Archive des nouvelles (les "News")

Note technique : perturbation sur la messagerie ce 8 juin

Vendredi matin, un de nos serveurs a eu un incident matériel. Ceci a affecté une partie de notre infrastructure de distribution des courriels et nos listes de diffusions. Tous les services fonctionnent à nouveau normalement. Nous souhaitons vous informer à propos de l'incident et des problèmes engendrés. Pour faire court  : assurez-vous que tous vos courriels ont été distribués, et vérifiez vos paramètres SMTP. 

Comment les administrations espagnoles réutilisent les logiciels - Interview avec Elena Muñoz Salinero sur leurs meilleures pratiques.

Le Centre de Transfert Technologique (CTT) est une initiative du gouvernement espagnol, dont le but est de faciliter le partage et la réutilisation des logiciels et services au sein des administrations publiques. Nous avons interrogé Elena Muñoz Salinero, directrice du CTT, sur les questions juridiques, politiques et technologiques au cœur du CTT. 

LLW2018: The FSFE brings together top legal experts to debate about cross-cutting legal and licensing issues around Free Software

  • 30 May 2018
  • Polina Malaja

Following more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in 2018: a meeting point for world-leading legal experts to debate issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year we decided to bring the event back to its roots and emphasise the "Workshop" part in its original title: around 120 legal experts gathered for a 3-day conference in Barcelona, Spain with an unprecedented amount of parallel tracks and interactive sessions designed to dive into the most contentious topics in the legal world of Free Software. 

FSFE is hiring: EU public policy programme manager

  • 29 May 2018

We are looking for a programme manager for our policy work. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's Berlin office. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, as well as regular travels to Brussels and other countries. 

FSFE simplifies membership procedures for contributors

During last year's General Assembly the FSFE's Council was asked to prepare a constitution change to remove the so-called "Fellowship seats". This motion was adopted with 20:3 votes and zero abstentions. Today the FSFE's General Assembly approved in an extraordinary meeting the removal of the Fellowship seats. In future, access to membership of the FSFE shall be facilitated through the normal membership procedures for active FSFE contributors. 

Call for Participation: FSFE Community Meeting and FSFE track at the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France

  • 14 April 2018

The Libre Software Meeting (LSM) is maybe the biggest community-driven Free Software meeting in France and in 2018 also serves as host of the FSFE community meeting. It takes place in Strasbourg and the FSFE will organise its own track on the first days of LSM, from 7 to 9 of July. This is your chance to be part in the FSFE's community meeting and to give a talk at the LSM 2018 at the same time. Deadline to apply for a talk is April 30 - and before you forget it, apply now! 

Call for Participation: FSFE Track About "Digital Education" During the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France

  • 22 March 2018

From 7 to 12 July there will be the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France. The conference also known as RMLL is annualy rotating and currently the biggest Free Software event in France. This year, the main topic is "Digital Education: building captivity or new empowerment?". With the FSFE track we are looking for inspiring insights about golden cages and liberation not only in educational institutions but in our everyday lives. 

#ilovefs Report 2018

  • 08 March 2018

Mercredi 14 février, notre communauté a fêté le jour "I love Free Software". Un jour pour déclarer son amour aux communautés les plus importantes à vos yeux et pour dire "Merci" aux projets qui œuvrent pour les Logiciels Libres que nous utilisons au quotidien. La Free Sofware Foundation Europe tient également à remercier toutes les personnes ayant contribué à rendre cette journée aussi spéciale qu'elle pouvait l'être. 

Ask Your Candidates: Italian parties offer progress towards the use of Free Software in public entities

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) publishes the results of the Ask Your Candidates campaign that FSFE Italy did run for the Italian election. Multiple questions have been sent to the major political parties that run for office in the national elections on March 4. We received positive statements by "Movimento 5 Stelle", "Liberi e Uguali", "Partito Democratico" and "Potere al Popolo". Unfortunately, there have been no answers by "+Europa", "Forza Italia", "Fratelli d'Italia" and "Lega Nord".  

FSFE Italy asks political parties about their positions on Free Software

In light of the upcoming elections in Italy on March 4th, the FSFE country team Italy sent out multiple questions to the participating parties to challenge them on their position about Free Software in public administration and education. We will publish and analyse their answers once we receive them. 

European Free Software Policy Meeting 2018: more joint activities important for Free Software in Europe

  • 15 February 2018
  • Polina Malaja

Following the well-established tradition of gathering active Free Software groups before FOSDEM kicks off, the FSFE once again partnered up with OpenForum Europe for the third edition of European Free Software Policy Meeting in Brussels, the heart of European decision-making. 

Join the I Love Free Software Day 2018

The Free Software Foundation Europe calls on everyone to say "thank you" to all contributors to Free Software on 14 February. Last year the annual I Love Free Software Day has been committed with offline activism to tell people outside of our filter bubble about the importance of Free Software. This Wednesday, we will go back to our roots and focus on why this day has been invented in the first place: to celebrate the Free Software community. 

Organisationen und Juristen fordern: Das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach muss Freie Software werden

  • 19 January 2018

Das Vertrauen in das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach (beA) hat nach bekannt gewordenen Sicherheitslücken und erheblichen technischen Mängeln das Vertrauen von Juristen und Mandanten verloren. Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) übermittelt heute ihren Offenen Brief mit Empfehlungen und Forderungen an die auftraggebende Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (BRAK) zusammen mit drei weiteren bekannten zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen und 21 Juristen. 

Wie das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach (beA) noch zu retten ist

Das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach sollte eigentlich seit Anfang 2018 verschlüsselte Kommunikation mit und unter Rechtsanwälten ermöglichen. Allerdings sorgen zahlreiche Sicherheitslücken dafür, dass der Dienst vorerst offline bleiben muss. Die Free Software Foundation Europe empfiehlt der auftraggebenden Bundesrechtsanwaltkammer (BRAK), durch die Veröffentlichung des Programmcodes unter einer Freie-Software- und Open-Source-Lizenz verloren gegangenes Vertrauen wiederherzustellen. 

FSFE releases refreshed set of REUSE practices and a tool to help developers comply

  • 19 December 2017

The REUSE Initiative has received an updated set of practices that simplify the process of declaring copyright and licence information. To help facilitate developers with updating their projects, the FSFE has also published a tool that verifies whether a project is compliant.  

Radio Lockdown: Current Status of Your Device Freedom

  • 12 December 2017

For more than two years the Free Software Foundation Europe has worked on the issue of Radio Lockdown introduced by a European directive which may hinder users to load software on their radio devices like mobile phones, laptops and routers. We have informed the public and talked to decision makers to fix critical points of the directive. There is still much to do to protect freedom and IT security in our radio devices. Read about the latest proceedings and the next steps.  

Equip yourself for 2018: Get FSFE's new t-shirt celebrating the 100 freedoms of Free Software!

  • 11 December 2017

Wear this t-shirt as an icebreaker to explain binary counting and Free Software to your friends—and look good doing it!  

    FSFE Yearly Report 2017

    • 07 December 2017

    The yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe gives you a breakdown in one document of important things we have done and achieved during the last 12 months. Read on to find out about our activities, the campaigns we have run, the events we have visited or organised, the groups we have helped, and what resources we counted on to do it.  

    Dutch government publishes large project as Free Software

    • 06 December 2017

    The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations released the source code and documentation of Basisregistratie Personen (BRP), a 100M€ IT system that registers information about inhabitants within the Netherlands. This comes as a great success for Public Code, and the FSFE applauds the Dutch government's shift to Free Software.  

    EU Copyright review: The FSFE joins more than 80 organisations asking the EU member states to reject harmful Article 13

    • 30 November 2017

    A new copyright proposal is currently discussed by the EU co-legislators. Part of this proposal is Article 13 which can hamper our ability to collaborate with each other online as it imposes new monitoring obligations and installation of arbitrary upload filters on every code hosting and sharing provider. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) today raises its voice to save code sharing and joins 80 other organisations in an open letter towards the EU Council. 

    Welcome supporters (and goodbye smartcard)

    • 16 November 2017

    Earlier this year, after a public consultation, we took the decision to change the name of our supporter program, the Fellowship of the FSFE, and talk about our supporters by their true name: Supporters. This is an exciting change for us, as it brings our Supporters much closer to the organisation, by making them an integral part of the FSFE. Today, with the change almost complete, we're also taking the opportunity to say goodbye to the Fellowship Smartcard, which has been a part of FSFE life for more than ten years.  

      2018 internship positions as student interns

      • 14 November 2017

      FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for students who can join our team in Berlin for three months or more as a mandatory part of their studies or before graduation. 

      Open position as office assistant

      • 14 November 2017

      FSFE is a charity dedicated to keeping the power over technology in your hands. We are working to build freedom in a digital society and operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for an assistance supporting the office manager with for instance:  

        32 European ministers call for more Free Software in governmental infrastructure

        • 09 November 2017

        On 6 October, 32 European Ministers in charge of eGovernment policy signed the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment that calls for more collaboration, interoperable solutions, and sharing of good practices throughout public administrations and across borders. Amongst other things, the EU ministers recognised the need to make more use of Free Software solutions and Open Standards when (re)building governmental digital systems with EU funds. 

        FSFE makes copyrights computer readable

        • 08 November 2017

        The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is proud to release its next version of our REUSE practices designed to make computers understand software copyrights and licenses.  

        General Assembly 2017: new members, new roles and new directions

        • 07 November 2017

        The members of the Free Software Foundation Europe held their General Assembly on October 15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The annual meeting is held to discuss strategies for the upcoming year and set the course for the overall direction of the organisation. Amongst other things an overall Code of Conduct for the FSFE was adopted, Patrick Ohnewein was elected as the new Financial Officer, and six new members joined the association. 

        Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 34C3

        • 24 October 2017

        From December 27 to 30, the 34th Chaos Communication Congress will be held in Leipzig. As in recent years, the FSFE is happy to host an assembly that includes an information booth and a meeting point for all Free Software enthusiasts and our friends to come together. We offer a stage and look for interesting self-organised sessions for our community. This is the corresponding call for participation. 

        FSFE presents modernised Fiduciary Licensing Agreement 2.0

        • 13 October 2017

        The FSFE and proudly present the revised and updated Fiduciary Licence Agreement 2.0 (FLA-2.0) - a next-generation contributor agreement that makes sure the contributed software always remains Free Software. 

        EU Copyright Review: Tell Legislators to Save Code Share

        • 05 October 2017

        The FSFE, together with Open Forum Europe, asks the EU policymakers to Save Code Share in the current on-going EU Copyright review. Today we ask you to support our newest campaign Save Code Share by signing an Open Letter addressed to the EU policymakers.In this letter we request EU legislators to preserve the ability to collaboratively build software online in current EU Copyright Directive proposal. 

        Argent public ? Code public ! 31 organisations demandent l’amélioration des procédures de marchés publics pour les logiciels.

        • 13 September 2017

        Les services numériques offerts et utilisés par nos administrations publiques sont les infrastructures critiques du 21e siècle des nations démocratiques. Afin d’établir des systèmes fiables, les institutions publiques doivent faire en sorte d’avoir le contrôle entier du logiciel et des systèmes informatiques au cœur de notre infrastructure numérique étatique. Ce n’est pourtant pas le cas actuellement pour des raisons de licences logicielles restrictives. 

        FSFE in 2020: Reaffirming our identity

        • 11 September 2017

        Our world is constantly changing, as are people's thoughts and perceptions. Since its founding in 2001, individuals engaged in the FSFE, from coordinators and volunteers to full-time employees, have come to develop their understanding of what FSFE is and what our shared values are. Sometimes the views expressed by individuals have been similar to one another, sometimes they have diverged.  

          La réforme du droit d'auteur européen entrave le développement du logiciel libre

          • 08 September 2017

          La FSFE et l'Open Forum Europe se sont alliés pour une initiative visant à montrer les implications de la réforme du droit d'auteur proposée par l'UE pour l'écosystème du développement de logiciels libres : Save Code Share. Dans le cadre de cette initiative, nous publions aujourd'hui notre livre blanc dans lequel nous mettons en évidence le projet de l'article 13 qui pourrait, de manière non intentionnelle, nuire aux communautés et aux entreprises qui sont construites autour du Logiciel Libre. 

          FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices

          • 06 September 2017

          The FSFE launches today its best practises in licensing for Free and Open Source Software project. Targeted at developers and companies, these best practices show you how to make it clear to others what license your software is being distributed under, in a way which both computers and humans can understand.  

            Bundestagswahl 2017: Das sagen die Parteien zu Freier Software

            • 05 September 2017

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) veröffentlicht heute, als Teil der "Koalition Freies Wissen", ihre Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum 19. Deutschen Bundestag am 24. September 2017. Zusammenfassend schneiden Grüne und Linke positiv ab. Beide Parteien scheinen die zentrale Rolle von Software zu verstehen und sprechen sich, wie auch schon zur letzten Bundestagswahl, sowohl für den Einsatz als auch für die aktive Entwicklung von Freier Software aus. Im Vergleich dazu sind die Positionen von CDU/CSU, der SPD und der FDP eher zurückhaltend und oft mit Einschränkungen verbunden. 

            Digital-O-Mat: Compare your views on Internet policies with the parties for the German federal election 2017

            • 29 August 2017

            Although digital issues are becoming increasingly important, general election coverage often miss them out. That is why the "Koalition Freies Wissen" ("Free Knowledge Coalition") created the "Digital-O-Mat", an online tool for voter information for the German federal election of 2017. The FSFE asked the participating parties about their positions on Free Software. CDU/CSU, SPD and FDP avoid clear statements and thus confirm the status quo, the Greens and the Left in contrast present themselves as supporters of Free Software. 

            Open internship position as project assistant

            • 11 August 2017

            FSFE is a charity dedicated to keeping the power over technology in your hands. We are working to build freedom in a digital society and operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for an intern to join our remote team for three to six months, working with us on a project which seek to prepare the organisation for the next 15 years of work.  

            Désormais disponible dans notre boutique en ligne : la bavette rose non-binaire

            • 26 July 2017

            Consultez notre nouveau produit pour les tout jeunes soutiens de la Free Software Fondation Europe dans notre boutique en ligne : une bavette en matières 100% biologiques et équitables. L'expression « I am a fork » (je suis un embranchement) est cousue sur la bavette et restera ainsi intact même après plusieurs lavages. 

            Estonian presidency in the EU: the FSFE asks for truly interoperable IT services in public sector

            • 10 July 2017

            The FSFE submitted its comments for the upcoming Tallinn Declaration for e-government drafted by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU. Therein the FSFE asks the current Estonian presidency to promote greater inclusion of Free Software in delivering truly inclusive, trustworthy and interoperable digital services to all citizens and businesses across the EU. The Tallinn Declaration will be signed by EU ministers in October 2017, expressing member states' joint vision for e-government and political commitment to follow the goals set. The proposal for Tallinn declaration is open for public comments until 14 July. The FSFE is asking organisations, companies, and individuals to let EU ministers know how Free Software is important for transparent and accountable e-government. 

            Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017: Its 10th edition "restarts" debates in Free Software licensing

            • 19 June 2017

            In April, the FSFE organised its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW): a meeting point for legal experts from all over the world to discuss issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LLW which was celebrated with the record number of participants: 120 top legal experts and technologists came all the way down to Barcelona (Spain) to spend 3 full days discussing legal challenges around Free Software. 

            FSFE provides Git hosting for its supporters

            • 16 June 2017

            Sharing one's knowledge is a core principle in the Free Software society, collaboration is another. From today, the FSFE provides its supporters and registered volunteers a platform to create and manage Git repositories with a comfortable user interface: 

            New European Interoperability Framework calls on public sector to contribute to Free Software

            • 13 June 2017

            The revised "new" European Interoperability Framework (EIF), adopted by the European Commission on 23 March 2017, gives specific guidance on how to set up interoperable digital public services, and offers public administrations concrete recommendations on how to improve interoperability of their e-services. 

            And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is ...

            • 25 April 2017

            … Daniel Pocock! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on April 24, 2017. FSFE is proud to have such an interested and active community to have had seven outstanding candidates who were running for office this time. Now, Daniel Pocock is happy to take over the GA's Fellowship seat from former representative Nicolas Dietrich. 

            Digital-o-Mat: Campaigning for freedom in the state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia

            • 19 April 2017

            North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populated state which is having its next general elections on May 14, 2017. For this election, a "coalition of Free knowledge" developed for the first time a "Digital-o-Mat". The "Digital-o-Mat" is a tool to help those voters who are concerned about digital rights and freedoms, to decide about which party to vote for. Therefor, eight questions guide any user to choose his own preferences on important topics about the digital society - like questions about the use of Free Software, Open Data or Open Educational Resources. After filling them out, a user will see which party matches best with his own preferences and he can additionally browse detailed explanations on the party's positions. 

            Fellowship elections 2017 with eight candidates

            • 29 March 2017

            According to our constitution, two seats in the General Assembly are reserved for elected representatives of our Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election every year. The current representatives are Nicolas Dietrich and Mirko Boehm; Nicolas's term is coming to an end and his seat will be up for re-election this April.

            The election period runs from April 10 to April 24, 2017, with eight candidates eligible for election. The list of candidates, along with their manifestos and background, can be found at the election wiki page.

            In addition, a moderated hustings will be held on March 30, 5:30 PM UTC to 7:30 PM UTC in #fsfe at Detailed schedule and instructions may be found at the election wiki page.

            All orderly Fellows eligible to vote will also receive detailed voting instructions by e-mail in due course.


            Input about Free Software for German OGP action plan published

            • 28 March 2017

            Today the civil society "working group OGP (Open Government Partnership) Germany" (Arbeitskreis OGP Deutschland) published its input for a German OGP action plan. The goal of the Open Government actions is to increase transparency, citizen friendlyness, reporting, and effectiveness of governments and administrations. The input, which was already handed over to the German Government on 20 March, consists of 30 Open Government topics, including a section about Free Software. 

            PraktikantIn für Kampagne zur Bundestagswahl gesucht

            • 21 March 2017

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der Menschen im selbstbestimmten Umgang mit Technik unterstützt. Dazu helfen wir Menschen und Organisationen dabei, zu verstehen, wie Freie Software zu Freiheit, Transparenz und Selbstbestimmung in der digitalen Gesellschaft beiträgt. Unsere Arbeit und Mission wird von einigen Angestellten und vielen Freiwilligen aus ganz Europa unterstützt und ermöglicht. Für unser Büro in Berlin suchen wir aktuell eine PraktikantIn (m/w), die uns in der Vorbereitung der Bundestagswahl unterstützt. Wir sind ein gemischtes, internationales Team und diskriminieren nicht nach Geschlecht, Herkunft, Hintergrund oder sonstigen Nebensächlichkeiten. 

            #ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

            • 15 March 2017

            On Tuesday 14th of February, the "I Love Free Software" day was celebrated for its eighth consecutive year, in what can now be called a tradition. This day has become a special day for people all around the world to declare their love and affection not only to their partner but also to the whole Free Software community. 

   helps voters compare party positions on digital freedom in upcoming Dutch election

            • 02 March 2017

            Today FSFE Netherlands, NLnet, ISPConnect, and Open Source & Overheid launch to help inform voters in the upcoming Dutch general election, which is held on 15 March 2017. provides guidance to voters on the topic of digital freedom, based on eight questions. 

            What happened in Munich

            • 01 March 2017

            On 15 February 2017, the city council of Munich, Germany convened to discuss the future of their LiMux project. In its public session, the plenary voted to have the city administration develop a strategy to unify client-side IT architecture, building atop a yet-to-be-developed "Windows-Basis-Client". A translation of the complete decision is included further down.  

            European Commission responds to the FSFE's information request for Horizon 2020

            • 17 February 2017

            The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation responds to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request about the use, development and release of software under Horizon 2020 - submitted by the FSFE on January 9, 2017. 

            Berlin sends a message for "I love Free Software" day

            • 14 February 2017

            In celebration of the "I love Free Software" day on February 14, the Berlin Reichtag has been illuminated with the message "Give Free Software A Chance" last weekend. On numerous buildings and symbolic places in Berlin other messages have been projected. "Build Free Software - Not Walls" could have been read on the Berlin Wall, and the Federal Ministry of Finances has been decorated by the slogan "Public Money, Public Code". Thereby, activists draw attention to the importance of larger appreciation of Free Software. 

