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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - December 2011</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - December 2011</h1>
  8. <h2>Your own web search - version 1.0</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Who controls what you find on the internet? Search engines are a vital
  10. connection between you and information. In the eyes of the FSFE, it is important that users can
  11. be independent. That is why we spread awareness about the 1.0 release of YaCy,
  12. a peer-to-peer search engine. Read about YaCy at
  13. our <a href="/news/2011/news-20111128-01.html">press release</a>, <a
  14. href="">Karsten
  15. Gerloff's blog entry</a> or choose one of the <a
  16. href="">many
  17. news sites who wrote about it</a>, including Wall Street Journal, BBC News,
  18. The Telegraph or TAZ.</p>
  19. <h2>Dutch government hands over education's keys to Microsoft</h2>
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  22. <p>The Dutch government wants to tie the country's schools to a single software
  23. vendor for years to come. Dutch students using Free Software or devices without
  24. support for Silverlight will find themselves locked out of schools' online systems
  25. due to the use of proprietary technology and closed standards. Marja
  26. Bijsterveldt, the secretary of education, recently said that she is unwilling
  27. to enforce the Dutch government's own Open Standards policy on educational
  28. institutions. Instead, the government will accept long-term vendor lock-in of
  29. educational institutions.</p>
  30. <p>With <a href="/campaigns/nledu/nledu.html">our campaign</a>, FSFE's
  31. volunteers in the Netherlands <!-- starting from here it is the first paragraph
  32. of --> want to enable all
  33. citizens to have free access to education and all other publicly-funded
  34. institutions, both online and offline, by pushing for a mandatory use of Open
  35. Standards and a guaranteed platform-independent access to all online
  36. environments. This would allow students and their parents to use Free Software, and in
  37. that way enable them to tap into their potential for growth and personal
  38. development.</p>
  39. <h2>Only the firealarm could end it</h2>
  40. <p>It's been a good weekend for Free Software advocacy: by the
  41. <a href="">end of FSCONS</a>, the FSFE led a dedicated <a
  42. href="">Free Software in Politics track</a>,
  43. Richard Stallman gave a keynote, there were many other Free Software talks
  44. (e.g. read <a href="">our
  45. webmaster's blog entry</a>), the FSFE staffed a booth both at FSCONS and at <a
  46. href="">the Open Rhein
  47. Ruhr (Germany)</a>, Erik Josefsson received the <a
  48. href="/news/2011/news-20111114-01.html">Nordic Free Software Award</a>, and
  49. we had a <a href="">FSFE workshop</a> one day
  50. before the conference. In the end it
  51. was only possible to terminate FSCONS's social event with a fire alarm. (Your
  52. editor still thinks this fire alarm is part of a bigger conspiracy.)</p>
  53. <p>At the workshop before FSCONS, Sam Tuke organised the <a
  54. href="">second PDFreaders sprint</a> after <a
  55. href="">the one in the UK</a>. The 11
  56. participants checked several websites from <a
  57. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html">our buglist</a>, and translated <a
  58. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/letter.html">the form letter</a> and <a
  59. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html">the petition</a> into Swedish.
  60. Special thanks to Daniel Melin, Henri Nordstrom, and Josef Andersson for
  61. this!</p>
  62. <p>Our current success rate: 511 out of 2081 (24%) reported public websites
  63. have removed the non-free software advertisement. 1938 individuals, 58
  64. organisations and 56 businesses have signed <a
  65. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html">the petition</a>.</p>
  66. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  67. <ul>
  68. <li>The Regional Court of Berlin <a
  69. href="/news/2011/news-20111110-01.html">rejected AVM's claims opposing
  70. third party modifications of GNU GPL software</a>. <a
  71. href=""></a> and the FSFE welcome
  72. this decision. When we receive the reasoning of the court, we will inform you
  73. about it in <a href="/news/news.html">our news section</a>. </li>
  74. <li>Together with six other civil society organisations, <a
  75. href="/news/2011/news-20111122-01.html">the FSFE has urged the Parliament</a>
  76. to make the ACTA committee session public, so that European citizens can form
  77. their own opinions on ACTA.</li>
  78. <li>Mirko Boehm has been involved with KDE since 1997 and was a board member
  79. of KDE e.V. from 1999 to 2006. This month Chris Woolfrey <a
  80. href="">talked with him
  81. for the Fellowship interview</a>.</li>
  82. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  83. <ul>
  84. <li>The legal news update from <a
  85. href="">November
  86. 1–6</a>, and <a
  87. href="">November
  88. 7–13</a> is presented by Hugo Roy and Martin Husovec.</li>
  89. <li>How many principles exist for good practice in the undergraduate
  90. education? <a
  91. href="">Guido
  92. Arnold says there are seven</a>, just like in good fairy tales! Do you agree? Discuss it
  93. with <a href="/activities/education/education.html">our education
  94. team</a>.</li>
  95. <li>Karsten informs us about <a
  96. href="">the
  97. current Free Software policy issues</a>, which he presented at Linuxcon
  98. Europe.</li>
  99. <li>Are you interested in a 100% Free Software phone? And what phone do you
  100. use at the moment? Timo Jyrinki has an <a
  101. href="">
  102. interesting comment about free phones</a>.</li>
  103. <li>Erik Josefsson talked about Free
  104. Software tools for the European Parliament at FSCONS, now Karsten wrote about it <a
  105. href="">in
  106. his blog</a>.</li>
  107. <li>You want to make your own panorama pictures during winter? <a
  108. href="">Michael Kesper describes</a>
  109. how to do that. While visiting Michael's blog, you can also read <a
  110. href="">how to install Debian the
  111. easy way</a>.</li>
  112. <li> <a href=""> Kostas Boukouvalas
  113. writes</a> about the development in his Greek Free Software group from
  114. 2007–2011.</li>
  115. <li>Fellowship representative <a
  116. href="">Hugo
  117. Roy explains</a> how to add Duck Duck Go as a search engine in Gnome
  118. Shell.</li>
  119. <li>And <a
  120. href="">
  121. Nikos Roussos argues</a>: Free Software web applications are not not just
  122. the future, but they are also cool.</li>
  123. </ul>
  124. </ul>
  125. <h2>Get active: Ensure it is Secure Boot, not Restricted Boot!</h2>
  126. <p>Microsoft has announced that if computer makers distribute machines with the
  127. Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called
  128. "Secure Boot." This measure is meant to increase security on your computer,
  129. but we are very concerned that hardware manufacturers will implement these boot
  130. restrictions in a way that will prevent you from booting any other operating
  131. system than Microsoft Windows. That is why we ask you for help:</p>
  132. <ul>
  133. <li>Participate in the translation of <a
  134. href="">this
  135. statement</a>. (<a
  136. href="">Heiki Ojasild
  137. gave some good reasons</a> why to join our <a
  138. href="/contribute/translators/">translators team</a>, but you can also just
  139. send the translation to <a
  140. href=""></a>.)</li>
  141. <li>Sign <a
  142. href="">the
  143. statement</a> yourself, and ask your family, friends, colleagues to do the
  144. same.</li>
  145. </ul>
  146. <p>Currently 20,562 people have signed the statement, making it clear they want to have
  147. the choice. We need more signatures to send a clear signal to hardware vendors that
  148. they have to enable us to install Free Software on our
  149. computers.</p>
  150. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  151. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  152. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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