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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2009</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2009</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">October has been a dense, vibrant and challenging month for FSFE.
  9. We have done more work than will fit the limits of this letter.
  10. For this reason, after reading the newsletter, please visit the
  11. news section of our website to have a complete overview of our
  12. work:</p>
  13. <a href=""></a>
  14. <p align="right"><a href="">Giacomo Poderi</a></p>
  15. <h3>Table of Contents</h3>
  16. <ol>
  17. <li><a href="#1" name="TOC1">FSFE suggests to make MySQL independent as solution for Oracle/Sun deal</a></li>
  18. <li><a href="#2" name="TOC2">Announcing FSFE's new Finnish country team</a></li>
  19. <li><a href="#3" name="TOC3">Fellowship meetings in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna</a></li>
  20. <li><a href="#4" name="TOC4">Windows 7 to hit consumers with known security problem</a></li>
  21. <li><a href="#5" name="TOC5">New Fellowship jabber server</a></li>
  22. <li><a href="#6" name="TOC6">Welcome to Alina Mierlus as intern</a></li>
  23. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  24. <li><a href="#7" name="TOC7">EC vs MS: the browser and interoperability cases</a></li>
  25. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  26. <li><a href="#8" name="TOC8">Fellows discuss the future of the Fellowship portal</a></li>
  27. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  28. <li><a href="#9" name="TOC9">FSFE and the Fellows co-organise FSCONS 2009, Lindholmen, Sweden, 13-15 November</a></li>
  29. <li><a href="#10" name="TOC10">FSFE to launch the Fellowship grants project</a></li>
  30. </ol>
  31. <p></p>
  32. <h3><a name="1"/>FSFE suggests to make MySQL independent as solution for Oracle/Sun deal</h3>
  33. <p>A lot of rumours spread during the last weeks about the acquisition of
  34. Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Here, the Free Software community is
  35. concerned for the future of MySQL. To shed some light on this issue,
  36. FSFE's president, Karsten Gerloff, published a detailed analysis of the
  37. key points involved in the acquisition. Following this analysis,
  38. FSFE suggested that the best solution to allow the Oracle/Sun deal to
  39. be finalized and secure a free future for MySQL is to make it independent.</p>
  40. <ul>
  41. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  42. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  43. </ul>
  44. <h3><a name="2"/>Announcing FSFE's new Finnish country team</h3>
  45. <p>We are pleased to announce the formation of a new country team working
  46. under the FSFE's umbrella: Otto Kekäläinen, Henri Bergius, and
  47. Timo Jyrinki are the members of FSFE's Finnish team. They will work
  48. respectively as team coordinator, deputy coordinator and Finnish
  49. translation coordinator. All of them will participate in the
  50. upcoming FSCONS, where they will meet other FSFE team members to discuss
  51. the team's strategies for cooperation and for their growth in Finland.
  52. To contact the Finnish team you can write an e-mail to:</p>
  53. <ul>
  54. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  55. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  56. </ul>
  57. <h3><a name="3"/>Fellowship meetings in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna</h3>
  58. <p>During the month, the regular Fellowship local meetings took place as
  59. usual. German Fellows met in Frankfurt and in Berlin on the 7th and 8th
  60. of October, while the Austrian Fellows held their usual monthly meeting
  61. on the 16th. Main topics of the evenings have been: Free Software in
  62. education, follow-up on the "Ask your candidate about Free Software!"
  63. campaign, the Fellowship jabber meetings, and specific Free Software
  64. projects Fellows are involved in. To get in touch with your local
  65. Fellowship group or to start one in your own region, have a look at:</p>
  66. <ul>
  67. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  68. </ul>
  69. <h3><a name="4"/>Windows 7 to hit consumers with known security problem</h3>
  70. <p>In October, the German federal IT security agency (BSI) issued a report
  71. concerning a 'high-risk' vulnerability in Microsoft's SMB2-Protocol
  72. which also affects Windows 7. Microsoft remained silent about this
  73. warning and did not yet provide a solution to the problem. FSFE
  74. published a press release to highlight that the company's bad practice
  75. of ignoring high risk vulnerabilities is unfortunately the rule, not the
  76. exception. With Free Software, users are not dependent on a single party
  77. to fix such problems for them.</p>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  80. </ul>
  81. <h3><a name="5"/>New Fellowship jabber server</h3>
  82. <p>In order to improve the services to FSFE's Fellows we recently replaced
  83. our old jabber server with a new one based on ejabberd. After a testing
  84. period, we are happy to announce that the new server is up and running!
