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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – April 2014</h1>
  8. <h2>Document Freedom Day: Open Standards explained for grandpa</h2>
  9. <p>Although more entrepreneurs and politicians understand the importance of
  10. Open Standards, people do not see the connection with their daily life. That is
  11. why on 26 March we again organised <a
  12. href="">Document Freedom Day</a> (DFD). This year we
  13. had a lot of new materials: <a
  14. href="">new leaflets in different
  15. languages explain Open Standards</a>, and <a
  16. href="">a
  17. nice comic shows why you should use Open Standards</a> so you do not have problems
  18. with your files when you are old.</p>
  19. <p><a href="">There were at least 51 events
  20. in 22 countries</a> organised by a lot of independent groups. FSFE's
  21. volunteers in the UK presented an <a
  22. href="">award to
  23. The OpenStreetMap Foundation in Birmingham</a>, while FSFE's Werner Koch
  24. participated in an event <a
  25. href="">
  26. on Open Standards in Cryptography in the Parliament</a>. Our local group in
  27. Linz <a
  28. href="">organised
  29. an information booth in the city centre</a>, and in the evening they gave a
  30. talk about Open Standards at the university. At the booth in Vienna <a
  31. href="">
  32. our volunteers had some problems with an artist of a
  33. monument</a>, but still handed out a huge amount of leaflets and also informed four
  34. friendly police officers about Free Software and Open Standards. <a
  35. href="">Our DFD team</a> is still
  36. gathering information of what happened during the DFD week, and will publish a
  37. full report during April.</p>
  38. <h2>EU institution acknowledges captivity to Microsoft</h2>
  39. <p>In a <a
  40. href="">recent
  41. letter to MEP Amelia Andersdotter</a> (PDF), the EC acknowledges that it is in a
  42. state of "effective captivity" to Microsoft. As FSFE has pointed out
  43. repeatedly that this is a persistent problem for the Commission, the Council and
  44. the Parliament. On Document Freedom Day the <a
  45. href="/news/2014/news-20140326-02.html">FSFE and Open Forum Europe sent an
  46. open letter to the European Parliament and the European Commission
  47. highlighting its vendor lock-in with Microsoft</a>.</p>
  48. <h2>Using Free Software in the Netherland's education sector</h2>
  49. <p newsteaser="yes"><a
  50. href="">The
  51. Free Software in education news for February</a> are out, including an update
  52. from <a href="">the NLEdu campaign</a>: Kevin
  53. reports that the commercial director of SchoolMaster, the largest Dutch
  54. ELO/student administration software supplier, confirmed that they will roll out
  55. a platform-independent HTML5 version in April, replacing the Silverlight
  56. version. This would make the NLEdu campaign a success as it will allow Free
  57. Software users to access the course materials with any standard compliant
  58. browser. <a
  59. href="">Kevin
  60. Keijzer published detailed information about this matter</a>.</p>
  61. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  62. <ul>
  63. <li>For the European Parliament elections from 22 May to 25, <a
  64. href="/news/2014/news-20140304-01.html">FSFE supports the Free Software Pact
  65. by April, and the WePromise.Eu by EDRi</a>. Our volunteers worked on
  66. translations, and help <a
  67. href="">to promote
  68. the campaign</a>.</li>
  69. <li>Karsten Gerloff participated in the <a
  70. href="/news/2014/news-20140314-01.html">first meeting of the Asian Legal
  71. Network in Hong Kong</a>. Most of the people there were representatives from
  72. technology companies in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Korea. This is a series
  73. of round tables organised jointly by FSFE, Open Invention Network and Linux
  74. Foundation. Inspired by the <a href="/activities/ftf/network.html">Legal
  75. Network which FSFE has been facilitating since 2006</a>, it has the same goal:
  76. enabling legal experts to share knowledge about Free Software.</li>
  77. <li>FSFE welcomes its <a href="/news/2014/news-20140303-01.html">new
  78. Fellowship representative Stefan "Penny" Harmuth</a> in the the <a
  79. href="/about/team.html#id-general-assembly">General Assembly</a>.</li>
  80. <li>PDFreaders: <a
  81. href="">
  82. Heiki reports why we had to remove SumatraPDF from</a>, as it
  83. includes non-free code.</li>
  84. <li>Local FSFE Fellowship meetings: <a
  85. href="">Guido
  86. Arnold reports from the meeting in Frankfurt</a> including the schedule of the
  87. next events in Wiesbaden, Bad Homburg, and of course Frankfurt.