            European Free Software Policy Meeting 2017

            • 14 February 2017

            Building on the experience from last year's successful pre-FOSDEM meeting, the Free Software Foundation Europe and OpenForum Europe recently continued the tradition of bringing together active Free Software groups a day before the FOSDEM event, in order to discuss public policy related actions at both the EU and the national levels. This year, the meeting focused on encouraging exchanges of views between individual citizens and decision-makers, by providing practical first-hand information on topics relating to Free Software in public policy. 

            I love Free Software Day 2017

            • 09 February 2017

            It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February, the "I love Free Software" Day 2017. The Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to use the traditional day of love to think of the hardworking people contributing to the Free Software we all depend on. As every year there are many ways for people to participate in this campaign.  

            Report of FSFE's assembly during the Chaos Communication Congress

            • 27 January 2017

            The Chaos Communication Congress is Germany’s biggest annual meetup of hackers and political activists. This year has been the 33rd edition ("33C3") and FSFE has been present with an assembly, a booth and 21 sessions about Free Software. Read a visual report of our activities along some pictures by Erik Albers.


            2017 internship positions as student interns

            • 18 January 2017

            FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for students who can join our team in Berlin for three months as a mandatory part of their studies or before graduation. 

            The FSFE files FOI request for Horizon 2020

            • 10 January 2017

            The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) files Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, asking for information related to the use, development and release of software under Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research funding programme. 

            FSFE Annual Report 2016

            • 09 January 2017

            It has been a busy year for the FSFE. Upholding the principles of Free Software and protecting citizens' from being exploited are ongoing challenges we tackled from a variety of angles. We (and by "we", we mean the staff and volunteers at the FSFE) pored over hundreds of pages of policies and legislations, looking for loopholes through which Free Software could be attacked. 

            The FSFE asks for more Free Software and Open Standards in Open Science

            • 05 January 2017

            The Free Software Foundation Europe calls for Free Software and Open Standards to be considered as a vital part of Open Science for all publicly-funded research in Europe. You can help us by sharing our position paper. Read more about the position paper and how you can promote Free Software in science. 

            Report of the first ever FSFE summit

            • 13 December 2016

            From September 2nd to 4th, the FSFE organised its first ever summit to bring together our pan-European community and Fellows for a whole weekend and to discuss contemporary and important issues regarding software freedom. On this occasion we also held our official party to celebrate 15 years of FSFE. Read our report including some pictures of the event and find a summary with all talks that have been held with links to our video-recordings.


            [Newsletter] FSFE news in December 2016

            • 12 December 2016

            This month the FSFE newsletter comes for the first time with a call to raise our funds and progress in Russia to further Free Software on political level. Also read about our various activities or participate in our discussion about "Free Software business". As in every newsletter, you also find our out-of-the-community section with interesting news from our community and some good Free Software news from around the world.


            Aidez-nous à grandir davantage pour faire la différence en 2017

            • 02 December 2016

            Cette année la FSFE a célébré son 15ème anniversaire. 15 ans à rendre le pouvoir aux utilisateurs, à soutenir la communauté et à s'impliquer pour une meilleure législation. 15 ans pour voir que toute activité, aussi petite soit-elle, peut grandir lorsque nous travaillons ensemble. 15 ans pour constater que toute activité, même celles considérées comme impossible, peuvent réussir lorsque nous sommes unis. Ensemble, nous avons parfois réussi même contre les plus puissants lobbies de grands groupes d'intérêts. 15 ans pour savoir que tout cela n'aurait pas pu être possible sans le soutien continu de notre communauté, qui a passé des milliers d'heures à travailler sur son temps personnel et nous a soutenu financièrement. Aidez-nous maintenant à croître davantage pour construire la différence en 2017.  

            [Blog] There is no Free Software company - But!

            • 16 November 2016

            Since the start of the FSFE 15 years ago, the people involved were certain that companies are a crucial part to reach our goal of software freedom. For many years we have explained to companies – IT as well as non-IT – what benefits they have from Free Software. We encourage individuals and companies to pay for Free Software, as much as we encourage companies to use Free Software in their offers. While more people demanded Free Software, we also saw more companies claiming something is Free Software or Open Source Software although it is not.


            [Newsletter] FSFE news in November 2016

            • 10 November 2016

            This month the FSFE newsletter comes with a public consultation on our Fellowship brand. Read the background and do not miss your chance to participate. Also read about the take-over of FSFE's Vice-presidency by Heiki Löhmus and the ongoing revision of the European Interoperability Framework. As in every newsletter, you also find our out-of-the-community as well as a what-we-have-done section with some good Free Software news and highlights of our press coverage.


            [Blog] OpenRheinRuhr 2016 report

            • 10 November 2016

            Last weekend, the FSFE visited Oberhausen to participate in OpenRheinRuhr, a well-known Free Software event in north-western Germany. We had a strong booth team, gave talks, and enjoyed talking to tons of like-minded people about politics, technology and other stuff. In this blog post you will learn about some highlights of the weekend and what coat hangers have to do with flat irons.


            Russian Bill makes Free Software a Public Priority

            • 10 November 2016

            Legislators have drafted a bill that will boost Free Software on multiple levels within the Russian Federation's public sector. 

            Heiki Lõhmus takes over FSFE vice-presidency from Alessandro Rubini

            • 31 October 2016

            Alessandro Rubini has stepped down as Vice-president of the FSFE. Alessandro, an electronic engineer with Ph. D. in a computer science, brought invaluable insight to the internal discussions within the FSFE and has worked tirelessly to push the Free Software envelope in Italy and the rest of Europe.  

            Berliner Wahlversprechen umsetzen und Freie Software im Koalitionsvertrag verankern

            • 27 October 2016

            In dieser Woche steht das Thema Netzpolitik auf dem Programm der aktuellen Koalitionsverhandlungen in Berlin. Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) fordert die Koalitionäre dabei auf, die in ihren Wahlprogrammen und bei den Wahlprüfsteinen der "Koalition Freies Wissen" gemachten Versprechungen im Koalitionsvertrag zu verankern und Berlin damit zu einem europäischen Vorreiter in Freier Software zu machen. Dazu gibt die FSFE drei konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen. 

            Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 33C3

            • 20 October 2016

            From December 27 to 30, the FSFE will host an assembly during the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) including an information booth, self-organised sessions and a meeting point for all friends of Free Software to come together, share or simply relax. We are looking forward to organise sessions in the name of our assembly and we will book proper rooms or offer our assembly itself. Sessions can be inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, community/developer/strategy meetings or any other public, informative or collaborative activity.

            Topics can be anything that is about or related to Free Software. We welcome technical sessions but we also encourage to give non-technical talks that address philosophical, economical or other aspects of/about Free Software. We also like sessions about related subjects that have a clear connection to Free Software for example privacy, data protection, sustainability and similar topics. Finally, we welcome all backgrounds – from your private project to global community projects. If you are interested, read more about our call for participation.


            Open internship position as a technical intern

            • 30 September 2016

            FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for a technical intern to join our team for three months, taking part in the work to rewrite and implement a new account management system. 

            EU copyright proposal reinforces DRM

            • 28 September 2016

            On 14 September the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. While we welcome the proposal to introduce a mandatory exception for 'text and data mining' (TDM) in the field of scientific research, we are concerned about the inclusion of a far-reaching "technical safeguards" clause granted to rightholders in order to limit the newly established exception. 

            Julia Reda, Députée au Parlement européen : "Le logiciel Propriétaire menace la Démocratie"

            • 07 September 2016


            Berliner Parteien zu Freier Software: Regierung enttäuscht, Opposition macht Hoffnung

            • 31 August 2016

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) veröffentlicht heute als Teil der "Koalition Freies Wissen die Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin am 18. September 2016. Die Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zur Forderung, öffentlich finanzierte Software als Freie Software zu veröffentlichen, sowie zu ihrer Bereitschaft, Freie Software an Bildungseinrichtungen verstärkt einzusetzen. CDU, Grüne, Linke, Piraten und SPD haben geantwortet und erklärten ihre jeweiligen Positionen dazu. Zudem wurden die Wahlprogramme der Parteien untersucht und Vergleiche zu den Positionen der Parteien von vor fünf Jahren gezogen. Dabei schneiden Grüne und Linke positiv ab, bei der CDU, den Piraten und der SPD sieht die FSFE teils erheblichen Verbesserungsbedarf. 

            Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Zittende regeringspartijen zijn blijkbaar bang voor Vrije Software

            • 23 August 2016

            De Free Software Foundation Europe maakt vandaag als deel van de "Coalitie Vrije Kennis de verkiezingstoetsstenen voor de verkiezingen voor het parlement van Mecklenburg-Vorpommern op 4 september 2016 bekend. De partijen konden stelling nemen ten aanzien van de eis om publiek gefinancierde software als Vrije Software openbaar te maken en ten aanzien van de bereidheid om Vrije Software versterkt in het onderwijs in te zetten. De Groenen staan positief ten opzichte van Vrije Software en doen voorstellen voor de omschakeling. De Linksen hebben de betekenis van „Vrije Software“ als zodanig erkent, hoewel concrete voorstellen voor de omschakeling ontbreken. SPD en CDU hebben daarentegen inhoudelijk veel in te halen. 

            The Document Foundation et la FSFE renforcent leurs relations

            • 17 August 2016

            La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) rejoint le conseil consultatif de The Document Foundation. Et au même moment/De fait, The Document Foundation devient une organisation associée à/de la FSFE.  

            En souvenir de notre ami Elias Diem

            • 09 August 2016

            Dans l'après-midi du samedi 6 août, notre ami et Fellow Elias Diem nous a quittés. Il rentrait d'une randonnée avec un ami dans les alpes suisses. Il a glissé et fait une chute de 150 mètres. Son ami a tenté de le secourir, mais il était trop tard. Il est décédé d'une grave blessure à la tête à l'âge de 39 ans.  

              Le Sommet Free Software Foundation Europe 2016 – Pas une conférence technique

              • 04 August 2016

              Des défenseurs du logiciel libre de toute l'Europe seront à Berlin pendant le sommet du 02 au 04 Septembre 2016. En plus de travailler à faire avancer l'adoption des logiciels libres en Europe, nous allons également célébrer le 15iéme anniversaire de la FSFE . 

                Compulsory Routers: what customers have to take care of now

                • 25 July 2016

                Up until now, Internet service providers (ISPs) in Germany determined the router users had to use to connect to the Internet. The user had no say in this decision. This changes on August 1. A new law will allow users choose the device that gets installed in their homes. The FSFE wants to ensure everybody knows about their new rights and is asking users to report cases in which ISPs try to avoid the new regulation. 

                Les inscriptions sont ouvertes : Participez au premier sommet de la FSFE du 2 au 4 Septembre au BCC à Berlin, Allemagne

                • 01 July 2016

                Imaginez une Union européenne qui base son infrastructure informatique sur les logiciels libres. Imaginez des États membres qui échangent des informations grâce à des standards ouverts et qui partagent leurs logiciels. Imaginez des municipalités et des conseils municipaux qui bénéficient de logiciels décentralisés et collaboratifs sous licence libre. Imaginez qu'aucun Européen ne soit plus obligé d'utiliser des logiciels non libres. C'est ce que nous cherchons à atteindre. Et bien que la route semble encore longue, nous savons que nous franchissons une étape majeure aujourd'hui. Pour nous aider à révéler notre plein potentiel, la FSFE propose des collaborations transfrontalières et lance, en 2016, son premier sommet européen. Rejoignez-nous, nous et notre mouvement.


                The Software Heritage intiative: A comprehensive archive of Free Software code

                • 30 June 2016

                The Free Software Foundation Europe protects users, companies and institutions from technological abuse by promoting the use of Free Software. Now there is a project that protects the code used in Free Software itself and promised to preserve it for the future: Inria presents the Software Heritage initiative. 

                FSFE's answers to the European Commission's Public Consultation: Revision of the European Interoperability Framework

                • 24 June 2016

                The European Commission is asking for public input with regard to its plans to renew the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The EIF aims to promote enhanced interoperability in the EU public sector. The document, originally intended as a set of non-binding guidelines for the EU public administration, is going through its third revision since its initial adoption in 2004. The FSFE has prepared its comments for the draft of the revised guidelines. 

                And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is ...

                • 02 May 2016

                … Mirko Boehm! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on April 29, 2016. There was just one candidate running for the Fellowship GA seat this time. The more we are happy that still 18,9% of our Fellows took their chance to support Mirko Boehm in running for the seat. 

                Sommet FSFE 2016 - Appel à participation

                • 28 April 2016

                En 2016, la FSFE va fêter ses 16 ans d'existence. Ce qui a commencé avec un petit groupe de bénévoles a grandi en un large mouvement européen soutenu activement par des membres de plus de 20 pays. Nous dédions cet anniversaire à notre communauté, à celles et ceux qui nous ont permis de nous renforcer ces 15 dernières années. Le premier sommet aura lieu du 2 au 4 septembre au Berlin Congress Center, en Allemagne. Si vous souhaitez participer, réservez la date et lisez l'appel à participation.  

                EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing

                • 28 April 2016

                On 19 April, the European Commission published a communication on "ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market" (hereinafter 'the Communication'). The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy intends to digitise industries with several legislative and political initiatives, and the Communication is a part of it covering standardisation. In general, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) welcomes the Communication's plausible approach for integrating Free Software and Open Standards into standardisation but expresses its concerns about the lack of understanding of necessary prerequisites to pursue that direction. 

                Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive

                • 11 April 2016

                23 organisations including the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) joined up in proposing measures to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid negative implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the EU Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU. 

                Directive Radio - Lettre ouverte à Bercy et à l'Arcep

                • 06 April 2016

                La directive relative à l'harmonisation des législations des États membres concernant la mise à disposition sur le marché d'équipements radioélectriques (ou directive radio) a été adoptée en avril 2014, avec pour objectif d'améliorer la gestion du spectre radio. Elle doit être transposée et mise en œuvre dans les États membres avant le 12 juin 2016. Quoique poursuivant des objectifs louables, elle impose des critères de conformité pour les logiciels installés sur les équipements radios et constitue une menace inédite pour l'utilisation des logiciels libres. Dangereuse pour l'innovation et les droits des utilisateurs, elle crée une formidable insécurité juridique pour les associations qui, aux quatre coins du territoire, développent des réseaux Internet citoyens sans-fil. Alors qu'il travaille à la transposition de ce texte, le gouvernement français doit d'urgence corriger le tir et garantir la liberté d'installation des logiciels libres sur les équipements radios. 

                FSFE's work in 2015

                • 24 February 2016

                From teaching people to use encryption for their e-mail, to changing the direction of policy on a European level, the Free Software Foundation Europe worked hard in 2015 to empower users to control technology. With welcome help from our donors and contributors, we set out with ambitious goals for the year. We saw a lot of improvements in how we work, and we ended the year positively with a lot to look forward to in 2016. Please enjoy this story of (some!) of our work over the year, and thank you for helping us make the world a better place! 

                #ilovefs Report 2016

                • 22 February 2016

                Sunday 14 February 2016 was a day to declare love for people we care for. On this day, as a yearly tradition, the Free Software community celebrates "I love Free Software" day to thank developers behind Free Software. This year, for the 6th time, FSFE asked everyone to participate and express their appreciation and gratitude to their favourite Free Software contributors. 

                I love Free Software Day 2016

                • 08 February 2016

                It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February, the "I love Free Software" Day 2016. The Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to use the traditional day of love to think of the hardworking people contributing to the Free Software we all depend on. As every year there are many ways for people to participate in this online campaign which has first been celebrated five years ago. 

                European Free Software Policy Meeting 2016

                • 05 February 2016

                Traditionally, Brussels is the place to go for Free Software enthusiasts and developers at the end of January. During FOSDEM, hundreds of experts talk about their beloved project and discuss the past, present and future of Open Source. It is a great place for meeting like-minded people. 

                Les Parlementaires européens votent pour d'avantage de Logiciels Libres dans le secteur public

                • 28 January 2016

                Le 19 janvier, le Parlement européen a adopté son rapport d'initiative "vers un acte sur le marché unique numérique" en réponse à la stratégie du marché unique numérique de la Commission européenne 

                La Journée de Libération des Documents sur le point de passer aux mains de la Digital Freedom Foundation

                • 26 January 2016

                À partir de 2016, la Free Software Foundation Europe est heureuse de laisser l'organisation de la Journée internationale de Libération des Documents (Document Freedom Day ou DFD) aux mains de la Digital Freedom Foundation. La Journée de Libération des Documents est la campagne mondiale qui vise à libérer les documents et à sensibiliser aux Standards Ouverts à travers des événements organisés à échelle locale sur l'ensemble de la planète. La Digital Freedom Foundation est déjà connue pour organiser la Journée du Logiciel Libre (Software Freedom Day), la journée internationale célébrant le Logiciel Libre. 

                Contribution de la FSFE aux standards/normes en matière de TIC pour le marché unique du numérique

                • 18 January 2016

                La FSFE a contribué à l'établissement des priorités de la Commission européenne concernant les normes en matière de TIC et répondu à la consultation publique sur la priorité à l'adoption d'un plan de normalisation des TIC qui a été proposé dans le cadre de la stratégie pour le marché unique numérique (DSM - Digital Single Market). 

                La FSFE a besoin de vos dons pour travailler pour le Logiciel Libre en 2016

                • 16 December 2015

                Dans nos sociétés, de nombreuses personnes et entreprises bénéficient du Logiciel Libre. Depuis 2001, la FSFE s'évertue à donner à chaque utilisateur les moyens de rester maître de ses technologies numériques. Pour faire la différence dans notre travail, nous avons l'objectif d'atteindre 140 000 € de dons d'ici le 31 janvier 2016. Nous avons déjà reçu 60 000 €. 

                La FSFE se joint à l'April pour exprimer sa désapprobation du nouvel accord entre Microsoft et le ministère de l'Éducation nationale.

                • 03 December 2015


                Le Parlement européen pousse à l'adoption des Logiciels Libres

                • 10 November 2015

                Le 29 octobre 2015, le Parlement européen a adopté le rapport, (2015/2635(RSP), qui condamne la surveillance de masse dans toute l'Europe. Tout en se concentrant principalement sur les précédents juridiques sur la protection des données, le Parlement propose de nouvelles recommandations pour améliorer la sécurité informatique en migrant vers le Logiciel Libre et en l'ajoutant comme critère de sélection obligatoire lors des achats informatiques dans le secteur public. 

                Erfolg gegen Routerzwang: Gesetz für Endgerätefreiheit verabschiedet

                • 05 November 2015

                Nach fast drei Jahren intensiver Arbeit der Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) und vieler anderer Organisationen wurde am heutigen Donnerstag das Gesetz „zur Auswahl und zum Anschluss von Telekommunikationsendgeräten“ vom Deutschen Bundestag beschlossen. Die FSFE begrüßt das neue Gesetz, da es effektiv den Routerzwang für ungültig erklärt und endlich Endgerätefreiheit für Anlagen wie Modems und Router herstellt. 

                FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy

                • 04 November 2015

                The European Commission has set a goal to make the EU's single market fit for the digital age by adopting “A Digital Single Market Strategy” which is aimed at bringing down regulatory barriers between 28 different national markets. According to the Commission, a true Digital Single Market (DSM) can be achieved by taking the following actions: 

                Zurich Fellows offer Laptops with Libreboot

                • 30 October 2015

                Fellows in Zurich started "Free Computer for Free People", an initiative to offer laptops that run completely on Free Software only. This includes alternative firmware as well as free BIOS. By reusing used hardware, the Zurich Fellows also like to foster a sustainable use of hardware.


                FSFE signs association joint letter for terminal device freedom

                • 28 October 2015

                Together with 9 other civil and economic organisations the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) sent a letter to numerous members of the German Bundestag concerning the compulsory routers issue at the present Wednesday. The letter is supposed to highlight the importance of passing the bill for freedom of terminal devices in telecommunication. 

