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  3. <title>FSFE Newsletter - November 2016</title>
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  6. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - November 2016</h1>
  7. <h2 id="public-consultation-on-our-fellowship">Public consultation on our Fellowship</h2>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Since 2005, the FSFE has maintained two distinct
  9. brands: the FSFE and our Fellowship. While this made sense initially,
  10. we've grown increasingly uncomfortable with the way this created a
  11. separation between the Fellows and the FSFE as two separate entities,
  12. despite the fact that we're all working together! Accordingly, we've reduced our
  13. activities promoting the "Fellowship" as something distinct from the FSFE,
  14. and now talk more about "FSFE Groups" rather than "Fellowship Groups", for our
  15. local groups.</p>
  16. <p>We now need to come to a decision on how to develop these brands in
  17. the future. Based on an initial discussion between our coordinators and
  18. in our core team, we've developed a proposal which you will find below:
  19. it essentially means that we would deprecate the
  20. Fellowship, and bring everything under the umbrella of the FSFE. As an
  21. important part of our community, your feedback is valuable to us. For
  22. this public consultation, we would be happy to hear your thoughts on the
  23. matter by the 30th of November 2016, after which we will provide a
  24. summary of the feedback received on which we will base our decision.</p>
  25. <p>Any changes that stem from this proposal, in its current form or in
  26. the way we will shape it based on the feedback provided, will be put
  27. into practice during 2017. You can provide your feedback
  28. to contact@fsfe.org.</p>
  29. <p>Please note that in the proposal below we use a term "Supporter" as a
  30. new alternative to "Fellow". We would very much like to hear your thoughts
  31. on this too. Other options suggested include "Patron", "Supporter",
  32. "Contributor", "Donor", and possibly other names you may think of too.
  33. There is also the option to keep the name "Fellow" as a term, and only
  34. deprecate "Fellowship".</p>
  35. <h3 id="proposal">PROPOSAL</h3>
  36. <p>The "Fellowship" and "Fellow" names are deprecated. Activities done in
  37. local groups or which were otherwise named in conjunction with the
  38. brand "Fellowship" shall be brought under the name of the "FSFE": an
  39. FSFE event, an FSFE local group, and so on.</p>
  40. <p>Our "Community" is anyone who identifies as being a part of the FSFE,
  41. be that by supporting and encouraging our activities, contributing financially,
  42. or participating in the work. We want everyone to be a part of
  43. our community, regardless of their level of engagement.</p>
  44. <p>Anyone who contributes financially with the intent of contributing
  45. regularly is a "Supporter" of the FSFE. The Council may set a minimum
  46. threshold for a regular contribution to account for transaction costs.
  47. Financially, our Supporters provide the solid foundation on which the
  48. FSFE stands: their regular financial contributions give stability
  49. to the organisation. We call our one-time contributors "Donors".</p>
  50. <p>We encourage everyone who wants to be part of our activities to join
  51. one of our teams: either a topical team (as a translator, webmaster, or similar)
  52. or a geographical team (the Berlin team, the Nordic team, and so on).
  53. By joining one of our teams they become a "Team Member" of that team
  54. (system-hackers team member, translation team member).</p>
  55. <h2 id="eif-v.-3-citizens-demand-for-more-Free-Software,-while-businesses-seek-to-promote-true-open-standards">EIF v.3 – citizens demand more Free Software, while businesses seek to promote true Open Standards</h2>
  56. <p>The European Commission (EC) has finally <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/10/31/eif-v-3-citizens-demand-for-more-free-software-while-businesses-seek-to-promote-true-open-standards/">published
  57. the summary of the contributions received for its public consultation on
  58. the revision of the European Interoperability Framework</a> (EIF), a set of
  59. guidelines for public administrations to deliver their e-government services.
  60. The FSFE has <a href="https://fsfe.org/activities/os/eif-v3.en.html">previously
  61. submitted its comments and recommendations on the proposed draft</a>.
