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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - May 2015</title>
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  8. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - May 2015</h1>
  9. <h2>A secret Free Software action plan by the European Commission</h2>
  10. <p>The European Commission has published a new version of its
  11. strategy for the internal use of Free Software. The FSFE provided input to the
  12. Commission during the update phase and while the strategy is broadly similar to
  13. the previous version, <a href="/news/2015/news-20150401-01.html">there are some
  14. improvements</a>.</p>
  15. <p>Unlike previous versions, this time the strategy is accompanied by an action
  16. plan aimed at putting it into practice. However, the action plan is not public,
  17. so it is not possible to assess the Commission's progress towards its own
  18. goals. We would welcome it, if the Commission would soon publish its action
  19. plan.</p>
  20. <h2>Interpretation of law restricting Free Software in Switzerland</h2>
  21. <p>FSFE's goal is that software which is developed with tax money has to be
  22. released as Free Software. By doing so the public administration would
  23. strengthen and stimulate a fair IT market.</p>
  24. <p>In Switzerland, there is currently uncertainty regarding the development and
  25. release of Free Software by public contractors. The trigger for this was the
  26. development and release of the software “OpenJusticia” by the Swiss Federal
  27. Supreme Court. The federal council now wants to examine whether the publication
  28. of Free Software by the federal administration can be allowed explicitly. <a
  29. href="/news/2015/news-20150306-01.html">The FSFE demands a clarification</a>,
  30. so that publicly-financed software can be legally and unambiguously released as
  31. Free Software.</p>
  32. <h2>Worldwide 63 events about Open Standards</h2>
  33. <p>This year again volunteers around the world, accompanied by international
  34. organisations as well as politicians and public services joined our demand for
  35. document freedom. The global Document Freedom Day had 63 local events in 31
  36. countries on 4 continents. <a
  37. href="">Read our 2015
  38. report</a> to learn about political activities, new cartoons and illustrations,
  39. and have a look at pictures from the events including tasty DFD cakes.</p>
  40. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  41. <ul>
  42. <li>We published <a href="/news/2015/news-20150414-01.html">a statement on the
  43. changed relations between the FSFE and Kern Sibbald</a>. If you are a developer
  44. who has contributed to Bacula, we recommend that you look at what Fiduciary
  45. Licence Agreements or copyright assignments you have agreed to, and make sure
  46. that you fully understand how this termination affect you. If you are not sure,
  47. you are welcome to email us and we will do our best to assist you. Please take
  48. a look at <a href="/activities/ftf/faq-bacula.html">our FAQ on this issue
  49. first</a>.</li>
  50. <li>On 6 May 2015 the FSF is organising the International Day Against DRM. You
  51. can still <a href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#drm-leaflet">print out some
  52. DRM leaflets</a>, distribute them during the day, and talk with your friends
  53. and colleagues about the harm of digital restriction measures. <a
  54. href="">Previously
  55. the FSF highlighted the problems with the new Apple products</a> concerning
  56. proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management technologies
  57. distributed with its products and services.</li>
  58. <li><a
  59. href="">The
  60. German Greens want</a> the Government to increase the support for Free
  61. Software. FSFE has helped them with a enquiry in parliament about the move to
  62. non-free software in the German Foreign Office. You can <a
  63. href="/news/2015/news-20150401-02.html">help us to evaluate the Governments
  64. answers</a> (in German).</li>
  65. <li>Guido Arnold gave a talk about FSFE's education team at the Chemnitzer
  66. Linuxtage. The <a href="">video
  67. “Advantages and barriers of Free Software in education” is now online</a> (you
  68. can for example use youtube-dl to download it).</li>
  69. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>:</li>
  70. <ul>
  71. <li>Paul Boddie wrote a detailed blog post <a
  72. href="">why Open Hardware and Free
  73. Software is not just for the geeks</a>.</li>
  74. <li>Franz Gratzer published an <a
  75. href="">open
  76. letter to about their Apple advertisement</a>.</li>
  77. <li>Mirko Böhm summarised his experiences about <a
  78. href="">parsing
  79. Emacs OrgMode files, the EU patent debate, and his vacation</a>.</li>
  80. <li><a href="">Riccardo
  81. (ruphy) Iaconelli announced, that he is back blogging</a>, after he has done
  82. research at CERN and launched WikiFM.</li>
  83. <li>And your editor explained <a
  84. href="">how to share
  85. multiple links on Android</a>.</li>
  86. </ul>
  87. </ul>
  88. <h2>Get active: Check the remaining advertisement for non-free software</h2>
  89. <p>We currently wrap-up the PDFreaders campaign, and we need your help to
  90. measure our success.</p>
  91. <p>Started in 2009 FSFE’s goal with the campaign was to get rid of
  92. advertisement for proprietary PDF readers. We focused on the websites of public
  93. administrations, and many people helped us gather contact details for over 2000
  94. public websites which advertised non-free software. Many people helped us to
  95. contact the public administrations, governments were made aware of it and
  96. published guidelines. Until now we know that 772 of the 2110 bugs were fixed,
  97. which is a 36% success rate.</p>
  98. <p>But for most countries we did not check the status for several months now.
  99. That is why we need your help to make one final round. We are looking for
  100. volunteers who can help us by checking websites in their native language, <a
  101. href="">following
  102. the step-by-step guide at the end of your editor's blog post</a>.</p>
  103. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  104. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  105. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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