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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - December 2012</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - December 2012</h1>
  8. <h2>UK: Small and major steps towards more Free Software</h2>
  9. <p>On 7th November, several political candidates standing in the Manchester
  10. Central By-election participated in the <a
  11. href="">"Manchester
  12. Digital Debate"</a>, organised by our UK coordinator Sam Tuke and the Open
  13. Rights Group (ORG). The event is part of FSFE's "Ask Your Candidates" campaign, which
  14. aims to provide an opportunity to engage (local) politicians with digital
  15. concerns that they typically do not address.</p>
  16. <p>Besides these important steps at the local level, last month the UK
  17. government has released a new Open Standards policy. In future all UK
  18. Government bodies must comply with the Open Standards Principles or apply for
  19. an exemption.<a href="/news/2012/news-20121101-02.html">FSFE welcomed this
  20. step</a>, and particularly its strong Open Standards definition. It also
  21. includes another long-standing FSFE demand: to take into account the software exit costs.
  22. From now on, when UK government bodies buy a software solution, they
  23. have to consider in the price a calculation of what it will cost them to get out
  24. of this solution, in the future. This means that government bodies could not simply
  25. avoid buying Free Software solutions because they are locked into one
  26. particular vendor's proprietary file formats. FSFE president Karsten Gerloff <a
  27. href="">analysed
  28. the new policy in detail</a>.</p>
  29. <h2>Secure Boot: FSFE welcomes German Government's White Paper on "Secure
  30. Boot"</h2>
  31. <p>We want to make sure that you are in control of your computing. This
  32. control is, currently, restricted by "Secure Boot". On 19th November, as the
  33. first government, the German Ministry of the Interior <a
  34. href="">published
  35. a white paper about "Trusted Computing" and "Secure Boot"</a>. The white
  36. paper states that "device owners must be in complete control of (able to manage
  37. and monitor) all the trusted computing security systems of their devices." This
  38. has been one of FSFE's key demands from the beginning of the debate. The
  39. document continues that "delegating this control to third parties requires
  40. conscious and informed consent by the device owner".</p>
  41. <p>Another FSFE demand is also addressed by the government's white paper:
  42. Before purchasing a device, buyers must be informed concisely about the
  43. technical measures implemented in this device, as well as the specific usage
  44. restrictions and its consequences for the owner: "Trusted computing security
  45. systems must be deactivated (opt-in principle)" when devices are delivered.
  46. "Based on the necessary transparency with regard to technical features and
  47. content of trusted computing solutions, device owners must be able to make
  48. responsible decisions when it comes to product selection, start-up,
  49. configuration, operation and shut-down." And "Deactivation must also be
  50. possible later (opt- out function) and must not have any negative impact on the
  51. functioning of hard- and software that does not use trusted computing
  52. functions."</p>
  53. <p>Though all of what the German Government stated, should be self-evident,
  54. unfortunately it is not. FSFE will continue talking to other governments about
  55. this issue, to improve their understanding of the political and economic consequences
  56. of this technology.</p>
  57. <h2>German Cities: Two good news and a bad one</h2>
  58. <p newsteaser="yes">First the bad news: The city of Freiburg has decided to switch back, from
  59., to Microsoft Office. The study they based their decision on was
  60. published one week before the decision, <a
  61. href="/news/2012/news-20121116-01.html">which we and
  62. other Free Software organisations had criticised before</a>. Unfortunate news,
  63. but as IBM's Rob Weir <a
  64. href="">wrote in
  65. his article</a> in the Free Software community we tend to look at the bad
  66. news, and forget about the good news.</p>
  67. <p>So, some good news: on the one hand, <a
  68. href="">
  69. the City of Leipzig has just migrated 4200 working stations to OpenOffice
  70. (DE)</a>, and on the other hand, <a
  71. href="">Munich
  72. announced they are saving over 10 Million Euro</a> with Free Software. If you
  73. want to be updated with good news from the public administrations in Europe,
  74. the European Commission's <a
  75. href="">Join-up Portal</a> is a good
  76. place to check out.</p>
  77. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li>LWN has a good summary of <a href="">Karsten's
  80. talk "All watched over by machines of loving grace"</a>, which is about
  81. society, power, and control. Besides, Karsten <a
  82. href="">recommended
  83. the German authorities to publish the code of mobile phone apps</a>.</li>
  84. <li>Our Finnish team coordinator Otto Kekäläinen and the Danish hacker Ole
  85. Tange <a href="/news/2012/news-20121112-01.html">received the 2012 Nordic
  86. Free Software Award</a>. With this recognition, the Swedish
  87. Association for Free Software and Free Culture (<a
  88. href="">FFKP, Föreningen Fri Kultur och Programvara</a>)
  89. honours people and projects who have made important contributions to software
  90. freedom. Congratulations Otto!</li>
  91. <li>"Fuck you, this is my culture!". This statement ended Amelia
  92. Andersdotter's (Swedish Pirate Party) <a
  93. href="">speech at the Internet