  62. According to the results of the public consulation, the majority of respondents
  63. amongst citizens asked for more Free Software and Open Standards when
  64. revising the EIF, whilst respondents amongst businesses and private
  65. organisations asked the EC to "promote the use of (true) open standards
  66. and support of standards in new technologies". We hope the EC will follow
  67. the wishes of EU citizens and implement these recommendations in
  68. the revised EIF.</p>
  69. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  70. <ul>
  71. <li><p>André Ockers <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ao/2016/10/18/my-participation-in-the-first-fsfe-summit-and-15th-anniversary-celebration/">wrote about
  72. his participation in the first FSFE Summit and 15th anniversary celebration</a>,
  73. as well as Guido Arnold, who also <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2016/10/my-fsfe-summitqtcon/">blogged
  74. about his experience at the FSFE summit.</a> </p></li>
  75. <li><p>Björn Schießle blogs about the
  76. <a href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/07/04/history-and-future-of-cloud-federation/">History
  77. and Future of Cloud Federation</a> where he explains the concept of server-to-server
  78. sharing in Owncloud/Nextcloud and its development to a "federated cloud ID",
  79. which looks similar to an email address. Like email, "federated cloud" refers
  80. to a user on a specific server.</p></li>
  81. <li><p>Are you interested in real-time communications? Daniel Pocock
  82. <a href="https://danielpocock.com/fosdem-2017-rtc-cfp">encourages you to
  83. become a speaker and participate at FOSDEM 2017</a>, one of the world's
  84. biggest conferences addressing Free Software developers in particular. </p></li>
  85. <li><p>Iain R. Learmonth <a href="https://iain.learmonth.me/post/2016/pathspider-stable/">presents
  86. PATHspider 1.0.0 and highlights the changes that have been incorporated
  87. to the latest version</a> of this framework for performing and analysing
  88. existing network impairments. </p></li>
  89. <li><p>David Boddie <a href="http://www.boddie.org.uk/david/www-repo/Personal/Updates/2016/2016-10-16.html">gives you
  90. a step-by-step explanation on how to build disk images for the
  91. operating system Inferno</a>.</p></li>
  92. </ul>
  93. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  94. <ul>
  95. <li><p>The FSFE's current Vice-president Alessandro Rubini stepped down
  96. to focus on his work with the Free Software community in Italy.
  97. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20161031-01.en.html">Taking over
  98. from Alessandro is Heiki Lõhmus, a student of aeronautical engineering
  99. from Estonia</a>. Alessandro Rubini is a long time advocate of Free Software:
  100. as the FSFE's Vice-president, he has contributed with invaluable
  101. efforts to push for Free Software, not only in Italy but all over
  102. Europe. Heiki Lõhmus has actively lobbied the Estonian government to
  103. publish the software used for the Estonian elections as Free Software and
  104. now receives the baton for Vice-president of FSFE to carry on
  105. Alessandro’s excellent work.</p></li>
  106. <li><p>The FSFE
  107. <a href="https://fsfe.org/campaigns/askyourcandidates/201610-germany-berlin-handlungsempfehlungen">sent three
  108. recommendations for actions to foster the use and implementation
  109. of Free Software</a> (in German) to the new government that is currently being
  110. formed in the state of Berlin.</p></li>
  111. <li><p>The local FSFE group in Rhein/Main <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2016/10/fsfe-booth-at-street-festival-in-frankfurt/">was present
  112. at a street festival (Rotlintstraßenfest) in Frankfurt</a> to promote
  113. the FSFE and explain and inform the people about Free Software. </p></li>
  114. <li><p>The system hackers have decided to <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Teams/System-Hackers/Decommissioning-Pad">decommission
  115. our (very) old pad service</a>. They invite anyone who's interested
  116. in the FSFE offering a pad service to get in touch to setup a new team
  117. which can create a new pad service.</p></li>