                Pictures from the FSF's 30th birthday are now available

                • 20 October 2015


                Interview with FSFE Fellow Isabel Drost-Fromm

                • 13 October 2015

                Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day that aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. FSFE happily joins the celebration of Ada Lovelace Day by interviewing Isabel Drost-Fromm - long time FSFE Fellow, member of the Apache Software Foundation and co-founder of Apache Mahout as well as the Berlin Buzzwords conference. Read about Free Software migration, free search engines, Java, Berlin and her advice for your personal contributions.  

                Revisiting the Sony Rootkit fiasco 10 years later

                • 08 October 2015

                Today the Free Software Foundation Europe looks back on the Sony rootkit fiasco from 2005. This page outlines some facts about the rootkit and how it was handled, as well as some context about what these kinds of restrictions mean for the notion of computers as general purpose machines. 31 October 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of when the rootkit was discovered, and in preparation for this day, we ask you all to use this information and spread the word, not only about the Sony rootkit, but about the dangers of digital restrictions on users' freedoms everywhere.


                La FSFE convainc 1 125 administrations de retirer les publicités pour des logiciels propriétaires

                • 08 October 2015

                Après six ans d’activité, la campagne PDFreaders touche à sa fin ce mois-ci. Elle aura été l’une de nos campagnes les plus réussies. 

                [Blog] 30 years Free Software Foundation

                • 04 October 2015

                On 4 October 1985 Harold Abelson, Robert J. Chassell, Richard M. Stallman, Garald Jay Sussman, and Leonard H. Tower, Jr. incorporated the Free Software Foundation, Inc. The application included also the GNU Emacs General Public License, the GNU Manifesto, a list of software which was already written (Bison, MIT Schema, Hack, plus a list of several Unix utility replacements)...


                La FSFE a élu son nouveau président et vice-président

                • 22 September 2015

                Matthias Kirschner et Alessandro Rubini sont respectivement les nouveaux président et vice-président de la FSFE. Ils ont été élus la semaine dernière à Bucarest lors de l'assemblée générale de la FSFE, tandis que Reinhard Müller a été réélu en tant que trésorier. Leur mandat durera deux ans. 

                FSFE’s evaluation of the EU Parliament copyright report

                • 18 September 2015

                On July 6th, the European Parliament voted on a report with a number of recommendations for copyright reform. We present today our evaluation of how this could impact Free Software. 

                "Freedomvote": 10 questions sur les libertés numériques pour les élections nationales Suisses

                • 16 September 2015

                En prévision des élections du parlement national Suisse (Conseil national et des Etats/Fédéral) du 18 octobre 2015, La FSFE Suisse commence aujourd'hui la campagne "Freedomvote" en collaboration avec le "Swiss Open System User Group" (/ch/open). La campagne offre un portail en ligne qui répertorie les la liste des candidats ainsi que leurs opinions concernant la politique d'Internet, le Logiciel Libre et les formats de données ouverts (standards ouverts)  

                The long road from compulsory routers to freedom of choice

                • 02 September 2015

                The router. Despite often being dusty it is one of the most important devices needed for using the internet or phones. However: Most users in Germany don’t own this device even though it is located inside their homes and they pay for it. 

                La FSFE en faveur de la reconnaissance de droits des données utilisateur

                • 29 August 2015

                La FSFE accueille avec tout son soutien la publication du Manifeste des données utilisateur 2.0, lequel a pour objet de définir les droits élémentaires de tout un chacun de maîtriser leurs propres données à l'ère d'internet. Le manifeste est publié aujourd'hui, soutenu également par GNOME, KDE,, ownCloud, Spreed, “Terms of Service - Didn’t Read” et X-Lab.  

                FSFE's role in the Bacula project

                • 17 August 2015

                In April 2015, we announced a change in the relationship between Kern Sibbald and the FSFE owing to the cancellation of the Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) between Kern and the FSFE which previously made the FSFE a fiduciary for copyrights in the Bacula software.  

                Interview with FSFE Fellow Neil McGovern

                • 04 August 2015

                After some discontinuity, FSFE will start again to interview their sustaining members. This way, we like to show you who we are, where we come from and what we stand for. This month and as the first in our new series, we interviewed Neil McGovern, FSFE from the United Kingdom. Neil has been working in the Open Rights Group and was recently elected as Debian Project Leader (DPL). Read about his role as DPL, his engagement in Free Software as well as on political levels.  

                FSFE welcomes adoption of copyright report in EP's JURI committee

                • 16 June 2015

                In an important step towards modernising the EU's copyright laws, the Legal Affairs committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday adopted a report on the Copyright Directive by MEP Julia Reda.  

                FSFE submits comments on Reda copyright report

                • 05 June 2015

                On June 16th, the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee will vote on a report with a number of groundbreaking recommendations for copyright reform. 

                FSFE is looking for a systems administrator and architect

                • 27 May 2015

                Please note that this position is no longer open for applications. The Free Software Foundation Europe was founded in 2001 and has gone through a tremendous growth since then, both in the number of volunteers and staff, and also in the complexity of our technical infrastructure and the number of services we run and offer for both internal and external use. We're currently looking for a system administrator and architect that, for a limited time, can support us in our work to migrate our services to a new infrastructure. 

                  Restreindre les restrictions technologiques

                  • 06 May 2015

                  Chacun d'entre nous dépend de cette possibilité d'installer ou de remplacer les programmes que nous utilisons tous les jours pour renforcer notre sécurité, notre droit à la vie privée ou notre confort -- ou tout simplement parce qu'on aime utiliser un programme différent sur notre ordinateur, tablette, téléphone, routeur, télévision, voiture, ou tout autre appareil. 

                  [Blog] Final PDFreaders advertisement squashing

                  • 24 April 2015

                  We currently wrap-up the PDFreaders campaign, and we need your help to measure our success. Started in 2009 FSFE’s goal with the campaign was to get rid of advertisement for proprietary PDF readers. We focused on the websites of public administrations, and many people helped us gather contact details for over 2000 public websites which advertised non-free software. Many people helped us to contact the public administrations, governments were made aware of it and published guidelines. Until now we know that 772 of the 2110 bugs were fixed, which is a 36% success rate. But for most countries we did not check the status for several months now. That’s why we need your help now to make one final round. We are looking for volunteers who can help us checking websites in their native language, following the step-by-step guide in the blog post.


                  Statement on changed relations between the FSFE and Kern Sibbald

                  • 14 April 2015

                  Effective the 6th of March 2015, the FLA between Kern Sibbald and FSFE has been terminated at the request of Kern Sibbald. The FSFE is committed to ensuring to the best of its ability that software remains Free Software, and can only regret that Kern Sibbald in this way chose to terminate the FLA.  

                  Les Standards Ouverts autour du globe

                  • 08 April 2015

                  La Journée de Libération des Documents (en anglais - Document Freedom Day) est la journée internationale dédiée aux Standards Ouverts. En 2015, avec 63 événements locaux dans 31 pays et à travers 4 continents, nous avons tous ensemble donnés une fois encore une dimension globale à cette journée. Des volontaires du monde entier, aux côtés d'organisations internationales, de personnalités politiques ou encore d'administrations publiques ont uni leurs voix à la notre pour demander la libération des documents. Lisez notre compte-rendu pour savoir ce qu'il s'est passé au cours de l'édition 2015.


                  A cautious welcome to the EC's new Free Software strategy

                  • 01 April 2015


                  Oproep tot evaluatie: vragen over het Duitse Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

                  • 01 April 2015


                  FSFE supports Hellwig's GPL compliance lawsuit

                  • 31 March 2015

                  FSFE welcomes the action which Christoph Hellwig and the Software Freedom Conservancy are taking to bring VMware into compliance with the GNU General Public License. 

                  Joint statement : Maximising inclusiveness and engagement through the use of Open Standards in the European Commission

                  • 25 March 2015

                  Today is Document Freedom Day, the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards. On this occasion, we would like to reflect on the importance for public institutions in general, and for the European Commission in particular, considering its leadership role, of using Open Standards in all their digital communication and services.  

                  Worldwide more than 50 events about Open Standards

                  • 24 March 2015

                  On March 25 is this year's Document Freedom Day and, depending on your time zone, it has already started. Document Freedom Day is the global campaign for document liberation by local groups throughout the world. So far more than 50 groups registered their events in over 25 countries ranging from Asia, Europe, Africa, to South and North America. 

                  And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is Nicolas Dietrich

                  • 16 March 2015

                  … Nicolas Dietrich! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on March 13, 2015. FSFE is proud to have had three outstanding candidates that were running for office this time. Now, Nicolas Dietrich is happy to take over the GA's Fellowship seat from former representative Heiki "Repentinus" Lõhmus. 

                  Swiss Federal Council considers legal assurance for release of Free Software

                  • 06 March 2015

                  Currently, there is uncertainty in Switzerland regarding the development and release of Free Software by public contractors. The trigger for this was the development and release of the software OpenJustitia by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. The federal council now wants to examine whether the publication of Free Software by the federal administration can be explicitly allowed. The Free Software Foundation Europe demands a clarification so that publicly-financed software can unambiguously be legally released as Free Software 

                  #ilovefs Bilan 2015

                  • 03 March 2015

                  Samedi 14 février 2015, des personnes à travers le monde ont montré aux contributeurs du Logiciel Libre leur considération. C'est la cinquième année que la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) demande de participer à cette journée “J'aime le Logiciel Libre”. Ce bilan montre la variété des déclarations d'amour de ce jour là, comprenant des articles de blogs, des images, des bandes dessinées, des poèmes et une bibliothèque Android #ilovefs. La FSFE remercie tous ceux qui ont motivé les contributeurs du Logiciel Libre cette année, et demande à tout le monde de noter le 14 février dans leur agenda pour la journée "J'aime le Logiciel Libre" de l'année prochaine. 

                  Jonas Öberg joins FSFE as Executive Director

                  • 02 March 2015

                  FSFE has recruited long-time Free Software activist Jonas Öberg to be the organisation's Executive Director. He joins the organisation's leadership team on March 1.  

                  Appel à manifestations: Faites partie de la Journée des documents ouverts 2015 (NDT : Document Freedom Day)

                  • 24 February 2015

                  La journée de libération des documents (#DFD2015; NDT : Document Freedom Day) est une campgane mondiale pour la libération des formats, qui aura lieu le 25 mars 2015, avec des événements locaux à travers le monde. Prenez part à cette célébration mondiale des standards ouverts et inscrivez votre événements DFD pour 2015! 

                  FSFE responds to EU consultation on patents and standards

                  • 18 February 2015

                  In order to push for a more enlightened policy approach to managing innovation and knowledge, FSFE has submitted a response [pdf] to an EU consultation on patents and standards. This is the latest action in FSFE's ongoing work in promoting Open Standards. 

                  Position paper for the boost of Open Educational Resources on the basis of Free Software

                  • 10 February 2015

                  Together with FSFE and other partners, the Bündnis Freie Bildung ("Free Education Alliance") today publishes its position paper about the creation and usage of Open Educational Resources (OER). Therein, the Bündnis demands a consequent publishing of all OER-material under public licences and their availability as Free Software and in Open Standard formats. 

                  Montrez votre amour du Logiciel Libre

                  • 09 February 2015

                  Le 14 février de chaque année, la Free Software Foundation Europe demande aux utilisateurs de Logiciel Libre de penser à ceux qui travaillent dur dans la communauté du Logiciel Libre et de leur montrer individuellement que cela est apprécié en cette journée "J'aime le Logiciel Libre". 

                  EU to fund Free Software code review

                  • 19 December 2014

                  The European Parliament has approved funding for several projects related to Free Software and privacy. In the EU budget for 2015, which the European Parliament adopted on December 17, the Parliamentarians have allocated up to one million Euro for a project to audit Free Software programs in use at the Commission and the Parliament in order to identify and fix security vulnerabilities. 

                  Un joyeux anniversaire à l'April !

                  • 18 December 2014

                  L'April, organisation pionnière du logiciel libre en France, était fondée il y a exactement 18 ans. Démarrée en décembre 1996 par des étudiants d'une université d'Île-de-France, l'April était à l'origine une association à but non-lucratif dédiée à la promotion du Logiciel Libre dans la recherche en informatique. 

                  Le travail de la FSFE en 2014

                  • 18 December 2014

                  Nous façonnons le monde de demain par ce que nous faisons aujourd’hui. La FSFE aide les gens à comprendre comment la technologie affecte leurs droits et libertés, et leur donne les moyens de choisir leur propre chemin dans le monde numérique. Voici ce que nous avons fait en 2014, et où nous irons ensuite ! 

                  Protect your privacy - Help GnuPG hire a second developer!

                  • 16 December 2014

                  GnuPG is the world's leading privacy tool, with an estimated base of more than four million active users world-wide, and a thousand new users each day. It guards emails, files, and programs from snooping and spying on Windows, Mac, and GNU/Linux. This crucial program needs your help to keep going in 2015 and beyond.  

                  Study: To ensure transparency, European Parliament must adopt Free Software, Open Standards

                  • 12 December 2014

                  A study released on Friday says that the European Parliament must adopt Free Software and Open Standards in order to fulfil its transparency obligations. The authors conclude that "the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament should whenever possible make Free Software and Open Standards mandatory for all systems and data used for the work of Parliament."  

                  Prenez en main votre sécurité avec une carte à puce et soutenez le travail de la FSFE en 2015

                  • 03 December 2014

                  La Free Software Foundation Europe est une association paneuropéenne à but non lucratif, fondée en 2001 pour donner aux utilisateurs la pleine maîtrise de leurs technologies. Afin de permettre à l'organisation d'intensifier son travail avec la Commission européenne et de faire en sorte que le plus grand nombre connaisse le Logiciel Libre, la FSFE a besoin de 190 000 € pour son action en 2015. L'année prochaine, la FSFE continuera plus que jamais à faire des Logiciels Libres un pilier de notre société. 

                  [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.


                  In Switzerland, the legal basis for the government to support Free Software is still lacking

                  • 20 November 2014

                  For the time being, the public development of the Free Software 'OpenJustitia' by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has ceased because of a new legal opinion. The reason for this abrupt end is apparently the legal uncertainty regarding public contractors in Switzerland. The FSFE demands that the missing legal framework be created as soon as possible so that software developed with public funding in Switzerland in the future can also be released as Free Software. 

                  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.  

                  Les consommateurs italiens ne devraient pas avoir à payer pour un logiciel qu'ils ne veulent pas – Lettre aux autorités de régulation

                  • 17 October 2014

                  La FSFE et l’association italienne de consommateurs ADUC, avec le groupe italien ILS, demandent aux organismes de régulation à prendre des mesures concrètes pour protéger les Italiens contre l’obligation de payer pour des logiciels qu’ils ne veulent pas ou n’ont pas besoin. La Haute Cour de l’Italie a rendu une décision en Septembre que les fournisseurs informatiques doivent rembourser les consommateurs pour le prix des logiciels payants indésirables qui sont livrés pré-installés sur les PC et ordinateurs portables. Aujourd’hui, la FSFE, l’ADUC et l’ILS ont envoyé une lettre aux autorités italiennes de la concurrence, leur demandant de s’assurer que les fournisseurs se conforment à la décision de la Haute Cour, et de respecter les droits de leurs consommateurs. 

                  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.  

                  Transparenzverordnung: Bundesnetzagentur legitimiert Zwangsrouter

                  • 29 September 2014

                  Die Free Software Foundation Europe sieht den aktuellen Entwurf der "Transparenzverordnung" der Bundesnetzagentur als Legitimierung einer Entmündigung von Verbrauchern.  

                  Italie : la Haute Cour flingue la taxe Windows

                  • 12 September 2014

                  En Italie la Cour de Cassation a frappé un grand coup dans la pratique consistant à imposer des logiciels non-libres aux acheteurs de PC et ordinateurs portables. Selon La Repubblica, la Cour a rendu un jugement par lequel un acheteur d'ordinateur portable est habilité à être remboursé le prix de la licence Windows de son ordinateur.  

                  Blog : 5 approximations à rectifier pour bien s’y repérer dans les licences libres

                  • 22 August 2014

                  Des approximations peuvent être sources de confusion dommageable à la compréhension et à l’application des licences de logiciels libres. Cet article de blog se propose d’en résoudre cinq, présentées dans un article du JDN.  

                  Your input wanted: How do we build a better future?

                  • 01 August 2014

                  Free Software has progressed in leaps and bounds since we founded FSFE in 2001. But we still have a long way to go until we can all be in control of our computing, our data, and our digital lives. 

                  [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] Le guide d'autodéfense courriel de la FSF maintenant disponible en 6 langues

                  • 30 June 2014

                  Aujourd'hui notre organisation-sœur, la FSF, a publié son guide d'autodéfense courriel et son infographie en 6 nouvelles langues. Ils sont maintenant disponibles en anglais, allemand, portugais brésilien, français, russe, turc et japonais. Ils y expliquent l'installation des outils nécessaires pour chiffrer son courriel sous GNU / Linux, MacOS, et Microsoft Windows ; la génération de clés ; la toile de confiance ; ainsi que l'utilisation de ces programmes. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est un ordinateur connecté à Internet, un compte de messagerie, et une demi-heure. Faites-nous part de vos commentaires, afin que nous puissions les prendre en compte avant d'imprimer les infographies, et parlez-en autour de vous.


                  [Blog] Schutz vor Überwachung durch Verschlüsselung mit Freier Software

                  • 20 June 2014

                  Eine charakteristische Eigenschaft digitaler Kommunikation ist ihre vermeintliche Stofflosigkeit. Diese Stofflosigkeit ist es, die auch ein prinzipiell unbegrenztes Speichern und Archivieren aller elektronischen Kommunikation ermöglicht. Das, und die Möglichkeit diese Daten massenhaft und maschinell auszuwerten und zu analysieren, verleitet Geheimdienste rund um den Globus zum abhören und speichern unser aller Kommunikation. Als Gegenmaßnahme könnte man wieder vermehrt offline kommunizieren – oder aber eine starke Verschlüsselung durch Freie Software verwenden..


                  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 

                  [Blog] We're all Gmail users now: Privacy as an ecological issue

                  • 27 May 2014

                  Even if you're not using Google's Gmail service yourself, many of your friends will. How well can we really protect our privacy when we opt out of centralised web services?  

                  Open Letter to European Commission: Stop DRM in HTML5

                  • 06 May 2014

                  On today's "Day against DRM", the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has sent an open letter to the European Commission, asking the EC to prevent Digital Restrictions Management technology from being closely integrated with the HTML5 standard. 

                  Document Freedom Day 2014 Report Published

                  • 24 April 2014

                  Open Standards were celebrated to the ends of the earth for Document Freedom Day 2014, with 51 events in 22 countries. The campaign for interoperability was enacted from Tokyo to Rio, and Birmingham to Taipei.


                  FSFE welcomes industry initiative to fund critical Free Software projects

                  • 24 April 2014

                  Today the Linux Foundation announced the "Core Infrastructure Initiative" to fund and support Free Software projects that are critical to the security of Internet users. The first project to receive funding will be OpenSSL, which is used for secure data transportation by millions of websites. FSFE welcomes this initiative. 

                  CCC and FSFE: German Federal Network Agency must improve

                  • 28 March 2014

                  After multiple public hearings and political debates, the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) presented a set of proposed regulations (German) that would eliminate compulsory use of particular routers and improve the transparency of telecommunication firms for customers. Compulsory routers tie customers to a device provided by the ISP. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Chaos Computer Club (CCC), and the project leadership of IPFire and OpenWrt, as well as other experts, reviewed these regulations and gave comments to the BNetzA (German) 

                  Open Letter to EU institutions: Time to support Open Standards

                  • 26 March 2014

                  In an open letter to the European Parliament and the European Commission, Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Forum Europe are asking the European institutions to improve their support for Open Standards. The letter is directed to Giancarlo Vilella, the president of the European Parliament's DG ITEC and chair of the Inter-Institutional Committee for Informatics.  

                  Document Freedom Day delivers messages of interoperability around the world

                  • 25 March 2014

                  Over the following 24 hours Open Standards will be celebrated to the ends of the earth. The Document Freedom Day campaign for interoperability is being enacted from Tokyo to Rio, and Birmingham to Taipei. 41 Events are taking place in 18 countries so far. 

