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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - April 2012</h1>
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  9. <h2>Let us end all Free Software "projects" quickly!</h2>
  10. <p newsteaser="yes">A "project" is always temporary, in the narrow sense of the
  11. term. Some Free Software people use "project" to refer to long lasting
  12. initiatives instead. Your editor also did this, until Bernhard Reiter
  13. convinced him to use different terms for people, the result they create, and
  14. temporary concerted actions. After several people in FSFE encouraged Bernhard
  15. to write down his thoughts, he now published <a
  16. href="">an
  17. article arguing</a>: By adopting the more widespread use of the term project,
  18. Free Software initiatives will be more successful. "Free Software is here to
  19. stay, prepare your mind for this situation.", writes Bernhard.</p>
  20. <h2>Corporate perk or monopolist bribery?</h2>
  21. <p>Staff in the European Parliament are facing a challenge to their ethics.
  22. A company is offering all of them a gift which could compromise their
  23. independence. The company in question is Microsoft, and the gift is a bunch of
  24. proprietary programs. Through the Parliament's administration, Microsoft is
  25. offering staff (though probably not MEPs) gratis licenses to Microsoft
  26. Office, Project, and Visio. This happens under the so-called "Home Use
  27. Program".</p>
  28. <p>The staff is working on regulations that also effect Microsoft, who is now
  29. making a gift to them. Staff is usually the one who does all the legwork. They are the
  30. one who control access to our MEPs. FSFE asks the MEPs to tell their staff, and
  31. the staff in their groups, not to accept Microsoft's gift. On the contrary,
  32. they should push the administration into making Free Software tools available
  33. that staffers can use to do their work, and urge the Parliament itself to
  34. migrate to Free Software. Karsten Gerloff <a
  35. href="">wrote
  36. about this in his blog</a> and will closeley monitor how the MEPs and
  37. their staff in the European Parliament will react. We will keep you posted.</p>
  38. <h2>Help for FSFE from Greece</h2>
  39. <p>The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on February
  40. 29th. To summarise the <a href="/news/2012/news-20120303-01.html">detailed
  41. election results</a>: Our new Fellowship representative is Nikos Roussos from
  42. Greece. He will meet with <a href="/about/team.html">other members of FSFE's
  43. general assembly</a> in Lisboa at the end of April, to work on strategic
  44. questions for the coming years. Thanks to Albert Dengg and Gert Seidl who also
  45. stood for the Fellowship GA seat, and who want to continue their great work for
  46. FSFE in their area.</p>
  47. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  48. <ul>
  49. <li>Digital Restriction Management: In his article <a
  50. href="">"Like candy from a baby: PS
  51. Vita takes freedom from new generation"</a>, Sam takes the Sony PS Vita, as
  52. an example how owners of devices are restricted in what they can do with
  53. their computers.</li>
  54. <li>Guido Günther joined the Debian Project while completing his degree in
  55. physics at the University of Konstanz. He helped with development of Debian
  56. for new processor architectures, and co-initiated Debian’s Groupware
  57. Meetings. He also enjoys contributing to the GNOME project, and advanced Free
  58. Software virtualisation technologies. <a
  59. href="">Read more in the
  60. last Fellowship interview</a>.</li>
  61. <li><a href="/campaigns/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates.html">Ask Your
  62. Candidates:</a> in Germany, we asked the <a
  63. href="/campaigns/askyourcandidates/example-questions.html">usual set of
  64. questions</a> and <a href="/news/2012/news-20120322-01.html">published the
  65. analysis</a>. Compared with the positive replies in the <a
  66. href="/news/2012/news-20120322-01.html">Berlin election</a>, the Saarland
  67. election was a disappointment. Our press release also <a
  68. href="">resulted
  69. in discussions</a> if it is "the good right" of companies to restrict the
  70. users.</li>
  71. <li>Fellow Anna Morris was interviewed by the BBC <a
  72. href="">(Audio,
  73. starting at 17:13)</a> about a conference that she is organising in London
  74. for women in Free Software. In just a few minutes she discusses what Free
  75. Software is, what it is like being a woman in the Free Software movement, and
  76. how she first got involved.</li>
  77. <li>FSFE's volunteers and staff have been quite busy with <a
  78. href="">Document Freedom Day</a> in the last
  79. weeks. We will send out <a
  80. href="/news/2012/news-20120321-01.html">the handcuffs</a> and write a report what
  81. happend all over the world. In the preperation we have <a
  82. href="/activities/os/minimalisticstandards.html">published an article by FSFE
  83. co-founder Bernhard Reiter</a>. He discusses what makes a good data format,
  84. and argues that Open Standards are good, but that we need to push further
  85. still. His central question to data formats is "Can we make it simpler?" The
  86. article is in German, and we are looking for <a
  87. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">translations</a>.</li>
  88. <li>FSF <a
  89. href="">
  90. announced the Free Software Awards</a>. Big thanks from FSFE to Free
  91. Software hacker Yukihiro Matsumoto and <a href="">GNU
  92. Health</a>.</li>
  93. <li><a
  94. href="">Iceland
  95. launched a project</a> to encourage migration of the public administration
  96. to Free Software. Your editor is already looking forward to a report about
  97. this at <a href="">FSCONS</a> in Gothenburg.</li>
  98. <li>A selection from the <a href="">Fellowship planet
  99. aggregation</a>:
  100. <ul>
  101. <li>Free Software, nothing for marketing? And which is the most powerful
  102. brand in Free Software? Timo Jyrinki writes about <a
  103. href="">
  104. brands, marketing and technical details</a>.</li>
  105. <li>Hugo Roy is <a
  106. href="">organising
  107. an event at Sciences Po on 6th April</a> (in French). Beside others
  108. Lawrence Lessig, author of "Code and other laws of Cyberspace" will talk
  109. about "The Character of Cyberlaw Battles".</li>
  110. <li>Birgit Hüsken explains <a
  111. href="">how to knit the
  112. Fellowship plussy</a>.</li>
  113. <li>Fellow Number 1, Mario Fux, <a
  114. href="">wants to set up a local
  115. association</a> in Randa, Switzerland to keep the local Free Software
  116. activities running.</li>
  117. <li>And Mirko Böhm writes about about <a
  118. href="">managing
  119. trust in mixed commercial and volunteer Free Software communities</a>.
  120. </li>
  121. </ul>
  122. </li>
  123. </ul>
  124. <h2>Get Active: Leaflets to free others mobile!</h2>
  125. <p>Our <a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a>
  126. campaign, got a lot of attention. Beside preparing his exams, Torsten Grote
  127. gave interviews for the German newspaper <a
  128. href="!90036/">"Die
  129. Tageszeitung"</a>, <a
  130. href="">radio
  131. interviews</a>, and held a first installation party for <a
  132. href="">FoeBud e.V.</a>. Also at <a
  133. href="">our booth
  134. at Cebit</a>, <a
  135. href="">Chemnitzer Linux-Tage</a>,
  136. as well as <a
  137. href="">Augsburger
  138. Linuxinfotage</a> a lot of people showed interest in this campaign. We would
  139. like to get more people involved in this campaign. We ask you to promote the
  140. campaign with leaflets and posters in your local Free Software user group, your
  141. hackerspace, company, university, school, or your favourite bar. Please write
  142. an e-mail with a postal address to <a
  143. href=""></a>, and we
  144. send you some leaflets and posters to promote it.</p>
  145. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  146. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  147. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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  157. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
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