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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - March 2016</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - March 2016</h1>
  8. <h2 id="i-love-free-software-day-2016">"I love Free Software" Day 2016</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">For the 6th time in a row we asked everyone to express their gratitude
  10. and appreciation towards Free Software contributors on Valentine's Day.
  11. Check out our #ilovefs 2016 report and see <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160222-01.en.html">who got acknowledged
  12. this year through countless blog posts, pictures, artwork, memes, personal
  13. notes and many more</a>. Don't forget to mark next year's 14 February as
  14. "I love Free Software" Day to continue this nice tradition of acknowledging
  15. the people and hard work of everyone behind Free Software. We thank all
  16. participants who found time to say "thank you" and for making #ilovefs
  17. 2016 such a success!</p>
  18. <h2 id="no-cloud-went-viral">"No cloud" went viral</h2>
  19. <p>Just before "I love Free Software" Day, <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/the-reddit-effect-more-orders-in-24-hours-than-usually-in-6-months/">thanks to a spontaneous Reddit post we received over 200 orders of
  20. our promotional material</a> in the time span of 48 hours. In comparison,
  21. in 2015 we had around 370 orders in total. After 24 hours we had more
  22. orders than usual in 6 months. The majority of orders requested "no cloud"
  23. material but beside that people also ordered our leaflet with basic
  24. information about Free Software, the GnuPG leaflet, and our F-Droid leaflet.</p>
  25. <h2 id="european-free-software-policy-meeting-2016">European Free Software
  26. Policy Meeting 2016</h2>
  27. <p>In the end of Janury we organised, together with Open Forum Europe,
  28. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160205-01.en.html">a
  29. pre-FOSDEM policy meeting in Brussels with the active Free Software
  30. policy groups around Europe</a>. The purpose of the meeting was to learn
  31. about each other's activities and exchange views, with an emphasis on public
  32. policy related actions. In total, 19 organisations participated in the
  33. meeting. In addition, Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda, and a representative of the IT department of the European Commission, Pierre Damas,
  34. attended the meeting to present the work of EU institutions in the field
  35. of Free Software.</p>
  36. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  37. <ul>
  38. <li><p>February was dedicated to the sweet love declarations to Free
  39. Software in the light of #ilovefs day. Check out our #ilovefs 2016 report
  40. above for more detailed information about different blogposts, and get
  41. inspired for the next year's celebrations by following
  42. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/floriansnow/2016/02/13/make-your-own-personal-banner-for-i-love-free-software-day/">Florian Snow's idea for DIY #ilovefs banners</a>.</p></li>
  43. <li><p>Paul Boddie combined retrocomputing with Python programming and
  44. wrote how to <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=1233">make Python
  45. programs faster with Shedskin</a>.</p></li>
  46. <li><p>Marcus Moeller gave tips about <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2016/02/03/getting-started-with-gnu-social/">getting started with the federated social network GNU social</a>.</p></li>
  47. <li><p>Björn Schießle contemplated about the future of GitHub and
  48. <a href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/02/12/the-next-generation-of-code-hosting-platforms/">the next generation of code hosting platforms</a>.</p></li>
  49. </ul>
  50. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li><p>After the adoption of the European Parliament's own-initiative
  53. report "Towards a Digital Single Market" which included several positive
  54. references to increase the use of Free Software in public sector, it
  55. turned out that the meaning of "free" got lost in
  56. translation. In particular the Italian version of the report referred to
  57. Free Software as "gratis" as in free beer, instead of "libre" as in freedom.
  58. We asked the staff of the member of the European Parliament Julia Reda
  59. to help us and draw attention of the authors of the report to this mistake.
  60. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/now-italian-european-parliaments-dsm-report-speaks-about-freedom-not-price/">The mistake got fixed and the Italian version of the report
  61. now rightfully refers to software freedom, and not the price</a>.</p></li>
  62. <li><p>We've simplified a lot of our internal processes: no longer it is
  63. necessary for someone helping us with our web pages or in other teams to
  64. register a guest account in our systems. Instead they will now register
  65. in the same system as our Fellows. It may not sound like much, but it's
  66. a revolution in simplification which we're very happy with! Read about
  67. how you too can
  68. <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/">contribute to our work</a></p></li>
  69. <li><p>We published a <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160224-01.en.html">report of our work in 2015</a>. From teaching people to use encryption
  70. for their e-mail, to changing the direction of policy on a European level,
  71. FSFE worked hard in 2015 to empower users to control technology. We saw
  72. a lot of improvements in how we work, and we ended the year positively
  73. with a lot to look forward to in 2016. We want to thank everyone for
  74. helping us making the world a better place!</p></li>
  75. <li><p>As hinted at in the previous newsletter, we've teamed up with KDE,
  76. Qt, VideoLAN and others who are organising QtCon 2016 in Berlin 2-4
  77. September 2016. We'll use the opportunity to host an FSFE summit during
  78. QtCon, with more information forthcoming.</p></li>
  79. </ul>
  80. <h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
  81. <p>We still have plenty of "no cloud" stickers and other informational
  82. material in stock! Help us to spread the word about software freedom in
  83. your local community by
  84. <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword.en.html">ordering our
  85. leaflets, stickers, postcards and posters</a>.</p>
  86. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
  87. <p>The French government is reviewing its existing Free Software support
  88. contract, signed in 2011, and <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france-involves-public-draft-support-contract">asks Free Software communities and the
  89. public to help them draft their next multi-year framework contract for
  90. Free Software services and support.</a> Meanwhile, the French Parliament
  91. has <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france-assembly-encourages-use-free-software">approved a first draft law for a Digital Republic, which encourages
  92. the use of Free Software by public administrations, and considers source
  93. code of software developed by or for public administrations to be public information</a>. Schools in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn, <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/tallinn-schools-piloting-open-source-software">are gradually moving to Free Software after the city
  94. administration decided to switch to Free Software</a> in January 2015. By
  95. September 2015 more than 4000 workstations and laptops across the 50
  96. schools in Tallinn are running on Free Software. In Germany, <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/open-source-largest-german-pension-fund">Federal Pension Insurance, which is the largest in the country, is
  97. increasing the use of Free Software by publishing a call for tender
  98. seeking assistance for its Free Software-based services</a>.</p>
  99. <p>Thanks to all the
  100. <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>
  101. ,
  102. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a>
  103. and
  104. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a>
  105. who enable our work,</p>
  106. <p>your editors Polina Malaja and Jonas Öberg <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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