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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - November 2012</title>
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  6. <body>
  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - November 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>Rooting and flashing your device does not void the warranty in EU</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Most of the participants in our <a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>
  10. workshops are concerned whether rooting your device (e.g. an
  11. Android phone) and replacing its operating system with something else voids
  12. your statutory warranty as consumer. We asked our legal coordinator
  13. Matija Šuklje and FSFE legal council Carlo Piana to analyse the problem. <a
  14. href="http://matija.suklje.name/rooting-and-flashing-your-device-does-not-void-the-warranty-in-eu">Their
  15. answer is: No.</a> "Just the fact that you modified or changed the software
  16. of your device, is not a sufficient reason to void your statutory warranty. As
  17. long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union." Read throughout
  18. their <a
  19. href="http://matija.suklje.name/rooting-and-flashing-your-device-does-not-void-the-warranty-in-eu">
  20. analysis</a>.</p>
  21. <p>We hope these news will encourage people to flash their devices with Free
  22. Software. Next opportunity to attend on of our Free Your Android workshop is on
  23. the 9th of November at <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">FSCONS</a>, in
  24. Sweden, and on the 16th of November <a
  25. href="https://2012.sfscon.it/en/program">at SFSCON</a>, in Italy.</p>
  26. <h2>Facts about software patents by the New York Times</h2>
  27. <p>The New York Times published an article entitled <a
  28. href="https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/technology/patent-wars-among-tech-giants-can-stifle-competition.html">
  29. "The Patent, Used as a Sword"</a> about the patent system. Hugo Roy
  30. <a href="
  31. http://blog.hugoroy.eu/2012/10/10/some-facts-about-the-us-patent-system/">summaries
  32. it</a>. It is about how Apple and Google were spending more on
  33. patents than on research and development in 2011. Among other issues, it focuses on the number of lawsuits
  34. filed each year in the US, which has tripled from 1990 to 2010, and how 70% of patent
  35. applications are approved after the applicant altered claims.</p>
  36. <p>On the same topic, Karsten Gerloff <a
  37. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/09/27/epo-debate-how-software-patents-are-delaying-the-future/">gave
  38. a talk about "How Software Patents Are Delaying The Future"</a>, on a
  39. discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. "Currently, a lot of
  40. policy on patents (as well as copyright) is made on the basis of faith and
  41. rather dubious argument. We urgently need to move on towards evidence-based
  42. policy making", concludes Karsten. </p>
  43. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  44. <ul>
  45. <li>FSFE will <a href="/events/2012/fscons-2012.html">have a track focused
  46. on general purpose computing at FSCONS</a> in Gothenburg from 9th to 11th
  47. November. Karsten Gerloff will talk about <a
  48. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2012/09/27/epo-debate-how-software-patents-are-delaying-the-future/">software
  49. patents</a>, Erik Albers about the <a
  50. href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android campaign</a>, Sam
  51. Tuke will give a preview about a new campaign FSFE will launch soon, and your
  52. editor gives a general overview about general purpose computing. In other
  53. tracks, Otto Kekäläinen gives two talks, one about <a
  54. href="/news/2012/news-20121022-01.html">"Dirty tactics against LibreOffice
  55. in public administration and how to overcome them"</a> and another about
  56. "How to fix public procurement"; and Hugo Roy will present his project <a
  57. href="http://tos-dr.info/">"Terms of Services; Didn't Read"</a>. And there
  58. are <a href="https://fscons.org/2012/schedule/">other interesting talks</a>.
  59. </li>
  60. <li><a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=628">Chris
  61. Woolfrey interviewed Hugo Roy</a>, FSFE's French Team coordinator and
  62. co-founder of <a href="http://www.libertesnumeriques.net/">the Digital Freedoms association</a>.
