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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - August 2012</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - August 2012</h1>
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  10. <h2>Helping the European Parliament to release its own Free Software</h2>
  11. <p>For the first time, the European Parliament (EP) is about to release one of
  12. its own programs as a Free Software. The program in question is called AT4AM,
  13. short for "Automatic Tool for Amendments". The Parliament is making laws, and
  14. AT4AM automates a lot of the formalities associated with the legislative
  15. process.</p>
  16. <p>Karsten Gerloff and Carlo Piana were invited to give talks at the event to
  17. discuss the right license under which to publish AT4AM, and to explain the
  18. political dimension of Free Software.</p>
  19. <p>Do you want to know why the FSFE suggested the EP to license their software under
  20. GNU AGPL version 3, and what else our president has on his wishlist for the EP?
  21. Then read <a
  22. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/07/18/helping-the-european-parliament-to-release-its-own-free-software/">his
  23. report</a>!</p>
  24. <h2>Protect Free Software licenses from bankruptcy</h2>
  25. <p>When the companies or authors that license Free Software enter bankruptcy,
  26. there is a risk that granted Free Software licenses will face legal challenges
  27. in some jurisdictions. The FSFE is trying to prevent this situation in Germany. We started talking about this during a meeting with the German Minister of Justice, who we could have meet thanks to <a href="/news/2010/news-20100510-01.html">receiving the
  28. Theodor Heuss Medal</a>. Now the ifrOSS supported by the FSFE
  29. suggests the German Ministry of Justice to <a
  30. href="/news/2012/news-20120730-01.html">include a specific Free Software clause
  31. in the German Insolvency Code</a>. The clause ensures that Free Software
  32. licenses would not be negatively affected by a bankruptcy of a licensing rights
  33. holder. It makes it clear that any offer to grant a Free Software license made
  34. before the licensor's bankruptcy can be accepted by anyone even after the
  35. bankruptcy proceedings started.</p>
  36. <p>If Free Software face similar problems in your jurisdiction, please <a
  37. href="/contact/contact.html">contact us</a> or take similar steps.</p>
  38. <h2>The Fellowship: One to rule them all</h2>
  39. <p>In the Lord of the Rings, Gollum does not want to share the ring. He is such
  40. an egoist. But Barbara "swimmi" Roth and Martin "gollo" Gollowitzer, both
  41. Fellows of the FSFE are used to share (as well as use, study, and improve).</p>
  42. <p>After <a href="https://xkcd.com/364/">signing their public keys with the
  43. highest trust level</a>, they now finally decided to swim into the harbour of
  44. marriage. It is the first marriage your editor knows about, where both were
  45. Fellows <strong>before</strong> their marriage. The FSFE wishes them all the best
  46. for their future and is looking forward to see a lot of <a href="http://media.macno.org/u/macno/m/i-am-a-fork/">"forks"</a>, so we have more Free Software activists. May many <a
  47. href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">fellow <!-- pun intended --> this
  48. example</a>!</p>
  49. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  50. <ul>
  51. <li>From August 21st to 26th Free Software will be one major theme at Campus
  52. Party in Berlin. Your editor helped to find some interesting speakers for the
  53. event. Well, <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=961">see yourself</a>.</li>
  54. <li>La Quadrature Du Net published a video tutorial how to call a Member of
  55. the European Parliament (MEP). You can apply <a
  56. href="https://www.laquadrature.net/node/5880">their instructions</a> to our
  57. <a href="/activities/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates.html">Ask You Candidates
  58. campaign</a> and talk with politicians about general Free Software
  59. topics, <a href="/activities/activities.html">our campaigns</a>, or other
  60. issues.</li>
  61. <li>How, exactly, can you have a successful project with collaborators? Can
  62. we quantitatively analyse past projects to figure out what works, instead of
  63. just using our best guesses? <a
  64. href="http://www.dwheeler.com/blog/2012/07/08/#internet-success">David A.
