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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - September 2011</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - September 2011</h1>
  9. <h2>New Intern surrounded by 800 geeks?</h2>
  10. <p>The first day in a new organisation always is quite intensive, many new
  11. people, procedures, so much information. Our new intern <a
  12. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/eszter/">Eszter Bako</a> it was even more
  13. intense. She spent her first day with FSFE at the Desktop Summit, surrounded by nearly 800
  14. people talking about strange things such as KDE, Gnome, Qt, GTK, Plasma, Git, QML,
  15. D-Bus, or about <a
  16. href="https://www.desktopsummit.org/program/sessions/complexity-everyday-technology">how
  17. to build a toaster</a>. For beginners the Free Software community can give a
  18. strange impression.</p>
  19. <p>Good thing that she wasn't on her own. Our experienced intern Natalia Evdokimova, who
  20. organised our booth at the event, safely guided her through the day. Beside that
  21. there were many other FSFE activists: Our president Karsten gave a talk about
  22. <a
  23. href="https://www.desktopsummit.org/program/sessions/free-desktops-europes-public-sector">
  24. "Free desktops for Europe's public sector"</a> and founding member Bernhard
  25. talked about <a
  26. href="https://www.desktopsummit.org/program/sessions/daily-melee-paid-people-within-free-software-initiatives-how-they-tick-how-keep-the">"Daily
  27. Melee: paid people within Free Software initiatives - How they tick, how to
  28. keep them and the art of behaving if you are one"</a>. Like you can see on
  29. our <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">blog aggregation</a> there were a lot of
  30. other Fellows present, including our former president Georg Greve.</p>
  31. <p>Beside Eszter joining and Natalia leaving as intern, there are more changes
  32. within our team: <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/nicoulas">Nicolas Jean's</a>
  33. internship has now ended. He was one of the most active people in the web team, and
  34. we are happy that he will remain in our volunteers team as FSFE's webmaster. <a
  35. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/diegojavier/">Diego Naranjo Barroso</a> and <a
  36. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/alessandro.polvani/">Alessandro Polvani</a>
  37. started their internships. Diego already contacted the <a
  38. href="/activities/pdfreaders/buglist.html#ES">Spanish Institutions</a> for our
  39. PDFreaders campaign, and Alessandro will do the follow-up in Italy. </p>
  40. <h2>Digits to remember: 22-10-11 and 11-11-11</h2>
  41. <p>The Nordic Free Software Award is given to people, projects or organisations
  42. in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent contribution to the
  43. advancement of Free Software. <a
  44. href="https://sandklef.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/nomination-period-open-for-nordic-free-software-award-2/">Henrik
  45. Sandklef, our vice-president, asks you</a> to submit nominations by email
  46. until October 22nd.</p>
  47. <p>The award will be announced during the <a
  48. href="http://fscons.org/">Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit
  49. (FSCONS)</a> in Gothenburg, Sweden which will take place from Friday November
  50. 11th through Sunday November 13th. The conference is organised by FSFE's
  51. Swedish team, and your editor is responsible for FSFE's <a
  52. href="http://fscons.org/schedule/">"Free Software in Politics" track</a>
  53. there. We are looking forward to see you there. (Fellows will get a discount of
  54. 10 EUR on the standard rate).</p>
  55. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  56. <ul>
  57. <li>The importance of promoting Free Software, spreading Free Software
  58. in schools, and what role the computer sciences can play in relating the
  59. messages of Free Software to other institutions and disciplines: Read the latest <a
  60. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=378">Fellowship
  61. interview</a>, in which our fellow Richard Shipman shares his thoughts on
  62. these topics.</li>
  63. <li>On Saturday 13th August Free Software
  64. activists came to FSFE’s PDF Readers Sprint in Manchester and found 59
  65. previously unreported adverts for proprietary PDF readers, all of them on UK
  66. Council websites. Check out the report about the event done by <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=191">Sam Tuke</a> and <a