  63. He joined FSFE in 2009 as an
  64. intern, assisting FSFE president Karsten Gerloff. In France, Hugo is also
  65. active with <a href="http://www.april.org/">April</a> and <a
  66. href="http://www.fdn.fr/">the French Data Network</a>.</li>
  67. <li>Last month your editor <a
  68. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1017">visited Benjamin Mako Hill, John
  69. Sullivan, Richard Stallman, and the FSF office staff</a> in Boston. There was
  70. a lot happening at our sister organisation: They <a
  71. href="https://www.fsf.org/news/the-free-software-foundation-opens-nominations-for-the-15th-annual-free-software-awards">
  72. opened nominations</a> for the 15th Annual Free Software Awards; they <a
  73. href="http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/gnus-trick-or-treat-at-windows-8-launch">crashed
  74. the Microsoft Windows 8 launch event</a> in New York City with a cheerful
  75. GNU; Libby Reinish wrote about the <a
  76. href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/happy-ada-lovelace-day">Ada
  77. Lovelace Day</a>, a day to celebrate women's contributions to science and
  78. technology; the LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer was <a
  79. href="https://www.fsf.org/news/hardware-certification-aleph-objects-lulzbot-3d-printer">
  80. awarded the first "Respects Your Freedom" (RYF) certification</a>; and
  81. Donald Robertson <a
  82. href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/jeremy-allison-on-why-samba-switched-to-gplv3">published
  83. a presentation from Jeremy Allison</a> explaining why Samba chose the GNU
  84. GPL version 3.</li>
  85. <li><a
  86. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/contribution-open-source-europes-economy-450-billion-year">
  87. A study from Carlo Daffara</a> concluded that Free Software is
  88. contributing 450 billion Euro per year to Europe's economy. You are contributing to it!</li>
  89. <li>The European Commission's joinup portal is <a
  90. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/federated_forge">listing different
  91. national and regional Free Software repositories</a>.</li>
  92. <li>From our Fellowship <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  93. <ul>
  94. <li>Thomas Løcke wrote about the <a
  95. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/thomaslocke/2012/10/28/mediagoblin-an-emerging-free-and-open-media-publishing-platform/">GNU
  96. MediaGoblin</a> crowdsourcing campaign. Its goal is to improve posting,
  97. sharing and commenting on media, with Free Software and with keeping more
  98. control of your data. <a
  99. href="http://oskar.twoday.net/STORIES/169431527/">Oskar Welzl also
  100. donated to GNU Media Goblin</a>, as he wants to have an alternative to
  101. Flickr and YouTube.</li>
  102. <li>Ana is <a
  103. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/anaghz/2012/10/29/a-run-for-fs-i-destroying-the-myths-surrounding-fs/">
  104. destroying some myths surrounding Free Software</a>. She also wrote about
  105. the <a
  106. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/anaghz/2012/10/04/social-media-and-the-concept-of-freedom/">
  107. "Social media and the concept of 'freedom'"</a> and her <a
  108. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/anaghz/2012/09/26/free-sotfware-baptism-of-fire/">experiences
  109. from changing keyboard layouts</a> after setting up an encrypted hard
  110. disk. In general she concludes "My computer is working better and I am
  111. starting to understand software a bit better".</li>
  112. <li>Karl Beecher reports, that in 1974 <a
  113. href="http://computerfloss.com/2012/10/arthur-c-clarke-predicting-computing-in-2001-back-in-1974">Arthur
  114. C. Clarke predicted</a> in a video that by 2001 we will all have small
  115. computers that can fit on a desk in our own home, and they will even be
  116. inter-connected with other computers across the world. (While watching your
  117. editor noticed how picky he is about fan noise.)</li>
  118. <li>Erik explained <a
  119. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/eal/2012/10/12/why-become-a-supporter-of-fsfe/">
  120. why you should become a supporter of FSFE</a>. Currently, we <a
  121. href="https://fsfe.org/support/stats">have 1233 supporters</a>, and if
  122. the growth continues at the same pace, we will have 5733 in a year. Thanks
  123. also to all of you promoting the supporter, like <a
  124. href="http://lionel.montrieux.eu/2012/09/26/become-a-supporter-of-fsfe/">Lionel
  125. Montrieux</a>, <a href="http://oskar.twoday.net/stories/156263488/">Oskar
