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<title>FSFE Newsletter - March 2012</title>
<h1>FSFE Newsletter - March 2012</h1>
<h2>Subway information screen: Good or bad?</h2>
<p>"7500 dead people in the last year, daily up to 100." That is what your
editor read on the subway news screen in Berlin. While discussing with <a
href="">DFD volunteer Julia
Fuchs</a> what is wrong -- your editors reading skills, his basic
mathematical skills, or the news agency -- something else popped up: our <a
href="/activities/android/android.html"> campaign</a>!
Unfortunately your editor was too slow to make a picture of that. But as the
German news agency DPA covered the <a
href="/news/2012/news-20120228-01.html">official campaign start</a>, we had a
very good press coverage, so a lot of people read about how you can use Free
Software on mobile phones. The campaign manager Torsten Grote is currently
gathering all the press coverage, please send news and blog stories about
#FreeYourAndroid to <a
<h2>The Why in Free SoftWare!</h2>
<p>On February 14th many people in the Free Software community celebrated the
<a href="/activities/ilovefs/">"I love Free Software day"</a>. You
can read the <a href="/news/2012/news-20120223-01.html">full report with nice
pictures</a>. In case you sometimes feel frustrated or demotivated in future,
you can read <a href="/activities/ilovefs/index.html"> why others love
Free Software</a>. Here is one love declaration by Dr. Stefano Zacchiroli,
Debian Project Leader, Scientist and Free Software Developer:</p>
<blockquote><p>"I love Free Software because we depend more and more upon
software, in every moment of our lives. It is software that handles our email
and social network activities when we communicate; it is software that
controls our ovens and fridges when to prepare our meals; it is software that
drives cars and airplanes when we travel around the world; it is software
that keeps many of us alive when we need hospital equipment or bio-medical
devices like pacemakers. A world without Free Software means being held
hostage by proprietary software authors that run our lives. I love Free
Software because it can set us free."</p></blockquote>
<h2>More motivation: FOSDEM!</h2>
<p>If you still need more motivation for writing, documenting, or promoting Free
Software, you probably have not been at FOSDEM. This event is always a challenge
for FSFE's team but also one of the events which <a
href="">increases our motivation</a>.
Long talks with other Free Software activists from all over the world,
answering questions about <a href="/activities/activities.html">our current work</a>
and <a href="/activities/activities.html">our campaigns</a>, making sure all
people who want <a href="/order/order.html">a FSFE T-shirt</a> get
one, coordinating work with <a
href="">Fellowship groups</a> all
over Europe, and having some time to socialise (=drinking Belgium beer). Beside
that in the Legal and Policy Issue DevRoom <a
Hugo Roy participated in a panel discussion about application stores</a>, and
our sister organisation's Executive Director John Sullivan gave a talk entitled
"Is Copyleft Being Framed?", which is also discussed in the <a
href="">current FaiF OggCast</a>.</p>
<h2>Comics and Free Software</h2>
<p>When you see computers attached to human brains, makerbots scanning your
body, creating perfectly fitting clothes for you (unless they are on drugs),
you realise that Free Software will be even more important in future. At the
moment this stuff happens e.g. in <a
one of your editor's favourite comics. Lots of comic-related things have happened during the last weeks:
Fellow Thomas Leske started translating the web
comic Mimi and Eunice into German, read e.g. <a
href="">"A World
Without Poop"</a> (<a
the German version</a>) connected with the article <a
href="">"Did You Say “Intellectual
Property”? It's a Seductive Mirage" by Richard Stallman</a>; there was a good
<a href="">"Faceboogle Comic" on distributed
systems</a>; our sister FSF is starting a <a
contest about Restricted Boot</a>; and at the time of writing this our
intern Erik ordered <a
"Join the Fellowship" comic version leaflets</a>.</p>
<h2>Something completely different</h2>
<li>Last minute inclusion: Congratulations to <a
href="">Nikos Roussos</a> who
is the winner of the Fellowship election 2012. The election results are
available on <a
voting platform</a>, more information on this will
f<strong>e</strong>llow soon.</li>
<li>"When elephants dance, the smaller wildlife gets crushed." Read our press
release <a href="/news/2012/news-20120214-01.html">"Google/Motorola deals
create balance of terror on software patents"</a> to find out why our
president talks about animals.</li>
<li>We asked you <a href="/news/2012/news-20120210-01.html">to join the
ACTA protests</a>, like your editor several <a
href="">Fellows joined the
protests</a>, and it was also a topic on <a
href="">FSFE's planet aggregation</a>, like Karsten's
First, do no harm"</a> blog entry.</li>
<li>Our Fellows continuously update the <a
href="">Windows Tax Refund wiki
page</a>. Now it also covers the new <a
by a French court</a>, according to which Lenovo has to pay €1920 for
forcing French
laptop buyer to pay for Windows operating system.</li>
<li>As an organisation which <a href="">depends on
donations</a> FSFE felt <a href="/news/2012/news-20120204-01.html">honored
and happy to receive the Mozilla grant</a>. Thanks a lot to Mozilla for
this support.</li>
<li>FSF announced they will work on <a
href="">"JavaScript License
Web Labels"</a>, so it will be easier for you in future to only allow Free
Software JavaScript code running in your browser.</li>
<li>A selection from the <a href="">Fellowship
planet aggregation</a>:
<li>Can you imagine: being prevented from copy-pasting something from a
webpage! <a
Unethical HTML5 content-restriction proposal (aka DRM)</a>.</li>
<li>Heiki is <a
asking you to give him quotes</a> so our <a
href="/contribute/web/web.html">web team</a> can use them to pimp our
<li>Find out what Mark Lindhout, the author of new <a
blog theme pome,</a> suggests to do with politicians <a
refuse to gain a basic understanding of the mechanisms they try to
<li>Matija Šuklje wrote about <a
href="">"We, the Web kids &amp;
faith restored in our youth"</a>.</li>
<li>And we have Hugo Roy's article <a
Software v. “Open Source” community?"</a>, which -- like all the other
topics -- you can discuss on our <a href="/contact/community.html">public
mailing lists</a>.</li>
<h2>Get Active: Be like the European Commission!</h2>
<p>While <a
Standards are threatened in the UK</a>, we are <a
href="">working hard</a> to counter such
relapses. The latest success is that the European Commission confirmed to take
part in <a
DFD event in Brussels</a>.</p>
<p>In this regard we ask you to be like the EC: join <a
href="">DFD 2012
activities</a>. In the next days we will have the official call for
activities, but you can already <a
href="">write the campaign team an
e-mail</a> to get your activity on the website. If you still need
inspirations for your own event take a look at <a
<p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
<a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
<a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
<p>-- <br />
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