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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2016</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body class="newsletter article" microformats="h-entry" id="nl-201610">
  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - October 2016</h1>
  8. <h2 id="words-from-your-editors">Words from your editors</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. After some changes to the FSFE's internship program in early
  11. September, we're happy to be able to announce an opening for a
  12. <a href="http://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html">technical intern</a>
  13. with the FSFE. We're seeking an intern who can work with us for three months
  14. in our Berlin office, learning about Free Software and the FSFE, while at
  15. the same time contributing to rewriting parts of our technical infrastructure.
  16. </p>
  17. <p>
  18. In the coming months, we'll announce more internship opportunities and a
  19. good way to get to know about them is to read this newsletter regularly.
  20. Be sure to check out our section on taking action below for some news about
  21. our merchandise sale and information material (we'd love to send you more,
  22. if you've run out!).
  23. </p>
  24. <h2 id="the-summit">The Summit</h2>
  25. <p>We're still not over how cool it was to see so many from our
  26. community join the FSFE Summit in September. It was a good
  27. experience and we're keen to repeat it. One of the highlights was
  28. the ending keynote where Julia Reda called out <a href=
  29. "https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160907-01.html">proprietary
  30. software as a threat to democracy</a>. Be sure to view the
  31. keynote and some of the other talks from the Summit, either on
  32. our <a href=
  33. "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68ldbHwL_-5qzETqOaAMWQ">YouTube
  34. channel</a>, or from our <a href=
  35. "https://download.fsfe.org/videos/summit2016/">download
  36. server</a> where you can get the available videos in webm
  37. format.</p>
  38. <p>We also celebrated the FSFE's 15th birthday in C-Base with a
  39. ceremony where we honored many of our local heroes from around
  40. Europe. C-Base has kindly provided a <a href=
  41. "https://vimeo.com/181328339">recording of the ceremony</a> if
  42. you're interested in hearing the story of some of our heroes, all
  43. of whom you can find working in one of the FSFE's teams today.</p>
  44. <h2 id="are-you-our-next-technical-intern">Are you our next
  45. technical intern?</h2>
  46. <p>As mentioned, we are looking for a technical intern to join
  47. our team for three months, taking part in rewriting and
  48. implementing a new account management system. This internship is
  49. based in Berlin, starting the 1st of January 2017 or as otherwise
  50. agreed. It's compensated with a basic salary, the details of
  51. which you can read together with other information in our
  52. <a href="http://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html">call
  53. for a technical intern</a>. We look forward to seeing your
  54. application!</p>
  55. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  56. <ul>
  57. <li>
  58. <p>David Boddie described the experiences he had <a href=
  59. "http://www.boddie.org.uk/david/www-repo/Personal/Updates/2016/2016-09-01.html">
  60. exploring alternative operating systems and in particular,
  61. Inferno</a>.</p>
  62. </li>
  63. <li>
  64. <p>Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz offered a handful of useful
  65. <a href="https://mina86.com/2016/python-tricks/">Python
  66. tricks and tips</a></p>
  67. </li>
  68. <li>
  69. <p>Jonas Öberg blogged about <a href=
  70. "http://blog.jonasoberg.net/code-availability-or-code-contributions/">
  71. code availability, or code contributions</a> and introduced
  72. <a href=
  73. "http://blog.jonasoberg.net/internship-changes-in-the-fsfe/">the
  74. changes to the FSFE internship program</a>. Subscribe to our
  75. newsletter, if you haven't done already, in order to receive
  76. the latest news about all the open internship vacancies in
  77. the FSFE!</p>
  78. </li>
  79. <li>
  80. <p>Elena "of Valhalla" explains the differences between
  81. <a href=
  82. "http://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df3657cf0f075f102119218743">
  83. accepting candy from strangers and using gratis software from
  84. random sources</a>.</p>
  85. </li>
  86. <li>
  87. <p>Polina Malaja blogged about <a href=
  88. "https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/09/14/copyright-reform-mo-money-to-publishers-mo-problems-for-everyone-else/">
  89. the challenges of the EU Copyright reform</a>.</p>
  90. </li>
  91. <li>
  92. <p>Florian Snow <a href=
  93. "https://blogs.fsfe.org/floriansnow/">shared his memories
  94. from the 3 days of the FSFE Summit</a> in Berlin, inside and
  95. outside the BCC.</p>
  96. </li>
  97. </ul>
  98. <h2 id="other-news">Other news</h2>
  99. <p>Matthew Garrett, board member of the FSF, wrote <a href=
  100. "http://www.fsf.org/news/free-software-foundation-stresses-necessity-of-full-user-control-over-internet-connected-devices">
  101. an article</a> stressing the necessity of full user control over
  102. Internet-connected devices, outlining some necessary practices
  103. for IoT.</p>
  104. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  105. <ul>
  106. <li>
  107. <p>Polina Malaja, FSFE's policy analyst and legal
  108. coordinator, together with the FSFE's legal counsel Carlo Piana,
  109. participated in a workshop on the interactions of Free
  110. Software and standardisation, organised by the European
  111. Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in
  112. Sophia-Antipolis, France. During the workshop, they worked to
  113. push for adoption of strong copyleft licenses and to resolve
  114. some of the tensions around patents.</p>
  115. </li>
  116. <li>
  117. <p>Continuing the practice of being present in events
  118. organised by other communities, the FSFE was present with an
  119. Info-booth at the Rotlintstraßenfest in Frankfurt am Main. A
  120. big thanks to the Fellowship group Rhine/Main for making this
  121. possible!</p>
  122. </li>
  123. </ul>
  124. <h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
  125. <ul>
  126. <li>We have recently collected, sorted and taken stock of some
  127. leftovers of the merchandise we had in previous years, and
  128. we've <a href="https://fsfe.org/order/">put these items
  129. online</a>. For most of the older items, we only have a few
  130. available, so this is your chance to order some vintage FSFE
  131. merchandise at a reduced price (look out for the red
  132. numbers!)</li>
  133. <li>If you're starting to run out of informational material about
  134. free software, now may also be a good opportunity to get some
  135. more. Order some stickers, posters and flyers from our <a href=
  136. "https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword">promotional material
  137. page</a> and we'll get them to you as soon as possible so you can help us
  138. spread them around your company, your school, the local
  139. library, at events, or anywhere else where you feel people
  140. should know about free software.</li>
  141. <li>If you're not already a Fellow of the FSFE, you should
  142. consider <a href="http://fsfe.org/join">joining</a>. Our work
  143. wouldn't be possible without the contribution of our Fellows
  144. and volunteers!</li>
  145. </ul>
  146. <h2 id="the-fsfe-in-the-press">The FSFE in the Press</h2>
  147. <ul>
  148. <li>[DE] by Patrick Beuth, Zeit Online, <a href=
  149. "http://www.zeit.de/digital/internet/2016-09/digitales-rechtemanagement-drm-hp-drucker-tintenpatronen-firmware/komplettansicht">
  150. HP sabotages its own customers</a></li>
  151. <li>[DE] by Stefan Krempl, Heise, <a href=
  152. "http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Free-Software-Summit-Kampagne-fuer-oeffentliche-Software-in-der-Verwaltung-3313707.html">
  153. Free Software Summit: Campaign for "Public Software" in Public
  154. Administrations</a></li>
  155. </ul>
  156. <p>Thanks to all the <a href=
  157. "https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  158. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  159. <a href="https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html">corporate
  160. donors</a> who enable our work,</p>
  161. <p>Your editors, Jonas Öberg and Olga Gkotsopoulou <a href=
  162. "https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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