  118. <li><p>From October 24 to 27, the FSFE's President Matthias Kirschner
  119. and the FSFE's Policy analyst Polina Malaja participated in several
  120. community events in Greece. They gave <a href="https://foss.ntua.gr/wiki/index.php/%CE%91%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE_%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%B1">talks
  121. in the National Technical University of Athens</a>,
  122. <a href="https://www.hackerspace.gr/#/updates/967244">in the Athens
  123. Hackerspace</a> (in Greek) and <a href="https://opensource.ellak.gr/2016/10/27/apologismos-imeridas-elefthero-anikto-logismiko-anikti-prosvasi-me-ton-ton-proedro-tou-fsfe-matthias-kirschner/">in the
  124. National Hellenic Reseach Foundation</a> (in Greek).</p></li>
  125. <li><p> On October 4-6, the FSFE participated with a booth in the
  126. <a href="http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-europe">
  127. LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe 2016</a>, which took place in Berlin.</p></li>
  128. <li><p>The "FreieSoftwareOG" represented the FSFE with a<a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/fast_edi/?p=502"> booth in Offenburg</a> (in German).</p></li>
  129. </ul>
  130. <h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
  131. <p>Please read the proposal for the Fellowship brand above and send your comments
  132. or thoughts to contact@fsfe.org.</p>
  133. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software News</h2>
  134. <p>The public procurement authority of the French state <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france-renews-its-two-free-software-support-contracts">renewed its two contracts
  135. for free software support services provided for ministries
  136. and other governmental agencies</a>. Both contracts were awarded to the
  137. French free software services provider Linagora and were originally initiated
  138. in 2012. More good news from France and the city of <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/nantes-open-source-cuts-recurring-charges">Nantes,
  139. where the switch to LibreOffice last April has lowered the IT costs
  140. by EUR 1.6 million</a> and will keep saving the public administration EUR 260 000 per year.</p>
  141. <h2 id="fsfe-in-the-press">The FSFE in the Press</h2>
  142. <ul>
  143. <li>netzpolitik.org [DE] <a href="https://netzpolitik.org/2016/berliner-koalitionsverhandlungen-als-chance-fuer-freie-software/">Berliner
  144. Koalitionsverhandlungen als Chance für Freie Software</a>.</li>
  145. <li>netzpolitik.org [DE] <a href="https://netzpolitik.org/2016/urheberrecht-usa-erlaubt-tuefteln-an-eigenen-geraeten/"> Urheberrecht: USA
  146. erlaubt Tüfteln an eigenen Geräten</a>.</li>
  147. <li>PCMAG [EL],
  148. <a href="https://gr.pcmag.com/eleuthero-logismiko/23652/news/o-proedros-tou-free-software-foundation-europe-sten-athena">The President of the FSFE in Athens</a>.</li>
  149. <li>Business news [EL], <a href="http://www.businessnews.gr/article/53076/eellak-imerida-gia-eleythero-logismiko">GFOSS: Talks about Free Software</a>.</li>
  150. <li>Greek Union of Computer Engineers [EL], <a href="http://bit.ly/2ep13c1">Free Software
  151. Day with the FSFE President Matthias Kirschner</a>.</li>
  152. <li>epixeiro.gr [EL], <a href="http://bit.ly/2eoYmqW">Free Software,
  153. Open Access and Enterpreuneship Day</a>.</li>
  154. </ul>
  155. <h2 id="help-us-to-improve-our-newsletter">Help us to improve our newsletter</h2>
  156. <p>Do you think we have missed some news, or you'd like specific
  157. news to appear in the next newsletter? You have been reading about
  158. the FSFE in the press and would like to share this with us? For this and any
  159. other feedback, please share it by writing to newsletter@fsfe.org
  160. </p>
  161. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  162. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  163. <a href="https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html">corporate donors</a>
  164. who enable our work,</p>
  165. <p>your editors Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou,
  166. Jonas Öberg and Polina Malaja, <a href="https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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