about/people/roy/roy.html">Hugo Roy</a> will talk about the battle fought by
  103. Free Software for HTML5 online videos, and several other speakers have been invited to talk on topics concerning decentralisation of the Internet.</p>
  104. <p>Like every booth and event we participate with, please contact today to volunteer if you are able. Help us to inform our audiences about Free Software!</p>
  105. <p>Best regards and see you next time,<br/>
  106. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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