  85. This change will solve many of the problems that Fellows reported to us
  86. during the past months. To take advantage, remember to update your
  87. account settings!</p>
  88. <ul>
  89. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  90. </ul>
  91. <h3><a name="6"/>Welcome to Alina Mierlus as intern</h3>
  92. <p>On 15 October, Alina Mierlus joined FSFE to start her internship. She
  93. will work with us until mid-February 2010 from our new Berlin office
  94. and will mainly focus on campaigns and events coordination. Alina is from
  95. Romania and worked over the past six years advocating Free Software. She
  96. says: "This internship offers me the opportunity to apply what I've
  97. learned, but for a European Foundation. I've always believed that
  98. campaigns, events and all the things that put people together are the
  99. most important ways to have a healthy community."
  100. Welcome on board Alina!</p>
  101. <ul>
  102. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  103. </ul>
  104. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  105. <h3><a name="7"/>EC vs MS: the browser and interoperability cases</h3>
  106. <p>The open issues that Microsoft has with the European Commission (EC) got
  107. shaken up in October. The proposed solutions will not be helpful for
  108. Free Software, so FSFE is keeping up the pressure on the EC.</p>
  109. <p>Commissioner Neelie Kroes wants to close two important cases concerning
  110. Microsoft before the end of her mandate at the Directorate General for
  111. Competition (DG Comp): one case relates to the dominant position of the
  112. company in the browser market, the other to the failure in providing
  113. interoperability information for desktop applications.</p>
  114. <p>FSFE is working to provide input to the Commission in order to make the
  115. settlements as fair as possible for all the actors in the software
  116. market, Free Software included. In the past weeks, we already explained
  117. why we believe that the current details of the settlements are not
  118. satisfactory and provided feedback to the Commissioner. We will soon
  119. deliver a new formal comment concerning the updated version of the
  120. settlements to the Commission.</p>
  121. <ul>
  122. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  123. </ul>
  124. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  125. <ul>
  126. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  127. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  128. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  129. </ul>
  130. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  131. <h3><a name="8"/>Fellows discuss the future of the Fellowship portal</h3>
  132. <p>Two years ago, the Fellows of FSFE started a lively discussion on the
  133. future of the Fellowship portal. The discussion covered the use of
  134. forums, calenders, mailing lists, jabber accounts and other services,
  135. and it was one of the landmarks that brought the Fellowship platform to
  136. the current and improved version.</p>
  137. <ul>
  138. <li><a href="">Press Release</a></li>
  139. </ul>
  140. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  141. <h3><a name="9"/>FSFE and the Fellows co-organise FSCONS 2009, Lindholmen, Sweden, 13-15 November</h3>
  142. <p>This year, the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) in
  143. Lindholmen (Göteborg), Sweden, will be co-organised by FSFE and the
  144. Fellows. Beside the participation of Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president, Adriaan
  145. de Groot, Freedom Task Force coordinator, who will hold talks, the
  146. Fellows will organise workshops and panels.</p>
  147. <ul>
  148. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  149. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  150. </ul>
  151. <h3><a name="10"/>FSFE to launch the Fellowship grants project</h3>
  152. <p>Thanks to FSFE's donors and tarent GmbH in particular, we will be able
  153. to award three Fellowship grants each month for one year. These grants
  154. will cover the Fellowship contribution for people who have done
  155. exceptional things to bring Free Software forward, and will be awarded
  156. after evaluation of the individual applications. Candidacies can be
  157. submitted to In December, we will announce
  158. the first three people who will receive the grants.</p>
  159. <ul>
  160. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  161. </ul>
  162. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  163. <a href=""></a>
  164. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
  165. <a href=""></a>
  166. <a href=""></a>
  167. <p>You can order our merchandise at</p>
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