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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - July 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - July 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>"Secure Boot": Who will control your next computer?</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">The FSFE's goal is to ensure that the owners of IT devices are always
  10. in full
  11. and sole control of them. This fundamental principle is recently being
  12. challenged. For maintaining sustained growth in the development and use of
  13. software, the broad availability of general purpose computers is crucial. This
  14. month the FSFE published <a
  15. href="/campaigns/generalpurposecomputing/secure-boot-analysis.html">its
  16. "Secure Boot" analysis</a>.</p>
  17. <p>We demand that before purchasing a device, buyers must be informed concisely
  18. about the technical measures implemented in this device, as well as the
  19. specific usage restrictions and their consequences for the owner.</p>
  20. <p>Furthermore, we strongly recommend to exclusively purchase IT devices which
  21. grant their owners full, sole and permanent control over security subsystems
  22. (e. g. signature-based usage restrictions), in order to maintain the ability to
  23. install arbitrary software and lastly to retain exclusive control over ones own
  24. data.</p>
  25. <h2>European Court of Justice confirms: We are right!</h2>
  26. <blockquote><p>
  27. We always said "They are willing to deal with everybody, but those who
  28. compete with them." Meaning, proposing conditions against Free Software is an
  29. abuse. Microsoft replied "change your business model to suit our licensing
  30. scheme and you'll be served", or "Free what? Who the hell are you, what's
  31. your turnover", or dismissals like this. Apart from annoying, they were
  32. wrong. (<a href="">Carlo Piana</a>, who represented
  33. the FSFE and the Samba Team)</p></blockquote>
  34. <p>This month the European Court of Justice has ordered Microsoft to finally
  35. pay a record fine of 860 million euros for using its near-monopoly on the
  36. desktop to keep rivals out of the workgroup server market.</p>
  37. <p>Microsoft spent over EUR to buy third parties out of <a
  38. href="/activities/ms-vs-eu/ms-vs-eu.html">this case</a>. But for a decade, we
  39. continued to participate in the case, to assert the rights of Free Software
  40. developers to access interoperability information, especially for the Samba
  41. Team. Samba is a Free Software to share files and printers in a network
  42. competing with Microsoft's proprietary product.</p>
  43. <p><a href="/activities/ms-vs-eu/ms-vs-eu.html">This decision</a> establishes
  44. that we were right: Receiving the interoperability information was our right as
  45. Free Software community, not a concession by Microsoft.</p>
  46. <h2>Spain won the Championship! What about Finland?</h2>
  47. <p>Interesting times in the European Free Software Championship. <a
  48. href="">Spain
  49. won the European Free Software Championship</a> with 4:3 against Norway.
  50. Thanks to referee <a href="">Guido Arnold</a>
  51. we did
  52. not receive any reports of fouls during the alternative games. Outside those
  53. games the FSFE also works on fairness.</p>
  54. <p>We have started an initiative to advance fair public procurements in
  55. Finland, to lower the barrier for Free Software in the Finnish public sector.
  56. The initiative concentrates on IT related procurement notices that require
  57. brand instead of defining functionality required by the procurer. To date the
  58. FSFE has skimmed over 300 procurement notices, and of those taken into closer
  59. analysis, 14 have been found to clearly violate the Finnish procurement law.