  94. Governance Forum</a> wearing a <a href="">European
  95. Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG)</a> t-shirt.</li>
  96. <li>Matija Šuklje, Jürgen Kneissl, Peter Bubestinger and Martin Gollowitzer
  97. (all FSFE) <a href="">were
  98. interviewed</a> by Radio Orange about Free Software, software patents and
  99. other connected topics. In 2010 Radio Orange <a
  100. href="/news/2010/news-20100324-01.html">was awarded with the German
  101. Document Freedom Award</a>, because they provide OGG Vorbis for all their
  102. radio shows.</li>
  103. <li>Also on software patents, Richard Stallman wrote an interesting <a
  104. href="">article
  105. on the WIRED</a>, suggesting to change the effect of patents: "We should
  106. legislate that developing, distributing, or running a program on generally
  107. used computing hardware does not constitute patent infringement."</li>
  108. <li>Former KDE president Aaron Seigo pleads to <a
  109. href="">end
  110. the cults of personality in Free Software</a>.</li>
  111. <li>Mark Lindhout published the default Fellowship blog theme Pome on <a
  112. href="">his Github account</a>, and
  113. invites everyone to contribute!</li>
  114. <li>Do you remember the time of the browser bundling? Or the <a
  115. href="">Samba antitrust
  116. case</a>? You might also enjoy XKCD's <a href="">comic strip
  117. named "Microsoft"</a>.</li>
  118. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  119. <ul>
  120. <li>Looking for a self-made Christmas present for your grandmother? What
  121. about a one button audiobook player? Michael Clemens <a
  122. href="">described
  123. how he build such a device</a> with a Raspberry Pi for his 90 year old
  124. Grandma.</li>
  125. <li>FSF begins to accept scanned <a
  126. href="">copyright
  127. assignments</a> from Germany. [Update: Removed one link]</li>
  128. <li>Erik Albers wrote about <a
  129. href="">his
  130. experience with Ubuntu running on a Nexus 7</a> while he and Torsten
  131. Grote gave a Free Your Android workshop at SFSCON in Bolzano. Albert Dengg
  132. gave talks in Austria, and <a href="">in our
  133. upcoming events</a> you will find upcoming <a
  134. href="">Free Your Android</a> related
  135. events.</li>
  136. <li>Otto wrote about <a href="">the
  137. WOW effect</a>, and a wishlist for future mobile devices while Henri
  138. Bergius wrote an extensive <a
  139. href="">blog post about Jolla's
  140. Sailfish OS"</a>.</li>
  141. <li>How to open computed tomography (CT) scan pictures (DICOM)? Our
  142. president, Karsten Gerloff, <a
  143. href="">broke his
  144. foot</a> just for you to find out.</li>
  145. <li>What can you learn out of the Skolelinux pilot in Rhineland Palatinate?
  146. Guido Arnold <a
  147. href="">wrote
  148. a summary about Kurt Gramlich's</a> in English, so more people can learn
  149. what happened after the first euphoria and the reasons why the pilot may be
  150. considered a failure.</li>
  151. <li>There were several reports from events: Erik Albers organised the <a
  152. href="">Free
  153. Your Android workshop during FSCONS</a>, where Fellow Bjarni Einarsson
  154. rescued an (almost) bricked phone. Ana wrote about <a
  155. href="">her high
  156. expectations to FSCONS</a> and how a perfect weekend looks like.</li>
  157. <li>Isabel Drost wrote <a
  158. href="">11
  159. reports about the ApacheCon Europe</a>,</li>
  160. <li>Mirko Böhm reported (in German) about the summit of Newthinking (<a
  161. href="">day
  162. 1</a>, and <a
  163. href="">day 2</a>),
  164. and about <a
  165. href="">
  166. our workshop at an event from the Green party about Internet
  167. Policy</a>.</li>
  168. <li>And finally, read <a
  169. href="">Leena
  170. Simon's blog post</a> to find out why South Park failed on copyright.</li>
  171. </ul>
  172. </ul>
  173. <h2>Get active: New year, new donations</h2>
  174. <p>It is the end of the year, and like <a
  175. href="">FSFE's financial officer
  176. Reinhard Müller</a> your editor would like to start 2013 with a good money
  177. buffer. So this month, please help us to fill our war chest:</p>
  178. <ul>
  179. <li>If you are not yet a Fellow, <a
  180. href="">please join
  181. now</a> and support us with your donation.</li>
  182. <li>Check out our <a href="">support
  183. programs</a> to find out if the webshops you already use for your Christmas
  184. shopping are listed there, and install our plugins. (If you need some
  185. suggestions for books, take a look at your editor's <a
  186. href="">recommended books about Free
  187. Software</a>.</li>
  188. <li>And please convince your employer to <a
  189. href="/donate/donate.html">support us</a>, and join <a
  190. href="/donate/thankgnus.html">our list of donors</a>. (If you do not want
  191. to talk to your employer on your own, please <a
  192. href="/contact/contact.html">contact us</a>, and suggest whom we should
  193. talk to.)</li>
  194. </ul>
  195. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  196. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  197. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
  198. <p>-- <br />
  199. <a href="/index.html">Free Software Foundation Europe</a><br />
  200. <a href="/news/news.rss">FSFE News</a><br />
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  202. <a href="">Fellowship Blog Aggregation</a><br />
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  206. <tag>newsletter</tag>
  207. <tag>Matthias Kirschner</tag>
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  209. <timestamp>$Date: 2011-06-06 12:32:19 +0200 (Mon, 06 Jun 2011) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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