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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – February 2014</h1>
  8. <h2>A big step forward for Free Software in Italy</h2>
  9. <p>More public administrations using Free Software means more money for the
  10. development of Free Software and less problems for citizen using Free Software
  11. communicating with their authorities. In January the <a
  12. href="https://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20140116-01.html">Italian
  13. government has made Free Software the default choice for public
  14. administrations</a>. The Italian Digital Agency issued new rules saying that
  15. all government organisations in the country must consider using Free Software
  16. before buying licenses for proprietary programs. The rule, which has been
  17. discussed for over a year, has now been reaffirmed. Carlo Piana, who
  18. participated on FSFE's behalf in the working group, <a
  19. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/italy-posts-benchmark-open-vs-closed-software">wrote</a>:
  20. "Now public administrations have no excuse not to comply with the guidelines.
  21. There are no more excuses, there is no room for ambiguous interpretations."</p>
  22. <h2>What else is going on in the public administration</h2>
  23. <p newsteaser="yes">First the bad news, the European Commission is still in
  24. denial on their vendor lock-in and <a
  25. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/01/15/european-commission-still-in-denial-on-vendor-lock-in/">Karsten
  26. Gerloff offers good reasons</a> to believe that they are not serious about
  27. using and supporting the Open Document Format. But there were also a lot of
  28. good developments: The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties,
  29. Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), <a
  30. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/improve-it-security-ep-demands-open-source">wants
  31. to use more Free Software for their new IT systems</a>. The <a
  32. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/ep-green/efa-use-open-source-secure-email">Greens/ETA
  33. in the European parliament started a small pilot program</a> to increase
  34. e-mail security, running 10 laptops with Debian GNU/Linux. The next step for
  35. them would be to budget to pay for the Free Software support, like the
  36. Parliament does for non-free software.</p>
  37. <p><a
  38. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/munich-open-source-switch-completed-successfully">
  39. The city of Munich successfully completed their GNU/Linux migration with
  40. 14.800 PCs</a>. They also announced that they will <a
  41. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/munich-continue-open-source-advocacy-work">continue
  42. their advocacy work for Free Software</a>. EC's Joinup reports that <a
  43. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/oss-use-dutch-town-lowers-it-cost-24-vs-peers">public
  44. administrations in the Netherlands who use Free Software spend 24% less than
  45. the ones who do not</a>. In Denmark public libraries are switching to
  46. GNU/Linux, and are demanding a complete free admin system. Carsten Agger, our
  47. local coordinator for Århus/Denmark, <a
  48. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/agger/2014/01/07/bibos-admin-admin-system-for-gnulinux-to-be-presented-at-fosdem/">is
  49. involved in providing this system</a>.</p>
  50. <h2>Compulsory routers: Private network should be private!</h2>
  51. <p>You should be able to use a router of your own choice in your home, so you
  52. can have more control over this gateway from your private network to the
  53. internet. But in Germany ISPs started to force customers to use specific
  54. routers, and did not offer them the internet access credentials to use routers
  55. of their own choice. Together with dedicated volunteers from <a
  56. href="https://openwrt.org/">OpenWRT</a>, <a
  57. href="http://www.ipfire.org/">IPFire</a> and others, <a
  58. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=1163">FSFE worked on this issue in
  59. 2013</a>, sending a letter to the authorities, and answering 18 detailed
  60. questions. Our argument were then covered by German newspapers, magazines
  61. and and television news sites.</p>
  62. <p>What did we achieve? The new coalition agreement of the German governments
  63. says that they are against compulsory routers, and that the ISPs have to send
  64. the usernames and passwords without request from the customers. Those are the
  65. good news from the new coalition agreement. Our intern Max Mehl summarised our
  66. work on compulsory routers in his blog entry <a
  67. href="http://blog.max-mehl.com/2014/why-free-choice-of-routers-is-an-unnegotiable-must/">"Why
  68. free choice of routers is a must"</a>.</p>
  69. <p>But although the coalition agreement by CDU/CSU und SPD is an improvement
  70. for Free Software compared to the one from the last Government, there are still
  71. some <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2013/news-20131211-01.en.html">critical
  72. points, which we pointed out in our press release</a> (in German, but Joinup published a
  73. <a
  74. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/fsfe-german-coalition-should-prioritise-open-source">good
