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