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[Blog] FSFE comments at European Parliament's DG ITEC conference

20 November 2014:

At a meeting in the European Parliament, FSFE's president Karsten Gerloff highlighted several ways in which the Parliament could become more transparent, and make better use of Free Software and Open Standards.

In a short intervention, he urged the Parliament to finally make its live streams accessible to Free Software users. He asked the Parliament's IT administration to enable IMAP access on its mail servers to allow Free Software users to connect through standard protocols, and warned the Parliament to avoid lock-in as it progresses towards greater digitisation.

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.

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Expert discussion "Sustainable software" with Erik Albers, Berlin, Deutschland

28 November 2014

The German Federal Environmental Agency and the Öko-Institut present an expert discussion about "Sustainable software" on November 28, 2014. "Sustainable software" means software that helps to establish a sustainable IT-evolution by its own development, by its use and its shutting-down. Erik Albers will give a introductory speech about sustainability in and by Free Software. The event begins at 10am in the Öko-Institut, Schicklerstraße 5-7, 10179 Berlin. Registration required under veranstaltung-ps@oeko.de.

Fellowship Meeting Rhine/Main, Germany

03 December 2014

On Wednesday, 3 December, the Fellowship group Rhein/Main will meet in the Café Albatros in Frankfurt. We will meet there around 19:00 h.

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