                  L'informatique à l'ère post-Snowden : choisir avant de payer !

                  • 24 March 2014

                  L'informatique à l'ère post-Snowden : choisir avant de payer ! Les révélations d'Edward Snowden sur la surveillance massive des communications et des usages rappellent le besoin impérieux que chaque personne puisse avoir la maîtrise des ordinateurs et des téléphones quélle utilise. Pourtant, les constructeurs et les vendeurs d'ordinateurs et de téléphones nous imposent, dans l'immense majorité des cas, l'utilisation de programmes qui mettent notre vie privée en péril. 

                  Asian Legal Network launched

                  • 14 March 2014

                  Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Open Invention Network (OIN), and The Linux Foundation announced today the launch of the Asian Legal Network. The Asian Legal Network was established to provide a leading forum for sharing knowledge and best practices regarding Free Software legal affairs, particularly those that relate to market participants in Asia.  

                  OB-Wahl in München: LiMux Erfolg ausbauen, Umstellungsschmerzen abarbeiten

                  • 10 March 2014

                  Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlichte heute gemeinsam mit dem Förderverein für eine Freie Informationelle Infrastruktur München ihre Freie-Software-Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl der Oberbürgermeisterin bzw. des Oberbürgermeisters der Stadt München am 16. März 2014. Die OB-Kandidatinnen und -Kandidaten konnten sich zu Fragen hinsichtlich Freier Software und Offener Standards in München im Allgemeinen und des LiMux-Projekts im Speziellen sowie sicherer Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten und der kommunalen Datenweitergabe äußern. 

                  Get candidates for this years’ European elections to make a stand for Free Software

                  • 04 March 2014

                  From May 22 to 25 in 2014 European citizens will vote for candidates standing for the European Parliament. This is an ideal time to engage with politicians with why Free Software matters. Help us to get the candidates across Europe to declare their support for Free Software. 

                  And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…

                  • 03 March 2014

                  …Stefan "Penny" Harmuth! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on February 28. There was just one candidate running for the Fellowship GA seat this time. The more we are happy that still 20,3% of our Fellows took their chance to support Stefan Harmuth in his run for the seat.  

                  FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats

                  • 26 February 2014

                  FSFE has submitted comments on a proposal by the UK government to use only document formats based on Open Standards in future.  

                  #ilovefs Report 2014

                  • 21 February 2014

                  On February 14th, people all around the world expressed their gratitude and appreciation not only to their partner but also to Free Software and its contributors. With our yearly #ilovefs we asked you to thank your favourite developers and projects and were overwhelmed by the resonance in blogs, social networks, and mailing lists. 

                  Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back

                  • 11 February 2014

                  This Tuesday is a day to fight back against mass surveillance, and here at FSFE we're proud to be part of the struggle. 

                  Montrez votre amour pour le Logiciel Libre

                  • 11 February 2014

                  Le 14 février la Free Software Foundation Europe appelle tous les utilisateurs de logiciels libres à penser aux personnes dévouées de la communauté du Logiciel Libre et de leur montrer qu'ils les apprécient comme l'année dernière.  

                  L'Italie privilégie le Logiciel Libre dans le secteur public

                  • 14 January 2014

                  Le gouvernement Italien fait du Logiciel Libre un choix prioritaire pour les administrations publiques. Dans le document publié mercredi dernier, relatif à la circulaire n.63 du 6 décembre 2013, l'agence pour l'Italie numérique a fixé des règles de base à destination de toutes les administrations publiques du pays qui doivent privilégier le Logiciel Libre avant d'envisager l'acquisition de logiciels sous licences propriétaire. 

                  160,000 Euro short for 2014

                  • 13 December 2013

                  As a reader of our website, you are aware of the importance of Free Software for a free society. The FSFE has been fighting for Free Software since 2001. Since then, we have made a big difference by exercising political pressure, helping Free Software developers with legal expertise, and building public awareness for software freedom. To continue this important work, we need a total budget of 390,000 Euro for 2014. We are currently still 160,000 short of this goal. 

                    Verpasste Chancen: Wo die Große Koalition nachbessern muss

                    • 11 December 2013

                    Der finale Koalitionsvertrag, über den die SPD-Mitglieder bis zum 14. Dezember abstimmen, beschreibt sich selbst als Weichenstellung hin zu einer echten digitalen Gesellschaft. Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) kann ebenfalls Fortschritte erkennen, aber keine Meilensteine, die Deutschland zum Spitzenreiter der Digitalisierung von Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft machen würde, wie es sich die Koalitionspartner zum Ziel gesetzt haben. 

                    When DRM comes to cars (English)

                    • 14 November 2013

                    For a long time, cars were a symbol of freedom and independence. No longer. In its Zoe electric car, car maker Renault apparently has the ability to remotely prevent the battery from charging. And that’s more chilling than it may sound.


                    Rockstar vs. Google: Software patents as a license for privateering

                    • 07 November 2013

                    Rockstar, a consortium of companies formed to collect certain patents put on sale in the dissolution procedure of Nortel, has sued Google and other companies over seven of those patents. 

                    Server-Spende: FSFE sagt Danke!

                    • 05 November 2013

                    Vor kurzem haben wir einen gebrauchten Server vom österreichischen Hoster abaton in Wien gespendet bekommen. Mit der neuen Maschine wird die FSFE ihre Infrastruktur ausbauen und ausfallsicherer gestalten.  

                    New Campaign launches: TheyDontWantYou.To

                    • 04 November 2013

                    Today FSFE launches a new campaign to make young people aware of the digital restrictions that they tolerate. Microblogging and guerilla stickering form core components of this fresh strategy for engaging youth in fighting for digital freedom.


                    Internet-Anbieter: Routerzwang schadet Nutzern

                    • 04 November 2013

                    Internet-Anbieter zwingen ihren Kunden oft Router auf, über die diese keine Kontrolle haben. Der Anbieter hält dabei die Zugangsdaten für den Internet- und Telefoniezugriff sowie verwendete Protokolle und Anschlüsse vor dem Kunden geheim. 

                    Changing the world: The GNU project turns 30

                    • 27 September 2013

                    It was 30 years ago that Richard Stallman announced the GNU project. An initiative that started with a programmer's frustration over a broken printer driver has changed our society. The idea of software that everyone can use, study, share and improve has proven very powerful indeed. 

                    Nationalratswahl 2013: Positionen der Parteien zu Freier Software und digitaler Gesellschaft

                    • 26 September 2013

                    Am 29.09.2013 finden in Österreich die Nationalratswahlen statt. Zum Ende des Wahlkampfes veröffentlicht die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) die Positionen der Parteien zum Thema Freie Software und digitale Gesellschaft. 

                    FSFE backs 13 principles against surveillance

                    • 23 September 2013

                    A coalition of more than 265 organisations launched a list of 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communication Surveillance. The groups officially presented the list of principles on Friday last week during the 24th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

                    On Software Freedom Day, support FSFE!

                    • 20 September 2013

                    We need computers we can trust. The recent news about planet-wide surveillance make clear how important computer systems are for our society. Control of these computer systems needs to be in the hands of their users.  

                    Landtagswahl Hessen: SPD und CDU enttäuschen, Grüne und Piraten punkten

                    • 18 September 2013

                    Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlicht heute ihre Freie-Software-Wahlprüfsteine zur Landtagswahl in Hessen am 22. September 2013. Mit den Fragen will die FSFE sehen, inwieweit sich die Landesverbände mit den Themen auseinandergesetzt haben. Trotz wiederholter Nachfrage und Bestätigung über den Eingang unserer Fragen hat die SPD nicht auf die Fragen geantwortet (siehe Update unten). Bei FDP und Die Linke fällt eine Bewertung schwer: Sie haben die Antworten ihrer Bundesverbände 1:1 übernommen, was zwar eine generelle Zustimmung zur Bundesebene zulässt, allerdings eine Bewertung über den Kenntnisstand im Landesverband erschwert. Enttäuschend ist die Antwort der CDU: 

                    FSFE joins 100+ organisations in call to restrict surveillance

                    • 31 July 2013

                    Privacy is a fundamental human right, and is central to maintaining democratic societies. FSFE joins more than 100 other organisations in demanding that states respect human rights, and bring their surveillance apparatus under democratic control. We have signed the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. These principles are an important contribution to the discussion about how to provide security in a free society. More than one year in the making, they are now more relevant than ever.


                    Open Letter on Freedom and Internet Voting to Estonia's National Electoral Committee

                    • 30 July 2013

                    FSFE has sent an open letter to Estonia's National Electoral Committee (NEC) regarding the country's Internet voting system. We ask the NEC to release the software used in the election process as Free Software. 

                    FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software

                    • 29 July 2013

                    In a recent antitrust submission to the European Commission, a Microsoft-led coalition falsely claimed that the distribution of Free Software free of charge hurts competition. FSFE has written a letter to the European Commission's competition authorities to refute this claim, and make it clear that Free Software is critical for an open, competitive IT market.  

                    FSFE supporting the Open Letter to stop surveillance

                    • 25 July 2013

                    FSFE supports the Open Letter to stop surveillance. The letter calls for twelve political steps including the development and promotion of Free Software for digital self-defence. The letter was initiated by Digitale Gesellschaft and also signed by several organisations including CCC, Creative Commons Germany, the German journalist association, DigitalCourage, EFF, EDRI, Greenpeace Central/East Europe, Transparency International Germany, the German Consumer Protections, Wikimedia, and others.  

                    Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament

                    • 16 July 2013

                    Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Rights Group have sent an open letter [pdf] to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. Mr Schulz has recently been asked [pdf] to produce a study on transparency within the Parliament.  

                    Nouvelle fuite de Snowden : stocker ses données chez Microsoft est négligent

                    • 12 July 2013

                    Dans un article publié aujourd'hui, le Guardian décrit comment Microsoft coopère activement avec la NSA. D'après l'article, Microsoft donne à la NSA un accès total à toutes les communications de tous les utilisateurs de ses services : 

                    Blog: be Free or be insecure: crowdfunded Hemlis must choose

                    • 11 July 2013

                    Today Hemlis, a proposal for a new encrypted mobile messaging app, received $125,000 in crowdfunding. It’s wonderful to see ambitious new software projects get support from the community, but how open will it be?


                    German Parliament elections: The parties' positions on Free Software

                    • 03 July 2013

                    Today, the Free Software Foundation Europe publishes its Free Software related election questions for this fall's elections to the German parliament, which will take place on September 22. All political parties have responded to the questions, which cover issues like users' control over their electronic devices, the release of publicly funded computer programs as Free Software, and software patents.  

                    Un «compliance workshop» de la FSFE découvre une violation de la GPL par FANTEC, Welte gagne le procés

                    • 26 June 2013

                    Le tribunal régional de Hamburg [Landgericht Hamburg] a déclaré FANTEC GmbH coupable de violation de la GNU General Public License dans son lecteur multimédia FANTEC 3DFHDL. Dans l'affaire Harald Welte contre FANTEC GmbH le tribunal a jugé que FANTEC devait payer une amende et les frais d'avocat additionnels et avait obligation de doner aux utilisateurs les informations exactes concernant leur chaine de distribution du lecteur multimédia FANTEC 3DFHDL. 

                    La commission européenne incite les organismes publics à se libérer de leur enfermement

                    • 25 June 2013

                    Dans une communication publiée aujourd'hui, la Commission Européenne exhorte les organismes publics à libérer leur système informatique des verrous propriétaires. La commission souhaite que lorsqu'ils achètent des logiciels, les organismes publics se basent sur des standards plutôt que sur des noms de marques ou des technologies propriétaires. 

                    Open Letter to Prime Minister Erdoğan

                    • 20 June 2013

                    Days before the protests in Taksim Square erupted, President Erdoğan was in America. On behalf of an ambitious education investment project called FATIH, he toured Silicon Valley as the guest of America's largest technology companies, each of whom are hoping to land a contract for more than 10 million new tablet computers. 

                    As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products

                    • 20 June 2013

                    Faced with user protests, Microsoft has been forced to make the terms for its latest Xbox gaming console look a little less restrictive. However, the “new” terms which had caused such outrage were not in fact new at all: they were similar to most other proprietary software licences, including those covering other Microsoft software products and on-line services. 

                    German Parliament tells government to strictly limit patents on software

                    • 12 June 2013

                    On Friday the 7th of June the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and the rights of the copyright holders should not be devalued by third parties' software patents.  The only exception where patents should be allowed are computer programs which replace a mechanical or electromagnetic component. In addition the Parliament made clear that governmental actions related to patents must never interfere with the legality of distributing Free Software. 

                    Filing taxes without non-free software: Slovak company appeals fines

                    • 11 June 2013

                    In a case of a Slovak company protesting against being forced to use non-free software to file taxes, a court has failed to rule on the substance of the case. 

                    FSFE supporting EFF's formal objection

                    • 31 May 2013

                    As reported in the our last newsletter, W3C wants to implement usage controls on the web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) now published a formal objection to the HTML working group draft charter. Free Software Foundation Europe fully supports EFF's objections.


                    FSFE in German Parliament Hearing about Software Patents

                    • 23 May 2013

                    In April the German Parliament (the 'Bundestag') has introduced a joint motion against software patents. It urges the German government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. After the first hearing in Parliament, Matthias Kirschner was invited for FSFE as external expert to the legal committee meeting on May 13th. FSFE published a written statement and we published the notes of our oral presentation. There will be a second meeting of a committee and afterwards on the 6th of June the Parliament will vote upon the motion.


                    Blog: About digital and physical restrictions on your own device

                    • 03 May 2013

                    Today, May 3rd 2013, is the international day against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). Usually, the term DRM refers to various restrictions that companies – or any other content provider – impose on digital media and data. These restrictions are there to let providers decide what you can do with your media and data and what not. This blog entry sheds light on a related issue: the loss of digital and physical control of your own device.


                    International Day Against DRM: fight deliberately crippled technology

                    • 03 May 2013

                    This Friday, May 3rd 2013, FSFE is joining the 8th international "Day against DRM" campaign in the call to end Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). The fight against DRM has been gathering momentum in the past weeks. Freedom activists rallied against DRM in HTML5, stressing this technology's harmful effects on innovation and user's freedom. On today's Day Against DRM, our sister organisation the Free Software Foundation will deliver the petition signatures opposing DRM in HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)in Boston. 

                    Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court

                    • 02 May 2013

                    On April 27, the administrative court of Almada, Portugal, declared a 550, 000 Euro contract between Microsoft and the municipality of Almada to be illegal. The technical specifications of the competition launched by the municipality prevented any company other than Microsoft and their partners to submit a proposal. 

                    Stop DRM in HTML5 - Sign the Petition!

                    • 25 April 2013

                    Join us in calling on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its member organisations to reject the Encrypted Media Extensions proposal (EME). This proposal aims at incorporating support for Digital Restriction Management (DRM) into HTML and would therefore exclude Free Software browsers from being compatible with many web pages. 

                    FSFE welcomes Ceata as associate organisation

                    • 24 April 2013

                    A group of Free Software activists from Romania and Moldova has joined FSFE's program of associate organisations. Active since 2008, Ceata incorporated as a foundation in February 2013. Fundația Ceata and FSFE will work together to promote software freedom in Romania and throughout Europe. 

                    German Parliament says: Stop Granting Software Patents

                    • 22 April 2013

                    The German Parliament, the Bundestag, has introduced a joint motion against software patents. The resolution urges the German government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs.  

                    How to break free from Skype

                    • 02 April 2013

                    On April 8, Microsoft will discontinue its Windows Messenger service. All current users will be switched to Skype. The Free Software Foundation Europe advises former users of Windows Messenger to take this as an opportunity to embrace Open Standards such as Jabber (XMPP) instead of switching to Skype. 

                    taz.die tageszeitung receives Document Freedom Germany Award

                    • 27 March 2013

                    The German newspaper taz.die tageszeitung (TAZ) receives this year's Document Freedom Day award. With this award, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) honour organisations that make exemplary use of Open Standards.  

                    Document Freedom Day from Brussels to Taiwan: Open Standards celebrated in 30 countries

                    • 27 March 2013

                    In 30 countries around the world, activists are celebrating Open Standards on today's Document Freedom Day, an annual campaign to promote Open Standards. More than 50 groups are hosting events around the world, from Brussels to Nicaragua to Taiwan. 

                    And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…

                    • 19 March 2013

                    …Heiki "Repentinus" Ojasild! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on March 15 and it was exciting until the end. Albert Dengg who also stood for the Fellowship GA seat promised to stay around and continue his great work for FSFE in their area.  

                    EC hits Microsoft with EUR 561 million fine over web browsers

                    • 12 March 2013

                    Last week, the European Commission slapped the company with a fine of more than 500 million EUR for breaching a settlement over the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. Karsten Gerloff, the president of the FSFE, is explaining position of the Free Software Foundation Europe. 

                    Document Freedom Day: 2013 Event registration now open

                    • 26 February 2013

                    Today event registration opens for Document Freedom Day 2013, March 27th. Local teams can add details of their activities to, and have them marked on the global campaign map. 

                      #ILOVEFS campaign 2013

                      • 21 February 2013

                      Every year on February 14th people celebrate love, relationship with others.. and for the third year running, the wonders of Free Software. All around the world people expressed their love during the "I love Free software" day. We would like to thank you for participating, and share some lovely quotes, dents, tweets, blog entries and articles that were done because of your dedication to Free Software. When developers will read your declarations, they will definitely find extra energy to carry on their good work. 

                      Bundestagswahl: Was sollen Kandidatinnen und Parteien zu Freier Software gefragt werden?

                      • 18 February 2013

                      Was sind die Positionen der Parteien zu Freier Software? Das will die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) dieses Jahr für die Bundestagswahl herausfinden. Wie bereits bei den letzten Landtagswahlen, wird die FSFE sogenannte Wahlprüfsteine zur Beantwortung an die Parteien schicken und diese auswerten. 

                      La FSFE vous propose de montrer votre amour des Logiciels Libres !

                      • 12 February 2013

                      Le 14 février la Free Software Foundation Europe appelle tous les utilisateurs de logiciels libres à montrer leur amour pour le Logiciel Libre. La FSFE propose de considérer cette journée comme une opportunité de dire «Merci» à une des nombreuses personnes dévouées de la communauté du Logiciel Libre. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Anna Morris

                      • 23 December 2012

                      Anna Morris is co-founder or FLOSSIE conference for women in Free Software, Manchester Fellowship Group Deputy Coordinator, and Co-Director of Ethical Pets Ltd. She is currently writing a book on video editing with Free Software, and volunteering with Document Freedom Day 2013 in her spare time.  

                      45 organisations join in legal complaint to Ministry of Education

                      • 17 December 2012

                      A group of 45 Free Software organisations have signed a legal complaint to Italy's Ministry of Education. FSFE, AsSoLi, Wikimedia Italia, the Free Software User Group Italia, the Associazione per l'Informazione Geografica Libera (, the Italian Linux Society, LibreItalia and 38 other groups warn that the country's Ministry of Education is putting Free Software at an unfair disadvantage.  

                      FSFE 2012 Annual Report

                      • 14 December 2012

                      Come and see what FSFE did in 2012! Read our annual report to find out what we achieved, how we did it, and what's ahead for 2013. We thank all of our Fellows, donors and sponsors for making our work possible! If you like what you see, please remember to sign up as a supporter, so we can keep you updated.  

                      Le parlement européen adopte un brevet unitaire profondément défectueux et abandonne son pouvoir sur la politique d'innovation

                      • 11 December 2012

                      Aujourd'hui, le parlement européen a adopté une proposition pour créer un brevet à effet unitaire pour l'Europe. Cette décision va laisser à l'Europe un système de brevets à la fois défectueux et sujet au dépassement de ses prérogatives. Il marque également la fin du contrôle démocratique de l'Europe sur la politique de l'innovation. « Nous sommes déçus que tant de députés européens furent prêts à abandonner les chercheurs et inventeurs européens dans le seul but de conclure une affaire, toute affaire » a dit Karsten Gerloff, Président de la Free Software Foundation Europe. « Il est naturel qu'après presque quatre dizaines d'années de discussions sur un seul système de brevets pour l'Europe, la plupart des personnes impliquées voulait simplement que cela se termine. Nous attendions cependant plus de nos représentants élus. ».  

