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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - May 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - May 2012</h1>
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  9. <h2>54 DFD events and FSFE handcuffed EU Commissioner</h2>
  10. <p newsteaser="yes">As you can read and see in <a
  11. href="http://documentfreedom.org/news/2012/news-20120403-01.html">this years
  12. report</a>, Document Freedom Day 2012 was celebrated with 54 events in 23
  13. countries and in 19 world languages. It was the biggest DFD in history with
  14. over 26 talks, over 6 awards for Open Standards, lots of other events and the
  15. press coverage counted almost one hundred articles. FSFE coordinated
  16. between all the different events, awarded several organisation, and in Germany
  17. mailed over 370 and called over 170 politicians about <a
  18. href="/activities/os/def.html">Open
  19. Standards</a>. Several of these politicians, from a range of political
  20. parties, <a href="http://documentfreedom.org/events/events.html">did activities
  21. for DFD</a>. FSFE also send out <a
  22. href="http://documentfreedom.org/handcuffs/index.html">100 information
  23. packages including handcuffs</a> to suggested people including several
  24. politicians, CEOs, and the Pope. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes used our
  25. handcuffs in a public speech, which resulted in a <a
  26. href="http://documentfreedom.org/news/2012/news-20120420-01.html">lot of
  27. additional press coverage</a> including the front page of the Guardian
  28. Online. FSFE is eager to hear more reports of what recipients of the
  29. package did with the handcuffs.</p>
  30. <h2>May 4th: Day against DRM. Is it their "good right" to restrict us?</h2>
  31. <p>Last week your editor <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=929">gave an
  32. interview about Digital Restriction Management (DRM)</a> (German). It was
  33. about the questions of what DRM is, why companies introduce DRM, why you have to
  34. treat your customer as an enemy to make DRM work, and which other possibilities
  35. exist. When discussing Free Software, DRM, Antifeatures and other topics you might
  36. often hear from intelligent critical people that it is "the good right" of
  37. producers to control their products. Why do so many people think so? Would they
  38. also accept those restrictions in "the analogue world"? Is it the good right of a
  39. publisher to prohibit that you can read a book out loud, lend it friends, or sell
  40. it? Several times your editor abused books: last week he used three of them to
  41. fix his broken sofa. Would it be acceptable that the publisher or the author
  42. can forbid such use cases? Do more people accept such restrictions with
  43. software and data, and if so, why? Has the industry with the term "Digital
  44. Rights Management" successfully implied that they have this right, and a lot of
  45. people accept this?</p>
  46. <p>The 4th of May is the <a href="http://dayagainstdrm.org/">Day against DRM</a>.
  47. While DRM has largely been defeated in music, it is a growing problem in the
  48. area of ebooks. So it is good news that due to pressure from their readers, <a
  49. href="http://www.defectivebydesign.org/tor-to-drop-drm-on-ebooks">Tor/Forge
  50. will drop DRM from ebooks</a>. Discuss the topic with your friends or
  51. colleagues, e.g. send them Richard Stallman's short story <a
  52. href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html">"The Right to
  53. Read"</a>, and tell us your experience on <a
  54. href="/contact/community.html">our public discussion lists</a> or send it <a
  55. href="/about/kirschner/kirschner.html">directly to your editor</a>.</p>
  56. <h2>Free Software topic in the French Presidential elections</h2>
  57. <p>French President <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/sarkozy-administration-open-source-spending-grows-30-percent-annually">Nicolas Sarkozy said that 15 percent</a> of the State's IT
  58. budget is spent on Free Software programming, support, and maintenance. In
  59. future this budget will increase by 30 percent per year. He said this policy is
  60. "strategic for the development of the French IT sector". His challenger François
  61. Hollande even said this policy has to be intensified.</p>
  62. <p>Besides that, the French Free Software advocacy group April <a
  63. href="https://www.april.org/en/presidential-elections-2012-and-free-software-some-answers-some-non-answers-some-dont-answer">asked
  64. all of the candidates in the French presidential elections</a> about their
  65. positions on Free Software, <a href="/campaigns/swpat/swapt.html">software
  66. patents</a>, <a href="http://drm.info">DRM</a> and more.</p>
  67. <p>It is important to raise awareness for Free Software with your politicians,
  68. and sending them questions is a good start. FSFE is gathering all such effort
  69. in our <a
  70. href="/campaigns/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates.html">"Ask Your
  71. Candidate" campaign</a>. FSFE would like to thank <a
  72. href="http://april.org">April</a> for their good work in France, and
  73. encourages other Free Software supporters in Europe to get in contact with
  74. their politicians. If you have questions how to start such activities in
  75. your country, region, or municipality, please get in contact with us. By next month
  76. you will also have the political parties' replies to the questions from FSFE
  77. for two federal state elections in Germany.</p>
  78. <h2>Vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year?</h2>
  79. <p>A report on the City of Helsinki's pilot project for the use of OpenOffice
  80. in the public administrations leaves the public with more questions than
  81. answers. The city trialled the Free Software productivity suite on the laptops
  82. of council members for ten months in 2011. The suite enjoyed high approval
  83. rates among its users. When the pilot was finished, the City produced a report
  84. stating that the costs of migrating the entire administration to OpenOffice
  85. would be very high. Read more about it in the <a
  86. href="/news/2012/news-20120412-02.html">press release</a> and if you are
  87. interested in details of the City of Helsinki's OpenOffice pilot project, and
  88. in lessons that may be drawn from this project, we have published <a
  89. href="/news/2012/news-20120412-02.html">an analysis of the report</a>.</p>
  90. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  91. <ul>
  92. <li>"Replace 'ICT' with 'Sex'": 42 minutes before the deadline <a
  93. href="/activities/education/education.html">our education team</a> submitted
  94. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/riepernet/?p=149">FSFE's position for a
  95. consultation on ICT education</a> to the UK Department of Education.
