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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</h1>
  8. <h2>Our movement turned 30!</h2>
  9. <p>On 27 September 1983 Richard Stallman announced the <a
  10. href="/freesoftware/basics/gnuproject.html">GNU project</a>. An initiative
  11. that started with a <a
  12. href="http://oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/ch01.html">programmer's frustration
  13. over a broken printer driver</a> has changed our society. The idea of
  14. software that everyone can <a href="/about/basics/freesoftware.html">use,
  15. study, share and improve</a> has proven powerful.</p>
  16. <p>The GNU project has acted as the starting point of a movement that makes
  17. sure we can control technology, and not technology controlling us. Today, Free
  18. Software is everywhere: It powers the Internet, our mobile phones, televisions,
  19. cars, routers, and electronic devices of all sorts. Free Software has
  20. fundamentally changed the way people create software: instead of preventing
  21. people to adapt the software to their own needs, they invite people to
  22. participate in the development.</p>
  23. <p>FSFE is grateful to Richard Stallman for sparking this epochal change, and
  24. to everyone who has joined our movement to drive Free Software's progress for
  25. three decades.</p>
  26. <h2>Boost local activities: European Fellowship Coordinators Meeting</h2>
  27. <p>For example our local Fellowship groups. During last month our groups in <a
  28. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Referat19September2013">Aarhus hosted a talk</a>
  29. and the meetings in <a
  30. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/09/fellowship-treffen-rheinmain-in-frankfurt-4-sep-2013/">Frankfurt</a>
  31. are continuing. In <a
  32. href="http://www.softmetz.de/2013/09/23/freie-software-beim-corso-leopold-2-0/">Munich
  33. we had a public booth during a street festival</a>, during Software Freedom
  34. Day our Fellows informed passers-by about Free Software in <a
  35. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/franz.gratzer/2013/09/22/software-freedom-day-2013-in-vienna/">Vienna</a>
  36. and in <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fast_edi/?p=393">Offenburg</a>, whereas
  37. in <a
  38. href="http://coss.fi/2013/09/17/lauantaina-vietetaan-kansainvalista-avointen-ohjelmien-paivaa/">
  39. Helsinki</a> they helped others installing Free Software. Our Düsseldorf
  40. Fellowship group was very active the last weeks as well: They had a booth at
  41. the summer party of the <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=906">Pirate
  42. Party</a>, and attended the summer party of the <a
  43. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=925">Green Party</a>, held a <a
  44. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=936">Software Freedom Day event</a>,
  45. supported a <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=916">Cryptoparty in
  46. Kempen</a>, held a <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=946">regular
  47. meeting</a>, as well as <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=884">a
  48. talk by Sam Tuke about Free Your Android</a>.</p>
  49. <p newsteaser="yes">From 27-29 September 22 Fellows of FSFE from 10 countries
  50. gathered in Berlin for the first European Coordinators Meeting. During the
  51. weekend the coordinators got to know each other, presented their work, talked
  52. about possibilities to promote Free Software, shared good practices, and
  53. provided valuable feedback about our campaigns. If you are interested to see
  54. who is promoting Free Software in local Fellowship groups <a
  55. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/10/01/first-european-coordinators-meeting-2/">have
  56. a look at Lucile's blog entry</a>.</p>
  57. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  58. <ul>
  59. <li>Technology should be a means to freedom and creativity. Yet governments
  60. around the world are turning computers and networks into tools of oppression.
  61. FSFE <a href="/news/2013/news-20130923-01.html">joined a coalition of more
  62. than 265 organisations</a> which launched a list of 13 International
  63. Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communication
  64. Surveillance.</li>
  65. <li>Ask Your Candidates: Our Austrian team <a
  66. href="/news/2013/news-20130926-01.html">published their questions and
  67. answers for the Nationalratswahl (federal election)</a>, and the German <a
  68. href="/news/2013/news-20130918-01.html">published the
  69. answers to similar questions for the state election in Hessen</a>.</li>
  70. <li>After <a
  71. href="http://fsfe.org/activities/policy/eu/20130729.EC.Fairsearch.letter.en.html">FSFE
  72. already spoke up against it</a>, KDE also rejected the Fairsearch
  73. initiative claims, and <a
  74. href="http://dot.kde.org/sites/dot.kde.org/files/KDE-Fairsearch-claim-response_0.pdf">stated
  75. why Free Software is competitive</a>.</li>
  76. <li>There is a <a
  77. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/09/free-software-in-education-news-august-2013/">
  78. new edition of the Free Software in education news for August</a>,
  79. including what Open Education Resources can learn from Free Software.</li>
  80. <li>Together with Mirko Vogt from OpenWrt FSFE <a
  81. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1124">wrote a letter to the German
  82. Federal Network Agency</a> (German). We argued about the importance of
  83. having the freedom to use every router you want to have for your internet
  84. access.</li>
  85. <li>CERN, which is publishing a lot of hardware design documentation, <a
  86. href="http://ohwr.org/cernohl">has updated its Open Hardware License to
  87. version 1.2</a>.</li>
  88. <li>To celebrate GNU's 30th anniversary, FSF suggested <a
  89. href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu30/gnu-a-day">software freedom actions</a> for
  90. each day during September. Of course you can repeat that anytime you
  91. want.</li>
  92. <li>Public administration: the <a
  93. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/french-gendarmerie-open-source-desktop-lowers-tco-40">French
  94. Gendarmerie now maintains 37,000 GNU/Linux desktops</a>, and after the