  75. article in English about it</a>).</p>
  76. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  77. <ul>
  78. <li>You might have noticed it already: Our web team applied a new design to
  79. FSFE's website. Hugo Roy <a
  80. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/hugo/2014/01/a-new-website-for-fsfe-org/">announced
  81. the plans in the beginning of the month</a>. The new design should make the
  82. website better usable on every screen (tiny mobile, mobile, big mobile/tablet,
  83. laptops, desktops, whatevercomesnext) and we will reuse this for
  84. www.,wiki.,planet.,fellowship., search. and eventually, blogs.fsfe.org. Hugo
  85. documented <a href="/contribute/template">how to use the new web design in a
  86. template article</a>, and <a href="/contribute/web/css.html">how to edit our
  87. CSS with LESS</a>.</li>
  88. <li><a href="http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/29160.html">Matthew Garrett criticised
  89. Canonical's contributor agreement</a>. Other copyright assignment tools,
  90. such as <a href="https://fsfe.org/activities/ftf/fiduciary.en.html">FSFE's
  91. Fiduciary License Agreement</a> and the GNU Project's copyright assignment,
  92. enable developers to prevent their code from being used in non-free software.
  93. In contrast, Canonical's agreement explicitly states that the company may
  94. distribute people's contributions under non-free licenses. If you value
  95. software freedom, FSFE recommends you <strong>not to sign</strong> agreements
  96. which make it possible to distribute your code under non-free licenses.</li>
  97. <li>Get 46.03€ back for an unused Microsoft Windows license. Rui Miguel Silva
  98. Seabra explains in a series of <a
  99. href="https://blog.1407.org/2014/01/10/got-my-windows-refund-and-so-can-you/">blog
  100. entries how he was successful to get a Windows tax refund in Portugal</a>. You
  101. can help us to keep <a
  102. href="https://www.wiki.fsfe.org/WindowsTaxRefund">Windows Tax Refund wiki up to
  103. date</a>.</li>
  104. <li>Fellowship representative Heiki "Repentinus" Ojasild and other Free
  105. Software supporters <a
  106. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/repentinus/english/2014/01/27/a-short-excursion-into-the-estonian-language-and-its-corpus-planning-as-it-relates-to-free-software/">convinced
  107. the Institute of the Estonian Language to differ between Free Software and
  108. gratis software</a>.</li>
  109. <li>Local groups: Carsten Agger, our local group coordinator from Aahrus
  110. Denmark, started <a href="http://www.modspil.dk/itpolitik/">blogging about
  111. Free Software and FSFE in Danish</a>. <a
  112. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/repentinus/english/2014/01/25/manchester-cryptoparty-on-dec-7-2013/">FSFE's
  113. local group in Manchester ran a Cryptoparty</a> and explained public/private
  114. key encryption with actual locks, keys, and a diary. We had our <a
  115. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2013/12/first-fellowship-meeting-in-aschaffenburg/">first
  116. Fellowship meeting in Aschaffenburg</a>, and at the <a
  117. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2014/01/fellowship-meeting-rheinmain-in-frankfurt-jan-2014/">meeting
  118. in Frankfurt</a> local Free Software activists discussed <a
  119. href="http://ilovefs.org">I love Free Software</a>, <a
  120. href="http://documentfreedom.org">Document Freedom Day</a>, <a
  121. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">PDFreaders</a>, <a
  122. href="http://theydontwantyou.to">TheyDontWantYou.to</a>, the local event
  123. Fuxcon, and CryptoParties.</li>
  124. <li>Interesting news about Free Software in education are covered in <a
  125. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2014/01/free-software-in-education-news-december">Guido
  126. Arnold's latest update</a>,</li>
  127. <li>and an edited version of Benjamin Mako Hill's talk <a
  128. href="http://mako.cc/copyrighteous/when-free-software-isnt-better-talk">"When
  129. Free Software isn't better" is now available</a>.</li>
  130. <li>From the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  131. <ul>
  132. <li><a href="http://danielpocock.com/debian-sip-federation">Debian.org
  133. enabled SIP federation</a>. Furthermore Daniel Pocock describes how easy it
  134. is to have a <a
  135. href="http://danielpocock.com/webrtc-calling-firefox-android-chromium-linux">phone
  136. call from a mobile phone to a desktop system using WebRTC</a>.</li>
  137. <li>Fellow No 1, Mario Fux, wrote about the <a
  138. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mario/?p=189">2014 Free Software meetings in
  139. Randa/Switzerland about several KDE topics, Open Street Map, and usability</a>.</li>
  140. <li>Who was the creator of an image, what is its terms of use, where was it
  141. created and when? This information often gets lost. Former FSFE's Vice
  142. President Jonas Öberg wants to fix this, and <a
  143. href="http://commonsmachinery.se/2014/01/another-year-of-fellowship/">received
  144. another year of funding by the Shuttleworth Foundation for working on
  145. Commons Machinery</a>.</li>
  146. <li>Are you looking for ways to get your children in touch with technology?