                      First, do no harm: European Parliament must delay vote on unitary patent

                      • 08 December 2012

                      The European Parliament is about to vote on a "unitary patent" for Europe in its plenary session on December 11. The proposal currently on the table is widely known to have serious legal and practical problems. In the light of these problems, Free Software Foundation Europe urges the Parliament's members to delay the vote until a better solution can be worked out.  

                      7 days left for the PDF readers fundraising campaign, last chance to donate!

                      • 29 November 2012

                      7 days until the fundraising is over! Once again, thanks to everyone who has donated and is helping us to reach our goal. Yet, we need a last "push": we have reached 82% so we need 188€ more. If you still have not donated, please do it!. With only a small contribution (the average donation amount is 23€) you will help us to achieve our goal. 

                      PDFreaders recommended by government - and what else we achived

                      • 22 November 2012

                      Two weeks have been gone since we launched the PDF Readers fundraising. First, we want to thank everyone who made a donation. Currently, we received 856 EUR (more than 75% of the goal). Thanks to your donation, and you informing your friends about this work, we will reach the 1100 EUR until the 4th of December.  

                      FSFE welcomes German Government's White Paper on "Secure Boot"

                      • 20 November 2012

                      Yesterday the German Ministry of the Interior published a white paper about "Trusted Computing" and "Secure Boot". The white paper says that "device owners must be in complete control of (able to manage and monitor) all the trusted computing security systems of their devices." This has been one of FSFE's key demands from the beginning. The document continues that "delegating this control to third parties requires conscious and informed consent by the device owner". 

                      Nächste Woche Dienstag: Freiburg entscheidet über Aus von ODT

                      • 16 November 2012

                      Am kommenden Dienstag entscheidet Freiburg darüber, ob sie in Zukunft statt dem Open Document Format Microsofts propritäres Format OOXML verwenden werden. Der nachfolgende offene Brief wurde soeben von der Open Source Business Alliance, der Free Software Foundation Europe dem Bundesverbands Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie, der Document Foundation und Freies Office Deutschland e.V. verschickt. Bereits im September hatten wir diesbezüglich die Bürgermeister und Mitglieder des Gemeinderats der Stadt Freiburg kontaktiert. 

                      Finnish activist, Danish hacker share Nordic Free Software Award 2012

                      • 12 November 2012

                      Finnish Free Software activist Otto Kekäläinen and Danish hacker Ole Tange are the recipients of the 2012 Nordic Free Software Award. With the Nordic Free Software award, given out for the 6th time this year, the Swedish Association for Free Software and Free Culture (FFKP, Föreningen Fri Kultur och Programvara) honours people and projects who have made important contributions to software freedom.  

                      Flashing your device does not void your statutory warranty - FSFE Legal

                      • 06 November 2012

                      One of the main concerns of Android users is related with its warranty: whether flashing their device will void the phone assurance.  

                      Every buck fixes a bug. Levée de fonds pour le site web de la campagne PDF readers

                      • 02 November 2012

                      Que penseriez-vous si votre gouvernement vous imposait une marque de voiture à conduire sur les routes publiques ? De la même manière que les administrations publiques sont tenues d'être neutres à ce sujet, elles ne devraient pas non plus décider du logiciel que vous devez utiliser pour lire des documents PDF. L'État devrait offrir un choix et également promouvoir des logiciels qui respectent les libertés de ses citoyens. 

                      UK takes major step towards competition, innovation in software market

                      • 01 November 2012

                      The UK government has released a new Open Standards policy. FSFE welcomes this document as a major step towards more competition and innovation in the UK software market 

                      Fellowship Interview with Hugo Roy

                      • 24 October 2012

                      This month we interviewed Hugo Roy, FSFE’s French Team coordinator and co-founder of the Digital Freedoms association. He joined FSFE in 2009 as an intern, assisting FSFE president Karsten Gerloff. In France, Hugo is also active with April and of French Data Network.  

                      Moving our public administration towards trust, facts and confidence

                      • 22 October 2012

                      Otto Kekäläinen, the Finnish FSFE country team coordinator, gave a talk in Berlin about the case regarding some of the major cities in Finland, which are considering using LibreOffice. 

                      Internship opportunity at FSFE

                      • 18 October 2012

                      Are you willing to do something to improve our society? Do you think that our society development relies on a fair and transparent digital sphere? Do you want to increase our society's freedom? FSFE has one internship position available, starting February 2013. We are looking for bright, motivated, innovative people who want to make a real difference towards a free information society. Apply.  

                      Twenty-one organisations ask Italian Data Protection Authority to publish readable documents.

                      • 21 September 2012

                      The Free Software Foundation Europe and twenty Italian civil society organisations wrote a letter to the President of the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, asking the agency to ensure that all documents published on its website can be read and used with Free Software programs.  

                      Free Software activists ask Italian Authority for Protection of Personal Data to publish readable documents

                      • 21 September 2012

                      Free Software Foundation Europe and twenty Italian civil society organisations wrote a letter to the President of the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, asking the agency to ensure that all documents published on its website can be read and used with Free Software programs.  

                      FSFE introducing "Supporters" and two small tasks for you

                      • 21 September 2012

                      It's now possible to become a public supporter of FSFE. This allows you to easily show that you care about Free Software and support the FSFE's activities.  

                        Results: Free Software voice & video testing

                        • 20 September 2012

                        Last weekend on Software Freedom Day the Manchester FSFE Fellowship group, assisted by additional participants in Britain and Germany, spent the afternoon testing Free Software alternatives to Skype. 

                        Freiburg - hebelt geheimes Gutachten Gemeinderatsbeschluss aus?

                        • 18 September 2012

                        Dieser offene Brief wurde soeben von der Open Source Business Alliance, der Free Software Foundation Europe und dem Bundesverbands Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie an die Bürgermeister und die Mitglieder des Gemeinderats der Stadt Freiburg sowie an den Leiter des Amtes für Bürgerservice und Informationsverarbeitung verschickt: 

                        Le brevet unitaire menace l'innovation en Europe

                        • 07 September 2012

                        Des procès comme celui d'Apple contre Samsung pourraient-ils voir le jour en Europe ? Le Parlement Européen est sur le point de définir l'évolution future du système de brevets de l'Europe. Les 17 et 18 septembre, la commission des Affaires Juridiques du Parlement Européen va discuter d'une proposition pour un brevet à portée européenne. À partir de maintenant et jusqu'au 18 septembre, la FSFE fournira en permanence des mises à jour et des analyses sur le brevet unitaire sur son site web.  

                        Blog: How the European patent system works

                        • 05 September 2012

                        Now that software patents are back on the table, it’s important to understand how the European patent system actually works. You need to know this in order to discuss the unitary patent and FSFE’s demands with the MEPs you call and ask for support. Patent policy belongs under legislative control. Our current political processes and institutions aren’t perfect, but they’re certainly better than the EPO’s secretive insider culture. Good patent policy needs transparency, accountability and participation. The current proposal for the unitary patent lacks all of these things.


                        Blog: Software patents in Europe: game on

                        • 04 September 2012

                        Should Europe have software patents? The discussion is back in full force. After the European Parliament rejected patents on software in 2005, things went quiet for a while. Now the European Parliament is about to decide on setting up a single patent for Europe, known as the “unitary patent”. This is a chance to get rid of software patents. But if we don’t manage to achieve a real change in the current proposal, software patents will become even more entrenched in Europe. Get active, and let's get rid of software patents once and for all!


                        Blog: Like in the 90ies but with phones: First Free Your Android installation parties

                        • 31 August 2012

                        This month some of us already started with Free Your Android installation parties. Here a report from the workshops, with some pictures of happy people who liberated their phones.  

                        Für IFA-Besucher: Broschüre zur Digitalen Rechte-Minderung (DRM)

                        • 31 August 2012

                        Würden Sie legal erworbene Filme gerne von einem Gerät auf das andere kopieren, eine Sicherungskopie ihrer DVDs machen oder ein E-Book an eine Freundin verleihen? Systeme zur Digitalen Rechte-Minderung beschränken Ihr Recht, all diese Dinge zu tun. 

                        FSFE wants to better protect Free Software licenses from bankruptcy

                        • 30 July 2012

                        When the companies or authors that license Free Software enter bankruptcy there is a risk that granted Free Software licenses will face legal challenges in some jurisdictions. FSFE is now trying to prevent this situation in Germany. The expert institution ifrOSS supported by FSFE suggests German Ministry of Justice to include a specific Free Software clause in the German Insolvency Code.  

                        FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration of Region Lazio, Italy.

                        • 30 July 2012

                        Last May 23th, the Council of Region Lazio, Italy, approved a Regional Law on "Reuse of information and public data, and connected initiatives". With further regulation, methods and technical rules for reusing software will be determined. In the meantime, we proposed them a checklist of motivations by which both Institutions and the Community would be advantages by a migration to systems based on Free Software.  

                        City of Helsinki Wants To Keep Software Costs Secret

                        • 11 July 2012

                        The IT department of the city of Helsinki claimed in a report to the city board that migrating to OpenOffice would cost is over 21 million euros. On 10th of April 2012, FSFE filed a Freedom of Information request, asking the city how it had arrived at a surprisingly high cost estimates for running OpenOffice (now LibreOffice) on the city's workstations. The city of Helsinki has now denied this request and has stated that it will not release any details about the calculations.  

                        Internship opportunities at FSFE

                        • 04 July 2012

                        FSFE has two internship positions available, starting August 2012. We are looking for bright, motivated people who want to make a real difference for a free information society. Whether your background is in politics, law, computer science or other fields, we welcome your application. If you want to spend between four and twelve exciting months working at the point where technology, society and politics meet, apply now.  

                        Record fine against Microsoft upheld by European Court of Justice

                        • 27 June 2012

                        The European Court of Justice has ordered Microsoft to finally pay a record fine for using its near-monopoly position on the desktop to keep rivals out of the workgroup server market. Four years ago, the European Commission slapped the software giant with a fine of 899 million Euros for its anticompetitive behaviour. In today's ruling, the ECJ ruled that this unprecedented fine was largely justified.  

                        Fellowship Interview with Bjarni Runar Einarsson

                        • 25 June 2012

                        This month we interviewed Bjarni Runar Einarsson, the founder and lead developer of PageKite, an application which allows the publication of websites stored on personal computers and mobiles. He won the Nordic Free Software Award for his work in 2010.  

                        FSFE to Advance Fair Public IT Procurements in Finland

                        • 19 June 2012

                        The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has started an initiative to advance fair public procurements in Finland. The initiative concentrates on IT related procurement notices that require brand instead of defining functionalities required by the procurer. To date FSFE has skimmed over 300 procurement notices, and of those taken into closer analysis, 14 have been found to clearly violate the Finnish procurement law. These violating notices explicitly asked for tenders of specific brands of software manufacturers or products and thus discriminate all other brands and manufacturers, effectively stopping free competition.  

                        4 Steps to immunity from UK snooping laws

                        • 16 June 2012

                        Last week's draft Communications Bill outlines how civil servants are again intent on surveilling the internet communications of innocent British citizens. Fortunately, Free Software provides several ways with which you can protect your privacy online, regardless of the measures that the Coalition may impose upon you or your telecoms providers.  

                        June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA

                        • 07 June 2012

                        On Saturday June 9, activists across Europe are taking to the streets to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). They demand that the European Parliament should finally reject this controversial treaty, which would greatly harm citizens' rights. The Parliament will hold a plenary vote on ACTA in July.  

                        Analysis - "Secure Boot": Who will control your next computer?

                        • 01 June 2012

                        FSFE's goal is to ensure that the owners of IT devices are always in full and sole control of them. This fundamental principle is recently being challenged by "Secure Boot". For maintaining sustained growth in the development and use of software, the broad availability of general purpose computers is crucial. Today FSFE's published an analysis on the topic.  

                        FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation

                        • 01 June 2012

                        FSFE has submitted its response [pdf] to a public consultation by the UK Government, concerning a definition of Open Standards and a policy for increasing their use in the UK's public sector. If the policy is applied boldly and proactively, the UK stands to greatly gain from increased competition in the software market, with much greater opportunities for small companies. On the other hand, even minor lapses in implementation could derail the policy entirely.  

                        FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation

                        • 01 June 2012

                        FSFE has submitted its response [Update: see as PDF version or HTML version] to a public consultation by the UK Government, concerning a definition of Open Standards and a policy for increasing their use in the UK's public sector. If the policy is applied boldly and proactively, the UK stands to greatly gain from increased competition in the software market, with much greater opportunities for small companies. On the other hand, even minor lapses in implementation could derail the policy entirely.  

                        FSFE: NW UK businesses please tell Government that Open Standards matter

                        • 28 May 2012

                        Is the Government one of your potential customers? Free Software may shortly be locked out of opportunities in the public sector if proposed Open Standards policy is adopted. 

                        La démocratie mérite mieux que le vote électronique

                        • 25 May 2012

                        Cette semaine, 1,1 million d'électeurs français résidant hors de France ont la possibilité de voter par Internet pour élire leurs onze députés. Le vote se fera par le biais d'une application Web nécessitant l'utilisation de logiciels non-libres¹ comme l'indiquent des citoyens utilisateurs de logiciels libres. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Giacomo Poderi

                        • 23 May 2012

                        Giacomo Poderi has worked as a translator and editor for FSFE, as well as completing a master’s degree in Philosophy. Currently he’s working on a Ph.D in sociology, which looks at the user experience in Free Software Projects, focusing on the turn-based strategy game ‘The Battle for Wesnoth’.  

                        State neglected web standards, company now faces EUR 5600 in fines

                        • 09 May 2012

                        In Slovakia, a law introduced to reduce red tape has led to injustice. The state has mandated electronic means as a only way of fulfilling certain statutory obligations. However the dedicated web solution excludes some citizens from use as it is not interoperable and runs only on the software from one vendor. In absence of any non-electronic option, this means that state, in fact, prescribed the use of a certain product from a certain vendor. Who did not own the copy, had to buy one. Slovak textile importer deemed that state should not force him to use a certain software for his business and fulfilled its legal obligation by paper. Now the company faces EUR 5600 in fines. 

                        Executive summary of the EURA case

                        • 09 May 2012

                        Slovak textile importer EURA Slovakia, s.r.o. is facing EUR 5600 in fines because it did not buy and use the Microsoft Windows operating system for submitting electronic tax reports. Slovak tax administration gave EURA only two options: either to buy and use Microsoft Windows or face the fines. This is also how we could briefly summarize the decision of Slovak tax administration from a few weeks ago. The administration imposed several fines on a company, EURA Slovakia, which submitted its tax reports on paper, because the use of electronic form was impossible as the state's web application worked only on the Microsoft Windows operating system. The company now plans to appeal to the court and to demand that the state stops forcing businesses to use a certain product, instead of requiring that the public administration uses a multi-platform technical solution based on Open Standards that is available for everybody. 

                        Nordrhein-Westfalen: Softwarepatente - Nein! Offene Standards - Ja!

                        • 08 May 2012

                        Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlichte heute ihre Freie-Software-Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Landtag Nordrhein-Westfalens am 13. Mai 2012. Alle hier aufgeführten Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zu Fragen über die Umsetzung Offener Standards, den Einsatz Freier Software in der Bildung, Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung, Probleme der Herstellerabhängigkeit, Kontrolle über mobile Endgeräte, Softwarepatente und die generelle Förderung Freier Software. 

                        Schleswig-Holstein - Positive Signale für die Entwicklung und Förderung Freier Software

                        • 02 May 2012

                        Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlicht heute ihre Freie-Software-Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Landtag Schleswig-Holsteins am 6. Mai 2012. Alle hier aufgeführten Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zu Fragen über die generelle Förderung von Freier Software, dem Problem der Herstellerabhängigkeit bei unfreier Software, Offene Standards, dem Einsatz von Freier Software in der Bildung, Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung sowie zu Softwarepatenten.  

                        Web Sprint report: where social and technical come together

                        • 01 May 2012

                        April 21st and 22nd's Web Sprint in Manchester has been both an opportunity to provide improvements for FSFE's web site, and a good occasion to meet (new) people, get together and have a chat. 

                        UK Open Standards experts publish joint statement on Government consultation

                        • 25 April 2012

                        At a meeting yesterday, hosted by the British Computer Society's Open Source Specialists Group, We the Undersigned called upon the Government to do the following: 

                        Summit Meeting of experts calls upon UK Government to deliver on Open Standards

                        • 25 April 2012

                        The Free Software Foundation Europe held a summit meeting on Monday of Free Software and Open Standards experts. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Bernd Wurst

                        • 24 April 2012

                        Bern Wurst is a Free Software professional, volunteering for the Freedroidz project. He describes us his engagement with Free Software, and its importance for education.  

                        Blog: FSFE participates in UK ICT curriculum consultation

                        • 14 April 2012

                        FSFE’s education team has submitted their official position on the UK Department of Education proposal to disapply the National Curriculum Programme for Information and Communication Technology.  

                        Le "vendor lock-in" coûte-t-il 3,4 million d'Euros par an à Helsinki ?

                        • 12 April 2012

                        Un rapport sur le projet pilote de la ville d'Helsinki concernant l'utilisation d'OpenOffice dans les administrations publiques laisse le public avec plus de questions que de réponses. La ville a testé la suite bureautique libre sur les ordinateurs portables des membres du conseil pendant dix mois en 2011. Cette suite a été largement approuvée par ses utilisateurs. À la fin du projet pilote, la ville a rédigé un rapport affirmant que les coûts de migration vers OpenOffice pour la totalité de l'administration seraient très élevés.  

                        Résumé et analyse du cas ville d'Helsinki et OpenOffice en 2010-2011

                        • 12 April 2012


                        Report of Document Freedom Day 2012

                        • 05 April 2012

                        Document Freedom Day 2012 was a great success! America, Asia, Africa and Europe celebrated together Open Standards at 54 events. It is no doubt that DFD is growing and we believe that it will be even more successful next year. So what about having look at what happened around the world on 28th of March? And what has the Pope to do with Open Standards? Read our detailed report to find out. 

                        Hacking for freedom: Web Team comes to Manchester

                        • 02 April 2012

                        Manchester will be hacking for freedom this month when FSFE's Web Team sprint comes to the UK. Web team coordinators, together with a variety of international volunteers, will gather in a concerted effort to improve website features and infrastructure. 

                        Document Freedom Award for Slovak Commission for Standardization

                        • 30 March 2012

                        The Free Software Foundation Europe awarded the Slovak Commission for Standardization of the Public Administration Information Systems and its working groups with the Document Freedom Award this week. The Commission was awarded for its long standing commitment and achieved results in the field of the Open Standards. The prize was presented on the occasion of Document Freedom Day, the international day of Open Standards. 

                        Fellows unite UK environmentalists through "Green Bridge"

                        • 29 March 2012

                        Environmentalists will be joined together by Free Software on March 31st when Manchester's "Big Green Festival" and Leicester's "Green Light Festival" are bridged by Free Software for participants to share thoughts and pictures between locations in real-time. 

                        1&1 Internet AG receives German Document Freedom Award

                        • 28 March 2012

                        Karlsruhe, 28 March 2012 - 1&1, GMX and WEB.DE receive the German Document Freedom Award for the use of Open Standards. The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII). 1&1 is awarded for automatically adding XMPP for all customers of their mail services. The Document Freedom Award is awarded annually on the occasion of Document Freedom Day - the international day for Open Standards. Last years winners include, Deutschland Radio, and the German Foreign Office. 

                        Document Freedom Day 2012: Activists around the world celebrate Open Standards

                        • 28 March 2012

                        Free Software advocates worldwide are today celebrating information accessibility and Open Standards. 48 events in 17 countries are using demonstrations, talks and workshops to explain why Open Standards and Free Software are crucial to a free and competitive information society. 

                        Handcuff an MP, the easy way

                        • 27 March 2012

                        British politicians need your help to understand Open Standards. Donate an information pack explaining their responsibility to use Free and accessible standards, and demonstrate the threat of vendor lock-in with the included pair of handcuffs.  

