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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - July 2013</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - July 2013</h1>
  9. <h2>In Court: Defending our Freedoms with Copyleft</h2>
  10. <blockquote><p>"To protect your rights, we need to prevent others from denying
  11. you these rights or asking you to surrender the rights. Therefore, you have
  12. certain responsibilities if you distribute copies of the software, or if you
  13. modify it: responsibilities to respect the freedom of
  14. others." (Praemble of the GNU GPL)</p></blockquote>
  15. <p>Unfortunately sometimes companies forget their responsibility when using
  16. Free Software in their products. Someone has to make sure that
  17. companies are reminded from time to time. That's what we do with our compliance work. After
  18. our volunteers found a GNU GPL violation in a workshop in May 2012, we handed
  19. all the evidence to Harald Welte from <a
  20. href="http://gpl-violations.org">gpl-violations.org</a> and his lawyers. They
  21. processed the case and <a href="/news/2013/news-20130626-01.html">we were now
  22. informed that we won the case</a>.</p>
  23. <h2>EU's public bodies wasting 1.1 billion Euro every year</h2>
  24. <p>This month the European Commission published a Communication titled <a
  25. href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-602_en.htm?locale=en">
  26. "Against lock-in"</a> (see <a
  27. href="/news/2013/news-20130625-02.en.html">FSFE's
  28. comments</a>.) The European Commission urges public bodies to break free from
  29. vendor lock-in in their IT systems by relying on standards rather than brand
  30. names and proprietary technology. Besides the Communication highlights that
  31. public bodies unnecessarily spend 1.1 billion Euro every year because they do
  32. not allow more competition among their suppliers. The Commission cites studies
  33. saying that 16% of public procurement make reference to brand names. In most
  34. of the cases those brand names are the names of non-free software
  35. companies.</p>
  36. <p>Implementing Open Standard policies is hard work but is necessary to ensure
  37. that Free Software companies can compete on an equal basis. We <a
  38. href="/news/2010/news-20101207-01.html">criticised the EC before</a> and will
  39. continue to remind them that Open Standard policies only have value if they are
  40. really implemented.</p>
  41. <h2>NSA: 24 hours video surveillance with Xbox One?</h2>
  42. <p>Faced with user protests, Microsoft has been forced to make the terms for
  43. its latest Xbox gaming console look a little less restrictive. However, the
  44. “new” terms which had caused such outrage were not in fact new at all: they
  45. were similar to most other proprietary software licences, including those
  46. covering other Microsoft software products and on-line services. <a
  47. href="/news/2013/news-20130620-02.html">Anna Morris created a graphic about
  48. it</a>.</p>
  49. <p>Also on surveillance: twelve years ago the European Parliament called upon
  50. the Commission and public bodies across Europe to help citizens and companies
  51. protect themselves from surveillance. Free Software played a crucial part
  52. there. Unfortunately <a
  53. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2013/06/26/european-parliament-calls-for-action-against-surveillance/">the
  54. EC did not implement them</a>.</p>
  55. <p>After the leaks from intelligence services, some of your friends might now
  56. understand much better what you talked about when you explained them why you do
  57. not use Skype, Facebook, Xbox One, or others. They might now understand why it
  58. is important <a
  59. href="/campaigns/generalpurposecomputing/secure-boot-analysis.html">to be in
  60. control of your device</a> and your data. Erik Albers <a
  61. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/eal/2013/06/18/about-ownership-remote-control-and-privacy/">wrote
  62. an article about ownership, remote control and privacy</a>, and in connection
  63. with Xbox One ask how many people would visit a home when there would be a
  64. sticker saying “This flat is under 24h surveillance by Microsoft and the
  65. NSA”.</p>
  66. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  67. <ul>
  68. <li>Together <a href="/news/2013/news-20130620-01.html">with Turkish Free
  69. Software activists FSFE wrote an Open Letter to Turkish President
  70. Erdogan</a> about a contract for more than 10 million new tablet
  71. computers.</li>
  72. <li>FSFE continue to <a href="/news/2013/news-20130611-01.html">monitor that
  73. you can file your taxes with Free Software in Slovakia</a>. </li>
  74. <li>Founder of GNU and the president of the Free Software Foundation, <a
