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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.

EC distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in

08 July 2014:

The European Commission has recently renewed its commitment to a proprietary desktop and secret file formats.The Commission is refusing to get serious about breaking free from vendor lock-in, and is ignoring all available alternatives. In doing so, the EU's civil service fails to practice what it preaches.

[Blog] Translations of FSF's email self-defence now available

30 June 2014:

Today our sister organisation, the FSF, published their e-mail self defence guide and their infographic in 6 new languages. It is now available in English, German, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Russian, Turkish, and Japanese. They explain the installation of the necessary programs for e-mail encryption under GNU/Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft Windows; the key generation; the web of trust; as well as the usage of those programs. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, an email account, and about half an hour. Please give us feedback, so we can include that before printing the infographics, and help us to spread them.

FSFE: 33 Free Software Pact supporters elected to the European Parliament

28 May 2014:

The European elections have brought 33 Free Software supporters into the new European Parliament. Candidates across the political spectrum signed the Free Software Pact, promising to support Free Software and Open Standards during their time in Parliament. Out of 162 signatories, 33 were elected

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Fellowship Meeting Rhine/Main, Germany

01 October 2014

On Wednesday, 1 October, the Fellowship group Rhein/Main will meet in the Café Albatros in Frankfurt. We will meet there around 19:00 h.

5th Fellowship Meeting Frankonia

02 October 2014

The Frankonian Fellows will meet at 19:00 at "Roter Ochs", Kirchplatz 3, 91301 Forchheim

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.

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