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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - March 2012</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body>
  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - March 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>Subway information screen: Good or bad?</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">"7500 dead people in the last year, daily up to 100." That is what your
  10. editor read on the subway news screen in Berlin. While discussing with <a
  11. href="http://documentfreedom.org/contact.en.html">DFD volunteer Julia
  12. Fuchs</a> what is wrong -- your editors reading skills, his basic
  13. mathematical skills, or the news agency -- something else popped up: our <a
  14. href="/campaigns/android/android.html">FreeYourAndroid.org campaign</a>!
  15. Unfortunately your editor was too slow to make a picture of that. But as the
  16. German news agency DPA covered the <a
  17. href="/news/2012/news-20120228-01.html">official campaign start</a>, we had a
  18. very good press coverage, so a lot of people read about how you can use Free
  19. Software on mobile phones. The campaign manager Torsten Grote is currently
  20. gathering all the press coverage, please send news and blog stories about
  21. #FreeYourAndroid to <a
  22. href="mailto:press@fsfe.org">press@fsfe.org</a>.</p>
  23. <h2>The Why in Free SoftWare!</h2>
  24. <p>On February 14th many people in the Free Software community celebrated the
  25. <a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/ilovefs.html">"I love Free Software day"</a>. You
  26. can read the <a href="/news/2012/news-20120223-01.html">full report with nice
  27. pictures</a>. In case you sometimes feel frustrated or demotivated in future,
  28. you can read <a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/2012/whylovefs.html"> why others love
  29. Free Software</a>. Here is one love declaration by Dr. Stefano Zacchiroli,
  30. Debian Project Leader, Scientist and Free Software Developer:</p>
  31. <blockquote><p>"I love Free Software because we depend more and more upon
  32. software, in every moment of our lives. It is software that handles our email
  33. and social network activities when we communicate; it is software that
  34. controls our ovens and fridges when to prepare our meals; it is software that
  35. drives cars and airplanes when we travel around the world; it is software
  36. that keeps many of us alive when we need hospital equipment or bio-medical
  37. devices like pacemakers. A world without Free Software means being held
  38. hostage by proprietary software authors that run our lives. I love Free
  39. Software because it can set us free."</p></blockquote>
  40. <h2>More motivation: FOSDEM!</h2>
  41. <p>If you still need more motivation for writing, documenting, or promoting Free
  42. Software, you probably have not been at FOSDEM. This event is always a challenge
  43. for FSFE's team but also one of the events which <a
  44. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=263">increases our motivation</a>.
  45. Long talks with other Free Software activists from all over the world,
  46. answering questions about <a href="/work.html">our current work</a>
  47. and <a href="/campaigns/campaigns.html">our campaigns</a>, making sure all
  48. people who want <a href="/order/order.html">a FSFE T-shirt</a> get
  49. one, coordinating work with <a
  50. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/CategoryFellowshipGroup">Fellowship groups</a> all
  51. over Europe, and having some time to socialise (=drinking Belgium beer). Beside
  52. that in the Legal and Policy Issue DevRoom <a
  53. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2012/02/fosdem-2012-panel-on-application-stores/">
  54. Hugo Roy participated in a panel discussion about application stores</a>, and
  55. our sister organisation's Executive Director John Sullivan gave a talk entitled
  56. "Is Copyleft Being Framed?", which is also discussed in the <a
  57. href="http://faif.us/cast/2012/feb/28/0x23/">current FaiF OggCast</a>.</p>
  58. <h2>Comics and Free Software</h2>
  59. <p>When you see computers attached to human brains, makerbots scanning your
  60. body, creating perfectly fitting clothes for you (unless they are on drugs),
  61. you realise that Free Software will be even more important in future. At the
  62. moment this stuff happens e.g. in <a
  63. href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmetropolitan">Transmetropolitan</a>,
  64. one of your editor's favourite comics. Lots of comic-related things have happened during the last weeks:
  65. Fellow Thomas Leske started translating the web
  66. comic Mimi and Eunice into German, read e.g. <a
  67. href="http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/31/a-world-without-poop/">"A World
  68. Without Poop"</a> (<a
  69. href="http://mimiandeunice.minimalstaat.de/content/eine-welt-ohne-h%C3%A4ufchen">or
  70. the German version</a>) connected with the article <a
  71. href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html">"Did You Say “Intellectual
  72. Property”? It's a Seductive Mirage" by Richard Stallman</a>; there was a good
  73. <a href="http://my.pages.de/dsn-vn/">"Faceboogle Comic" on distributed
  74. systems</a>; our sister FSF is starting a <a
  75. href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/enter-the-restricted-boot-comic-contest-defend-user-freedom-on-tablets-and-smartphones">webcomic
  76. contest about Restricted Boot</a>; and at the time of writing this our
