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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>Software Freedom Day: What alternative is there to Skype?</h2>
  9. <p>The Free Software community celebrated the worldwide <a
  10. href="">Software Freedom Day</a>, held annually
  11. the third Saturday in September, with diverse events and meetings. Our <a
  12. href="">local Fellowship group in
  13. Manchester</a> met to test and discuss what alternative there is to Skype.
  14. They did extensive testing and <a
  15. href="/news/2012/news-20120920-01.html">published the results</a>.</p>
  16. <p>Dressed with hoodies with the slogan "Independent through Free Software" our
  17. <a href="">Vienna Fellowship group</a> had an
  18. information booth giving away <a
  19. href="">
  20. 300 Free Software live CDs and over 1000 Free Software leaflets</a>. At
  21. Freedom Kosova 2012, Erik Albers <a
  22. href="">
  23. gave a talk</a> and the day before he helped to free some Android phones.
  24. More devices were <a
  25. href="">liberated
  26. during the Free Your Android workshop</a>, that Torsten Grote organised during
  27. SFD in Berlin. And, in Cologne, there was a <a
  28. href="">gathering with lectures about
  29. software freedom</a>.</p>
  30. <h2>The resurrection of the debate: Should Europe have software patents?</h2>
  31. <p>After <a href="">Apple sued Samsung</a>,
  32. Personalweb Technologies and Level 3 Communications is suing GitHub, and <a
  33. href="">
  34. "Twin Peaks Software, Inc." is suing Red Hat</a> (they filed a counterclaim
  35. because of a GNU GPL violation) about patents. </p>
  36. <p>Meanwhile <a
  37. href="">the
  38. European Parliament has postponed the debate about the Unitary Patent</a> ,
  39. which gives us more time to work on pointing out the <a
  40. href="">
  41. serious problems and hazards of the proposal</a> to the Legal Affairs
  42. Committee.</p>
  43. <p>Our president, Karsten Gerloff, wrote a series of articles about software
  44. patents pointing at the current situation <a
  45. href="">at
  46. the European Union level</a> and he <a
  47. href="">has
  48. published his notes</a> about "The Case Against Patents", a recent draft paper
  49. by economists Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine. He concludes that
  50. we cannot "leave it to the EPO" and that "patent policy
  51. needs to be integrated into a larger innovation policy strategy"within the EU.</p>
  52. <h2>France's Prime Minister issues guideline in favour of Free Software</h2>
  53. <p newsteaser="yes">After <a
  54. href="">Italy's
  55. new law</a> on software procurement which clearly prefers Free Software upon
  56. non-free software, France also took action: On September 19th France's Prime
  57. Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault <a
  58. href="">signed
  59. a guideline</a>, addressed to all ministries, that the French public
  60. administration should favour Free Software. The advantages the Prime Minister sees
  61. in Free Software, are its lower costs and that it increases flexibility and
  62. competition in the IT market. The public administration should make "an
  63. educated choice", and do "a systematic review of free alternatives when doing
  64. development and major revisions of applications."</p>
  65. <p>The cross-ministry IT services give a set of recommendations to be implemented
  66. by the French ministries aiming at developing and improving the use of Free
  67. Software such as: find Free Software alternatives, follow and contribute to
  68. the communities, or improve the culture of Free Software and Free licences.</p>
  69. <p>FSFE's new intern Léopold Baillard explains this in detail in <a
  70. href="">his
  71. first blog post</a>; <a
  72. href="">EC's
  73. joinup wrote about it</a>; and the French Free Software organisation APRIL
  74. also has <a
  75. href="">good
  76. information on the case</a>.</p>
  77. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li>Free Software policies from France, Italy, UK, or Sweden were also a
  80. topic in the German Parliament. On Friday 21st September, your editor was
  81. invited to speak there as an expert for Free Software. In the next weeks you
  82. will receive a summary on this topic, but, until then you can <a
  83. href=""> take a look at the questions</a>
  84. your editor had to answer before it, as well as links to the written
  85. statements from the other invited experts.</li>
  86. <li>FSFE's president Karsten Gerloff was busy giving talks: During Finland's
  87. Openmind conference he spoke about Free Software migrations, procurement, and
  88. overcoming common obstacles. Another talk was about the <a
  89. href="/campaigns/generalpurposecomputing/secure-boot-analysis.html">intense
  90. battle about who will control the computers we will use tomorrow</a>, and
