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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - December 2015</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - December 2015</h1>
  8. <h2 id="from-the-fsfe">From the FSFE</h2>
  9. <h2 id="meps-in support-of-our-amendments" >MEPs in support of our amendments</h2>
  10. <p newsteaser="yes">The European Parliamentary committees for Internal Market and Consumer
  11. Protection (IMCO) as well as Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) issued
  12. their joint own-initiative report based on the Commission's Digital Single
  13. Market Strategy. FSFE's policy team analysed their report and proposed
  14. changes to include standards that are open, minimalistic, and implementable
  15. with Free Software, to integrate users' control over their data and to
  16. make sure that the single open science cloud is implemented with
  17. Free Software.</p>
  18. <p>The report received more than 1000 amendments from Members of the European
  19. Parliament (MEPs), several of whom supported our points and proposed amendments.
  20. This shows increased awareness in the Parliament towards the importance
  21. of Free Software in &quot;cloud computing&quot;, big data and standardisation,
  22. as well as in public sector. Shadow rapporteur Cornelia Ernst even highlighted
  23. the need to address Free Software during her talk in the joint meeting of
  24. IMCO/ITRE on 10 November. This month, on December 14, the Parliament will
  25. vote for the final version of the report.</p>
  26. <p>Although the report is non-binding and the Commission is not obliged
  27. to follow the Parliament's recommendations, the fact that our amendments
  28. were supported by several MEPs is an important step. Especially in the
  29. Parliament that is usually less receptive when it comes to the issues
  30. concerning digital rights and Free Software.</p>
  31. <h2 id="germany-passed-law-against-compulsory-routers">Germany passed law
  32. against compulsory routers</h2>
  33. <p><a href="https://fsfe.org/activities/routers/timeline.html">After three
  34. years of intensive lobbying by the FSFE</a> and other organisations, the
  35. German Parliament as well as the second chamber, the Federal Council,
  36. passed a law against compulsory routers but for free choice of the user.
  37. This is an important step towards consumer protection and fair competition
  38. of manufacturers. Free choice also empowers users to take care of critical
  39. features like security or privacy on their own preferred device. The law
  40. will become effective in the mid of 2016 and should set an example across
  41. Europe. We will support similar legislation wherever needed.</p>
  42. <h2 id="sony-rootkit-makes-headlines-10-years-later">Sony Rootkit makes
  43. headlines 10 years later</h2>
  44. <p>In the end of October FSFE reminded of the dangers posed by technical
  45. restrictions on technology to promote everyone's right to tinker. As a
  46. result, the topic got picked up by the press and the FSFE info page was
  47. linked with at least a dozen articles from several big name news sources.
  48. Our ex-intern Asa Ritz <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/asawritz/2015/11/04/sony-rootkit-still-making-headlines-10-years-later-2/">summarised</a> in his blogpost the media coverage we received.</p>
  49. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  50. <ul>
  51. <li>FSFE president <a href="http://berlin2015.codemotionworld.com/talk-detail/?detail=1958">Matthias Kirschner gave a talk about the computer as a universal machine</a> at
  52. Codemotion Berlin, and ran a <a href="http://www.gruene-fraktion-berlin.de/offener-it-gipfel">workshop
  53. about restrictions on technical restrictions at the "Open IT Summit"</a>
  54. in Berlin. In a podcast, <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/podcast-on-non-military-use-clause-in-gnu-gpl/">Matthias argued against a &quot;non-military clause&quot; in Free Software
  55. licenses</a>.</li>
  56. <li>FSFE community coordinator Erik Albers and FSFE legal team coordinator
  57. Matija Šuklje participated at <a href="http://copycamp.pl/en/">Copycamp
  58. Warsaw</a> to host a booth and Matija to gave a talk about "Implications
  59. of the EU Copyright Reform on Free Software".</li>
  60. <li>FSFE was present at <a href="https://fscons.org/2015/">FSCONS</a> in
  61. Goteborg, Sweden. Christian Kalkhoff <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/softmetz/?p=63">wrote
  62. about his FSCONS experience</a> in a blogpost.</li>
  63. <li>FSFE had its booths also at <a href="http://www.opensourcesummit.paris/">Open
  64. Source Summit in Paris</a>, at <a href="http://www.linuxday.at/">Linuxday
  65. in Dornbirn</a>, Austria, at T-Dose in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and at <a href="http://openrheinruhr.de/">OpenRheinRuhr Oberhausen</a>, Germany.</li>
  66. </ul>
  67. <h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
  68. <ul>
  69. <li>If you like to meet us in person, you will meet members, staff and
  70. community of the FSFE at our booth at <a href="https://fosdem.org/2016/">FOSDEM</a>.
