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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2009</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - April 2009</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Do you know one thing that makes Free Software sustainable? You! Yes, it
  9. is your support that allows us to operate across the whole Europe and at
  10. different levels to promote and defend Free Software principles.
  11. Amongst other things, your donations made possible the planning and
  12. coordination of the Second European Licensing and Legal Workshop. They
  13. allowed the Austrian team to participate in many public events across
  14. the whole Austria and to continue having an intern in our Zurich office.</p>
  15. <p>We finished the accounting work for the last year and we published our
  16. financial figures. Take a look at them to see how we use your donations.</p>
  17. <p>I want to conclude by introducing a couple of changes in the newsletter.
  18. I hope they will improve your 'reading experience' of FSFE's ongoing
  19. work. First, "In the spotlight" is a new section where I will treat in more
  20. details a selected news. Second, since time passes by and the events
  21. pile up, I will pick-up a noteworthy item from the past and mention it
  22. under the "It happened in the past" section.</p>
  23. <p align="right">Giacomo Poderi</p>
  24. <h3>Table of Contents</h3>
  25. <ol>
  26. <li><a href="#LegalWorkshop" name="TOCLegalWorkshop">Second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software, 23-24 April</a></li>
  27. <li><a href="#WIPO" name="TOCWIPO">FSFE at WIPO's 3rd Session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property</a></li>
  28. <li><a href="#EPOamicus" name="TOCEPOamicus">FSFE amicus brief to European Patent Office on Software Patents</a></li>
  29. <li><a href="#Interview" name="TOCInterview">The Fellowship interviews: Myriam Schweingruber</a></li>
  30. <li><a href="#Intern" name="TOCIntern">FSFE welcomes Thomas Jensch, new intern for Zurich office</a></li>
  31. <li><a href="#GAvote" name="TOCGAvote">Fellowship vote for GA seats - the election is ongoing</a></li>
  32. <li><a href="#Services" name="TOCServices">Renewal of Fellowship services</a></li>
  33. <li><a href="#PDFreaders" name="TOCPDFreaders"> enjoys continued success</a></li>
  34. <li><a href="#Austria" name="TOCAustria">FSFE invades Austria</a></li>
  35. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  36. <li><a href="#Figures" name="TOCFigures">FSFE - Income and Expense 2008</a></li>
  37. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  38. <li><a href="#Smartcards" name="TOCSmartcards">The first Fellowship Smartcards</a></li>
  39. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  40. <li><a href="#eLiberatica" name="TOCeLiberatica">FSFE at eLiberatica 2009, 22-23 May</a></li>
  41. </ol>
  42. <h3><a name="LegalWorkshop"/>Second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software, 23-24 April</h3>
  43. <p>The second European Licensing and Legal Workshop was a resounding
  44. success. On 23 and 24 April, legal experts and interested parties in
  45. Free Software licensing gathered in Amsterdam for a vibrant event
  46. organised by our Freedom Task Force (FTF) and sponsored by Bender von
  47. Haller Dragsted, Blackduck, Canonical, HP and Mozilla. Harald Welte,
  48. from, says from his blog: "I have to admit that it was
  49. a big surprise to me that the constructive atmosphere and the quality of
  50. the presentations, panels and hallway discussions has even improved beyond
  51. the already exceptional level last year". Indeed, the conference was
  52. considerably bigger than in 2008, and planning is already under way for
  53. an enhanced and even larger event in 2010.</p>
  54. <ul>
  55. <li><a href="">Press release</a></li>
  56. </ul>
  57. <h3><a name="WIPO"/>FSFE at WIPO's 3rd Session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property</h3>
  58. <p>From 27 April to 1 May, FSFE's President Georg Greve, participated to
  59. the "Committee on Development and Intellectual Property: Third
  60. Session" (CDIP/3) at World Intellectual Property Organization
  61. (WIPO). In preparation to that meeting, Georg published "The case for
  62. a World Innovation Policy Organisation", reflecting on the current
  63. significance of the WIPO Development Agenda and how it should relate
  64. to international issues such as the one of software patents. Issues
  65. that Georg raised at CDIP/3 as three formal intervention on FSFE's behalf
  66. throughout the week.</p>
  67. <ul>
  68. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  69. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  70. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  71. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  72. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  73. </ul>
  74. <h3><a name="EPOamicus"/>FSFE amicus brief to European Patent Office on Software Patents</h3>
  75. <p>Along with many other organisations, FSFE submitted its comments to
  76. the European Patent Office (EPO) on the patentability of software,
  77. responding to a request of the Enlarged Board of Appeal. In the
  78. submission, FSFE explains why software patents are harmful for
  79. innovation, competition and economy, based also on the rationale of
  80. the work done at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
  81. in March.</p>
  82. <ul>
  83. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  84. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  85. </ul>
  86. <h3><a name="Interview"/>The Fellowship interviews: Myriam Schweingruber</h3>
  87. <p>Myriam Schweingruber is the Fellow interviewed for "The smallest unit
  88. of freedom" series. Myriam is a devoted Free Software advocate with a
  89. flair for convincing people. Having worked as a translator, a school
  90. teacher and a pharmacist, Myriam is quite experienced in the art of
  91. communication, and gives a clear impression of trustworthiness. In the
  92. interview she tells us about her experiences with Whilhelm Tux,
  93. Amarok, KDE, FSFE and Free Software in general.</p>
  94. <ul>
  95. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  96. </ul>
  97. <h3><a name="Intern"/>FSFE welcomes Thomas Jensch, new intern for Zurich office</h3>
  98. <p>We are happy to welcome Thomas Jensch as our new intern in the Zurich
  99. office. Thomas is a political science student at the University of
  100. Leipzig in Germany. His job during the next 8 months will be to help
  101. us in administrative work and to support the President in coordinating
  102. his various activities. Once again, welcome on board Thomas!</p>
  103. <p>Doing an internship at FSFE is an exciting and formative experience.