  75. href="https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/richard-stallman-becomes-a-hall-of-famer">
  76. Richard Stallman was inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame!</a> His
  77. comment: "Now that we have made the Internet work, the next task is to stop it
  78. from being a platform for massive surveillance, and make it work in a way
  79. that respects human rights, including privacy." </li>
  80. <li><a href="/events/events.html">Events</a>: On 8th and 9th of June 2013 the
  81. Vienna fellowship group of the FSFE organised an information booth at the
  82. Austrian vegan society’s summer festival with 9000 people visiting the
  83. festival. <a
  84. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/tobias_platen/2013/06/18/back-from-fuxcon/">Tobias
  85. Platen</a> and <a
  86. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/06/fuxcon-bericht-vom-ersten-usergroup-treffen-in-frankfurt/">Guido
  87. Arnold</a> were at an FSFE booth at Fuxcon in Frankfurt, while next month
  88. we will be with several activities at <a
  89. href="/events/2013/rmll-2-2013.html">RMLL in Brussels</a>, <a
  90. href="http://matija.suklje.name/i-m-going-to-akademy-2013-and-will-talk-about-the-fla">Matija
  91. Šuklje will talk at aKademy</a> in Bilbao, and Sam Tuke will give a talk at
  92. the <a href="http://conference.opensuse.org/">OpenSUSE conference</a> in
  93. Thessaloniki.</li>
  94. <li>After having three meetings in 2012 now there was the <a
  95. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/agger/2013/06/25/fellowship-meetings-in-aarhus-resumed/">second
  96. Fellowship meeting this year in Aarhus (Denmark)</a>. From now on they plan
  97. to have monthly meetings.</li>
  98. <li><a href="http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2013061516065416">SCO
  99. scolding again</a>: the case SCO vs IBM will be opened. Judging from the
  100. past we can expect SCO spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Free
  101. Software in the coming months again.</li>
  102. <li>And after the NSA leaks the journalist Glyn Moody asks <a
  103. href="http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2013/06/how-can-any-company-ever-trust-microsoft-again/index.htm">
  104. how any company can ever trust Microsoft again?</a></li>
  105. <li>From the <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  106. <ul>
  107. <li>Our intern Lucile <a
  108. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/06/26/death-and-resurrection-of-free-software-in-french-schools/">reports</a>
  109. that on June 25 the French Senate voted the final version of the law on
  110. education, accepting a governmental amendment weakening the bill's Free
  111. Software provision. Following April's call for action (FR), she spent a morning calling and writing emails from the FSFE office to members of
  112. this commission. Beside, she looked at <a
  113. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/06/18/june-in-france/">what
  114. other Free Software news we had in France during June</a>.</li>
  115. <li>Mobile web users already number 1.5 billion, which happens
  116. to be quite close to the total number of Internet users back in 2009. Read
  117. Henri Bergius' article<a href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/mobile-first-web/">the
  118. mobile-first web</a>.</li>
  119. <li>From a conference in Romania Karsten Gerloff <a
  120. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2013/06/01/quick-list-problems-for-free-software-in-romania/">created
  121. a quick list about problems for Free Software in Romania</a> and reports
  122. about his problems with <a
  123. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2013/06/07/friday-folly-ep-requires-proprietary-software-to-register-for-workshop/">registering
  124. with Free Software for a workshop in the European Parliament</a>.</li>
  125. <li>Paul Boddie was actively writing last month. He argued that <a
  126. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=192">standards are used as the
  127. ultimate excuse for not doing one's work</a> </li>
  128. <li>He also <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=228">wrote an
  129. evaluation about Kolab</a> and in a follow-up blog post he wrote about
  130. the <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=283">resource
  131. autocompletion in the webmailer roundcube</a>.</li>
  132. <li>His article <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=104">"Where Now
  133. for the Free Software Desktop?"</a> takes us on a journey of GNU/Linux on
  134. the desktop. Paul concludes that "once we have shown that we can work
  135. together and act on all of [the mentioned challenges] simultaneously and
