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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2012</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - April 2012</h1>
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  10. <h2>Let us end all Free Software "projects" quickly!</h2>
  11. <p>A "project" is always temporary, in the narrow sense of the
  12. term. Some Free Software people use "project" to refer to long lasting
  13. initiatives instead. Your editor also did this, until Bernhard Reiter
  14. convinced him to use different terms for people, the result they create, and
  15. temporary concerted actions. After several people in FSFE encouraged Bernhard
  16. to write down his thoughts, he now published <a
  17. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/bernhard/2012/03/lets-end-all-free-software-projects-quickly/">an
  18. article arguing</a>: By adopting the more widespread use of the term project,
  19. Free Software initiatives will be more successful. "Free Software is here to
  20. stay, prepare your mind for this situation.", writes Bernhard.</p>
  21. <h2>Corporate perk or monopolist bribery?</h2>
  22. <p>Staff in the European Parliament are facing a challenge to their ethics.
  23. A company is offering all of them a gift which could compromise their
  24. independence. The company in question is Microsoft, and the gift is a bunch of
  25. proprietary programs. Through the Parliament's administration, Microsoft is
  26. offering staff (though probably not MEPs) gratis licenses to Microsoft
  27. Office, Project, and Visio. This happens under the so-called "Home Use
  28. Program".</p>
  29. <p>The staff is working on regulations that also effect Microsoft, who is now
  30. making a gift to them. Staff is usually the one who does all the legwork. They are the
  31. one who control access to our MEPs. FSFE asks the MEPs to tell their staff, and
  32. the staff in their groups, not to accept Microsoft's gift. On the contrary,
  33. they should push the administration into making Free Software tools available
  34. that staffers can use to do their work, and urge the Parliament itself to
  35. migrate to Free Software. Karsten Gerloff <a
  36. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/03/23/corporate-perk-or-monopolist-bribery/">wrote
  37. about this in his blog</a> and will closeley monitor how the MEPs and
  38. their staff in the European Parliament will react. We will keep you posted.</p>
  39. <h2>Help for FSFE from Greece</h2>
  40. <p>The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on February
  41. 29th. To summarise the <a href="/news/2012/news-20120303-01.html">detailed
  42. election results</a>: Our new Fellowship representative is Nikos Roussos from
  43. Greece. He will meet with <a href="/about/team.html">other members of FSFE's
  44. general assembly</a> in Lisboa at the end of April, to work on strategic
  45. questions for the coming years. Thanks to Albert Dengg and Gert Seidl who also
  46. stood for the Fellowship GA seat, and who want to continue their great work for
  47. FSFE in their area.</p>
  48. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  49. <ul>
  50. <li>Digital Restriction Management: In his article <a
  51. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=325">"Like candy from a baby: PS
  52. Vita takes freedom from new generation"</a>, Sam takes the Sony PS Vita, as
  53. an example how owners of devices are restricted in what they can do with
  54. their computers.</li>
  55. <li>Guido Günther joined the Debian Project while completing his degree in
  56. physics at the University of Konstanz. He helped with development of Debian
  57. for new processor architectures, and co-initiated Debian’s Groupware
  58. Meetings. He also enjoys contributing to the GNOME project, and advanced Free
  59. Software virtualisation technologies. <a
  60. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=547">Read more in the
  61. last Fellowship interview</a>.</li>
  62. <li><a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates.html">Ask Your
  63. Candidates:</a> in Germany, we asked the <a
  64. href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/example-questions.html">usual set of
  65. questions</a> and <a href="/news/2012/news-20120322-01.html">published the
  66. analysis</a>. Compared with the positive replies in the <a
  67. href="/news/2012/news-20120322-01.html">Berlin election</a>, the Saarland
  68. election was a disappointment. Our press release also <a
  69. href="http://netzpolitik.org/2012/saarlandische-piraten-abhangigkeit-und-restriktive-lizenzen-sind-gutes-recht">resulted
  70. in discussions</a> if it is "the good right" of companies to restrict the
  71. users.</li>
  72. <li>Fellow Anna Morris was interviewed by the BBC <a
  73. href="https://download.fsfe.org/audio/20120320-bbc5-interview-anna-morris.ogg">(Audio,
  74. starting at 17:13)</a> about a conference that she is organising in London