  104. If you want to be our next intern, take a look at:</p>
  105. <ul>
  106. <li><a href=""></a></li></ul>
  107. <h3><a name="GAvote"/>Fellowship vote for GA seats - the election is ongoing</h3>
  108. <p>The voting period for the first seat at our General Assembly (GA)
  109. reserved to a Fellow is approaching. The four candidates: Torsten
  110. Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche, and Björn Schiessle presented
  111. themselves to the whole Fellowship. You can get to know them by
  112. visiting their blogs and our wiki election page. The approaching and
  113. important dates are: the entire month of May as the voting period and
  114. the 1 June 2009, when we will announce the results. All our Fellows
  115. already received an e-mail containing information and instructions on
  116. the voting procedures.</p>
  117. <ul>
  118. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  119. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  120. </ul>
  121. <h3><a name="Services"/>Renewal of Fellowship services</h3>
  122. <p>The work on the new Fellowship technological infrastructure is going
  123. on. Last month, we completed the migration from the old Fellowship
  124. portal to the new site <a href=""></a> (for more
  125. information about moving your data: <a href=""></a>)
  126. and we activated the new home page, registration procedure and account
  127. management pages. You can find an overview of the active Fellowship
  128. services at <a href=""></a>
  129. and stay informed about their status following the "Fellowship News" blog at:</p>
  130. <ul>
  131. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  132. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  133. </ul>
  134. <h3><a name="PDFreaders"/> enjoys continued success</h3>
  135. <p> was launched less than six months ago, as a Fellowship
  136. project to promote Free Software PDF readers for all the major
  137. platforms. Since then, the website has become a formidable success,
  138. gaining the attention of several vendors of proprietary PDF readers,
  139. including Adobe, as well as much positive response from the community.</p>
  140. <p>April saw yet another increase in traffic after an RSA security
  141. conference, where Mikko Hypponen research officer at F-Secure referred
  142. to in light of the recently disclosed vulnerabilities
  143. present in Adobe Reader. Our volunteers managed to translate
  144. into 15 languages and our Fellows are continuously
  145. updating it. New readers have recently been added and a major update
  146. concerning Open Standard is approaching!</p>
  147. <ul>
  148. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  149. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  150. </ul>
  151. <h3><a name="Austria"/>FSFE invades Austria</h3>
  152. <p>Continuing the "Linuxwochen Österreich Tour" started in March, our
  153. Austrian team spread Free Software principles to major Austrian events
  154. for the whole April. The tour consists of six events, four of which in
  155. April, for a total of nine days booth and six talks. Peter
  156. Bubestinger, Deputy Coordinator Austria, held five of the speeches and
  157. David Ayer, Austrian team member, held the one in Linz. The themes of
  158. the talks ranged from Free Software in schools and education to future
  159. scenarios on Free Software usage. These are the April stages of the
  160. tour: "FLOSStag 2009", 15 April, Danube University Krems; "Linuxwochen
  161. Wien", 16-18 April, Vienna; "Liwoli 2009", 23-25 April, University for
  162. Art and Industrial Design Linz; "LinuxTage", 25 April, Graz.</p>
  163. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  164. <h3><a name="Figures"/>FSFE - Income and Expense 2008</h3>
  165. <p>We recently published our financial figures for 2008. This has been an
  166. intense year and as the previous ones it confirmed the growth of our
  167. work's breadth. With 245,000 and 68,000 EUR respectively, donations
  168. and the Fellowship programme confirmed to be vital to the sustainment
  169. of our organisation. Once more, we would like to express our gratitude
  170. to anyone who decided to donate or to become a Fellow. This allows us
  171. to run our projects and to work for the diffusion and defence of Free
  172. Software. With a total income of 383,221 EUR and an expense of 303,419
  173. EUR, 2008 concluded with a very positive balance and this will allow
  174. us to empower our organisation as we were planning to do since some
  175. time now.</p>
  176. <p>To manage and coordinate the ever growing base of employees and
  177. volunteers working for us at local, national and international level
  178. we decided to look for an Executive Director as a full-time
  179. employee. A similar figure will also be hired to coordinate the
  180. Fellowship programme and to overview our German area, where most of
  181. the Fellows and our donors come from. The activities of our Freedom
  182. Task Force (FTF) will also be strengthened and finally, we will
  183. investigate the possibilities to extend our policy work on EU and UN
  184. levels. We hope you will continue to follow and to support us!</p>
  185. <ul>
  186. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  187. </ul>
  188. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  189. <ul>
  190. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  191. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  192. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  193. </ul>
  194. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  195. <h3><a name="Smartcards"/>The first Fellowship Smartcards</h3>
  196. <p>It was only April 2005 when we prepared and delivered the first batch
  197. of 250 Fellowship Smartcards. Since then, many more people joined the
  198. Fellowship and many more Smartcards have been delivered.</p>
  199. <ul>
  200. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  201. </ul>
  202. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  203. <h3><a name="eLiberatica"/>FSFE at eLiberatica 2009, 22-23 May</h3>
  204. <p>Georg will talk about the challenges of the traditional
  205. standardisation system, the role of patenting and the mechanisms that
  206. allow us to cope with legal issues at eLiberatica 2009. One of the
  207. biggest events discussing Free Software in Eastern Europe.</p>
  208. <ul>
  209. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  210. </ul>
  211. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  212. <a href=""></a>
  213. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
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