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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - March 2013</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - March 2013</h1>
  8. <h2>Brussels flooded with Free Software activists</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">From February 1st to February 3rd thousands of people went to Brussels to
  10. participate in FOSDEM -- the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European
  11. Meeting. At FOSDEM you have the opportunity to meet developers and
  12. contributors from nearly all major Free Software projects. FSFE is always there
  13. to talk with people about ongoing developments and the needs and contributions
  14. in the Free Software community. So it is a good place to exchange information,
  15. talk with very interesting people, plan future activities, and meet all the
  16. people you would usually just have e-mail contact with.</p>
  17. <p>As in previous years, FSFE was present with a booth, answering questions
  18. about current political topics and activities, distributing information material and – what every hacker needs – cool t-shirts. Fellow <a
  19. href="">Mirko
  20. Böhm has written a summary about FOSDEM</a>, including tips on communication
  21. for Free Software groups and projects, if we should embrace app stores and how
  22. to share a trademark. Isabel Drost has <a href="">documented FOSDEM in 9 blog posts</a>: from
  23. <a href="">her
  24. arrival with spider robots</a>, about <a
  25. href="">Trademarks
  26. and Free Software</a>, or <a
  27. href="">the
  28. panel discussion about GNU APL</a>.</p>
  29. <p>We were also present with several talks: For example our Finnish team
  30. coordinator <a
  31. href="">Otto
  32. Kekäläinen</a> gave a talk about "Fixing public procurement", our
  33. vice-president Henrik Sandklef gave a <a
  34. href="">talk
  35. about Searduino</a>, and Erik Albers presented our <a
  36. href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android campaign</a> (<a
  37. href="">recording
  38. available (webm)</a>.</p>
  39. <p>As part of the FYA campaign, Several Fellows also participated in a <a
  40. href="">meeting at the
  41. European Parliament on Friday</a>. It was organised by Alexander Alvaro,
  42. Vice-President of the European Parliament (EP), together with the <a
  43. href="">European Parliament Free Software User Group
  44. (EPFSUG)</a>. He wanted his EP colleagues to learn how to regain control of
  45. their data and how to install a free operating system and Free Software on
  46. their Android devices.</p>
  47. <p>Just three weeks later, we were shocked to hear that Mr Alvaro had a car
  48. accident and is still in hospital with serious injuries. FSFE wishes him a fast
  49. and full recovery.</p>
  50. <h2>Why we love Free Software</h2>
  51. <p><a href="/news/2013/news-20130212-01.html">A lot of people followed our
  52. call</a> to participate in the I love Free Software activity. The result –
  53. which has been <a href="/news/2013/news-20130221-01.html">summarised in a
  54. report</a> by FSFE's new interns Lucile Falgueyrac and Stepan Stehlicek – was
  55. a lot of e-mails, blog posts, pictures and a comic strip. E.g., Fellow Mirko
  56. Böhm explains why he loves Free Software:</p>
  57. <blockquote><p>The benefits of Free Software go beyond the individual
  58. contributors and the communities they form. The four freedoms laid out as the
  59. foundations of Free Software are a fanfare to the ability to exercise one’s
  60. free will, to freely collaborate by helping your neighbors, to achieve
  61. independence from directions other people have thought up for us. The effects
  62. can be seen all around us – when teaching material for schools is developed
  63. collaboratively and freely shared, when government data is opened up to
  64. improve the transparency of the political process, when the technical
  65. foundations of the internet and the operating systems running modern
  66. technology become a common good, and in many other places. People start to
  67. expect similar freedoms they learned to get used to in software when engaging
  68. in society. And more participation is always better.</p></blockquote>
  69. <!-- Hannes asked to take this out for the moment
  70. <h2>Alpha release of new PDFreaders</h2>
  71. <p>Erich Turnwald-Kurtz was the lucky winner of our PDFreaders lottery. He won
  72. a FSFE t-shirt and a mug, plus self made cookies from our our ex-intern and now
  73. volunteer Ana Galan. Thanks to him and the other donors we received €1,332 to
  74. update Paul Hänsch has put the <a
  75. href="">development version
  76. of online</a>. This site is supposed to automatically
  77. recognise the visitor's operating system and browser, and suggest a specific
  78. Free Software PDF reader for the operating system, preferably one which comes
  79. with a plugin for the browser. The matching is based on User-Agent-String of
  80. the browser, there is no Java Script involved (this was also a request by the
  81. German agency for IT security). Please report anything you find, even the
  82. obvious things on our <a href="">bug tracker</a> under the
  83. component:</p>
  84. -->
  85. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  86. <ul>
  87. <li>Our DFD team published a <a
  88. href="">video