  88. Thanks to Simon Wächter our group in Zürich <a
  89. href="">resumed their
  90. monthly Fellowship meetings after some time of inactivity</a>.</li>
  91. <li>After several years, our education team coordinator <a
  92. href="">
  93. Guido Arnold finally visited the Chemnitzer Linuxtage</a>. As in previous
  94. years the FSFE had a booth there, distributing <a
  95. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#free-software">our new Free Software
  96. leaflet for beginners</a> which was written by our Vienna Fellowship
  97. group for a vegan festival and which is now available printed in English,
  98. German, French, and to be printed in Finnish. Beside that your editor gave
  99. a talk about the threat to the general purpose computer.</li>
  100. <li>We welcome OSB Alliance's publication of <a
  101. href="">a
  102. guide how to procure Free Software in the public administration for the
  103. German public administration</a>.</li>
  104. <li>During LibrePlanet 2014 <a
  105. href="">The
  106. Free Software Awards went to the GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for
  107. Women and Matthew Garrett</a>, for his work to keep <a
  108. href="">"Secure
  109. Boot"</a> Free Software compatible. Dan Fritzmartin documented <a
  110. href="">how
  111. he made a video for LibrePlanet using all Free Software</a>.</li>
  112. <li><a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>: Paul
  113. Kocialkowski of Replicant <a
  114. href="">found
  115. a backdoor in the Samsung Galaxy</a>. Basically, these devices have a
  116. proprietary userspace program which accepts requests from the proprietary
  117. baseband firmware to modify the filesystem. By replacing that userspace program
  118. with a free one, this particular back-door can be closed by Replicant -- of
  119. course the proprietary modem firmware will still have sufficient control over
  120. the device to do many evil things.</li>
  121. <li>South Tyrol will increase its use of Free Software, <a
  122. href="">announced
  123. their Governor Arno Kompatscher</a>. The European Parliament wants its IT
  124. department to rehabilitate its GNU/Linux desktop pilot. On Tuesday, the <a
  125. href="">EP's
  126. committee on budgetary control accepted a request by MEPs Bart Staes and
  127. Amelia Andersdotter to restart the GNU/Linux desktop pilot</a>, which had been
  128. shelved in 2012.</li>
  129. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  130. <ul>
  131. <li>Setup a call for papers, select a few talks, publish a schedule, book a
  132. venue, sell a few tickets - have fun: Essentially all it takes to organise
  133. a conference, isn't it? In theory maybe - in practice - not so much.
  134. Fellow Isabel Drost-Fromm <a
  135. href="">is
  136. sharing her experience on event organisation so others can learn from
  137. it</a>, e.g. how increasing the ticket price relates to your amount of
  138. sleep. </li>
  139. <li><a href="">Hugo Roy
  140. considers himself to be a turing complete user</a>. He points to a
  141. recommendable <a
  142. href="">essay
  143. by Olia Lialina</a>. Related to this, if you have not seen <a
  144. href="">revealing errors by Benjamin Mako
  145. Hill</a>, it is worth it.</li>
  146. <li><a
  147. href="">Henrik
  148. Sandklef wrote about what education is</a>, and he <a
  149. href="">searches
  150. for a strategy for teaching programming to newbies</a>.</li>
  151. <li>Nikos Roussos <a
  152. href="">wrote
  153. that making things distributed is hard</a>, and why centralisation happens.
  154. But although it takes effort and determination, he argues that we all together can
  155. build an Internet that is distributed.</li>
  156. <li>He also documented <a
  157. href="">how
  158. to build and run Popcorn Time from source</a>.</li>
  159. <li>Jens Lechtenbörger <a
  160. href="">describes
  161. how he pins certificates in GNU Emacs</a>.</li>
  162. <!-- removed as it seems abandoned
  163. <li>Karl runs a crowdfunding for his book <a
  164. href="">"The
  165. ideal gift for your computer-illiterate loved one"</a>.</li>
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  167. <li>Timo Jyrinki from our Finnish team <a
  168. href="">wrote about the
  169. problems to switch to Qt 5.2.1 in Ubuntu involving roughly 130 source
  170. packages</a>.</li>
  171. <li>Franz Grazer wrote an article asking the question: <a
  172. href="">Do
  173. we need DRM?</a> arguing that Free Software should not get involved
  174. with DRM since it is all about locking things down.</li>
  175. <li>Matija documented <a
  176. href="">How
  177. to write your Pelican-powered blog using ownCloud and WebDAV</a> and
  178. reports from <a
  179. href="">his
  180. first results of testing DE razor blades for shaving with oil</a>.</li>
  181. </ul>
  182. </ul>
  183. <h2>Get active: The right not to pay for non-free software</h2>
  184. <p>The revelations from Edward Snowden concerning massive surveillance of
  185. communications demonstrates the need for each person to be able to control
  186. their computers and phones. Yet computer and telephone manufacturers and
  187. retailers typically impose on users programs that jeopardise their privacy.</p>
  188. <p>Each person should therefore have the opportunity to refuse to pay for
  189. non-free software, and be allowed to choose the programs that run on their
  190. telephone and computer, in our case a Free Software operating system and other
  191. Free Software.</p>
  192. <p>We joined <a href="">other
  193. organisations throughout the world</a> in requesting an unfettered choice of
  194. the operating system on telephones, laptops and other computing devices.</p>
  195. <p>This month we ask you to <a
  196. href="">sign the
  197. international petition</a>, and <a
  198. href="">help us promoting
  199. it</a>!</p>
  200. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  201. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  202. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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