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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2015</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - April 2015</h1>
  8. <h2>Jonas Öberg visiting Boston without a pink backpack</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes"><a href="/news/2015/news-20150302-02.html">Our new Executive
  10. Director Jonas Öberg</a> gave a talk at Libreplanet, and visited Boston to meet
  11. FSF board members and staff. In <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/jonas/?p=14">his
  12. blog posts</a> he wrote about his meetings with Matthew Garret, Benjamin Mako
  13. Hill, Bradley Kuhn, Henry Poole from FSF's board, FSF's staff as well as FSF's
  14. Executive Director John Sullivan discussing how to improve cooperation and the
  15. two main challenges he sees for FSFE:</p>
  16. <ul><li>analysing Free Software from legal, technical, and social dimensions
  17. and ensuring that any challenges to Free Software within those areas are
  18. met,</li> <li>assuring that in a world of free and open everything, Free
  19. Software is what ties everything together: you can not have open data, open
  20. ecology, open government or open educational resources without Free
  21. Software.</li></ul>
  22. <p>Furthermore he looks back to his first visit, at that time in his capacity
  23. as GNU webmaster, in December 1999 with a pink backpack.</p>
  24. <h2>FSFE supporting the Christoph Hellwig GNU GPL enforcement lawsuit</h2>
  25. <p>FSFE welcomes the <a
  26. href="http://sfconservancy.org/linux-compliance/vmware-lawsuit-faq.html">action which
  27. Christoph Hellwig and the Software Freedom Conservancy are taking</a> to bring
  28. VMware into compliance with the GNU General Public License.</p>
  29. <p>Free Software is a public resource, and it is governed by legal rules and
  30. social norms. Anyone who draws on this resource without respecting those rules
  31. and norms damages the community at large. The great majority of such problems
  32. are successfully resolved through dialogue and goodwill. It is only when
  33. dialogue fails that legal steps become necessary in order to protect this
  34. resource which we all share.</p>
  35. <p>While FSFE regrets that this lawsuit has arisen, we believe that
  36. safeguarding Free Software against those who try to appropriate for themselves
  37. what belongs to us all is of the utmost importance.</p>
  38. <h2>Joint statement on the use of Open Standards in the European Commission</h2>
  39. <p>Open Standards are formats and protocols which everybody can use free of
  40. charge and restriction and for which no specific software from a particular
  41. vendor is required. It is important that every EU citizen and company should
  42. have the right to communicate and interact with its administration using Open
  43. Standards exclusively, and not be forced to install and use software from any
  44. specific vendor.</p>
  45. <p>At Document Freedom Day (DFD), the international day to celebrate and raise
  46. awareness of Open Standards, April (the French Free Software organisation),
  47. European Digital Rights (EDRi), Open Forum Europe (OFE), the Open Source
  48. Business Alliance (OSBA), and FSFE published a joint statement. Besides
  49. generally highlighting the topic, the statement focuses on the <a
  50. href="/news/2015/news-20150325-01.html">improper use of
  51. standards in the context of applying for EU programmes</a>. (A full report
  52. about the 60 DFD events in 31 countries will be published at the beginning of
  53. April.)</p>
  54. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  55. <ul>
  56. <li>Just how transparent does the European Parliament have to be? In its own
  57. rules of procedure, the Parliament has set itself the high standard of
  58. conducting its affairs in “utmost transparency”. Our president <a
  59. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2015/03/26/909/">Karsten Gerloff
  60. reports</a> from an interesting discussion “Ensuring utmost transparency – Free
  61. Software and Open Standards under the Rules of Procedure of the European
  62. Parliament”, and what that means in practice.</li>
  63. <li>The German Ministry of Economics published a first <a
  64. href="http://www.bmwi.de/BMWi/Redaktion/PDF/P-R/referentenentwurf-gesetz-zur-auswahl-und-zum-anschluss-von-telekommunikationsendgeraeten,property=pdf,bereich=bmwi2012,sprache=de,rwb=true.pdf">draft
  65. law to ban compulsory routers (German)</a>. Except missing enforcement measures
  66. FSFE welcomes the draft. We update the <a
  67. href="/activities/routers/timeline.html">timeline</a> and our
  68. <a href="/activities/routers/routers.html">overview pages</a> so people
  69. outside German could reuse our experiences to fight compulsory routers in other
  70. countries, too.</li>
  71. <li>At a panel discussion, organised by the European Patent Office, about
