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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - March 2017</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - March 2017</h1>
  8. <h2 id="the-chronicles-of-limux">The Chronicles of LiMux</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">In February, the news about LiMux shook the
  10. world. LiMux, a project run by the city of Munich and completed
  11. in 2013, constitutes one of the finest examples of
  12. vendor-neutral administration based on Free Software; during
  13. its execution phase, 15,000 personal computers and laptops used
  14. by public administrations were migrated to Free Software.</p>
  15. <p>In a surprise move, a coalition of parties filed a motion
  16. with minimal lead time before the city council, asking for the
  17. abolishment of the project and the return into proprietary
  18. solutions.</p>
  19. <p>The response by the community was immediate and formidable.
  20. FSFE's Deputy Coordinator for Germany, Björn Schießle,
  21. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170301-01">describes
  22. what followed</a>. An ad-hoc coalition was formed by the
  23. FSFE, the Document Foundation, KDE and OSBA, collecting
  24. questions around the motion and its related processes. Members
  25. of the city council were contacted prior to the public hearing
  26. and FSFE supporters in Germany and Austria were invited to
  27. engage, contacting politicians on the issue.
  28. <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/LiMux">Media coverage
  29. in multiple languages</a> was additionally created.</p>
  30. <p>During the public hearing, participating parties quoted some
  31. of our questions, and admitted they had never before
  32. received so much input from the public. The result of the
  33. hearing was a modified motion passed on February 15,
  34. calling the administration to propose a strategy for the
  35. unification of the city's client-side IT architecture by the
  36. end of 2020, building on a yet-to-be-developed proprietary
  37. client and guaranteeing maximal compatibility with the existing
  38. solutions.</p>
  39. <p>The FSFE does not claim LiMux has solved all the
  40. problems. However, we do claim these problems are mostly
  41. of organisational nature, and as such must be disconnected from
  42. the technical side. Public infrastructure must remain
  43. independent of single software vendors, and invest into common
  44. assets, which are provided by Free Software.</p>
  45. <hr />
  46. <p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
  47. <a href="https://fsfe.org/join/nl2017-03">
  48. https://fsfe.org/join</a></p>
  49. <hr />
  50. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done?-inside-and-Outside-the-fsfe">
  51. What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
  52. <ul>
  53. <li>For #IloveFS, André <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ao/2017/02/14/ilovefs-2017-vrije-software-lied/"> translated</a> the Free Software song.</li>
  54. <li>After last year's successful pre-FOSDEM meeting, the FSFE
  55. and OpenForum Europe continued the tradition of bringing
  56. together active Free Software stakeholders during a prior to
  57. FOSDEM public policy related event.
  58. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170214-02">This
  59. year's meeting</a> offered the opportunity to individual
  60. citizens and decision-makers to exchange their views on the
  61. basis of practical first-hand information concerning Free
  62. Software in public policy.</li>
  63. <li>For 16 years, FSFE has been present at FOSDEM with a booth,
  64. numerous volunteers and staff. Reinhard Müller, FOSDEM booth
  65. coordinator,
  66. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/reinhard/2017/02/fosdem-2017/">
  67. describes in his report</a> the great atmosphere among the
  68. booth volunteers and how an outstanding amount of merchandise
  69. and promotional material was distributed during the 2 days of
  70. the event.</li>
  71. <li><a href="https://lwn.net/Articles/713073/">In 2016, Europe
  72. welcomed three new umbrella organizations</a> for Free
  73. Software (and hardware) projects: Public Software CIC, The
  74. Commons Conservancy, and the Center for the Cultivation of
  75. Technology. Standing by the needs of the community, the
  76. brand-new organisations provide a legal entity for projects
  77. to join, with regards to donations, accounting, grants, legal
  78. compliance, or even sophisticated governance. These
  79. administrative services allow projects to focus on
  80. technical and community matters.</li>
  81. </ul>
  82. <h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
  83. <p>We're still able to accept additional student interns for
  84. 2017. If you're currently studying and are required to do an
  85. internship as part of your studies, or if you've not yet
  86. graduated and want to do a voluntary internship, you should
  87. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170116-01">apply
  88. now</a>.</p>
  89. <h2 id="help-us-to-improve-our-newsletter">Help us to improve
  90. our newsletter</h2>
  91. <p>If you see some news you think should be included, forward
  92. it to us. If you'd like to share any thoughts, send them to us.
  93. The address is as always newsletter@fsfe.org. We're looking
  94. forward to hearing from you!</p>
  95. <p>Thanks to all
  96. <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html">
  97. volunteers</a>,
  98. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join/nltr17">
  99. supporters</a> and
  100. <a href="https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html">
  101. donors</a> who make our work possible.</p>
  102. <p>your editors Olga Gkotsopoulou and Jonas Öberg
  103. <a href="https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
  104. <hr />
  105. <p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
  106. <a href="https://fsfe.org/join/nl2017-03">
  107. https://fsfe.org/join</a></p>
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