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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2013</h1>
  9. <h2>Our movement turned 30!</h2>
  10. <p>On 27 September 1983 Richard Stallman announced the <a
  11. href="/freesoftware/basics/gnuproject.html">GNU project</a>. An initiative
  12. that started with a <a
  13. href="http://oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/ch01.html">programmer's frustration
  14. over a broken printer driver</a> has changed our society. The idea of
  15. software that everyone can <a href="/freesoftware/freesoftware.html">use,
  16. study, share and improve</a> has proven powerful.</p>
  17. <p>The GNU project has acted as the starting point of a movement that makes
  18. sure we can control technology, and not technology controlling us. Today, Free
  19. Software is everywhere: It powers the Internet, our mobile phones, televisions,
  20. cars, routers, and electronic devices of all sorts. Free Software has
  21. fundamentally changed the way people create software: instead of preventing
  22. people to adapt the software to their own needs, they invite people to
  23. participate in the development.</p>
  24. <p>FSFE is grateful to Richard Stallman for sparking this epochal change, and
  25. to everyone who has joined our movement to drive Free Software's progress for
  26. three decades.</p>
  27. <h2>Boost local activities: European Fellowship Coordinators Meeting</h2>
  28. <p>For example our local Fellowship groups. During last month our groups in <a
  29. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Referat19September2013">Aarhus hosted a talk</a>
  30. and the meetings in <a
  31. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/09/fellowship-treffen-rheinmain-in-frankfurt-4-sep-2013/">Frankfurt</a>
  32. are continuing. In <a
  33. href="http://www.softmetz.de/2013/09/23/freie-software-beim-corso-leopold-2-0/">Munich
  34. we had a public booth during a street festival</a>, during Software Freedom
  35. Day our Fellows informed passers-by about Free Software in <a
  36. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/franz.gratzer/2013/09/22/software-freedom-day-2013-in-vienna/">Vienna</a>
  37. and in <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fast_edi/?p=393">Offenburg</a>, whereas
  38. in <a
  39. href="http://coss.fi/2013/09/17/lauantaina-vietetaan-kansainvalista-avointen-ohjelmien-paivaa/">
  40. Helsinki</a> they helped others installing Free Software. Our Düsseldorf
  41. Fellowship group was very active the last weeks as well: They had a booth at
  42. the summer party of the <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=906">Pirate
  43. Party</a>, and attended the summer party of the <a
  44. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=925">Green Party</a>, held a <a
  45. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=936">Software Freedom Day event</a>,
  46. supported a <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=916">Cryptoparty in
  47. Kempen</a>, held a <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=946">regular
  48. meeting</a>, as well as <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=884">a
  49. talk by Sam Tuke about Free Your Android</a>.</p>
  50. <p>From 27-29 September 22 Fellows of FSFE from 10 countries
  51. gathered in Berlin for the first European Coordinators Meeting. During the
  52. weekend the coordinators got to know each other, presented their work, talked
  53. about possibilities to promote Free Software, shared good practices, and
  54. provided valuable feedback about our campaigns. If you are interested to see
  55. who is promoting Free Software in local Fellowship groups <a
  56. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/10/01/first-european-coordinators-meeting-2/">have
  57. a look at Lucile's blog entry</a>.</p>
  58. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  59. <ul>
  60. <li>Technology should be a means to freedom and creativity. Yet governments
  61. around the world are turning computers and networks into tools of oppression.
  62. FSFE <a href="/news/2013/news-20130923-01.html">joined a coalition of more
  63. than 265 organisations</a> which launched a list of 13 International
  64. Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communication
  65. Surveillance.</li>
  66. <li>Ask Your Candidates: Our Austrian team <a
  67. href="/news/2013/news-20130926-01.html">published their questions and
  68. answers for the Nationalratswahl (federal election)</a>, and the German <a
  69. href="/news/2013/news-20130918-01.html">published the
  70. answers to similar questions for the state election in Hessen</a>.</li>
  71. <li>After <a
  72. href="/news/2013/news-20130729-02.html">FSFE
  73. already spoke up against it</a>, KDE also rejected the Fairsearch
  74. initiative claims, and <a
  75. href="http://dot.kde.org/sites/dot.kde.org/files/KDE-Fairsearch-claim-response_0.pdf">stated
  76. why Free Software is competitive</a>.</li>
  77. <li>There is a <a
  78. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/09/free-software-in-education-news-august-2013/">
  79. new edition of the Free Software in education news for August</a>,
  80. including what Open Education Resources can learn from Free Software.</li>
  81. <li>Together with Mirko Vogt from OpenWrt FSFE <a
  82. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1124">wrote a letter to the German
  83. Federal Network Agency</a> (German). We argued about the importance of
  84. having the freedom to use every router you want to have for your internet
  85. access.</li>
  86. <li>CERN, which is publishing a lot of hardware design documentation, <a
  87. href="http://ohwr.org/cernohl">has updated its Open Hardware License to
  88. version 1.2</a>.</li>
  89. <li>To celebrate GNU's 30th anniversary, FSF suggested <a
  90. href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu30/gnu-a-day">software freedom actions</a> for
  91. each day during September. Of course you can repeat that anytime you
  92. want.</li>
