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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - January 2012</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - January 2012</h1>
  9. <h2>Preventing 6000 mines against Free Software?</h2>
  10. <p>Competition authorities are investigating the sale of 6000 patents from
  11. Nortel, a bankrupt telecommunications equipment manufacturer, to a consortium
  12. of Apple, Microsoft and four other companies.</p>
  13. <p>FSFE considers it a serious risk to competition in the mobile technology
  14. space, and Free Software as a whole, if those companies acquire these patents.
  15. Soon after the sale, we approached EU and US competition authorities, and in
  16. September submitted a <a href="/activities/swpat/nortel.html">summary of our concerns</a>.</p>
  17. <h2>80 billion EUR for R&amp;D: What will we get?</h2>
  18. <p>The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals for its next
  19. framework program, called Horizon 2020. This program will provide 80 billion
  20. EUR for research and development projects from 2014 to 2020. Prior to
  21. finalisation of the proposal, <a href="/news/2011/news-20111128-02.html">FSFE had
  22. provided input</a> to the Commission in order to make the program accessible
  23. for Free Software research and projects. FSFE will continue to engage with the
  24. European institutions in order to support the development of Horizon 2020 in
  25. the interest of Europe's citizens.</p>
  26. <h2>Free Software makes German Parliament more secure</h2>
  27. <p>On the request of some members of parliament, the <a
  28. href="">
  29. German Bundestag's IT-department now supports GnuPG</a>, so members of
  30. the parliament have the option to set this up and receive encrypted and signed e-mails. The
  31. president of the German City Council and Munich's main mayor <!-- DE: Präsident
  32. des deutschen Städtetags und Münchens Oberbürgermeister --> Ude <a
  33. href="">wrote to the EU-Commissioner Neelie
  34. Kroes</a> that she should support Open Standards and Free Software.</p>
  35. <p>Those are nice examples where politicians understand the advantages of Free
  36. Software and also act upon this knowledge. We want more politicians with this
  37. knowledge. One concrete activity is our <a
  38. href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates.html">"ask your
  39. candidates campaign"</a>, where we <a
  40. href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/example-questions.xhtml">send out
  41. questions</a> to the political parties before elections, and then evaluate the
  42. answers. This year we did so for elections in Vienna/Austria, Switzerland, and
  43. 5 federal state elections in Germany.</p>
  44. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  45. <ul>
  46. <li>In the dispute between the companies AVM and Cybits the written reasoning
  47. of the decision of the Regional Court of Berlin <a
  48. href="/news/2011/news-20111201-02.html">is now available</a>. The court
  49. confirmed FSFE's view that users of GNU GPLed software are allowed to modify
  50. and install it even if it is shipped as a part of an embedded device's
  51. firmware.</li>
  52. <li>City officials in Helsinki, Finland, <a
  53. href="/news/2011/news-20111213-01.html">are overwhelmingly satisfied
  54. after trying out the Free Software office suite</a> on their
  55. laptops. 75% of 600 officials have been using exclusively since
  56. February, as part of a pilot project where the city installed the program on
  57. 22,500 workstations.</li>
  58. <li><a href="">In this
  59. month Fellowship interview</a> Chris talked with Paul Boddie, who has been
  60. working with Python since 1995, and from 2006 to 2010 was involved in
  61. organising the annual EuroPython conference, administering various
  62. conference-related tools and developing the conference website.</li>
  63. <li>An important decision of the Court of Justice of EU, AG's opinion in
  64. awaited European interoperability ruling, two software patent cases and much
  65. more is to be found in our <a href="/news/2011/news-20111220-01.html">legal
  66. news</a>.</li>
  67. <li>We are preparing for Document Freedom Day 2012. The <a
  68. href="">website was updated</a>, on <a
  69. href="">the
  70. mailing list we are discussing new ideas</a>, and you are welcome to
  71. join.</li>
  72. <li>From the <a href="">Fellowship planet
  73. aggregation</a>:
  74. <ul>
  75. <li>So what might Digital Sustainability be? Read Georg Greve's <a
  76. href=""> explanation about it</a>.</li>
  77. <li>Want to see a quadrocopter and other pictures from the Chaos
  78. Communication Camp? Take a look at <a
  79. href="">Florian's
  80. blog article</a>.</li>
  81. <li>What do nerds drink? Michael Stehmann answers this question in his <a
  82. href="">article about the
  83. "Chaosvillage" in Düsseldorf</a>.</li>
  84. <li>Patrik from our Swedish team writes about <a
  85. href="">awk
  86. filtering and counting</a>.</li>
  87. <li>Our translator Heiki Ojasild thinks about the question <a
  88. href="">what
  89. to translate and what not to translate?</a></li>
  90. </ul></li>
  91. </ul>
  92. <h2>Get active: Support us by becoming a Fellow of FSFE!</h2>
  93. <p>Not everybody understands Free Software, and not everybody likes that
  94. FSFE works hard on <a href="/donate/letter-2011.html">promoting Free
  95. Software</a> to enlarge the freedom in our society. If you understand that Free
  96. Software is important in order to cope with the upcoming challenges for free society,
  97. please support us financially by <strong><a
  98. href="">becoming a Fellow of
  99. FSFE</a></strong>.</p>
  100. <p>Since December it is possible to donate your contribution
  101. <strong>yearly</strong> or <strong>monthly</strong> by <strong>credit
  102. card</strong>, <strong>direct debit</strong>, and other means. Every small
  103. donation helps us to continue to be an independent and critical voice for Free
  104. Software advocacy for another year.</p>
  105. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  106. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  107. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
  108. <p>-- <br />
  109. <a href="/index.html">Free Software Foundation Europe</a><br />
  110. <a href="/news/news.rss">FSFE News</a><br />
  111. <a href="/events/events.rss">Upcoming FSFE Events</a><br />
  112. <a href="">Fellowship Blog Aggregation</a><br />
  113. <a href="/contact/community.html">Free Software Discussions</a> </p>
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