  136. continuously as a community, maybe then it will become clear that the year
  137. of the Linux desktop has at last arrived for good."</li>
  138. <li>And finally he analyses <a
  139. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=199">site licences and volume
  140. licensing</a> and who the real loser of those schemes is.</li>
  141. <li>How can you avoid the Microsoft tax when buying a new laptop? Kevin
  142. Keijzer documented some tips and tricks on <a
  143. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/the_unconventional/2013/06/12/avoiding-the-microsoft-tax/">how
  144. to buy a new laptop</a> which is a nice follow-up on last months <a
  145. href="http://seravo.fi/2013/dell-xps-13-ubuntu-edition-first-impressions">test
  146. of a preinstalled GNU/Linux laptop from Dell</a>. Help us in <a
  147. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Hardware%20for%20Free%20Software">gathering more
  148. information on laptops without Microsoft tax in our wiki</a>.</li>
  149. <li>Daniel Pocock looks into the question if you <a
  150. href="http://danielpocock.com/rsa-key-sizes-2048-or-4096-bits"> should I
  151. use a 2048 bits or 4096 bits</a>, <a
  152. href="http://danielpocock.com/the-gold-standard-in-free-communications-technology">looked
  153. into principles for free communications</a>, <a
  154. href="http://danielpocock.com/wrong-cloud-nec-ultranet-victoria">vendor
  155. lock-in in Australian schools</a>, and wrote about <a
  156. href="http://danielpocock.com/girls-around-me-and-the-nsa">Girls Around
  157. Me and the NSA</a>.</li>
  158. <li>Anna Morris wrote several howtos: e.g. <a
  159. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/anna.morris/2013/06/05/cutting-out-a-photo-and-removing-white-edges-in-gimp/">how
  160. to cut out a photo and removing the white edges in GIMP</a> or <a
  161. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/anna.morris/2013/06/06/how-to-stay-in-the-html5-trail-when-you-clear-your-cookies/">how
  162. to to stay in the Google's HTML5 trial</a> when you clear your
  163. cookies.</li>
  164. <li>Sergey Matveev critisised current GNU/Linux distributions and wrote about
  165. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stargrave/archives/93">why he will switch
  166. back to *BSD</a>. Related to that Hannes Hauswedell is searching for <a
  167. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2013/06/02/a-kiss-gnulinux-distro/">a
  168. KISS GNU/Linux distro</a>.</li>
  169. <li>Beside Hannes is also <a
  170. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2013/06/17/a-good-way-to-publish-photos-copyleft/">
  171. looking for a good way to publish Photos copyleft</a>.</li>
  172. <li>Sam Tuke writes about <a
  173. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=548">how to compile the Free
  174. Software audio program Ardour from its source code</a> in this
  175. tutorial.</li>
  176. <li>Your editor <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1040">set the search
  177. engine duckduckgo as default in his awesome window manager</a>.</li>
  178. <li>Finally Matija gives some tips for your daily life: he describes <a
  179. href="http://matija.suklje.name/why-and-how-to-shave-with-shaving-oil-and-de-safety-razors">why
  180. and how to shave with shaving oil and DE safety razors</a>.</li>
  181. </ul>
  182. </ul>
  183. <h2>Get active: Post us Good Free Software News</h2>
  184. <p>Often the news we spread contain negative developments, topics where we need
  185. attention to fix a problem. Fellow Chris "cw" wants to pay more attention to
  186. the good news about Free Software. The idea is to publish good news on <a
  187. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/GoodFreeSoftwareNews">a dedicated wiki page</a>.</p>
  188. <p>E.g. this month a city in Portugal <a
  189. href="http://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/ten-years-open-source-portuguese-town-proves-savings-and-performance">wrote
  190. about their success with Free Software</a> and Italy's <a
  191. href="http://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/italys-south-tyrol-starts-three-year-libreoffice-migration">South
  192. Tyrol starts three-year LibreOffice migration</a>.</p>
  193. <p>You can either publish them there on your own, just subscribe to <a
  194. href="https://identi.ca/api/statusnet/tags/timeline/goodfsnews.rss">RSS</a>,
  195. distribute the news with the hashtag #GoodFSNews, or <a
  196. href="mailto:cw@fsfe.org">send Chris an e-mail with the news</a>, and he will
  197. act as your proxy.</p>
  198. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  199. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  200. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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