                        Article: Commandment for minimalistic formats - Being an Open Standard is not enough

                        • 23 March 2012

                        With Document Freedom Day coming up on Wednesday, we're publishing an article by FSFE co-founder Bernhard Reiter. He discusses what makes a good data format, and argues that Open Standards are good, but that we need to push further still. His central question to data formats is "Can we make it simpler?"  

                        Fellowship Interview with Guido Günther

                        • 23 March 2012

                        Guido Günther is a Debian and GNOME contributor who added MIPS support to Debian, and worked for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He discusses why Free Software was a good fit for the needs of embassies and consulates, and what drew him to take on big technical challenges in Debian.  

                        FSFE Fellow interviewed by BBC

                        • 23 March 2012

                        Manchester Fellow Anna Morris was interviewed on BBC Radio this week, about women in Free Software, what Free Software is, and her involvement with FSFE. 

                        DFD 2012 Events

                        • 23 March 2012

                        This year's DFD is approaching fast, and we can already say that we will have had a good year: More than 30 events have been registered in South-America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. However, both we and you could do a lot better, and there is still time to register and organise an event. North-America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia desperately need more events. Also, while Central Europe is well covered, Europe's western, eastern, and northern parts could do with additional events. To organise an event, you can gather ideas from the highlighted events below, or take a look at our events page.  

                        Saarland - Nur wenige deutliche Aussagen zu Freier Software

                        • 22 March 2012

                        Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlicht heute ihre Freien-Software-Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Landtag des Saarlandes am 25. März. Die Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zu Fragen über die generelle Förderung von Freier Software, dem Problem der Herstellerabhängigkeit bei unfreier Software, Offenen Standards, dem Einsatz von Freier Software in der Bildung, Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung sowie zu Softwarepatenten.  

                        Handcuffs - DFD

                        • 21 March 2012

                        Do you know a certain politician who should really learn more about Open Standards? Have you tried to explain the importance of Open Standards to your boss, friends, local administration or service, but without any results? Would support from the outside world help? Definitely! Inform our Document Freedom Day (DFD) team about your situation and we will send a free, remarkable gift to your contact to help them learn more about the power of Open Standards. 

                        And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…

                        • 03 March 2012

                        …Nikos Roussos! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on February 29 and it was exciting until the end. Albert Dengg and Gert Seidl who also stood for the Fellowship GA seat promised to stay around and continue their great work for FSFE in their area. "I'm really glad I got elected. I'll try to help FSFE's cause in every way I can" says Nikos after his election victory.  

                        La FSFE lance une campagne pour un système d'exploitation Android libre

                        • 28 February 2012

                        Il y a un vrai problème de respect de la vie privée avec les téléphones actuels (« smartphones »). C'est l'une des raisons pour laquelle la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) lance aujourd'hui sa campagne « Libérez votre Android ! ».  

                        Thank you for celebrating #ilovefs the whole day without borders

                        • 23 February 2012

                        On February 14th, people around the globe were celebrating the "I love Free Software" day. To all of you, thank you very much for participating in our #ilovefs-campaign and for showing your support for Free Software on this day. We were really excited about your creativity and participiation. All these love declarations went out to the developers, users and wizards behind Free Software and their communities. While some of you dedicated their love to specific programs that you enjoy most. We are pretty sure that their developers and users have read your love declarations and that your love will motivate them to carry on their good work. Here are just a few examples and highlights of your love declarations. 

                        Nortel/Rockstar, Google/Motorola deals create balance of terror on software patents

                        • 14 February 2012

                        On Monday, the US Department of Justice approved the sale of Nortel's patent portfolio to a consortium led by Apple and Microsoft. At the same time, the DOJ and the European Commission allowed Google to buy Motorola Mobility, thus giving the search company a sizable patent portfolio. 

                        Join the protest against ACTA

                        • 10 February 2012

                        ACTA, a multi-national treaty to enforce copyright and patents, is threatening Free Software and freedom in the information society. It endangers people's access to essential medicines. The treaty creates a culture of surveillance and suspicion, and the way in which it was negotiated is a mockery of proper democratic process.  

                        FSFE's goal for February 14th: More love reports than bug reports!

                        • 09 February 2012

                        "Let's be honest: In the Free Software community, we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. Sometimes we forget to say "thank you, for all your work". As in the last years, we want to change this, at least for one day. So on Tuesday the 14th of February we will celebrate the "I love Free Software" - Day , says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's #ilovefs campaign manager. 

                        FSFE awarded Mozilla grant

                        • 04 February 2012

                        Free Software Foundation Europe has been awarded a grant from Mozilla. As announced during this weekend's FOSDEM conference in Brussels, FSFE will receive EUR 25,000 to support its work for freedom in the information society.  

                        "I love Free Software"-Tag am 14. Februar im Unperfekthaus, Essen

                        • 02 February 2012

                        Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) ruft jährlich alle Unterstützer Freier Software auf, beim "I love Free Software"-Tag mitzumachen. Dazu gibt es eine Mitmach-Kampagne, zu der ihr Material und Ideen auf finden könnt. Dieses Jahr wird es außerdem erstmalig eine "I love Free Software"-Veranstaltung[2] "I love Free Software"-Veranstaltung im Unperfekthaus in der Innenstadt Essens geben. 

                        Legal news: Photograph copyright case could have effects on software developers

                        • 02 February 2012

                        Read about copyright originality in the EU, publication of Library License, European Commissions proposal to reform the old data protection rules, iPad litigations and more. 

                        Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February

                        • 31 January 2012

                        During the whole of February 2012, FSFE's Fellows will be able to elect their representative in FSFE's General Assembly. The winner of the election will help FSFE's strategic decision making body plan the future of the organisation, and will join Hugo Roy who occupies the other Fellowship seat since 2011. Both Fellowship representatives are full members of the General Assembly for a term of two years, and have all the rights and obligations of other members. 

                        Call for Street Art Artists

                        • 30 January 2012

                        On 28th of March 2012, we will be running a campaign for document liberation - Document Freedom Day 2012. On this occasion, we would like to ask you for help in promoting its underlying idea by means of your art. 

                        Blog : Quelques notes sur la seconde licence publique Mozilla (MPL 2.0)

                        • 27 January 2012

                        Une courte introduction à la Licence Publique Mozilla 2.0 : comment la situer, quelles sont ses qualités et quelles améliorations peut-on découvrir par rapport à la première version, dont la compatbilité avec les licences GNU. 

                        Legal news: antitrust concerns over UEFI and Apple's iBook

                        • 26 January 2012

                        Read about launch of cloud computing interoperability intitiative, US Supreme Court decision on copyright extension, plan of Spanish region to use 40.000 Linux based desktops, patent inflation and more. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Heiki Ojasild

                        • 23 January 2012

                        For our January fellowship interview we met Heiki Ojasild. He joined the Free Software Foundation Europe in 2011, undertaking the task of translating into Estonian, his mother tongue. He is currently developing an XChat add-on, as well as a website for free SVG and JavaScript games. In 2010 he took part in the Baltic Olympiad in Informatics. In this interview, he explains us his views about copyright, Digital Restrictions Management, kopimism, and activism. 

                        Save the date: "I love Free Software" - Day on 14th February

                        • 23 January 2012

                        The Free Software Foundation Europe plans to celebrate Valentine's Day on 14th February as an "I love Free Software" - Day. Please help us in showing your support for Free Software by participating in our online campaign. Emails, blogs, microblogs, donations, everything is welcome! There are free banners to use for your website available, too. In addition, this year will also be an event to celebrate Free Software in the Unperfekthaus in Essen. We would love to see you there! 

                        Free Software legal news

                        • 20 January 2012

                        Read about European concerns with SOPA, dangers of Secure Boot, Nokia's move to sell 450 patents to a patent troll, summary of Free Software developments in 2011, web blocking in Germany and many more. 

                        FSFE calls on US Senate to stop SOPA / PIPA

                        • 17 January 2012

                        Together with dozens of other civil society organisations, FSFE has signed a letter to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, urging the Senate to stand up for human rights, defend freedom of speech and the open internet, and reject the SOPA and PIPA proposals currently before it. 

                        Blog: Is teaching programming political?

                        • 13 January 2012

                        In a reply to the BBC about proposed changes to the national curriculum, Sam Tuke explains some of the ways in which teaching Free Software programming skills in schools is important to the future of Britain. 

                        FSFE calls for an amendment of Slovak Copyright Act

                        • 10 January 2012

                        FSFE calls for an amendment that would eventually enable Free Software and Creative Commons licenses for Slovak citizens. Currently, these licenses are considered to be void due to lack of their written form and problems with formation of the contract. Slovakia is thus one of a few countries where these popular licensing tools still struggle with rigid legislative framework. 

                        FSFE calls for nominations for the Document Freedom Award

                        • 10 January 2012

                        This year for the fourth time, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) will assign the Document Freedom Award on the 28th of March 2012. With the Document Freedom Award, the FSFE and the FFII like to honor institutes or enterprises that made an outstanding contribution for the spread and the use of Open Standards. The Document Freedom Award is granted each year during the Document Freedom Day, the international day to celebrate the importance of Open Standards 

                        Free Software legal news

                        • 09 January 2012

                        Read about the release of Mozilla Publice License 2.0, new litigation of Microsoft against a computer retailer who is providing recovery CDs, UK government´s shift from Open Stadards and more. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Paul Boddie

                        • 23 December 2011

                        Paul Boddie is a developer in the bioinformatics domain. In this interview, he explains his conception of Free Software, which has a lot to do with sustainable computing and with the ability to use, maintain and develop solutions indefinitely. 

                        Free Software legal news

                        • 20 December 2011

                        Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, abuse of copyright against an Android developer, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling and much more. 

                        Free Software legal news

                        • 20 December 2011

                        Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling, two software patent cases and much more. 

                        Helsinki city officials highly satisfied with Free Software

                        • 13 December 2011

                        City officials in Helsinki, Finland, are overwhelmingly satisfied after trying out the Free Software office suite on their laptops. 75% of 600 officials have been using exclusively since February, as part of a pilot project where the city installed the program on 22,500 workstations. 

                        Read about our work in 2011

                        • 13 December 2011

                        This was an exciting year for Free Software, and for FSFE. We fought against software patents and the way they restrict Free Software and competition. We helped to defend the GPL against those who would take away our freedom to study and modify the software on our computers, and worked on many other important issues.  

                        Free Software legal news

                        • 08 December 2011

                        Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, abuse of copyright against an Android developer, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling and much more. 

                        Nortel patent sale: FSFE defends Free Software, competition

                        • 08 December 2011

                        Competition authorities in the US and Europe are currently investigating the sale of 6000 patents from Nortel, a bankrupt telecommunications equipment manufacturer, to a consortium of Apple, Microsoft and four other companies.  

                        FSFE provides input to EU's 80 billion EUR R and D funding program

                        • 06 December 2011

                        The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals for its next framework program. Called Horizon 2020, this program will provide 80 billion EUR for research and development projects from 2014 to 2020. Prior to finalisation of the proposal, FSFE had provided input to the Commission in order to make the program accessible for Free Software research and projects. Our input also aims at making the results of publicly funded research available as widely as possible.  

                        Verdict in the case of AVM vs. Cybits confirmed the view of FSFE

                        • 01 December 2011

                        In the dispute between the companies AVM and Cybits the written reasoning for the decision of the Regional Court of Berlin (PDF, German) is now available. The court confirmed FSFE's view that users of GNU GPLed software are allowed to modify and install it even if it is shipped as a part of an embedded device's firmware.  

                        FSFE provides input to EC on 80bn EUR R and D funding program

                        • 30 November 2011


                        La recherche sur le web par le Peuple, pour le Peuple : YaCy 1.0

                        • 28 November 2011

                        Le projet YaCy vient de publier la version 1.0 du logiciel libre de moteur de recherche pair-à-pair. Le logiciel prend une direction radicalement nouvelle pour la recherche. YaCy n'utilise pas de serveur central. À la place, ses résultats de recherche viennent d'un réseau composé actuellement de plus de 600 pairs indépendants. Dans un tel réseau distribué, aucune entité ne peut à elle seule décider de ce qui est listé, ou dans quel ordre les résultats apparaissent. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Mirko Boehm

                        • 23 November 2011

                        Mirko Boehm currently works as a researcher at the Technical University of Berlin, focusing on the subject of Free Software and copyright and patents. For a long time he has been involved with KDE. In our November Internship Interview he talks about interactions between Free Software communities and “corporate” world, and the role of Free Software at universities and in education.  

                        7 civil society groups ask for transparency on ACTA

                        • 22 November 2011

                        The controversial ACTA treaty will be discussed tomorrow in the a closed meeting of the European Parliament's committee on international trade (INTA). Together with six other civil society organisations, FSFE has urged the Parliament to make the committee session public, so that European citizens can form their own opinions on ACTA.  

                        Free Software Legal News

                        • 17 November 2011

                        The patent litigation between Microsoft and Barnes & Nobles is taking a new turn, with the revelation of Microsoft's patent strategies against Android: FUD, invalid patents, etc. according to Barnes & Nobles. Also, new questions arise on exact scope of the copyrightability of software, with the litigation between Oracle and Google, again on Android, exploring new issues on linking, user-space and APIs specifications.  

                        Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011

                        • 14 November 2011

                        Erik Josefsson is the winner of the Nordic Free Software Award 2011. With the award, the Swedish Foundation for Free Culture and Free Software (FFKP) honours Josefsson for his achievements as a campaigner for freedom in the information society.  

                        Unlocking education, for growth without limits

                        • 07 November 2011

                        The Dutch government wants to tie the country's schools to a single software vendor for years to come. Dutch students using Free Software or devices without Silverlight-support will find themselves locked out of schools' online systems due to the use of proprietary technology and closed standards. Marja Bijsterveldt, the secretary of education, recently said that she is unwilling to enforce the Dutch government's own Open Standards policy on educational institutions. Instead, the government will accept long-term vendor lock-in of educational institutions.  

                        Court rejects AVM´s claims opposing third party modifications of GPL software

                        • 07 November 2011

                        On November 8th the Regional Court of Berlin [Landgericht Berlin] issued its decision in the previously reported case AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH (AVM) v. Cybits AG (Cybits). In this case, AVM was essentially trying to stop Cybits from modifying GNU GPL licensed Free Software inside of their AVM Fritz!Box products. Yesterday, the court dismissed this principal claim. Thus, it also confirmed that users of embedded devices with pre-installed Free Software have the legal freedom to make, install, run and distribute modifications to this Free Software. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and, both welcome this decision. 

                        Song Wettbewerb zum "Ich ♥ Freie Software"-Tag

                        • 25 October 2011

                        Zusammen mit Jamendo suchen wir drei Bands, die zum "Ich ♥ Freie Software"-Tag am Dienstag, 14. Februar 2012 zwischen 19 Uhr und 22 Uhr im Unperfekthaus in Essen ein Live-Konzert geben. 

                        Fellowship Interview with Rikard Fröberg

                        • 23 October 2011

                        Rikard Fröberg works at the The Society for Free Culture and Software, and contributes this year to the FSCONS organisation for the third time. In the October Internship Interview he considers the importance of having an active and engaged community of users, which, thanks to events like FSCONS, have the opportunity of direct interaction.  

                        Blog: Facebook updates - time to switch to a decentralised social network?

                        • 28 September 2011

                        Last week Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Next Big Thing (TM) for Facebook: OpenGraph. Facebook intends to act as its own private Internet, but fortunately there are lots of projects out there that will do the same things that Facebook does, and much more.  

                        Fellowship Interview with Stefan Kangas

                        • 22 September 2011

                        Stefan Kangas is the President of the recently started Fripost, the Free Email Association, which proposes itself to deliver a free and reliable Email service. This service, which is running since February, represents an alternative to proprietary Email providing services, which may limit user's freedom and privacy.  

                        Freie Software in den schweizer National- und Ständeratswahlen

                        • 19 September 2011

                        Im Rahmen der am 23. Oktober 2011 stattfindenden National- und Ständeratswahlen in der Schweiz hat die Zürcher Fellowshipgruppe der FSFE eine Politikerbefragung zu Freie Software durchgeführt. 

                        Berlin - Hauptstadt der Freien-Software-Parteien: Ja zu Offenen Standards. Nein zu Softwarepatenten.

                        • 12 September 2011

                        Die Free Software Foundation Europe veröffentlicht heute ihre Freien-Software-Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin am 18. September. Die Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zu Fragen über die generelle Förderung von Freier Software, dem Problem der Herstellerabhängigkeit bei unfreier Software, Offenen Standards, dem Einsatz von Freier Software in der Bildung, Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung sowie zu Softwarepatenten.  

                        Blog: FSFE at the DIY Feminist Festival in Manchester

                        • 04 September 2011

                        Pictures from the FSFE talks at the Manchester DIY Feminist Festival.  

                        Fellowship Interview with Richard Shipman

                        • 23 August 2011

                        Richard Shipman, Teaching Fellow at the Computer Science department of Aberystwyth University, talks about the importance of promoting Free Software alongside alternatives at school level, and what role the computer sciences can play in relating the messages of Free Software to other institutions and disciplines.  

                        Blog: UK PDF Readers Sprint

                        • 14 August 2011

                        On Saturday 13th August Free Software activists came to FSFE’s PDF Readers Sprint in Manchester and found 59 previously unreported adverts for proprietary PDF readers, all of them on UK Council websites.  

                        Blog: FSFE at OggCamp 2011

                        • 14 August 2011

                        OggCamp 2011 attracted 200-300 people, and the FSFE booth was successfully run by myself and Chris Woolfrey. We talked to approximately 60 people, handed out approximately 120 leaflets, received one donation, and sold five t-shirts. FSFE was generally well received and I felt that the booth was a great success.  

                        FSFE UK calls for removal of Government's software advertisements

                        • 09 August 2011

                        This weekend Free Software activists will find and report web advertising for proprietary software that is being funded by the British Government. Activists will meet on Saturday at Manchester's 'MadLab' Hackerspace to hunt for new adverts and contact government departments requesting that they be removed. 

                        Blog: What's Needed for Freedom in the "cloud"?

                        • 03 August 2011

                        What constitutes a socially acceptable and sustainable approach to "Cloud Computing" and "Software as a Service"? Georg Greve examines seven categories of requirements of cloud based systems which are truly Free.  

                        Blog: Summary of Free Software CAD

                        • 28 July 2011

                        Computer Aided Design software is critically important to a variety of industries and professions. It's also notorious for being poorly catered for by Free Software applications. Here's a brief summary of the current situation.  

                        Fellowship Interview with Bernhard Reiter

                        • 23 July 2011

                        Bernhard Reiter, co-founder of FSFE, talks about funding Free Software development and advocacy, the need for salaried campaigners, and the evolution of FSFE from its humble origins.  

                        FSFE welcomes new Vice President, Legal Coordinator

                        • 18 July 2011

                        At FSFE's General Assembly which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on June 11, FSFE's members elected Henrik Sandklef as the organisation's Vice President. A computer scientist and GNU Hacker from Gothenburg, Sweden, Henrik has been active with FSFE since 2005. He takes over from Fernanda Weiden, who held the volunteer position for the past two years.  

                          Fellowship Interview with Guido Arnold

                          • 23 June 2011

                          The Deputy Coordinator of FSFE’s Education Team provides an insight into the team's latest efforts at increasing the use of Free Software in education.  

                          FSFE on AVM vs Cybits: A small computer is still a computer

                          • 22 June 2011

                          Yesterday in Berlin a court hearing took place in a case that could set a crucial precedent for the embedded industry (see also "AVM violating license of the Linux kernel"). In the lawsuit between AVM and Cybits, AVM maintained that others should not be allowed to modify Free Software on computers bought from AVM, such as the widely used Fritz!Box. At the heart of the debate is the Linux kernel, distributed under the GNU GPL which guarantees exactly this freedom to users. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and today published a detailed report about the hearing. 