  89. tutorial</a>, which explains how to watch Youtube videos using HTML5. Do
  90. not miss this month's "get-active" item below, which is also about Document
  91. Freedom Day.</li>
  92. <li>We have received a report about a <a
  93. href="">successful case of Windows
  94. tax refund in Croatia</a>. One has to apply for the refund within 30
  95. days of a purchase of an ASUS product and fill out a form in order to receive
  96. €42 refund for Microsoft Windows 8 OEM.</li>
  97. <li>LWN writes about <a href="">trademarks and
  98. their limits</a>, the idea behind trademarks, about how effective this
  99. protection is, and gives examples of bad behaviour; e.g., offering Free
  100. Software with unwanted toolbars and adware.</li>
  101. <li>In FSFE we receive a lot of license questions, but we have not yet
  102. evaluated how many we receive through country teams, our legal teams, or over
  103. the phone. <a
  104. href="">Our sister organisation FSF reports</a>
  105. that they have responded to and resolved over 400 reports of suspected
  106. license violations and over 600 general licensing and compliance
  107. questions.</li>
  108. <li>Your editor has written an article for the German news site Heise titled
  109. <a
  110. href="">"Politics
  111. and Free Software"</a>. The article covers his experience from the
  112. parliament working group on interoperability, standards, and Free
  113. Software.</li>
  114. <li>Guido Arnold <a
  115. href="">has
  116. published the January update about Free Software in education</a>, covering
  117. news from the community and the government as well as upcoming events.</li>
  118. <li>Mirko gave a talk at Embedded World 2013 about <a
  119. href="">defensive
  120. publications</a>.</li>
  121. <li>Besides many other positive news from Joinup about Free Software in the
  122. public administration: Member of the European Parliament <a
  123. href="">Amelia
  124. Andersdotter wants public administrations to consider software freedom</a>
  125. as one of the reasons to select new ICT solutions, and the <a
  126. href="">city of Bolzano has
  127. automated testing of e-government services on Free Software
  128. systems</a>.</li>
  129. <li>Fellow Jelle Hermsen asked for blog aggregation for our Dutch Fellows,
  130. and <a href="">now it is up and running</a>.</li>
  131. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  132. <ul>
  133. <li>Anna Morris, who created the DFD video mentioned above, wrote about <a
  134. href="">
  135. Guake: a command-line tool for "dyslexics and beginners"</a>.</li>
  136. <li>You wonder why we published the DFD as ".webm"? <a
  137. href="">Peter Bubestinger wrote a summary article</a>
  138. about different video formats from a Free Software perspective, explaining
  139. that digital video consists of video codec, audio codec, and container
  140. format. He explains the different codecs, and why some videos do not work
  141. out of the box on a Free Software Distribution.</li>
  142. <li>Beside this, Peter also wrote about <a
  143. href="">Tears of Steel, a movie made with Free
  144. Software</a>.</li>
  145. <li>From Steel to Stealth: What could the Americans and British do to put
  146. the stealth back into stealth bomber? <a
  147. href="">Daniel
  148. Pocock explains why the US military might need the Free Software
  149. lumical</a>.</li>
  150. <li><a
  151. href="">Mark Lindhout described
  152. how to use RSYNC to delete remote folders</a> and after inspiration from
  153. the last Fellowship meeting in Berlin he also wrote about <a
  154. href="">
  155. why and how to play high-fidelity white noise</a>.</li>
  156. <li>Interested in a distributed solution for one-time-password
  157. authentication on GNU/Linux operating systems? <a
  158. href="">Daniel wrote
  159. about dynalogin</a> which is providing this.</li>
  160. <li><a
  161. href="">Thomas Løcke
  162. describes how to use the Ada Web Server</a> and,</li>
  163. <li><a
  164. href="">Henri Bergius is thinking about
  165. the flow-based programming user interface</a>.</li>
  166. </ul>
  167. </ul>
  168. <h2>Get active: Organise an event for Document Freedom Day 2013</h2>
  169. <p>Help us to introduce more people to Open Standards – participate in <a
  170. href="">Document Freedom Day 2013</a> on March
  171. 27th! Local teams can now <a
  172. href="">promote their
  173. events</a> on, and have them marked on the <a
  174. href="">global campaign
  175. map</a>.</p>
  176. <p>In 2012 groups of volunteers ran 54 events in 23 different countries. If you
  177. want to get some inspiration for your event, take a look at our <a
  178. href="">activity packages</a>
  179. or the <a
  180. href="">DFD
  181. report from 2012</a>. Help us to make this year's DFD the most successful
  182. yet!</p>
  183. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  184. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  185. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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  193. <tags>
  194. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  195. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
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  197. <timestamp>$Date: 2011-06-06 12:32:19 +0200 (Mon, 06 Jun 2011) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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