  96. Besides other points we highlighted the importance of "ICT education", instead
  97. of "ICT training".</li>
  98. <li>Fellowship Interview: Operating Free Software based servers and
  99. workstations in a pro-privacy web hosting and IT service company, advocating
  100. Free Software since 2001, volunteering for the Freedroidz project, and more: this
  101. months's <a
  102. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=573">interview is
  103. Bernd Wurst</a>.</li>
  104. <li>The <a
  105. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/czech-municipality-uses-open-source-nearly-everything">Czech
  106. municipality Grygov uses Free Software</a> for nearly everything in their
  107. public administration.</li>
  108. <li>On the 31st of March, FSFE's UK Fellows have set up a link between the Green
  109. Light (Manchester) and Chorlton's Big Green (Leicester) festivals. There was a
  110. Free Software talk and booth at both events, and a live link-up which brought
  111. environmentalists together via Free Software.</li>
  112. <li>Our <a href="/news/2012/news-20120402-01.html">web team met in Manchester
  113. for a web sprint</a>. A variety of international volunteers worked together
  114. to improve website features and infrastructure. Interested in fixing bugs, or
  115. implementing new functionality to improve our information about Free
  116. Software in web work? <a href="/contribute/web/web.html">Join our web
  117. team</a>!</li>
  118. <li>Computerworld UK published a <a
  119. href="http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2012/03/open-standards-licensing-apples-key-evidence/index.htm">a
  120. good article on software patents</a>.</li>
  121. <li>A selection from the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">Fellowship blog
  122. aggregation</a>:</li>
  123. <ul>
  124. <li>Affiliate Userscripts to support FSFE: If you already spend money on
  125. Amazon or libri, you can <a
  126. href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/SupportPrograms">install a userscript</a>
  127. developed by Hannes Hauswedell and 5% of the money you spend there goes to
  128. FSFE to the struggle for Software Freedom! The userscripts <a
  129. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/userscripts/">are tested for Chromium,
  130. Firefox, and Iceweasel</a>.</li>
  131. <li>Distributed Free Software: Thomas Jensch wrote an article on <a
  132. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/riepernet/?p=155">how to setup OwnCloud on
  133. Hiawatha</a>, and Sam Tuke also looked into <a href="
  134. http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=359">setting up a local web development
  135. server</a>.</li>
  136. <li>Different experiences than Wikipedia: Hannes Hauswedell from the <a
  137. href="http://pdfreaders.org">PDFreaders</a> team is currently living in
  138. China, and <a
  139. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2012/04/20/an-inside-view-on-the-great-chinese-firewall/">wrote
  140. about his technical experiences with the Chinese firewall</a>.</li>
  141. <li>After his hard disk died Patrik Willard wrote about <a
  142. href="http://blog.padowi.se/2012/04/22/2012w16/">git and rsync</a> and
  143. Isabel Drost also dedicated a <a
  144. href="http://blog.isabel-drost.de/index.php/archives/377/second-steps-with-git">blog
  145. article to git</a>. </li>
  146. </ul>
  147. </ul>
  148. <h2>Get Active: FRAND is FRAUD - Participate in UK consultation</h2>
  149. <p>Busy times in the UK. Besides the consultation on education (see above) the
  150. UK government is holding another one until the 4th of June about what sort of patent
  151. licenses an <a
  152. href="/project/os/def.html">Open Standard</a> should require. FSFE and our
  153. sister organisation the FSF published a <a
  154. href="/news/2012/news-20120426-01.html">joint statement</a> on the UK Open
  155. Standard consultation, explaining why FRAND conditions for Open Standards
  156. discriminate against Free Software (regular readers might realise this is an ongoing
  157. debate), and recommending the UK government to abolish software patents to
  158. prevent damage to the UK's economy. We also informed UK Free Software businesses,
  159. organisations, and Fellows about the consultation, <a
  160. href="/activities/os/uk-standards-consultation.html">prepared draft answers to
  161. some of the questions in the survey</a>, held a <a
  162. href="/news/2012/news-20120425-02.html">Summit Meeting of Open Standard
  163. experts</a>, and also published <a
  164. href="https://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120425-01.html">a joint statement
  165. together with other Open Standard groups</a>.</p>
  166. <p>There is a <a
  167. href="http://consultation.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/openstandards/how-to-respond">website
  168. explaining how to participate in the consultation</a>. Please do so to
  169. support the requirement for royalty-free licenses for Open Standards.</p>
  170. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  171. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  172. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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