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