  72. patents, standards, and Free Software <a
  73. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/unexpected-turn-at-panel-discussion-on-software-patents-and-free-software/">your
  74. editor experienced an unexpected but positive turn</a>.</li>
  75. <li>The New Yorker notes the 30th anniversary of the GNU Manifesto and <a
  76. href="http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-gnu-manifesto-turns-thirty">published
  77. a longer article about Richard Stallman and the start of
  78. GNU and copyleft</a>.</li>
  79. <li>This year the <a
  80. href="https://www.fsf.org/news/free-software-award-winners">Free Software
  81. Award</a> went to Sébastien Jodogne for his work on Free software Medical
  82. imaging with his project Orthanc and to Reglue, which gives GNU/Linux computers
  83. to underprivileged children and their families in Austin, Texas.</li>
  84. <li>FSFE welcomes Nicolas Dietrich in its General Assembly. He was elected by
  85. our sustaining members, and thereby holds one of the two <a
  86. href="/news/2015/news-20150316-01.html">Fellowship GA
  87. seats</a>.</li>
  88. <li>From the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>:</li>
  89. <ul>
  90. <li>Peter Bubestinger explains <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/pb/?p=147">how he
  91. saved the songs of a friend's iPod with Free Software</a>.</li>
  92. <li>In his new job, former FSFE intern <a
  93. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/nicoulas/?p=175">Nicolas Jean published EvQueue, a
  94. job scheduler and queuing engine, as Free Software</a>.</li>
  95. <li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=878">Paul Boddie wrote about the
  96. BBC Micro Bit</a>, a computing device, which the BBC plan to give to each child
  97. in the UK starting secondary school.</li>
  98. <li>Franz Gratzer highlighted some English <a
  99. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/franz.gratzer/2015/03/01/fosdem-2015-some-interviews/">interviews
  100. held during FOSDEM</a>, and wrote about the booth presence of freie.it, which
  101. was founded by some members of FSFE’s Viennese Fellowship group, as a web
  102. platform to help people who are interested in using Free Software but who do
  103. not want to administrate their own computers.</li>
  104. <li>Fellow Karl Beecher explained <a
  105. href="http://computerfloss.com/2015/03/endocode-proud-to-sponsor-free-software-foundation-europe/">why
  106. his company Endocode supports FSFE as silver donor</a>, and</li>
  107. <li>Mirko Böhm, also part of Endocode, <a
  108. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2015/03/11/fancy-dinners-cgroups-and-namespaces-and-meet-ups/">wrote
  109. about his activites</a>, including meeting with Jonas Öberg, FSFE’s new Executive
  110. Director.</li>
  111. <li>Nico Rikken wrote about <a
  112. href="http://nicorikken.eu/blog/fairphone-back-to-the-drawing-board/">his
  113. discussions with the Fairphone producers</a></li>
  114. <li>Mario Fux wondered <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mario/?p=283">if Konqi --
  115. the KDE mascot -- is male or female</a>.</li>
  116. <li>And Daniel Pocock explains <a
  117. href="http://danielpocock.com/the-easiest-way-to-run-your-own-openid">how you
  118. can become your own OpenID provider</a>.</li>
  119. </ul>
  120. </ul>
  121. <h2>Get active: Spread the message with Free Software merchandise</h2>
  122. <p>During the last weeks, many people <a
  123. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#promo-material">ordered our
  124. “There is no cloud, just other people's computers” stickers</a>. Now Rich
  125. Folsom wrote <a
  126. href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cloud-to-other-peoples-co/kkpbkgbkkggjfnkkcfaodijpfldjfkji">a
  127. Chromium Browser add-in</a>, which converts “the cloud” to “other people's
  128. computers”.</p>
  129. <p>Since so many people like the slogan, we now also have the corresponding <a
  130. href="/order/order.html">“There is no cloud, just other
  131. people's computers” <strong>bags</strong> in our webshop</a>. Furthermore we
  132. have a new Open Standard t-shirt with robots in fitted light blue or a
  133. non-fitted khaki, the “I love Free Software” t-shirt in light blue, or a fitted
  134. “Hacking for Freedom” t-shirt in grey, as well as the metallic “GNU/Linux
  135. inside” stickers and a golden GNU pin.</p>
  136. <p>If you want to spread the Free Software message at work, conferences, or
  137. when you are shopping, you can <a
  138. href="/order/order.html">order the equipment on our merchandise
  139. page</a>.</p>
  140. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  141. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  142. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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