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