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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - September 2012</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - September 2012</h1>
  9. <h2>Like in the 90s but with phones: First Free Your Android installation parties</h2>
  10. <p>More and more people start using mobile phones with Android. But in
  11. order to be in full control over your phone, you have to install another
  12. Android firmware on them. To make this phone liberation easy we started the <a
  13. href="">Free Your Android campaign</a>.</p>
  14. <p>In the <a href="/news/nl/nl-201208.html">last newsletter
  15. edition</a> we asked you in our "Get active" section to help us with Free
  16. Your Android installation parties, like the GNU/Linux installation parties
  17. some years ago. Thanks to all of you, who contacted us about it, and who
  18. offered their help for the future.</p>
  19. <p>This month some of us already started with those installation parties.
  20. First, Torsten Grote taught Erik Albers and your editor how to free their
  21. phones, which is <a href="">documented quick and
  22. dirty</a> on your editors weblog. Second, on August 26th, 13 people from
  23. Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Spain participated at FSFE's workshop.
  24. To <a href="">summarise it in
  25. the words of Silke Meyer</a>, one of the trainers: "The workshop had two
  26. goals: To help people install free software on their phones and to
  27. develop/document some guidelines that trainers for such workshops could use."
  28. Result: We liberated 4 phones, updated 3 to a newer version, documented what we
  29. did including <a href="">our internal
  30. workshop documentation</a>, and thought about stickers for liberated phones.
  31. Beside <a href="">Silke's blog
  32. post</a>, there is also a <a
  33. href="">Spanish
  34. article with instructions</a>, and <a
  35. href="">this article including some pictures
  36. of happy participants</a>.</p>
  37. <p>We will have other Free Your Android workshops on 4th September in
  38. Katowice/Poland, on 9th September Pristina/Kosovo, and on 15th September in
  39. Berlin/Germany, Paris/France, and Ljubljana/Slovenia. The campaign team's goal
  40. is also to make the update process easier. There is the Free Software "OTA
  41. Update Center" which can achieve easy updates, but as Torsten <a
  42. href="">explains,
  43. there are still some problems with it</a>. Perhaps you, or someone you know
  44. can help with it?</p>
  45. <h2>Standardisation Absurdity: Still No OOXML</h2>
  46. <p>Office suites have one of the strongest network effects: it is often
  47. difficult to use another word processor than Microsoft Word. If something does
  48. not work, you as a Free Software user are blamed by the others when the
  49. document exchange is not working. So one of the reasons, why we are <a
  50. href="/freesoftware/standards/standards.html">promoting Open Standards</a> is to make it
  51. possible for Free Software users to communicate with others, who are using
  52. non-free software.</p>
  53. <p>Because most decision-makers now understand, that <a
  54. href="/freesoftware/standards/def.html">Open Standards</a> are crucial for a fair
  55. market, Microsoft pushed its own standard called Microsoft Office Open XML
  56. (OOXML), claiming it is an Open Standard. FSFE <a
  57. href="/activities/msooxml/msooxml-questions.html">questioned the ISO
  58. certification</a> starting in 2007, and when ISO approved it we <a
  59. href="">were
  60. concerned about the quality of standardisation process</a>.</p>
  61. <p>Recently Microsoft <a
  62. href="">announced</a>
  63. that the next edition of Microsoft Office 2013, will support the OOXML document
  64. standard. <a
  65. href="">Karsten
  66. Gerloff is analysing</a> this public admission by Microsoft that they have
  67. not implemented OOXML until now – despite everything their sales people have
  68. apparently been telling clients in business and the public sector.</p>
  69. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  70. <ul>
  71. <li>Software patents and rounded rectangles: Samsung should pay more than a
  72. billion US dollars in damages for Apple. Karsten Gerloff takes a look <a
  73. href="">if
  74. this decision matters</a> (<a
  75. href="">German