  60. These violating notices explicitly asked for tenders of specific brands of
  61. software manufacturers or products and thus discriminate all other brands and
  62. manufacturers, effectively stopping free competition.</p>
  63. <p>The FSFE contacts the violating authorities and informs them about the
  64. specific violation the notice contains, <a
  65. href="/news/2012/news-20120619-01.html">including a six item list of
  66. recommendations to ensure proper competition</a>.</p>
  67. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  68. <ul>
  69. <li>The FSFE's former legal coordinator <a
  70. href="">Shane Coughlan launched
  71. OpenRelief</a>. The project is aimed at developing
  72. inexpensive—"disposable"—drone aircraft to assist relief teams in
  73. detecting
  74. people, changes in terrain, smoke, radiation, and other conditions in places
  75. that may be difficult or dangerous for on-the-ground exploration.</li>
  76. <li><a
  77. href="">After
  78. meeting other Fellows at Linuxtag in Berlin</a>, Heiki Ojasild decided to
  79. hold a <a href="">PDFreaders</a> sprint at Akademy in
  80. Tallinn, Estonia. On July 4th <a
  81. href="">
  82. everyone is invited</a> to <a
  83. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/pdfsprint.html">follow our PDF Readers Sprint
  84. Guide</a> stopping public bodies from restricting the users' freedom and
  85. unfairly distorting the competition in favour of certain proprietary software
  86. makers.</li>
  87. <li>The FSFE's president <a href="
  89. Gerloff welcomes</a> the Basque Country's move to introduce a policy that
  90. software developed with public funds will be released as Free Software by
  91. default.</li>
  92. <li>The draft for the UK Communications Bill outlines how civil servants are
  93. intent on surveilling the internet communications of British citizens. <a
  94. href="/news/2012/news-20120616-01.html">Sam Tuke</a> wrote about how to use
  95. Free Software to protect your privacy online, regardless of the measures that
  96. the Coalition may impose upon you or your telecoms providers.</li>
  97. <li><b>UPDATE: The European Parliament rejected
  98. ACTA. (04/07/2012)</b><br />The FSFE has been <a
  99. href="/news/2012/news-20120607-01.html">asking
  100. activists across Europe</a> to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting
  101. Trade Agreement (ACTA). Our aim is that the European Parliament finally
  102. rejects this controversial treaty, which would greatly harm citizens'
  103. rights. The Parliament will hold a plenary vote on ACTA on 4th of July.</li>
  104. <li>A bit sarcastic: some people are wondering <a
  105. href="">
  106. who was violating the GNU GPL with StuxNet</a>.</li>
  107. <li>And in the upcoming month, the FSFE will be present at the <a
  108. href="">RMLL</a> (Libre Software Meeting) in Geneva,
  109. and as you can see on <a href="">our event page</a>
  110. Richard Stallman is giving talks in the Czech Republic, Germany, and
  111. Spain.</li>
  112. <li>A selection from the <a href="">Fellowship blog
  113. aggregation</a>:</li>
  114. <ul>
  115. <li>Fellowship representative <a
  116. href="">
  117. Hugo Roy commented on Facebook's updates of the terms of service</a>
  118. (that is the document most people never read, but everyone agrees to when
  119. they sign up to services online).</li>
  120. <li>Mirko Böhm <a
  121. href="">is
  122. analysing why Nokia is laying off 10.000 employees, including 700 core Qt
  123. developers?</a></li>
  124. <li>A Federal US Judge says APIs are not copyrightable. Read more in <a
  125. href="">Carlo Piana's article</a>, and learn why
  126. copyright in software is not the same copyright as the one granted to
  127. literary works.</li>
  128. <li>Hannes Hauswedell wrote a triology (<a
  129. href="">part
  130. 0</a> <a
  131. href="">part
  132. 1</a>, and <a
  133. href="">part
  134. 2</a>) about a versatile, open and future-proof audio setup.</li>
  135. <li>And finally, read why it might somtimes be <a
  136. href="">complicated to
  137. really "try turning it off and on again"?</a>.</li>
  138. </ul>
  139. </ul>
  140. <h2>Get Active: Whom should we ask next?</h2>
  141. <p>Every time your editor reads <a
  142. href="">a Fellowship interview</a>
  143. he feels proud to work for the FSFE with all those amazing people. Again
  144. this month
  145. when <a href="">Bjarni Runar
  146. Einarsson was interviewed</a> about PageKite, an application which
  147. allows the publication of websites stored on personal computers. <a
  148. href="">PageKite</a> can be combined with other Free
  149. Software to realise decentralisation.</p>
  150. <p>Please help Chris Woolfrey and Sam
  151. Tuke <a href="">by suggesting</a> other Fellows
  152. for an interview. You can also participate in our <a
  153. href="/contribute/editors/editors.html">editors team</a> to help
  154. interviewing people and editing other publications. And finally, if you know
  155. interesting people in the Free Software community who are not yet Fellows (it
  156. is hard to believe, but your editor heard rumours they still exist), convince
  157. them to become a Fellow, so we can make new interesting interviews for
  158. you.</p>
  159. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  160. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  161. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a
  162. href="">FSFE</a></p>
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  173. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
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