                          AVM enfreint la licence du noyau Linux

                          • 20 June 2011

                          Berlin, le 20 juin - Demain, mardi 21 juin, aura lieu au Tribunal de Grande Instance de Berlin une audience judiciaire aux conséquences potentiellement énormes sur la façon dont les logiciels sont développés et distribués. Les parties impliquées dans cette affaire sont AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH (AVM), fabricant et distributeur de routeurs ADSL, et Cybits AG (Cybits), qui produit des logiciels de filtrage web pour les enfants. Ces deux entreprises utilisent le noyau Linux, qui est distribué sous les termes de la GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) version 2, une licence logicielle libre qui permet à tout le monde d'utiliser, étudier, partager et améliorer les logiciels l'utilisant.  

                          FSFE celebrates World IPv6 Day

                          • 08 June 2011

                          On today's World IPv6 Day, FSFE is pleased to announce that almost all of its servers are now reachable via IPv6. 

                            FSFE in Samba case: Microsoft's defiance backfired

                            • 25 May 2011

                            Luxembourg, May 25 - FSFE played a key role at a Microsoft hearing before the European Union's General Court on Tuesday, helping explain the intricacies of Free Software servers. 

                            Fellowship Interview with Florian Effenberger

                            • 23 May 2011

                            Florian discusses the past present and future of LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, and his views on the importance of Free Software marketing.  

                            Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

                            • 23 May 2011

                            Fresh action in the European Commission's antitrust proceedings against Microsoft: On May 24, the European Court of Justice conducts a hearing on Microsoft's appeal against the fine. FSFE has participated in the case for a decade and will intervene on the Commission's behalf.  

                            Befragung zu Freier Software in Bremen: Parteien zeigen seltsames Wettbewerbsverständnis

                            • 20 May 2011

                            Nach den Befragungen in anderen Bundesländern, veröffentlichte heute die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) die Ergebnisse ihrer Parteienumfrage zu Freier Software für die Bürgerschaftswahl in Bremen. 

                            Contribute to list of Free Software options for UK government

                            • 18 May 2011

                            We need your help to write a paper with details of recommended Free Software applications for use in the UK public sector. Please contribute your knowledge by joining us on Etherpad.  

                            German Government: Lack of knowledge or deliberately offending Free Software?

                            • 11 May 2011

                            In the case of the Foreign Office turning away from Free Software, the German Government is entangling itself in contradictions. The reaction of the Government to an inquiry by "Bündnis 90/Grüne" has led to more pending questions than answers. 

                            Please use Open Standards for your newspaper's educational resources

                            • 06 May 2011

                            FSFE's UK Team asks The Guardian Newspaper to adhere to Open Standards when publishing digital resources for teachers.  

                            Open letter to British Telecom: please include freedom in your new music service

                            • 02 May 2011

                            As British Telecom plans to roll out their new music subscription service to its 5.5 million broadband customers, FSFE asks them to make user freedom one of the product's key features.  

                            FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress

                            • 02 May 2011

                            On Friday, Free Software Foundation Europe asked the European Commission to create a legal avenue for citizens seeking collective redress against companies. In its contribution to a public consultation by the Commision, FSFE argues that consumers should be able to join forces in order to defend their rights against harmful business practices.  

                            Fellowship Interview with Michiel de Jong

                            • 23 April 2011

                            Michiel explains how the Unhosted project could change the face of Free Software web applications, and solve problems of privacy, scalability and affordability for all kinds of software provided as a service.  

                            Le Logiciel Libre est capital pour la concurrence, selon les régulateurs de l'accord sur les brevets Novell

                            • 20 April 2011

                            Les autorités de concurrence en Allemagne et aux États-Unis ont mis en lumière aujourd'hui le rôle fondamental que joue le Logiciel Libre pour la concurrence sur le marché du logiciel. Après plusieurs mois de délibérations, le Département US de la Justice (DOJ) et l'Office fédéral allemand de la concurrence (FCO) ont autorisé un consortium composé de Microsft, Oracle, Apple et EMC à acquérir 882 brevets de Novell uniquement dans des conditions clairement destinées à empêcher leur utilisation contre les acteurs du Logiciel Libre. 

                            Mission is possible: FSFE needs your help to make a progress in the PDFreaders campaign!

                            • 20 April 2011

                            FSFE calls Free Software supporters to participate in the ongoing PDFreaders campaign and remind public institutions to remove advertisements of proprietary PDF readers from their websites. 

                            FSFE responds to EC consultation on procurement

                            • 18 April 2011

                            Free Software Foundation Europe has provided the European Commission with input on modernising the way in which public bodies buy software and related services. 

                            Novell's patent sale: FSFE's input to competition authorities

                            • 12 April 2011

                            On April 6, FSFE provided the German competition authorities with its views on the sale of Novell's patents to CPTN, a joint venture of Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle. According to the German authorities, the terms of the sale have been slightly modified since we registered our concerns with them on December 22, 2010. Despite these modifications, the transfer of a substantial number of patents to firms with a history of using them against Free Software remains a worrying prospect. Both documents are available on our overview page for the case.  

                              FSFE begrüßt kleine Anfrage der Grünen zur Rückmigration im Auswärtigen Amt

                              • 12 April 2011

                              Berlin, 15. April. Die Free Software Foundation Europe begrüßt die kleine Anfrage der Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen zur Rückmigration des Auswärtigen Amts auf Microsoft Windows XP. 

                              Cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer

                              • 01 April 2011

                              Today FSFE announced a new cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer. 

                     awarded for the use of Open Standards

                              • 30 March 2011

                              Today the ARD internet platform will receive an award for the use of Open Standards at the "Document Freedom Day". The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII) for offering the broadcasted shows also in the free video format "Ogg Theora". 

                              City of Munich receives European Document Freedom Day Prize

                              • 30 March 2011

                              At Document Freedom Day on 30 March 2011, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) awarded the German City of Munich the Document Freedom Day Prize. 

                              Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world

                              • 30 March 2011

                              Today, activists in 37 cities around the world are raising awareness for Open Standards and open document formats. In workshops, talks and other events, they are explaining why Open Standards and Free Software are crucial to a free and competitive information society.  

                              A bright Document Freedom Day for Britain?

                              • 30 March 2011

                              As companies and communities come together to raise awareness of Open Standards for the forth consecutive Document Freedom Day, the issue of freedom from restricted digital files is more relevant in the UK than ever. 

                              Mapping the changing landscape of Free Software in the British Public Sector

                              • 27 March 2011

                              As Britain reverses its traditional role and moves to the fore of European public sector Free Software policy, FSFE explains the most important recent developments.  

                              "Computer sind Teufelszeug" - Antworten auf Wahlprüfsteine zu Freier Software

                              • 25 March 2011

                              Heute veröffentlichte die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) die Ergebnisse ihrer Parteienumfrage zu Freier Software für die Landtagswahlen in Baden-Württemberg und Rheinland-Pfalz. Die Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zu Fragen über die generelle Förderung von Freier Software, dem Problem der Herstellerabhängigkeit bei unfreier Software, Offenen Standards, dem Einsatz von Freier Software in der Bildung, Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung sowie zu Softwarepatenten. 

                              Fellowship Interview with Dan Leinir

                              • 23 March 2011

                              In this interview, Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen from KO GmbH describes the aims of the project, as well as what Free Software could mean for gaming in future.  

                              FSFE welcomes ADUC's class action against Microsoft

                              • 21 March 2011

                              Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) welcomes the initiative for users' freedom taken by the Italian Association for Users and Consumers Rights (ADUC). On January 24, ADUC filed a complaint against Microsoft demanding that the company should reimburse consumers who return unused licenses for the Microsoft Windows operating systems that are pre-installed on newly bought computers. 

                              Landtagswahl Sachsen-Anhalt: Position der Parteien zu Freier Software

                              • 18 March 2011

                              Anlässlich der Landtagswahl in Sachsen-Anhalt hat die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) die Freien-Software-Positionen der Parteien erfragt. Die bisherigen Antworten der CDU, der Grünen, der Linken und der Piraten sind nun veröffentlicht. Die Wahlprüfsteine beinhalten Fragen zur generellen Förderung von Freier Software; dem Problem der Herstellerabhängigkeit bei unfreier Software; Offenen Standards; Freie Software in der Bildung; Werbung für unfreie Software auf Webseiten der öffentlichen Verwaltung sowie zu Software-Patenten. 

                              A decade of Freedom: FSFE turns 10

                              • 10 March 2011

                              Free Software Foundation Europe is ten years old this March. FSFE was founded in 2001 as "an organization dedicated to Free Software activities in Europe" and "the official sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the United States" in Europe.  

                              Think tank recommends adoption of FS principles in public sector IT

                              • 01 March 2011

                              The 'Institude for Government' think tank has published a 100 page report on public sector IT in the UK called "System Error: Fixing the flaws in government IT", which calls for dramatic change to government attitudes, and wider use of both Free Software and, as Glynn Moody points out, the principles behind its development.  

                              Open Source Specialist Group blames proprietary software for stagnant industry

                              • 01 March 2011

                              In a meeting called by the Home Office's lead architect, members of the British Computer Society's Open Source Specialist Group argued that some proprietary software was "viral" in the way that it had spread and stagnated within government and industry, and should be banned from government systems.  

                              Cabinet Office presentation demanding Free Software from suppliers published

                              • 01 March 2011

                              A presentation given by the Cabinet Office which outlines its expectations for greater availability and support of Free Software in the public sector is available to the public. It makes clear that the government sees great value in high quality FS, and expects to make significant savings by using it.  

                              Election results for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat

                              • 01 March 2011

                              All through the month of February, FSFE's Fellows cast their votes for one of their number to represent them in FSFE's General Assembly. The election period ended yesterday at midnight, with the following results:  

                              Sam's blog: report from ODF Plugfest and Pirate Party UK Conference

                              • 27 February 2011

                              Notes and pictures from FSFE's attendance at two important events last week.  

                              UK: FSFE welcomes paper calling for Free Software in the NHS

                              • 25 February 2011

                              Research programme publishes damning report of public health ICT, and recommends Free Software and Open Standards. 

                              Fellowship Interview with Massimo Barbieri

                              • 23 February 2011

                              Free Software activist, Creative Commons musician, and professional geologist Massimo Barbieri discusses his experiences with Free art, software, and standards.  

                              Ilovefs : Hundreds of love declarations in about 24 hours

                              • 15 February 2011

                              February 14, 01:38:27 UTC, the first message related to FSFE’s “I ♥ Free Software” campaign airs on This was only the start of a tremendous love declaration to Free Software developpers and applications that went out until late at night, around 3:00 a.m.  

                                Déclarez votre amour pour les Logiciels Libres !

                                • 11 February 2011

                                Pourquoi ne pas faire de ce 14 Février une St Valentin très spéciale ? Pour la St Valentin, la FSFE en appelle aux utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres à travers le monde à déclarer leur flamme aux Logiciels Libres. C'est l'occasion idéale pour montrer notre amour pour le Logiciel Libre et la possibilité d'utiliser les ordinateurs en toute liberté.  

                                  Brevet Européen : la FSFE exhorte le Parlement Européen à attendre des conseils juridiques

                                  • 09 February 2011

                                  La Free Software Foundation Europe demande aux Députés du Parlement Européen d'attendre des conseils juridiques avant de passer au vote sur le brevet unitaire européen. Tandis qu'une proposition est inscrite au calendrier parlementaire de la semaine prochaine, un avis juridique de la Cour de Justice Européenne est attendu plus tard ce mois-ci.  

                                    Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write: Celebrating Document Freedom Day 2011

                                    • 02 February 2011

                                    Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) invites individuals, community groups and institutions to celebrate the Document Freedom Day (DFD) on March 30th. DFD is a global day to celebrate Open Standards and open document formats and its importance. Open Standards ensure the freedom to access your data, and the freedom to build Free Software to write and read data in specific formats.  

                                    Foreign Office: Will it switch off the Free Software beacon?

                                    • 02 February 2011

                                    The process might have slipped away quietly. But now it is in the spotlight, thanks to a request from the SPD parliamentary group: The Foreign Office (AA), once a "beacon project" for the use of Free Software in the federal ministries, will return to proprietary software. The Linux-Verband (LIVE) and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) regret this development.  

                                      New Country Coordinators for Italy and the UK

                                      • 01 February 2011

                                      Giacomo Poderi and Sam Tuke are the new Country Coordinators for the Italian and British Country Teams respectively. 

                                      Fellowship Interview with Anne Østergaard

                                      • 23 January 2011

                                      Political veteran Anne discusses new ways influence European legislation, the scale of Free Software support in developing countries, and the importance of local culture in community campaigning.  

                                      New web design launched! Guide to features

                                      • 13 January 2011

                                      After months of work by FSFE's Web Team a new website design has been launched, bringing with it a fresh look, improved infrastructure, and new features. 

                                      FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale

                                      • 13 January 2011

                                      Free Software Foundation Europe has written to the German competition authorities in order to share its concerns about the sale of Novell's patents to a consortium called CPTN, made up of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC. 

                                      Fellowship Interview with Alexander Kahl

                                      • 23 December 2010

                                      Fedora maintainer Alex discusses working with Free technology at Nokia, the threat of diluting Free Software principles, and how he uses computing for emotional development.  

                                        172 institutions publiques ont arrêté la publicité pour des logiciels non-libres

                                        • 17 December 2010

                                        Un mois après l'envoi des lettres pour la campagne PDFreaders, 172 institutions publiques ont arrêté la publicité pour des lecteurs PDF propriétaires sur leurs sites internet. Les réponses de la Croatie, de la Russie et de la Slovénie ont été particulièrement remarquables. En Croatie, presque toutes les institutions signalées ont retiré les publicités. La moitié de celles signalées en Russie et en Slovénie se sont pliées aux demandes de la FSFE. 

                                          La FSFE se réjouit de la révision du Cadre Européen d'Interopérabilité

                                          • 16 December 2010

                                          La Commission Européenne a publié aujourd'hui sa très attendue révision du Cadre Européen d'Interopérabilité (EIF, European Interoperability Framework). Ce document vise à promouvoir l'interopérabilité dans le secteur public européen. Il est le résultat d'un processus long et difficile. La Free Software Foundation Europe a accompagné ce processus et a fourni des informations à la Commission Européenne à plusieurs reprises. 

                                            Achat de logiciel par la Commission Européenne, un accord rude pour l'Europe

                                            • 07 December 2010

                                            La Commission Européenne va dépenser 189 millions d'euros sur du logiciel privateura au cours des six prochaines années, allant directement à l'encontre de ses propres décisions et recommandations. La Commission a annoncé la semaine dernière un accord-cadre de six ans en vue d'acquérir une large gamme de logiciels, principalement des logiciels privateurs, et des services liés1. 

                                              Fellowship Interview with Brian Gough

                                              • 23 November 2010

                                              GNU Scientific hacker Brian explains why printing Free Documentation is a serious business, why he loves Emacs Org-Mode, and why adaptability is key for Free Software.  

                                              Icelandic developer receives Nordic Free Software Award

                                              • 08 November 2010

                                              Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Free Software developer and community builder from Iceland, has received the Nordic Free Software Award. 

                                              Sites web publics, affranchissons-nous des publicités non libres !

                                              • 03 November 2010

                                              Un mois, une campagne, un objectif : se débarrasser des publicités pour des logiciels non libres sur les sites web publics. En quatre semaines, la FSFE a reçu des rapports concernant 2162 institutions européennes qui promeuvent des lecteurs PDF non libres. en plus des 305 activistes qui ont pris part à la recherche d'institutions, 46 entreprises, 38 organisations et 1500 personnes à titre individuel ont signé notre Pétition pour le retrait des publicités pour des logiciels propriétaires des sites web publics. Maintenant que la chasse est terminée, il est temps de pourchasser ces sites web qui encoragent leurs visiteurs à mettre leurs libertés en danger. Il est temps de nous affranchir des publicités ! 

                                                Fellowship Interview with Leena Simon

                                                • 23 October 2010

                                                Interviews with FSFE fellows are back! In the first in this new series Chris Woolfrey talks to Leena Simon about dogmatism, surveillance, and why Free Software needs more geek girls.  

                                                2286 sites web institutionnels font de la publicité pour des logiciels non libres

                                                • 18 October 2010

                                                Au cours de la campagne de la Free Software Foundation Europe, des centaines de partisans des logiciels libres de 41 pays ont signalé 2286 institutions du secteur public faisant de la publicité pour des lecteurs PDF non libres sur leurs sites web. La FSFE va maintenant entrer en contact avec ces institutions pour obtenir le retrait d’un maximum de publicités des sites web d'ici à la fin de l'année. Vous pouvez suivre les progrès de cette action sur la liste des institutions signalées. 

                                                  EIFv2: FSFE puts facts against BSA's fictions

                                                  • 16 October 2010

                                                  FSFE yesterday sent a letter to the European Commission to support Open Standards and interoperability. In the drawn-out battle to retain at least a weak recommendation for Open Standards in the revised European Interoperability Framework, FSFE has countered a leaked letter by proprietary lobby group Business Software Alliance with its own thorough analysis of the relation between standards and patents.  

                                                  Positions on Free Software and Open Standards of Vienna's political parties

                                                  • 07 October 2010

                                                  With the upcoming local elections, the Vienna Fellowship group asked the political parties about Free Software and Open Standards. Eight out of fifteen parties replied to the questions about use of Free Software, adoption of Open Standards for communication (internal and external) and E-Governance.  

                                                  FSFE: Stop aux publicités inéquitables : faites promouvoir les lecteurs PDF libres par vos gouvernements !

                                                  • 13 September 2010

                                                  La Free Software Foundation Europe en appelle aux Européens pour rechercher les publicités pour des lecteurs PDF propriétaires sur les pages des sites internet de leurs gouvernements et de les rapporter. En outre, la FSFE a préparéune pétition demandant la cessation de ces pratiques publicitaires et encourageant le public à la signer. 

                                                    Sondage de l'Union Européenne sur les logiciels libres et les standards : Faites entendre votre voix !

                                                    • 07 September 2010

                                                    La Free Software Foundation Europe en appelle aux entreprises européennes de logiciels libres pour participer à un sondage sur les attitudes des entreprises envers l'inclusion de brevets dans les standards industriels et l'acceptabilité de cette pratique.  

                                                    German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements

                                                    • 03 August 2010

                                                    Research published this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. 

                                                    German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements

                                                    • 02 August 2010

                                                    Research published by FSFE this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. 

                                                      German Federal CIO sides with Open Standards for public sector

                                                      • 05 July 2010

                                                      For Rogall-Grothe a valid technological standard must first be fully publicized, secondly be unrescritively and consistently used, and thirdly not be subjected to any legal restrictions. "The German government has clearly stated that a technical standard will only be recognised if it can be implemented by all organisations, including Free Software companies and developers", says Matthias Kirschner, German Coordinator at the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).  

                                                        FSFE: Bolzano, please don't waste your money

                                                        • 02 July 2010

                                                        On 25 May 2010 the regional government authority of Bolzano decided to spend 2.2 million EUR over the next three years to renew software licenses from Microsoft Ireland, and to buy additional licenses. All this was done without a public call for tender, making it impossible for competing suppliers of similar software to make offers of their own. 

                                                          Fellowship Interview with David Reyes Samblas Martinez

                                                          • 31 May 2010

                                                          David Reyes Samblas Martinez is the founder of Spanish Copyleft Hardware store Tuxbrain, and attended the famous Open University of Catalunya. He’s also the subject of this month’s Fellowship interview, in which he answers questions on hardware manufacturing, e-learning and Free Software politics.  

                                                          FSFE: Lack of Open Standards "gaping hole" in EC's Digital Agenda

                                                          • 19 May 2010

                                                          The European Commission has officially published its long-awaited Digital Agenda, outlining its policy plans for the next five years. "While it includes some important building blocks for Free Software, the omission of Open Standards rips a gaping hole in this agenda," says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe.  

                                                          Free Software Foundation Europe receives Theodor Heuss Medal

                                                          • 10 May 2010

                                                          Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) on Saturday received the Theodor Heuss Medal in recognition of its work for freedom in the information society. The medal is awarded once a year in Stuttgart by a non-partisan foundation named for West Germany's first president.  