  93. <li>Public administration: the <a
  94. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/french-gendarmerie-open-source-desktop-lowers-tco-40">French
  95. Gendarmerie now maintains 37,000 GNU/Linux desktops</a>, and after the
  96. planned switch next summer it will be 72,000. Officials say they are able to
  97. lower the total cost of operation by 40% compared to the proprietary
  98. solution. But the savings are just one point, the other one is more vendor
  99. independence.</li>
  100. <li>From the <a href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  101. <ul>
  102. <li>Hugo Roy asks for feedback on the <a
  103. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2013/09/rfc-user-data-manifesto/">user
  104. data manifesto</a>.</li>
  105. <li>Georg Greve argues that software freedom advocates had it right all
  106. along: <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/greve/?p=634">You cannot trust
  107. proprietary cryptography, or proprietary software</a>.</li>
  108. <li>Mirko Böhm and Paul Adams organised a <a
  109. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2013/09/15/open-source-in-wirtschaft-und-gesellschaft-sommeruni-2013/">
  110. seminar about Free Software in economy and society at the German
  111. protestant student union</a> (German), where Karsten Gerloff also gave a
  112. talk as a guest speaker in front of students of medicine, natural
  113. sciences, or theology.</li>
  114. <li>Lucile learnt <a
  115. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/09/23/check-your-regular-expressions/">
  116. to appreciate regular expressions</a>, and <a
  117. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2013/09/04/schneier-on-risk/">
  118. highlighted some quotes by Bruce Schneier</a>, including "We’re afraid of
  119. risk. It's a normal part of life, but we're increasingly unwilling to
  120. accept it at any level."</li>
  121. <li> Thomas Løcke <a
  122. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/thomaslocke/2013/09/06/leashes-for-our-necks-and-whips-for-our-backs/">asks
  123. if we want to live in a world where shadow agencies run amok</a> and
  124. where our hard-earned taxes are being used to fund leashes for our necks
  125. and whips for our backs?</li>
  126. <li>Our Munich Fellowship coordinator Christian Kalkhoff <a
  127. 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
  128. why he finally quit facebook</a> (German) after they changed their terms
  129. of services.</li>
  130. <li>On a technical level: if you have to dual boot GNU/Linux and Windows 8
  131. on a machine with <a
  132. href="/freesoftware/secure-boot.html">restricted
  133. boot</a> read the <a
  134. href="http://seravo.fi/2013/dual-booting-ubuntu-12-04-windows-8-machines-restricted-boot">
  135. description from our Finnish Fellows</a>.</li>
  136. <li>If you used GnuCash or HomeBank before for your finances, <a
  137. href="http://danielpocock.com/postbooks-packages-available">Daniel Pocok
  138. suggests to have a look at PostBooks</a>, and maybe support their
  139. crowdfunding campaign for missing features.</li>
  140. <li>He also looked into <a
  141. href="http://danielpocock.com/mastering-calendar-and-contact-data-with-free-software-in-the-smartphone-era">
  142. calendar and contact data with Free Software</a> in the Smartphone
  143. era.</li>
  144. <li>Paul Boddie wrote about the <a
  145. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=430">Neo900</a>, successor of the
  146. famous N900 mobile phone.</li>
  147. <li>Guido Günther is <a
  148. href="http://honk.sigxcpu.org/con/Monitoring_the_temparature_values_of_a__kofen_Pellematic_using_munin.html">
  149. monitoring a heating system</a> powered by Free Software, and</li>
  150. <li>Henri Bergius was <a href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/noflo-ardrone/">
  151. flying a quadrocopter with NoFlo</a>.</li>
  152. <li>After many years Matija's laptop broke. <a
  153. href="http://matija.suklje.name/after-many-years-new-laptop-after-a-decade-a-new-distro-and-thankfully-working-backups">Read
  154. how he changed his distribution</a> after a decade and the good feeling
  155. to have working backups.</li>
  156. <li>Finally he is <a href="
  157. http://matija.suklje.name/are-copyright-and-other-ip-rights-really-a-natural-right">
  158. discussing if copyright, patents and state-given monopolies in general
  159. are natural</a>.</li>
  160. </ul>
  161. </ul>
  162. <h2>Get active: Talk to some friends about how it started!</h2>
  163. <p>As you read on the first paragraph it is 30 years since <a
  164. href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu/initial-announcement.html">Richard Stallman
  165. announced to start with the GNU operating system</a>. Many people mistakenly
  166. think of <a href="http://computerfloss.com/2013/09/happy-birthday-gnu/">this
  167. 30th anniversary</a> only as a success in a technical way but it is more: GNU
  168. and the philosophy behind it is a social revolution as well.</p>
  169. <p>More people should know about the importance and uniqueness of the development
  170. GNU has started. So we ask you to talk with your friends, acquaintances and colleagues about
  171. the <a href="https://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu.html">history</a> and
  172. <a href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html">philosophy</a> of GNU project and to reflect
  173. about which positive side effect of GNU's invention you personally appreciate the most.</p>
  174. <p>Please share your experiences with us, for example by <a
  175. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/about/">writing a blog post</a> about the talk
  176. with the people you spoke with or sharing your experiences on our
  177. <a href="/contact/community.html">public mailing lists</a>.</p>
  178. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  179. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  180. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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