  95. planned switch next summer it will be 72,000. Officials say they are able to
  96. lower the total cost of operation by 40% compared to the proprietary
  97. solution. But the savings are just one point, the other one is more vendor
  98. independence.</li>
  99. <li>From the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  100. <ul>
  101. <li>Hugo Roy asks for feedback on the <a
  102. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2013/09/rfc-user-data-manifesto/">user
  103. data manifesto</a>.</li>
  104. <li>Georg Greve argues that software freedom advocates had it right all
  105. along: <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/greve/?p=634">You cannot trust
  106. proprietary cryptography, or proprietary software</a>.</li>
  107. <li>Mirko Böhm and Paul Adams organised a <a
  108. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2013/09/15/open-source-in-wirtschaft-und-gesellschaft-sommeruni-2013/">
  109. seminar about Free Software in economy and society at the German
  110. protestant student union</a> (German), where Karsten Gerloff also gave a
  111. talk as a guest speaker in front of students of medicine, natural
  112. sciences, or theology.</li>
  113. <li>Lucile learnt <a
  114. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/09/23/check-your-regular-expressions/">
  115. to appreciate regular expressions</a>, and <a
  116. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/09/04/schneier-on-risk/">
  117. highlighted some quotes by Bruce Schneier</a>, including "We’re afraid of
  118. risk. It's a normal part of life, but we're increasingly unwilling to
  119. accept it at any level."</li>
  120. <li> Thomas Løcke <a
  121. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/thomaslocke/2013/09/06/leashes-for-our-necks-and-whips-for-our-backs/">asks
  122. if we want to live in a world where shadow agencies run amok</a> and
  123. where our hard-earned taxes are being used to fund leashes for our necks
  124. and whips for our backs?</li>
  125. <li>Our Munich Fellowship coordinator Christian Kalkhoff <a
  126. href="http://www.softmetz.de/2013/09/07/erlaubnis-zur-nutzung-deines-namens-profilbilds-deiner-inhalte-und-informationen/http://www.softmetz.de/2013/09/07/erlaubnis-zur-nutzung-deines-namens-profilbilds-deiner-inhalte-und-informationen/">explains
  127. why he finally quit facebook</a> (German) after they changed their terms
  128. of services.</li>
  129. <li>On a technical level: if you have to dual boot GNU/Linux and Windows 8
  130. on a machine with <a
  131. href="/campaigns/generalpurposecomputing/secure-boot-analysis.html">restricted
  132. boot</a> read the <a
  133. href="http://seravo.fi/2013/dual-booting-ubuntu-12-04-windows-8-machines-restricted-boot">
  134. description from our Finnish Fellows</a>.</li>
  135. <li>If you used GnuCash or HomeBank before for your finances, <a
  136. href="http://danielpocock.com/postbooks-packages-available">Daniel Pocok
  137. suggests to have a look at PostBooks</a>, and maybe support their
  138. crowdfunding campaign for missing features.</li>
  139. <li>He also looked into <a
  140. href="http://danielpocock.com/mastering-calendar-and-contact-data-with-free-software-in-the-smartphone-era">
  141. calendar and contact data with Free Software</a> in the Smartphone
  142. era.</li>
  143. <li>Paul Boddie wrote about the <a
  144. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=430">Neo900</a>, successor of the
  145. famous N900 mobile phone.</li>
  146. <li>Guido Günther is <a
  147. href="http://honk.sigxcpu.org/con/Monitoring_the_temparature_values_of_a__kofen_Pellematic_using_munin.html">
  148. monitoring a heating system</a> powered by Free Software, and</li>
  149. <li>Henri Bergius was <a href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/noflo-ardrone/">
  150. flying a quadrocopter with NoFlo</a>.</li>
  151. <li>After many years Matija's laptop broke. <a
  152. href="http://matija.suklje.name/after-many-years-new-laptop-after-a-decade-a-new-distro-and-thankfully-working-backups">Read
  153. how he changed his distribution</a> after a decade and the good feeling
  154. to have working backups.</li>
  155. <li>Finally he is <a href="
  156. http://matija.suklje.name/are-copyright-and-other-ip-rights-really-a-natural-right">
  157. discussing if copyright, patents and state-given monopolies in general
  158. are natural</a>.</li>
  159. </ul>
  160. </ul>
  161. <h2>Get active: Talk to some friends about how it started!</h2>
  162. <p>As you read on the first paragraph it is 30 years since <a
  163. href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu/initial-announcement.html">Richard Stallman
  164. announced to start with the GNU operating system</a>. Many people mistakenly
  165. think of <a href="http://computerfloss.com/2013/09/happy-birthday-gnu/">this
  166. 30th anniversary</a> only as a success in a technical way but it is more: GNU
  167. and the philosophy behind it is a social revolution as well.</p>
  168. <p>More people should know about the importance and uniqueness of the development
  169. GNU has started. So we ask you to talk with your friends, acquaintances and colleagues about
  170. the <a href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu.html">history</a> and
  171. <a href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html">philosophy</a> of GNU project and to reflect
  172. about which positive side effect of GNU's invention you personally appreciate the most.</p>
  173. <p>Please share your experiences with us, for example by <a
  174. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/about/">writing a blog post</a> about the talk
  175. with the people you spoke with or sharing your experiences on our
  176. <a href="/contact/community.html">public mailing lists</a>.</p>
  177. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  178. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  179. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
  180. <p>-- <br />
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  186. </body>
  187. <tags>
  188. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  189. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
  190. </tags>
  191. <timestamp>$Date: 2011-06-06 12:32:19 +0200 (Mon, 06 Jun 2011) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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