  71. And if you go to <a href="https://events.ccc.de/congress/2015/wiki/Main_Page">this
  72. year's Chaos Communication Congress, #32C3</a>, then do not miss to pass by
  73. the <a href="https://events.ccc.de/congress/2015/wiki/Assembly:Free_Software_Foundation_Europe">FSFE assembly</a>, participate in one of our sessions or simply take a break
  74. in our "Free Software lounge".</li>
  75. <li>The FSFE Education team is redesigning its educational leaflet. If
  76. you like to join or share ideas, feel free to participate on the <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Reasons_for_schools_to_use_Free_Software">wiki page</a>.</li>
  77. <li>The local group FSFE Zurich started a Free Software photo book to show
  78. people that use Free Software. If you like, <a href="http://freie.software">you
  79. can be part of it.</a></li>
  80. <li>In our Free Your Android campaign we highlight the importance of
  81. Replicant as a 100% free Android-based operating system. We are happy to
  82. see that business grows, that start to sell <a href="https://tehnoetic.com/tehnoetic-s2-phone-replicant">phones with Replicant pre-installed</a> and we hope there are more
  83. companies who follow this example.</li>
  84. <li>If you like what we have done in 2015 and you like us to continue
  85. the good work in 2016 or even grow stronger, then consider to
  86. <a href="https://fsfe.org/donate/donate">support us with a donation</a>
  87. or to <a href="https://fsfe.org/join">become a sustainable member</a>.
  88. Funding is crucial to our existence.</li>
  89. </ul>
  90. <h2 id="out-of-the-community">Out of the community</h2>
  91. <ul>
  92. <li>A new team got established: North Rhine-Westphalia is the biggest
  93. state of Germany with currently three local FSFE groups. This month, they
  94. had an <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=1629">inaugural meeting
  95. of a state-wide action group, the Team NRW</a>. Besides coordination,
  96. the <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/wromey/2015/11/22/grundungssitzung-des-nrw-teams-der-free-software-foundation-europe/">primary tasks shall be the education of teachers</a>.</li>
  97. <li>At the local meeting of FSFE Düsseldorf, <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/stehmann/?p=1592">Andreas Schreiber talked about the open source strategy of Germany’s Aerospace
  98. Centre DLR</a> and this event was <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/147875">picked
  99. up by the European Open Source Observatory</a></li>
  100. <li>After offering pre-flashed Libreboot Laptops at <a href="https://freie.computer/">freie.computer</a> the local group <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2015/11/27/flashdays-are-coming/">FSFE
  101. Zurich now decided to start doing Flashdays</a></li>
  102. <li>Daniel Pocock reports about <a href="http://danielpocock.com/building-teams-around-sip-and-xmpp-in-debian-and-fedora">team
  103. building around SIP and XMPP communication in Debian and Fedora</a>, and
  104. Daniel has also written a <a href="http://danielpocock.com/quick-start-blender-video-editing">quick
  105. start to use Blender for video editing</a></li>
  106. <li>Marcus Möller <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2015/11/04/freed-ora-23-workstation-available/">customised Fedora 23 in a Freed version</a>, which includes linux-libre
  107. kernel and Icecat webbrowser. All proprietary firmware has been removed.</li>
  108. </ul>
  109. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software News</h2>
  110. <p>At the <strong>EU</strong> level: the European Parliament calls upon
  111. the Commission for the <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20151110-01.en.html">systematic
  112. replacement of proprietary software by verifiable Free Software in all
  113. the EU institutions</a>. In <strong>Italy</strong>, the <a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500256578/Free-software-gains-ground-in-the-Italian-public-administration">Italian Ministry of Defence is replacing Microsoft Office with
  114. LibreOffice</a> on 150,000 PCs in what is Europe’s second largest
  115. LibreOffice implementation. Meanwhile, the second most important industrial
  116. city in Southern Italy, <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/146281">Bari,
  117. is about to complete its transition to LibreOffice</a> and the ODF. At
  118. the same time in <strong>Switzerland</strong>, the <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/bern-council-demands-transition-open-source">council
  119. of Bern ordered the IT department to end its dependence on proprietary
  120. software</a>, and replace proprietary software by Free Software solutions.
  121. The same example was followed in <strong>Denmark</strong> where the city of Aarhus <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/denmark%E2%80%99s-aarhus-insists-open-it-standards">is requiring the use of open IT standards for all of its future IT projects</a>
  122. in order to rid itself of IT vendor lock-in. Lastly, recent study in
  123. <strong>France</strong> confirmed that <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/147785">country's administration is still a large enabler of Free Software in France</a>.
  124. According to the study, the Free Software market is growing on a linear trend and will grow by 9% annually until 2020.</p>
  125. <p>This was the final newsletter in 2015. Thank you very much for your
  126. attention. You will receive the next newsletter in the beginning of
  127. February 2016.</p>
  128. <p>BTW: We are still experimenting with new ways and formats for our
  129. newsletter. Please feel free to give us your feedback at
  130. contact@fsfe.org.</p>
  131. <p>Happy Christmas and a Happy GNU-year!</p>
  132. <p>Your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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