  77. intern Erik ordered <a
  78. href="http://download.fsfe.org/advocacy/leaflets/fellowship-leaflet-nyr2.en.pdf">5000
  79. "Join the Fellowship" comic version leaflets</a>.</p>
  80. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  81. <ul>
  82. <li>Last minute inclusion: Congratulations to <a
  83. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/FellowshipElection_2012">Nikos Roussos</a> who
  84. is the winner of the Fellowship election 2012. The election results are
  85. available on <a
  86. href="http://www.cs.cornell.edu/w8/~andru/cgi-perl/civs/results.pl?id=E_491367a425d39945">the
  87. voting platform</a>, more information on this will
  88. f<strong>e</strong>llow soon.</li>
  89. <li>"When elephants dance, the smaller wildlife gets crushed." Read our press
  90. release <a href="/news/2012/news-20120214.01.html">"Google/Motorola deals
  91. create balance of terror on software patents"</a> to find out why our
  92. president talks about animals.</li>
  93. <li>We asked you <a href="/news/2012/news-20120210-01.html">to join the
  94. ACTA protests</a>, like your editor several <a
  95. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/fast_edi/?p=279">Fellows joined the
  96. protests</a>, and it was also a topic on <a
  97. href="http://planet.fsfe.org">FSFE's planet aggregation</a>, like Karsten's
  98. <a
  99. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/03/01/acta-first-do-no-harm/">"ACTA,
  100. First, do no harm"</a> blog entry.</li>
  101. <li>Our Fellows continuously update the <a
  102. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/WindowsTaxRefund">Windows Tax Refund wiki
  103. page</a>. Now it also covers the new <a
  104. href="http://www.techworld.com.au/article/414500/lenovo_ordered_pay_1920_making_french_laptop_buyer_pay_windows_too">decision
  105. by a French court</a>, according to which Lenovo has to pay €1920 for
  106. forcing French
  107. laptop buyer to pay for Windows operating system.</li>
  108. <li>As an organisation which <a href="/donate/donate.html">depends on
  109. donations</a> FSFE felt <a href="/news/2012/news-20120204-01.html">honored
  110. and happy to receive the Mozilla grant</a>. Thanks a lot to Mozilla for
  111. this support.</li>
  112. <li>FSF announced they will work on <a
  113. href="https://www.fsf.org/news/announcing-js-labels">"JavaScript License
  114. Web Labels"</a>, so it will be easier for you in future to only allow Free
  115. Software JavaScript code running in your browser.</li>
  116. <li>A selection from the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">Fellowship
  117. planet aggregation</a>:
  118. <ul>
  119. <li>Can you imagine: being prevented from copy-pasting something from a
  120. webpage! <a
  121. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2012/02/%E2%80%9Cunethical%E2%80%9D-html5-content-restriction-proposal-aka-drm/">
  122. Unethical HTML5 content-restriction proposal (aka DRM)</a>.</li>
  123. <li>Heiki is <a
  124. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/repentinus/english/2012/02/13/call-for-fsfe-fellowship-quotes/">
  125. asking you to give him quotes</a> so our <a
  126. href="/contribute/web/web.html">web team</a> can use them to pimp our
  127. website.</li>
  128. <li>Find out what Mark Lindhout, the author of new <a
  129. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/blog/2012/02/05/new-blog-theme-pome/">Fellowship
  130. blog theme pome,</a> suggests to do with politicians <a
  131. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/marklindhout/2012/02/the-threat-of-digital-incompetence-%E2%80%94-censorship-codified-into-law/">who
  132. refuse to gain a basic understanding of the mechanisms they try to
  133. mandate</a>.</li>
  134. <li>Matija Šuklje wrote about <a
  135. href="http://matija.suklje.name/?q=node/256">"We, the Web kids &amp;
  136. faith restored in our youth"</a>.</li>
  137. <li>And we have Hugo Roy's article <a
  138. href="http://blog.hugoroy.eu/2012/02/23/free-software-v-open-source-community/">"Free
  139. Software v. “Open Source” community?"</a>, which -- like all the other
  140. topics -- you can discuss on our <a href="/contact/community.html">public
  141. mailing lists</a>.</li>
  142. </ul>
  143. </li>
  144. </ul>
  145. <h2>Get Active: Be like the European Commission!</h2>
  146. <p>While <a
  147. href="http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html">Open
  148. Standards are threatened in the UK</a>, we are <a
  149. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=309">working hard</a> to counter such
  150. relapses. The latest success is that the European Commission confirmed to take
  151. part in <a
  152. href="http://erikjosefsson.eu/sites/default/files/global_dfd_invite.html">the
  153. DFD event in Brussels</a>.</p>
  154. <p>In this regard we ask you to be like the EC: join <a
  155. href="http://documentfreedom.org/2012/events/events.en.html">DFD 2012
  156. activities</a>. In the next days we will have the official call for
  157. activities, but you can already <a
  158. href="http://documentfreedom.org/contact.en.html">write the campaign team an
  159. e-mail</a> to get your activity on the website. If you still need
  160. inspirations for your own event take a look at <a
  161. href="http://documentfreedom.org/getinvolved.en.html">proposed
  162. activities</a>.</p>
  163. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  164. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  165. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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