  65. Wheeler reviewed a book</a> which analyses how to be successful
  66. with Free Software.</li>
  67. <li>You want to have a small low cost Free Software PC? Take a look <a
  68. href="http://raymii.org/cms/p_Small_Linux_PCs_overview">at this
  69. overview</a> and decide what is best for you.</li>
  70. <li>Digital Restriction Managmenet: Our sister, the FSF <a
  71. href="http://www.defectivebydesign.org/node/2241">finished an update
  72. of the "Guide to DRM-free Living"</a> with dozens of new places to get
  73. ebooks, movies, and music without DRM.</li>
  74. <li>A selection from the <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">Fellowship blog
  75. aggregation</a>:</li>
  76. <ul>
  77. <li><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/groups/Berlin">Berlin Fellowship
  78. group</a> coordinator Alexander Kahl wrote about why <a href="
  79. http://paralambda.org/2012/07/06/git-evolution-of-a-topic-branch-and-how-to-review-it/">
  80. git kicks ass</a> and <a
  81. href="http://paralambda.org/2012/07/02/using-gnu-emacs-as-a-terminal-emulator/">how
  82. to use GNU Emacs as a terminal emulator</a>. </li>
  83. <li>What is going on in Norway, and what is the role of Free Software
  84. competence centres? Paul Boddie <a href="
  85. https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=88">takes a look</a> at the Norwegian
  86. government's recent withdrawal of all financial support for the Norwegian
  87. Free Software Competence Center.</li>
  88. <li>Hugo Roy explains how to <a
  89. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2012/07/tweet-bang-how-to-share-a-link-quickly-on-twitter-using-duckduckgo/">microblog
  90. links quickly with duckduckgo</a>.</li>
  91. <li><a
  92. href="http://losca.blogspot.de/2012/07/where-computing-takes-you.html">
  93. Timo Jyrinki tells a story</a> how sometimes computing brings you to the
  94. closet.</li>
  95. <li><a href="/contribute/internship.html">Our interns</a> were attending
  96. Richard Stallman's talk in Dresden. Anatolii Doludenko published <a
  97. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/tolld/2012/07/12/fsfe-in-dresden-during-rms-talk/">
  98. some pictures in his blog</a>.</li>
  99. <li>From the Nokia 770 to the N800 to the N810 to the N900 to the N9. What is
  100. next? Read Henri Bergius' <a
  101. href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/meego-diaspora/">dreams of the MeeGo
  102. diaspora</a>.</li>
  103. <li>Our former president Georg Greve <a
  104. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/greve/?p=529">gives an update and overview about
  105. the Free Software groupware Kolab 3.0</a>,</li>
  106. <li>and finally our vice president is <a
  107. href="https://sandklef.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/searduino-needs-a-gui/">
  108. looking for someone who can write a GUI front-end to Searduino</a>. Can
  109. you? If not, but you want to help Free Software, continue reading our this
  110. month's get active item.</li>
  111. </ul>
  112. </ul>
  113. <h2>Get Active: Help us with Android installation parties!</h2>
  114. <p>Torsten Grote, who started our <a href="http://FreeYourAndroid.org">Free
  115. Your Android</a> campaign, wrote down what he is <a href="
  116. https://blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote/2012/07/18/what-i-am-missing-in-cyanogenmod-9/">missing
  117. in CyanogenMod 9</a>. In good Free Software fashion he created feature
  118. requests for a configurable power control widget, an ssh daemon, direct in-app
  119. shortcuts, or native OpenVPN support in CyanogenMod’s issue tracker.</p>
  120. <p>We want to help as many people as possible to regain control of their
  121. Android devices and their data in general. One important step in this process
  122. is helping people to install Free Software on their phones and tablets. So on Software
  123. Freedom Day (15th September) the FSFE wants to have public Free Your Android
  124. installation parties.</p>
  125. <p>If you can organise such a workshop, <a
  126. href="mailto:android@lists.fsfe.org">please let us know</a>! If you still
  127. need help on how to do so, we will try to help you having a successful event.
  128. E.g. on August 26th we will have a workshop in Berlin for people who plan to
  129. give such workshops in the future, be it at Software Freedom Day, at a
  130. conference or another occaison.</p>
  131. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  132. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  133. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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