  147. Isabel Drost-Fromm was asked how to achieve that and <a
  148. href="http://blog.drost-fromm.de/posts/children-tinkering.html">wrote
  149. about it in "Children tinkering"</a>. But be careful, like mentioned in
  150. the <a
  151. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2014/01/free-software-in-education-news-december/">quote
  152. from the December education news</a>: If your children start hacking, companies
  153. might want to hire them.</li>
  154. <li><a
  155. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2014/01/21/ec-copyright-consulation/">Lucile
  156. Falgueyrac organised a meeting about the European Commission's consultation
  157. on copyright</a> to share knowledge about the consultation, and she <a
  158. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/lucile.falg/2014/01/28/interview-rt-russia-today/">wrote
  159. about her first television interview in Russia Today</a>.</li>
  160. <li>The KDE Community released a tech preview of the upcoming KDE 5
  161. Frameworks, <a
  162. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2014/01/07/kde-frameworks-5-tech-preview-released-with-updated-threadweaver/">
  163. Mirko Böhm summarised the changes</a>.</li>
  164. <li>Tobias Platen wrote about <a
  165. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/tobias_platen/2014/01/05/gnulinux-on-mobile-devices-and-single-board-computers/">GNU/Linux
  166. on mobile devices and single board computers</a>.</li>
  167. <li>Paul Boddie wrote an article about <a
  168. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=635">"Python 3: I Told You
  169. So?"</a> explaining why it may be easier for users to choose another
  170. technology entirely than to deal with version 3,</li>
  171. <li>and your editor found his <a
  172. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/memories-about-some-old-free-software-floppies-and-cds">old Free
  173. Software floppies and CDs</a>, and remembered how he got involved in Free
  174. Software.</li>
  175. </ul>
  176. </ul>
  177. <h2>Get active: You love Free Software? Show it!</h2>
  178. <p>Free Software eases our daily life and ensures we can work and create in
  179. freedom. In many cases, we do not pay for these tools and yet we write bug
  180. reports to make the developer improving his software even more. On 14 February
  181. we ask you to show your love to the people working on the Free Software you
  182. use. For example, you could prepare a "love letter" telling the developers of a
  183. certain program why you love their work, include <a
  184. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/2014/banners.html">banners or buttons</a> on your
  185. website, (micro)blog about your favourite piece of software, or <a
  186. href="https://mail.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/discussion/2014-January/009966.html">help
  187. us collecting quotes</a> by well-known people and yourself. On "<a
  188. href="http://ilovefs.org">I love Free Software day</a>", it is time to give
  189. back.</p>
  190. <p>In Manchester, our local group is even celebrating Free Software with a
  191. week-long event. The "<a href="http://freeasinfreedom.org.uk/?page_id=88">I
  192. love Free Software Festival</a>" takes place from 3 to 8 February 2014 and
  193. focusses especially on Bitcoin, Wordpress, encryption, and <a
  194. href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>. It is a great
  195. opportunity to meet other likeminded people in MadLab's great atmosphere.</p>
  196. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  197. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  198. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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