  91. why the general-purpose computer is worth fighting for.</li>
  92. <li>There is information that the City of Freiburg wants to switch to a
  93. proprietary office suite. FSFE, together with OSB Alliance and BIKT, wrote <a
  94. href="/news/2012/news-20120918-01.html">an open letter about it</a> asking
  95. several questions to the City's officials (German). EC's joinup <a
  96. href="">reported
  97. about it in English</a>.</li>
  98. <li>"How can I change the license, so my software cannot be used for military
  99. use?" Richard Stallman <a
  100. href="">published
  101. an article</a> arguing, why a program must not restrict what jobs its users
  102. do with it, and why we cannot stop torture through software licenses.</li>
  103. <li>"Who controls the internet controls the data. Who controls the data,
  104. controls the future", says Georg (T)ORwell in the <a
  105. href="">latest episode "Big
  106. Brother is WWWatching you"</a> from Juice Rap News (youtube link, you can
  107. use <a href="">youtube-dl</a> to download
  108. it). It is about several Free Software connected topics and the advantages of
  109. <a href="">TOR</a>, and also features the
  110. Linksys-WRT-54 router, which was the first GNU GPL violation court case
  111. worldwide.</li>
  112. <li>Thanks to Kåre Thor Olsen the article <a
  113. href="/freesoftware/society/democracy.html">"Democracy requires Free
  114. Software"</a> is now translated also into Danish. It is now available in 12
  115. languages, thanks to all the volunteers in our <a
  116. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">our translators
  117. team</a>.</li>
  118. <li>FSF is <a
  119. href="">updating
  120. the Free Software directory</a>, and is looking for your help with this
  121. task.</li>
  122. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  123. <ul>
  124. <li>Isabel (now Drost-Fromm) took your editors advise from the <a
  125. href="/news/nl/nl-201208.html">August newsletter</a> (under "The
  126. Fellowship: One to rule them all") and <a
  127. href="">made
  128. sure that Thilo became a Fellow</a> before their wedding. Of course
  129. marrying did not stop her to <a href="">write
  130. several other blog posts</a> last month. FSFE thanks the two of them for
  131. their support, and wishes them all the best for their marriage.</li>
  132. <li>FSFE's intern Ana Galan has a journalist background. She now wrote
  133. about her experience from Campus Party in <a
  134. href="">"my first
  135. time"</a>, as well as the above mentioned <a href="
  137. Your Android workshop at Berlin's Software Freedom Day</a>.</li>
  138. <li>How much do you pay per month for Free Software? Last month <a
  139. href="">Torsten
  140. Grote payed $25</a> and your editor $20 for Twidere, an Android
  141. and Twitter client, who's developer <a
  142. href="">needs new
  143. hardware</a>.</li>
  144. <li>Can you verify <a
  145. href="">
  146. Karl Beecher's results</a> that PHP is essential to a career in web
  147. programming?</li>
  148. <li>On the technical side Torsten also wrote about his <a
  149. href="">
  150. first experiences installing the Kolab 3.0</a>, Daniele Domenichelli had
  151. some fun with the <a href="">KDE
  152. telepathy text user interface plugins</a>, <a
  153. href="">Matija Šuklje</a> and <a
  154. href="">Christian
  155. Kalkhof</a> both migrated their websites, Alexandre De Dommelin wrote
  156. about <a
  157. href="">
  158. how a small hosted site gets redundancy</a>, and Alexandre Keledjian <a
  159. href="">describes
  160. how to convert your audio CDs into FLAC</a> (French).</li>
  161. <li>And finally FSFE would like to thank Michael Stehmann who organised an
  162. FSFE Fellowship project room at FrOSCon, which dealt with <a
  163. href="">the usage of Free Software
  164. in SMEs</a> (German).</li>
  165. </ul>
  166. </ul>
  167. <h2>Get active: Less than 3 minutes to support FSFE</h2>
  168. <p>To make it short: If you care about Free Software and support what FSFE is
  169. doing, please <a href="/support/support.html">become a supporter of FSFE</a>.
  170. It does not cost any money and takes less than 3 minutes to do so. If you are
  171. interested you can <a href="/news/2012/news-20120925-01.html">read about the
  172. background of this</a>.</p>
  173. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  174. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  175. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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  183. <tags>
  184. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  185. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
  186. </tags>
  187. <timestamp>$Date: 2011-06-06 12:32:19 +0200 (Mon, 06 Jun 2011) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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