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FSFE is looking for an intern for Document Freedom Day

17 October 2014:

Every year, the FSFE is organising the "Document Freedom Day", a global campaign to highlight the importance of Open Standards for our freedom of communication, interoperability and indepedence from vendor lock-in. For this campaign, FSFE's Berlin office is looking for an Intern PR / Campaigning in full time from January 1st until March 31st.

Italian consumers shouldn’t have to pay for software they don’t want – Letter to Regulators

17 October 2014:

FSFE and Italian consumer association ADUC, along with Italian group ILS, are asking regulators to take concrete steps to protect Italians from being forced to pay for software they do not want or need. Italy’s High Court ruled in September that computer vendors must reimburse customers for the price of unwanted non-free software that comes pre-installed on PCs and laptops. Today, FSFE, ADUC and ILS have sent a letter to the Italian competition authorities, calling on them to ensure that vendors will comply with the High Court’s decision, and respect the rights of their customers.

Munich sticks with Free Software

16 October 2014:

On Tuesday, Munich's first mayor finally reacted to an inquiry by the Green Party (in German) related to rumours regarding a possible switch back to a Windows-based desktop environment. The answer to the inquiry shows that there is no factual basis for the claims made by first mayor and second mayor. An evaluation of the IT infrastructure and -processes is underway. FSFE calls on the city council to include vendor independence as well as interoperability as factors in the investigation, since they were central reasons for Munich to switch to Free Software in the first place.

Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax

12 September 2014:

Italy's High Court has struck a blow to the practice of forcing non-free software on buyers of PCs and laptops. According to La Repubblica, the court ruled on Thursday that a laptop buyer was entitled to receive a refund for the price of the Microsoft Windows license on his computer.

[Blog] Report from our German speaking team meeting 2014

11 July 2014:

From 13 – 15 June 2014 FSFE had its German speaking team meeting in the Linuxhotel in Essen. The participants had some problems to travel there because of the chaos resulting from a heavy thunderstorm in the region. A lot of train lines where not functional, and the situation on the streets was also chaotic. But just because no ICE trains stop in Essen does not mean we will not continue our work for Free Software. In the end we were able to bring all volunteers to the Linuxhotel to plan further activities and discuss current issues.

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Fellowship Meeting Rhine/Main, Germany

05 November 2014

On Wednesday, 5 November, the Fellowship group Rhein/Main will meet in the Chaos Computer Club in Mannheim. We will meet there around 19:00 h.

FSFE booth at FIfFKon2014 in Berlin, Germany

07 to 08 November 2014

On November, 7 and 8, there will be a booth the FIfFKon2014, organised by the "Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung" in the Technische Universität Berlin. The topics are around the role of Germany and Germany's secret services in the latest past - from Echelon to Prism until Eikonal. FSFE will be present with a booth to inform the public about the importance of Free Software - not just for security issues.

"Free Software for Science" with Georg Greve in Konstanz, Germany

12 November 2014

On 12th of November, Georg C. F. Greve, FSFE's founding president and CEO of Kolab Systems AG will give a talk about Free Software and its advantages in research and teaching in the University of Konstanz, room V 1001. The talk starts at 18:30 and addresses students, teachers, and IT authorities likewise. Admission is free, but please consider pre-registering on the event website.

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