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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - February 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - February 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>Reclaim your smartphone!</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Smartphones are small computers that we carry around all the time. Unfortunately, most
  10. smartphones are not controlled by us, the users, but by the manufacturers and the
  11. operators. Even Android phones are being shipped with non-free software and proprietary
  12. add-ons that usually do not work in the full interest of us. Software updates
  13. will only keep to be available if the manufacturer still has a commercial
  14. interest in your device. The applications available from the official market
  15. are most of the time non-free. Nobody is allowed to study how they work and
  16. what they really do on your phone. Sometimes they do not work exactly as you
  17. want, but sometimes they might even contain malicious features.</p>
  18. <p>Running only Free Software on your device puts <strong>you</strong> in full
  19. control. Even though you might not be able to directly exercise all of your
  20. freedoms, you will benefit from a vibrant community that can do it together.</p>
  21. <p>FSFE <a href="">is collecting information</a> about running an Android system as free as possible. We try
  22. to coordinate the different efforts, but we need your help with it. Join our
  23. mailing list, update the wiki and thereby enable more people to use Free
  24. Software on their everyday computers.</p>
  25. <h2>Lesson 1: Learn how to programme!</h2>
  26. <p>Our <a href="/activities/education/education.html">education team</a> has done
  27. <a href="">solid work
  28. in 2011</a>, including our <a href="/campaigns/nledu/nledu.html">NL edu
  29. campaign</a>. Free Software permits children to learn how software works and
  30. thus to understand the concepts underlying a whole category or type of
  31. software. They are then prepared to adapt to any environment, which is a key skill
  32. nowadays. In addition, we believe that the possibility to tinker does motivate children easily to learn
  33. autonomously. Finally, Free Software allows them to understand computers in a more depth.</p>
  34. <p>Sam Tuke was <a href="">asked by the BBC
  35. to comment</a> about suggestions that the British Government may add basic
  36. programming skills to the national curriculum, and whether this would have a
  37. political impact on society in terms of how we interact with technology. The
  38. education team will have a brief meeting at the upcoming FOSDEM, at the 4th
  39. and 5th of February. You are welcome to join.</p>
  40. <h2>Already plans for 28th of March?</h2>
  41. <p>Open Standards make it easier for individuals, companies and the public
  42. administration to switch to Free Software. The goal of the <a
  43. href="">Document Freedom Day</a> is to raise
  44. awareness for Open Standards so people have more freedom. This year your
  45. editor is in charge of DFD and he will bluntly promote it in this and upcoming
  46. newsletters. At the moment, please save the date 28th of March, <a
  47. href="/news/2012/news-20120110-02.html">send our
  48. country teams nominations for the Document Freedom Award</a>, help us to
  49. gather information for our <a href="">Standards
  50. Quartet</a>, find <a href="/news/2012/news-20120130-01.html">street artists
  51. to promote the idea of Open Standards</a>, and <a
  52. href="">contact the DFD team</a> if
  53. you want to <a
  54. href="">become a
  55. supporting organisation</a>.</p>
  56. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  57. <ul>
  58. <li>Time to vote: The <a href="/news/2012/news-20120131-01.html">2012
  59. Fellowship election</a> is running until the end of February. As Fellow you
  60. can decide between <a
  61. href="">Albert Dengg, Gert
  62. Seidl, and Nikos Roussos</a>. On 22nd February we plan to have a chat
  63. meeting with the candidates.</li>
  64. <li>Slovak Copyright Act: <a href="/contribute/internship.html">FSFE
  65. intern</a> Martin Husovec <a
  66. href="/news/2012/news-20120110-01.html">sent letters to four
  67. members of Slovak Parliament</a> that proposed a highly awaited amendment,
  68. but later faced its dismissal due to preliminary elections.</li>
  69. <li>Heiki Ojasild joined the Free Software Foundation Europe in 2011,
  70. undertaking the task of translating into Estonian. He is currently
  71. developing an XChat add-on, a website for free SVG and JavaScript games, and
  72. asked <a
  73. href="">Estonian
  74. politicians questions about Free Software</a>. Read more in <a
  75. href="">this month's
  76. Fellowship interview</a> about copyright, Digital Restrictions Management,
  77. kopimism, and activism.</li>
  78. <li>Richard Stallman's new article <a
  79. href="">"Measures
  80. Governments Can Use to Promote Free Software"</a> is out.</li>
  81. <li>Two new editions of the <a href="/news/2012/news-20120126-01.html">legal
  82. news</a> cover the US Supreme Court decision on copyright
  83. extension, patent inflation, the <a
  84. href="">release of the
  85. Mozilla Public License version 2.0</a>
  86. which is GNU GPL-compatible, and more.</li>
  87. <li>During the January 18th protest against SOPA, we blacked out our
  88. website joining other organisations to protect the Internet.</li>
  89. <li>Here a selection from the <a href="">Fellowship
  90. planet aggregation</a>:
  91. <ul>
  92. <li>The new FSFE Fellowship blog theme — a name, a first version. <a href="
  94. Pome 1.0</a>.</li>
  95. <li>Interested why Thomas Koch suggests you should <a
  96. href="">stop
  97. coding for money</a>?</li>
  98. <li>You should demand Free Software in a business context because it <a
  99. href="">makes
  100. sense and saves a lot of money</a>, says Jelle Hermsen.</li>
  101. <li><a href="">Fellow No1
  102. tells us</a> how much 57 persons in Randa can eat while hacking on Free
  103. Software</li>
  104. <li>What is the "web trap"? <a
  105. href="">Heiki
  106. Ojasild argued</a> to treat HTML, SVG and CSS as tools that should be as
  107. accessible to everyone as software in general should be.</li>
  108. <li>And a nice hardware hack: <a
  109. href="">Computer
  110. startup aid using a LEGO train</a>.</li>
  111. </ul></li>
  112. </ul>
  113. <h2>Get active: More love reports instead of bug reports!</h2>
  114. <p>Let us admit it, the Free Software community is often very critical. We
  115. write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for
  116. new features, and to not spare with criticism. Sometimes we forget to say
  117. "thank you, for all your work". As in the last years, we want to change this,
  118. at least for one day. So on Tuesday the 14th of February we will celebrate the
  119. <a
  120. href="">"I love Free Software" - Day</a>.</p>
  121. <p>Get active, buy your favourite developer a drink or give them a hug (ask for
  122. permission first), write an <a
  123. href="">e-mail/letter
  124. expressing your feelings</a>, create nice pictures, donate to a Free Software
  125. initiative, use another <a
  126. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/2012/ilovefs.html">of our suggestions</a> or be
  127. create yourself to show how you appreciate people, working hard to enlarge or
  128. defend our freedom. Beside that help us to promote the activity with <a
  129. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/2012/banners.html">our banners</a>, by e-mail,
  130. (micro)blog or in your (distributed?) social networks.</p>
  131. <p>New this year is a <a
  132. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/2012/unperfekthaus.html">whole day
  133. event in the Unperfekthaus in Essen (Germany)</a> and that all our Fellows
  134. automatically get an e-mail alias.</p>
  135. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  136. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  137. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
  138. <p>-- <br />
  139. <a href="/index.html">Free Software Foundation Europe</a><br />
  140. <a href="/news/news.rss">FSFE News</a><br />
  141. <a href="/events/events.rss">Upcoming FSFE Events</a><br />
  142. <a href="">Fellowship Blog Aggregation</a><br />
  143. <a href="/contact/community.html">Free Software Discussions</a> </p>
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  146. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  147. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
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