  67. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/chriswoolfrey/2011/08/15/pdf-readers-campaign-hits-the-uk-fsfe-attends-oggcamp11/">Chris
  68. Woolfrey</a> from our UK team. </li>
  69. <li>Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is critically important to a variety
  70. of industries and professions. It is also notorious for being poorly catered
  71. for by Free Software applications. <a
  72. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=169">Sam wrote a brief summary of
  73. the current situation.</a></li>
  74. <li>Support Ogg Vorbis by helping our sister FSF to reach 5.000 signatures
  75. for <a href="http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/tal-ogg-petition">their
  76. petition</a>, asking for This American Life in Ogg Vorbis. Also concerning
  77. Ogg, FSFE's UK team had a booth at the <a
  78. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=194">OggCamp2011</a>.</li>
  79. <li>R-DIY Feminism Festival: FSFE will be represented at the <a
  80. href="http://diyfeminism.com/events-andworkshops/"> DIY Feminism
  81. Festival</a> in Manchester on September 3 and 4, holding events, including talks on Free Software
  82. philosophy, Free Software and women, and an Open Street Map workshop.</li>
  83. <li>Summer time was blogging time, so here some articles from the <a
  84. href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>:
  85. <ul>
  86. <li>With our new intern Diego J. Naranjo Barroso's help Matija prepared the
  87. Free Software and law related links covering links about the the patents
  88. war, Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, and other stories in <a
  89. href="http://matija.suklje.name/?q=node/254">1.8.-14.8.</a> and <a
  90. href="http://matija.suklje.name/?q=node/255">15.8.-21.8.</a>.</li>
  91. <li>Timo Jyrinki writes about <a
  92. href="http://losca.blogspot.com/2011/08/meego-ce-and-freesmartphoneorg.html">Free
  93. Software on mobile phones</a> and the <a
  94. href="http://losca.blogspot.com/2011/04/meego-summit-fi-starts-tomorrow.html">MeeGo Summit
  95. Finland</a> including <a
  96. href="http://losca.blogspot.com/2011/04/meego-summit-fi-days-1-2.html">lots
  97. of pictures from the event</a>.</li>
  98. <li>Freedom Box: <a
  99. href="http://www.gag.com/bdale/blog/posts/FreedomBox_in_Banja_Luka.html">Read
  100. about the progress and technical details of the Freedom Box</a>, in Bdale
  101. Garbee's report from DebConf11 in Banja Luka. If you are in the UK at the time, you can
  102. attend <a href="/news/news.html">Sam's talk on Freedom Boxes</a> in
  103. Manchester on 20 September 2011 at 19:00.</li>
  104. <li>Interested in processing images from the command line? Swedish Team
  105. member <a href="http://blog.padowi.se/2011/08/28/2011w34/">Patrik Willard
  106. writes about how to do that</a> for the FSCONS preperations.</li>
  107. <li>Chris Woolfrey, who is doing the <a
  108. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/">Fellowship
  109. interviews</a> started blogging. His latest article is about the
  110. question, if <a
  111. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/chriswoolfrey/2011/08/18/should-all-the-data-on-your-work-computer-count-as-company-data/">all
  112. the data on your work computer count as company data"</a>.</li>
  113. </ul></li>
  114. </ul>
  115. <h2>Get Active: Software Freedom Day</h2>
  116. <p>September 17th is <a href="http://softwarefreedomday.org/">Software Freedom
  117. Day</a> (SFD), a worldwide celebration of Free Software. Its goal is
  118. educational, teaching people why Free Software is the best choice when it comes
  119. to using Software. Organised and coordinated by the Software Freedom
  120. International, SFD invites everyone to participate and take action on a local
  121. level. Our <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/CategoryFellowshipGroup">Fellowship
  122. group</a> in Vienna for example invits you to a Software Freedom Party. The
  123. evening will be opened by a talk about legal aspects in Free Software, held by
  124. FSFE's new legal coordinator Matija Šuklje. The groups in <a
  125. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/groups/Bonn">Bonn</a>, <a
  126. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/groups/Hamburg">Hamburg</a>, and <a
  127. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/groups/Manchester">Manchester</a> also have
  128. plans.</p>
  129. <p>Contact existing groups to participate in events, or organise your own SFD
  130. activity!</p>
  131. <p>Regards,<br/>
  132. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a>
  133. </p>
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