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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - March 2017</h1>
<h2 id="the-chronicles-of-limux">The Chronicles of LiMux</h2>
<p>In February, the news about LiMux shook the
world. LiMux, a project run by the city of Munich and completed
in 2013, constitutes one of the finest examples of
vendor-neutral administration based on Free Software; during
its execution phase, 15,000 personal computers and laptops used
by public administrations were migrated to Free Software.</p>
<p>In a surprise move, a coalition of parties filed a motion
with minimal lead time before the city council, asking for the
abolishment of the project and the return into proprietary
solutions.</p>
<p>The response by the community was immediate and formidable.
FSFE's Deputy Coordinator for Germany, Björn Schießle,
<a href="/news/2017/news-20170301-01">describes
what followed</a>. An ad-hoc coalition was formed by the
FSFE, the Document Foundation, KDE and OSBA, collecting
questions around the motion and its related processes. Members
of the city council were contacted prior to the public hearing
and FSFE supporters in Germany and Austria were invited to
engage, contacting politicians on the issue.
<a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/LiMux">Media coverage
in multiple languages</a> was additionally created.</p>
<p>During the public hearing, participating parties quoted some
of our questions, and admitted they had never before
received so much input from the public. The result of the
hearing was a modified motion passed on February 15,
calling the administration to propose a strategy for the
unification of the city's client-side IT architecture by the
end of 2020, building on a yet-to-be-developed proprietary
client and guaranteeing maximal compatibility with the existing
solutions.</p>
<p>The FSFE does not claim LiMux has solved all the
problems. However, we do claim these problems are mostly
of organisational nature, and as such must be disconnected from
the technical side. Public infrastructure must remain
independent of single software vendors, and invest into common
assets, which are provided by Free Software.</p>
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<p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl2017-03">
https://fsfe.org/join</a></p>
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<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done?-inside-and-Outside-the-fsfe">
What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
<ul>
<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>
<li>After last year's successful pre-FOSDEM meeting, the FSFE
and OpenForum Europe continued the tradition of bringing
together active Free Software stakeholders during a prior to
FOSDEM public policy related event.
<a href="/news/2017/news-20170214-02">This
year's meeting</a> offered the opportunity to individual
citizens and decision-makers to exchange their views on the
basis of practical first-hand information concerning Free
Software in public policy.</li>
<li>For 16 years, FSFE has been present at FOSDEM with a booth,
numerous volunteers and staff. Reinhard Müller, FOSDEM booth
coordinator,
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/reinhard/2017/02/fosdem-2017/">
describes in his report</a> the great atmosphere among the
booth volunteers and how an outstanding amount of merchandise
and promotional material was distributed during the 2 days of
the event.</li>
<li><a href="https://lwn.net/Articles/713073/">In 2016, Europe
welcomed three new umbrella organizations</a> for Free
Software (and hardware) projects: Public Software CIC, The
Commons Conservancy, and the Center for the Cultivation of
Technology. Standing by the needs of the community, the
brand-new organisations provide a legal entity for projects
to join, with regards to donations, accounting, grants, legal
compliance, or even sophisticated governance. These
administrative services allow projects to focus on
technical and community matters.</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
<p>We're still able to accept additional student interns for
2017. If you're currently studying and are required to do an
internship as part of your studies, or if you've not yet
graduated and want to do a voluntary internship, you should
<a href="/news/2017/news-20170116-01">apply
now</a>.</p>
<h2 id="help-us-to-improve-our-newsletter">Help us to improve
our newsletter</h2>
<p>If you see some news you think should be included, forward
it to us. If you'd like to share any thoughts, send them to us.
The address is as always newsletter@fsfe.org. We're looking
forward to hearing from you!</p>
<p>Thanks to all
<a href="/contribute/contribute.html">
volunteers</a>,
<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nltr17">
supporters</a> and
<a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">
donors</a> who make our work possible.</p>
<p>your editors Olga Gkotsopoulou and Jonas Öberg
<a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
<hr />
<p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl2017-03">
https://fsfe.org/join</a></p>
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