  76. version on netzpolitik</a>).</li>
  77. <li>Digital Restrictions Management: For the visitors of the Consumer
  78. Electronics Unlimited (IFA), FSFE's German team together with "Digitale
  79. Gesellschaft e.V." has published <a href="/news/2012/news-20120831-01.html">a
  80. German DRM booklet</a>, based on the <a
  81. href="">one we made
  82. together with EDRi (PDF)</a>. Our sister organisation <a
  83. href="">published a "DRM-Free"
  84. label</a>, and there are offers to get DRM-free ebooks and music in <a
  85. href="">pay-what-you-want
  86. bundles</a>!</li>
  87. <li>Wistleblower software published as Free Software: The weekly German
  88. newspaper <a href="">"Die Zeit" published a
  89. whistleblower program, as Free Software</a>. Now security experts have the
  90. opportunity to analyse the software, and improve it to provide good technology
  91. for more transparency.</li>
  92. <li>Free Software in your holiday destination: Joinup reports, that the <a
  93. href="">
  94. Canary Islands' government is increasing and encouraging Free Software
  95. use</a>, especially for their telephone system and their office suite. They
  96. expect 25% reduction of non-free software license costs.</li>
  97. <li>Not directly connected with Free Software, but <a
  98. href="/news/2011/news-20110301-01.html">Fellowship representative</a> and
  99. former <a href="/contribute/internship.html">FSFE intern</a> Hugo Roy is all
  100. over the news with his project <a href="">"Terms of
  101. Service - Didn't Read"</a>, e.g. <a
  102. href="">Wired</a>,
  103. <a
  104. href="">Techcrunch</a>,
  105. <a
  106. href="">Die
  107. Zeit</a>, <a
  108. href="">Time</a>,
  109. <a
  110. href="">Stern</a>,
  111. <a
  112. href="">Die
  113. Welt</a>, <a
  114. href="">Le
  115. Monde</a>, and many more. Thanks Hugo for your good work!</li>
  116. <li>A selection from the <a href="">Fellowship blog
  117. aggregation</a>:</li>
  118. <ul>
  119. <li>Clean Your Android: Mark Lindhout is writing about annoying phone
  120. problems. This time it is fixed by <a
  121. href="">cleaning
  122. your micro USB port and headphone jack</a>, but this is not as simple as
  123. it sounds.</li>
  124. <li>Distributed Free Software: Bdale Garbee <a
  125. href="">reports that
  126. Freedom Box 0.1 was released</a>, and <a
  127. href="">Sam Tuke wrote about Secure
  128. Share</a>, which aims to become an ultra-secure social network</li>
  129. <li>Are you still using paper maps, or are you using map programs on your
  130. phones (e.g. OSMAnd+)? <a href="">Ali
  131. Gündüz</a> loves old maps, and he wrote about his three old maps from 1764,
  132. 1872, 1859.</li>
  133. <li>Fellow Number 1, <a href="">Mario Fux
  134. informs you</a> about the donations for the Free Software meetings in
  135. Randa. </li>
  136. <li>One of the rarely bloggers, Mr Rainer "Merchandise" Kersten, wrote <a
  137. href="">a comment about competence, and
  138. digital dementia (German)</a>.</li>
  139. <li>On a more technical side: Werner Koch, author of GnuPG and GA member
  140. writes about <a
  141. href="">beta
  142. release numbering with GIT</a>, and Myriam Schweingruber asked people to <a
  143. href="">participate
  144. in a kmail bugsprint</a> which took place on August 18th.</li>
  145. <li>Do you know <a href="">Nyancat</a>? Your editor
  146. apologises, if you did not want to be reminded about it. But now there is a
  147. GNU version of it: the <a
  148. href="">MOOGNU</a>, and</li>
  149. <li>finally, if you are interested in playing ukulele, Guido Arnold, explains
  150. <a href="">how he
  151. tuned his ukulele using Free Software and Wikipedia</a>.</li>
  152. </ul>
  153. </ul>
  154. <h2>Get Active: Contribute to Free Software news!</h2>
  155. <p>Your editor always tries to cover important and interesting news about FSFE
  156. and Free Software. So shameless house advertising: if you read or hear interesting
  157. Free Software news, please write an e-mail to <a
  158. href="/about/people/kirschner/kirschner.html">your editor</a>, with a short note why
  159. this news is particularly interesting or important in your view.</p>
  160. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  161. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  162. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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