  75. for women in Free Software. In just a few minutes she discusses what Free
  76. Software is, what it is like being a woman in the Free Software movement, and
  77. how she first got involved.</li>
  78. <li>FSFE's volunteers and staff have been quite busy with <a
  79. href="http://documentfreedom.org">Document Freedom Day</a> in the last
  80. weeks. We will send out <a
  81. href="/news/2012/news-20120321-01.html">the handcuffs</a> and write a report what
  82. happend all over the world. In the preperation we have <a
  83. href="/freesoftware/standards/minimalisticstandards.html">published an article by FSFE
  84. co-founder Bernhard Reiter</a>. He discusses what makes a good data format,
  85. and argues that Open Standards are good, but that we need to push further
  86. still. His central question to data formats is "Can we make it simpler?" The
  87. article is in German, and we are looking for <a
  88. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">translations</a>.</li>
  89. <li>FSF <a
  90. href="https://www.fsf.org/news/2011-free-software-awards-announced">
  91. announced the Free Software Awards</a>. Big thanks from FSFE to Free
  92. Software hacker Yukihiro Matsumoto and <a href="http://health.gnu.org/">GNU
  93. Health</a>.</li>
  94. <li><a
  95. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/all-icelands-public-administrations-moving-towards-open-source">Iceland
  96. launched a project</a> to encourage migration of the public administration
  97. to Free Software. Your editor is already looking forward to a report about
  98. this at <a href="http://fscons.org">FSCONS</a> in Gothenburg.</li>
  99. <li>A selection from the <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">Fellowship planet
  100. aggregation</a>:
  101. <ul>
  102. <li>Free Software, nothing for marketing? And which is the most powerful
  103. brand in Free Software? Timo Jyrinki writes about <a
  104. href="http://losca.blogspot.de/2012/03/on-brands-marketing-and-technical.html">
  105. brands, marketing and technical details</a>.</li>
  106. <li>Hugo Roy is <a
  107. href="http://blog.hugoroy.eu/2012/03/28/cyberlawconf-avec-lawrence-lessig/">organising
  108. an event at Sciences Po on 6th April</a> (in French). Beside others
  109. Lawrence Lessig, author of "Code and other laws of Cyberspace" will talk
  110. about "The Character of Cyberlaw Battles".</li>
  111. <li>Birgit Hüsken explains <a
  112. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/birgit.huesken/?p=122">how to knit the
  113. Fellowship plussy</a>.</li>
  114. <li>Fellow Number 1, Mario Fux, <a
  115. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mario/?p=179">wants to set up a local
  116. association</a> in Randa, Switzerland to keep the local Free Software
  117. activities running.</li>
  118. <li>And Mirko Böhm writes about about <a
  119. href="http://www.agile-workers.com/web/2012/03/managing-trust-in-mixed-commercial-and-volunteer-open-source-communities/">managing
  120. trust in mixed commercial and volunteer Free Software communities</a>.
  121. </li>
  122. </ul>
  123. </li>
  124. </ul>
  125. <h2>Get Active: Leaflets to free others mobile!</h2>
  126. <p>Our <a href="/activities/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>
  127. campaign, got a lot of attention. Beside preparing his exams, Torsten Grote
  128. gave interviews for the German newspaper <a
  129. href="https://www.taz.de/Kampagne-fuer-offene-Mobilsysteme/!90036/">"Die
  130. Tageszeitung"</a>, <a
  131. href="http://on3.de/element/13543/freie-software-fuer-android-handys-weg-mit-den-fesseln#/element/13543/freie-software-fuer-android-handys-weg-mit-den-fesseln">radio
  132. interviews</a>, and held a first installation party for <a
  133. href="http://foebud.de">FoeBud e.V.</a>. Also at <a
  134. href="http://blog.romal.de/2012/03/fsfe-cebit-stand-uberlebt.html">our booth
  135. at Cebit</a>, <a
  136. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/birgit.huesken/?p=105">Chemnitzer Linux-Tage</a>,
  137. as well as <a
  138. href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2012/03/26/ruckblick-auf-den-augsburger-linux-infotag-2012/">Augsburger
  139. Linuxinfotage</a> a lot of people showed interest in this campaign. We would
  140. like to get more people involved in this campaign. We ask you to promote the
  141. campaign with leaflets and posters in your local Free Software user group, your
  142. hackerspace, company, university, school, or your favourite bar. Please write
  143. an e-mail with a postal address to <a
  144. href="mailto:contact@fsfe.org">contact@fsfe.org</a>, and we
  145. send you some leaflets and posters to promote it.</p>
  146. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  147. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  148. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
  149. <p>-- <br />
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