  126. Wenzel</a>, and others.</li>
  127. <li>Interested in tablets and phones? Henri looks into how to be <a
  128. href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/tablet-productivity">productive with
  129. them</a>. Our Finnish Fellows describe how to <a
  130. href="http://seravo.fi/2012/10/trying-out-meego-offspring-mer-and-nemo-on-exopc-wetab">
  131. install the Meego offspring Mer and Nemo on ExoPC tablet (WeTab)</a> and
  132. Timo wrote about the <a
  133. href="http://losca.blogspot.de/2012/10/openphoenux-gta04.html">Bavarian
  134. phone OpenPhoenux GTA04</a> and <a
  135. href="http://losca.blogspot.de/2012/10/uds-gta04-hacking.html">how to
  136. hack on it</a>.</li>
  137. <li>Sam Tuke described how to install <a
  138. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=420"> static website generator
  139. webgen</a> (which we use for <a
  140. href="http://pdfreaders.org">pdfreaders.org</a>), and <a
  141. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=428">how to install the Android
  142. Emulator in Fedora 17</a>, that lets you to test applications without having an
  143. Android phone.</li>
  144. <li>Do you want to know why Telepathy is awesome? Read <a
  145. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=747">Daniele Domenichelli's blog
  146. post</a>. Also, and related to KDE, Torsten Grote <a
  147. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote/2012/10/03/compiling-kde-kontact-from-source/">explains
  148. how to build Kontact on Debian Sid</a>. In fact, KDE became 16 last month.
  149. Congrats and thanks to all Free Software hackers in KDE! Continue being awesome.</li>
  150. <li>Our legal coordinator Matija is <a
  151. href="http://matija.suklje.name/understanding-how-python-counts">
  152. learning to program Python </a> and he <a
  153. href="http://matija.suklje.name/fsfe-legal-office-hours-in-cyberpipe">
  154. announced</a> to work one day a week from Cyberpipe, Slovenian's biggest
  155. hacklab.</li>
  156. </ul>
  157. </ul>
  158. <h2>Get active: Every buck, fixes a bug!</h2>
  159. <p>A lot of you already signed our <a
  160. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html"> Petition For The Removal Of
  161. Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Institution Websites</a>, and now
  162. we ask you for your support to enhance this campaign.</p>
  163. <p>With the example of PDF readers we raised general awareness of proprietary
  164. software advertisements on public administration's websites since September
  165. 2010. Until today our Petition was signed by 80 organisations, 58 businesses
  166. and 2438 individuals. We contacted 2104 public administrations, and managed to
  167. close 552 bugs (26%). So 552 federal government departments, municipalities,
  168. and other administrations removed the advertisement, or added additional
  169. references to Free Software PDF readers. And we will continue fixing the
  170. remaining bugs. Just last month <a href="/news/2012/news-20120921-01.html">
  171. twenty Italian civil society organisations wrote a letter</a> to the
  172. President of the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, asking the
  173. agency to ensure that all documents published on its website can be read and
  174. used with Free Software programs.</p>
  175. <p>However, we also received a lot of feedback from the public administration
  176. and other institutions and political entities. One big task is to improve the
  177. PDF readers website, as it is one of our key tools in this campaign. With your
  178. donation, we will be able to implement the planned new features for the website
  179. until the 1st of February and after it, for its maintenance.</p>
  180. <p>Please donate <a
  181. href="http://www.ulule.com/pdfreaders/">on the
  182. fundraising page</a>, which uses Ulule platform, and spread the news about
  183. it. <strong>Update: Turn off Javascript before you follow the link to the donation page, to avoid running nonfree software</strong></p>
  184. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  185. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  186. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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  194. <tags>
  195. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  196. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
  197. </tags>
  198. <timestamp>$Date: 2011-06-06 12:32:19 +0200 (Mon, 06 Jun 2011) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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