                                                            45. Theodor Heuss Preis : Festrede von Ludwig Theodor Heuss

                                                            • 08 May 2010


                                                            Georg Greve, fondateur de la FSFE décoré de la Croix allemande du mérite

                                                            • 28 April 2010

                                                            Berlin, le 28 avril 2010. Georg Greve, fondateur de la Free Software Foundation Europe a été décoré de la Croix du mérite par la République fédérale d’Allemagne (Verdienstkreuz am Bande). Le Président allemand a ainsi récompensé son travail dans le domaine des Logiciels Libres et des Standards Ouverts. 

                                                            Liberate your documents!

                                                            • 31 March 2010

                                                            Today is Document Freedom Day 2010. For the third time, groups all over the world are celebrating open document formats and Open Standards. They are raising awareness for how a technical issue impacts our day- to-day lives.  

                                                              Open Standards under threat in Europe

                                                              • 30 March 2010

                                                              The European Commission is currently trying to get a new draft of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) approved by Member States. The draft gives rise to concerns that the Commission is giving up its worldwide leadership in the use of Open Standards, hurting innovation, competition and user freedom in Europe. FSFE has updated its analysis page, comparing the current draft with previous versions, as well as demands from a proprietary lobby group. Ahead of Document Freedom Day on March 31, FSFE is in conversation with EC and Member State decision makers to make them aware of the problem.  

                                                              Radio stations granted awards for using Open Standards

                                                              • 24 March 2010

                                                              Berlin/Vienna March 24. The Free Software Foundation Europe awarded Deutschlandradio and Radio Orange with the Document Freedom Day 2010 Prize for using Open Standards and promoting them in society. FSFE's German team together with the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) will present the DFD cake displaying "rOGG on!" in Berlin and Cologne to Deutschlandradio. The Austrian DFD cake goes to the Vienna-based station Radio Orange 94.0. 

                                                              Julia Klein elected as Fellowship representative in FSFE GA

                                                              • 05 March 2010

                                                              FSFE's Fellows have elected their second representative to the organisation's governing body, the General Assembly. Julia Klein will join Torsten Grote in FSFE's strategic decision making body to speak for the Fellows for the next two years.  

                                                                Document Freedom Day 2010 - Free your documents, save your information!

                                                                • 02 March 2010

                                                                Will you be able to read your documents 20 years from now? Every day, millions of computer users like you edit text and spreadsheets, take pictures and record audio and video. What if you couldn't read your private letters anymore, or even open that album with pictures from your honeymoon? What if you couldn't exchange those files with friends, because the software used by each one of you can't talk to each other? To help you make your documents future-proof, we celebrate Document Freedom Day on March 31.  

                                                                  FSFE to users: Seize your freedom of choice!

                                                                  • 22 February 2010

                                                                  FSFE welcomes the arrival of greater competition in the web browser market. From today, Microsoft has to offer Windows users in Europe the possibility to choose among different browsers. This step puts into practice the company's settlement with the European Commission from December 2009. The Free Software Foundation Europe was an active participant in the Commission's investigation.  

                                                                    Pour la Saint-Valentin, montrez votre amour pour le Logiciel Libre !

                                                                    • 12 February 2010

                                                                    Cette année pour la Saint-Valentin, la FSFE appelle les utilisateurs de Logiciel Libre à montrer leur amour pour le Logiciel Libre. Derrière chaque initiative de logiciel libre et derrière chaque organisation, il y a de réelles personnes qui travaillent dur. 

                                                                      Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February

                                                                      • 29 January 2010

                                                                      During the whole of February 2010, FSFE's Fellows will be able to elect their second representative in FSFE's General Assembly. The winner of the election will help FSFE's strategic decision making body plan the future of the organisation, and will join Torsten Grote who occupies the first Fellowship seat since earlier last year. Both Fellowship representatives are full members of the General Assembly for a term of two years, and have all the rights and obligations of other members. 

                                                                        La FSFE décorée de la médaille Theodor Heuss — «Une association avant-gardiste»

                                                                        • 26 January 2010

                                                                        La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) reçoit la médaille Theodor Heuss 2010 pour son travail extraordinaire en faveur d'une participation équitable de tous à la société de l'information. Depuis l'an 2000, la FSFE se dévoue aux libertés d'utiliser, d'analyser, de modifier et de redistribuer les logiciels dans tous les domaines de la société et de la politique. La fondation Theodor Heuss indique : « la FSFE est une association d'avant-garde qui contribue au développement et à la mise en place de règles pour une bonne gouvernance mondiale. »  

                                                                        Fellowship Interview with Simon Josefsson

                                                                        • 21 December 2009

                                                                        Simon Josefsson is a Fellow and GNU hacker with a special interest in security. His contributions to the Free Software world include such ubiquitous projects as GnuTLS and libssh2, and he was recently presented with the Nordic Free Software Award. Stian Rødven Eide interviewed Simon as a part of our regular Fellowship interviews, asking him about his projects and other security matters.  

                                                                        FSFE: la Commission Européenne règle l'affaire du navigateur de Microsoft

                                                                        • 16 December 2009

                                                                        La Free Software Foundation Europe félicite la Commission Européenne d'avoir poussé Microsoft à donner à ses utilisateurs un choix plus large de navigateurs. « L'écran de sélection va expliquer aux utilisateurs qu'ils peuvent faire leur propre choix » selon Karsten Gerloff, le Président de la FSFE. « Nous sommes heureux que la FSFE ait aidé la Commission à limiter le monopole de Microsoft sur les ordinateurs de bureau. » 

                                                                          FSFE: EC caves in to proprietary lobbyists on interoperability

                                                                          • 27 November 2009

                                                                          The European Commission (EC) has given in to the demands of lobbyists for Microsoft and SAP when it revised a key document on interoperability between electronic government services. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has analysed the evolution of a new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), showing that Commission has based its work on the input of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a lobby group for proprietary software vendors, and ignored the voices of a large part of the European software industry. At the same time, remarks by the EC's Vice President about Free Software point to a worrying lack of awareness within the Commission. 

                                                                          Cuisiner en Liberté : la FSFE va faire la cuisine à ses donateurs

                                                                          • 18 November 2009

                                                                          Pour la campagne de collecte de fonds de cette année, la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) a préparé quelque chose de spécial. Le donateur le plus généreux de l'année 2009 pourra partager une session de cuisine avec le président de la FSFE et d'autres membres de l'équipe exécutive. La FSFE cherche à atteindre 100,000 Euro pour le dernier trimestre 2009. 

                                                                            FSFE in battle for European interoperability

                                                                            • 09 November 2009

                                                                            FSFE has unleashed an advocacy push in order to prevent the European Commission from hollowing out an important European reference document on interoperability. A draft for a new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) leaked to the press last week. 

                                                                            Fellowship Interview with Leif-Jöran Olsson

                                                                            • 28 October 2009

                                                                            Leif-Jöran Olsson is a language technologist and XML enthusiast with a long history in the Swedish solidarity movement. I sat down for an interview with Leif-Jöran and asked him about his background, his education and the various projects he’s been involved in.  

                                                                            Solution pour l'accord Oracle/Sun : rendre MySQL indépendant

                                                                            • 24 October 2009

                                                                            La Free Software Foundation Europe conseille à Oracle de placer MySql aux mains d'un tuteur indépendant et non lucratif. La communauté du Logiciel Libre pourrait développer pleinement le potentiel de MySQL, et Oracle n'aurait pas à s'inquiéter qu'un concurrent s'empare du projet de base de données.  

                                                                              FSFE's banners for you to spread all over the web!

                                                                              • 22 October 2009

                                                                              A new set of graphics that includes banners, web 2.0 buttons and micro buttons to advertise donations to FSFE e FSFE's Newsletter is awaiting for you to be grabbed and spread. Whether you manage a bullettin board, a weblog or a website feel free to copy and paste our html code into your site. Show the web that you care about Free Software and FSFE!  

                                                                                Windows 7 va nuire à ses consommateurs avec un problème de sécurité connu

                                                                                • 19 October 2009

                                                                                Le dernier système d'exploitation de Microsoft, Windows 7, est actuellement livré avec un défaut potentiellement grave. Avant la sortie mondiale du produit jeudi, l'agence fédérale de sécurité en TIC allemande (BSI) a émis un avertissement [1] à propos d'un risque élevé de vulnérabilité dans le protocole SMB2. Cette vulbérabilité peut être exploitée à travers le réseau pour mettre à l'arrêt un ordinateur avec une attaque de déni de service (Denial of Service, DoS). 

                                                                                  L'arrangement avec Microsoft laisse le Logiciel Libre sur le carreau

                                                                                  • 08 October 2009

                                                                                  La Commission Européenne a annoncé hier un arrangement préalable avec Microsoft. L'accord est supposé entériner l'enquête antitrust sur la position dominante de la compagnie sur le marché des navigateurs Web. La Commission est également prête à parvenir à un accord sur l'interopérabilité, le but étant de permettre à des produits concurrents de fonctionner avec les applications de Microsoft sur le bureau.  

                                                                                    Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission

                                                                                    • 06 October 2009

                                                                                    The European Commission is on the verge of settling two antitrust cases against Microsoft. The details of this settlement will determine how much competition there can be in Europe's software market for years to come.  

                                                                                    Fellowship Interview with Andreas Tolf Tolfsen

                                                                                    • 02 October 2009

                                                                                    Andreas Tolf Tolfsen is a web technologist, developer and aspiring musicologist - who works at Opera Software, and regularly fights for digital freedoms. I sat down for a Jabber session with Andreas, asking him about his work, his life and his music.  

                                                                                    Free Software hits German election campaigns

                                                                                    • 21 September 2009

                                                                                    The issue of Free Software has hit the run-up to the German elections. During a campaign launched by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) politicians from many parties have recognised the potential of Free Software and Open Standards for Germany. In response to questions from supporters of FSFE, they explain that Free Software equals more competition, promotes innovation and provides cost savings.  

                                                                                    German Election: Ask your candidate about Free Software!

                                                                                    • 09 September 2009

                                                                                    With the German federal elections coming up on September 27 2009, FSFE calls on all friends of freedom to ask the parties' candidates about their positions on Free Software and Open Standards. We have set up a page about the German Bundestagswahl to help you ask questions, and to collect the answers.  

                                                                                    Thomas Jensch takes on coordination for FSFE's edu-team

                                                                                    • 31 August 2009

                                                                                    Thomas Jensch, FSFE's current intern in the Zurich office, took on the role of coordinator for FSFE's edu-team. During his internship, one of Thomas' tasks is to reorganise and revive FSFE's activities related to Free Software in education. He already agreed to continue coordinating the team after the conclusion of his internship in November. 

                                                                                    EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial

                                                                                    • 28 July 2009

                                                                                    Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) congratulates the European Commission on its firm stance in the antitrust investigation against Microsoft, which has led the company to offer a settlement. For any such settlement, getting the details right will be crucial for competition and innovation in the web browser market. 

                                                                                    Fellowship Interview with Smári McCarthy

                                                                                    • 02 July 2009

                                                                                    Smári McCarthy is a thoughtful anarchist and practical chaos technician - with a deep interest in Free Software and democracy. Currently serving as project manager for the Icelandic Innovation Center, Smári works on digital fabrication and peer-to-peer education, while spending his spare time breaking the fundamental assumptions of how we organise society. I sat down for an interesting interview with Smári, in which he explained his projects and how they can contribute towards a more sustainable world.  

                                                                                    Introducing FSFE's new president, vice president and executive team

                                                                                    • 24 June 2009

                                                                                    During its General Assembly in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, the members of FSFE elected new coordinators for several of the organisation's activities, including strategy, legal and executive coordination. 

                                                                                      AG 2009 : Rencontre de l'équipe espagnole & Rencontre publique

                                                                                      • 10 June 2009

                                                                                      L'équipe espagnole de la FSFE est heureuse d'inviter toutes les personnes intéressées par les Logiciels Libres à une rencontre afin de préparer l'agenda du groupe pour les prochains mois. La rencontre se tiendra en parallèle avec l'Assemblée Générale de 2009 de la FSFE qui se tiendra à Residencia La Cristalera tout près de Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid. Après quoi il y aura une Rencontre Publique qui offrira l'occasion de rencontrer et de mieux connaître diverses personnes du Comité Exécutif et de l'Assemblée Générale de la FSFE qui se sont rendus à Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, pour cette rencontre annuelle de discussion et de décisions sur les stratégies de la FSFE pour l'année à venir. 

                                                                                        Et le vainqueur de l'élection pour le siège de représentant de la Fellowship à l'Assemblée Générale de la FSFE est...

                                                                                        • 01 June 2009

                                                                                        Des choses très intéressantes se sont passées depuis la décision de la FSFE d'ajouter une représentation de la Fellowship à son Assemblée Générale. Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche, et Björn Schießle se sont déclarés comme les quatre premiers candidats, à se présenter pour l'élection.  

                                                                                          FSFE seeking legal department coordinator and staff members

                                                                                          • 15 May 2009

                                                                                          FSFE is seeking applicants for coordinator and staff positions in our legal department, the Freedom Task Force. The FTF coordinator and staff work in cooperation with a mixed team of volunteers and employees to support FSFE's mission. 

                                                                                            Interview de la Fellowship avec Timo Jyrinki

                                                                                            • 08 May 2009

                                                                                            En plus d'être le personnage médiatique amical de Wikipedia Finlande, le contact de l'équipe Ubuntu Finlande et le fondateur du projet local Vapaa Suomi (Finlande Libre), Timo Jyrinki s'est également impliqué dans le développement et la traduction d'un grand nombre d'organisations de Logiciels Libres comme la FSFE, Debian, GNOME et OpenMoko. Il a travaillé dans le graphisme informatique une bonne partie de sa vie, avec un intérêt particulier pour les interactions humain-ordinateur, et passe une bonne partie de son temps à améliorer des systèmes embarqués. Timo est également le sujet de notre interview du mois de la Fellowship.  

                                                                                            FSFE submission to European Patent Office

                                                                                            • 30 April 2009

                                                                                            Patents on software provide obstacles to knowledge-based industries by making computers less secure, less reliable and by preventing competition on a basic level. Lack of competition and uncalculable legal risks raise the cost of ICT and cost jobs across the entire industry, for which the enablement through software is a major innovation driver, as highlighted in the UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008. 

                                                                                              FSFE and the Fellowship reorganise their domains

                                                                                              • 18 April 2009

                                                                                              In the past months, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) visibly improved the technological infrastructure of the Fellowship. We moved the Fellows' blogging platform to a new site, we created a Planet to aggregate the Fellows' blogs and we provided them with an improved and functional wiki. 

                                                                                                Fellowship Interview with Myriam Schweingruber

                                                                                                • 15 April 2009

                                                                                                Myriam Schweingruber is a devoted Free Software advocate with a flair for convincing people. Having worked as a translator, a school teacher and a pharmacist, Myriam is quite experienced in the art of communication, and gives a clear impression of trustworthiness. She has been especially active in the Swiss community, and helped found FSFE’s associate organisation, Whilhelm Tux, where she also served as the President. Read on for the latest instalment of our Fellowship interview series - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                FSFE seeking Executive Director

                                                                                                • 14 April 2009

                                                                                                It will be the responsibility of the Executive Director to coordinate FSFE's day-to-day affairs through working with a mixed team of volunteers and employees. Further responsibilities include management of the organisational assets according to the priorities set by the General Assembly and coordination of the Executive Council. 

                                                                                                  Candidates for first Fellowship seat on FSFE's General Assembly

                                                                                                  • 11 April 2009

                                                                                                  The election process for the first Fellowship seat on FSFE's General Assembly is underway now and four people have put themselves up for election by all Fellows: Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche, and Björn Schießle. 

                                                                                                    Today is DFD ‘09, global day for document liberation

                                                                                                    • 25 March 2009

                                                                                                    A great global community is gathering today to celebrate the second Document Freedom Day. After a successful 2008 celebration, Document Freedom Day teams all over the world are joining efforts to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. 

                                                                                                      FSFE announces the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software

                                                                                                      • 23 March 2009

                                                                                                      Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) today announces that the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop will be held at the Hotel Okura on the 23rd and the 24th of April 2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This conference will provide a forum for discussions on supply chain management, compliance procedures, licence management, community interaction, and other legal issues related to the growth of the European Free Software market. 

                                                                                                        Free Software Foundation Europe Celebrates Eighth Birthday

                                                                                                        • 11 March 2009

                                                                                                        For eight years now, the Free Software Foundation Europe has been working tirelessly for basic rights and freedoms in an increasingly software-driven society. The 11th of March 2009 sees another major milestone passed, with its 2^3 (eighth) birthday being celebrated by its friends, Fellows and associates. 

                                                                                                          Fellowship vote for GA seats – Call for nominations

                                                                                                          • 01 March 2009

                                                                                                          The election for the first Fellowship seat in FSFE's General Assembly will finish on 1 June in time for the next general assembly, which is scheduled for 19-21 June in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain. 

                                                                                                            La FSFE s'implique dans le dossier de l'UE concernant les navigateurs Internet

                                                                                                            • 27 February 2009

                                                                                                            La Free Software Foundation Europe annonce présentement qu'elle soutient l'enquête antitrust de la Commission Européenne contre Microsoft. Aussi a-t-elle formellement demandé sa constitution en partie civile.  

                                                                                                              Interview de la Fellowship : Colin Turner

                                                                                                              • 13 February 2009

                                                                                                              Colin Turner est un activiste du Logiciel Libre membre de la Fellowship, il travaille à l'Université d'Ulster en Irlande du Nord comme chercheur et enseignant. Il défend les Logiciels Libres dans les écoles et les universités depuis de nombreuses années et a généreusement partagé quelques unes de ses expériences avec nous lors de ce quatrième entretien de notre série «la plus petite unité de liberté».  

                                                                                                              La FSFE lance une campagne d'information sur les lecteurs PDF libres

                                                                                                              • 02 February 2009

                                                                                                              La Fellowship de la Free Software Foundation Europe est fière d'anoncer sa dernière initiative:, un site qui fournit des informations sur le PDF et des liens vers des Logiciels Libres capables de lire les documents PDF sur tous les principaux systèmes d'exploitation. 

                                                                                                                La FTF publie un guide juridique à destination des projets de Logiciels Libres

                                                                                                                • 23 January 2009

                                                                                                                La Freedom Task Force (FTF) de la FSFE est heureuse d'annoncer la parution d'un guide d'aide à l'établissement d'une infrastructure juridique pour les projets de Logiciels Libres. 

                                                                                                                  Fellowship Interview with Enrico Zini

                                                                                                                  • 20 January 2009

                                                                                                                  Enrico Zini is a long time Fellow of the FSFE and a prominent Debian developer. He has been involved in many different projects relating to Free Software and is deeply concerned about social issues. Read on for the fourth in our Fellowship interview series - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                                  Interopérabilité des navigateurs Internet : la FSFE apprécie la décision de la Commission Européenne et propose son aide

                                                                                                                  • 20 January 2009

                                                                                                                  La Free Software Foundation accueille favorablement la décision de et propose sa participation à l'enquête anti-monopole qui s'en suivra. Comme nous l'avions indiqué dans un courrier addressé à la commissaire européenne chargée de la concurrence Neelie Kroes, le comportement anticoncurrentiel est inacceptable, qu'il prenne la forme de vente liée de produits sur des segments de marchés dominés ou en contournant les normes et un accès équitable. 

                                                                                                                    Results of the translation sprint

                                                                                                                    • 11 January 2009

                                                                                                                    FSFE's new year translation sprint ended yesterday with a respectable result: the numerous volunteers created 49 new translations and updated 137 documents within 28 days.

                                                                                                                    FSFE's core team expresses its appreciation towards all the volunteers who contributed. You have helped a great deal by making information about Free Software and FSFE's activities available in local European languages.

                                                                                                                      FSFE - 2009 New Year's Resolution

                                                                                                                      • 05 January 2009

                                                                                                                      Back at work? Still looking for a good New Year's Resolution? 2009 will be an important year for FSFE, not the least because the General Assembly will see the first Fellow elected into its midst by general election among all active Fellows of FSFE. The Fellowship will also continue to play a direct role in FSFE's activities.  

                                                                                                                        Fellowship Interview with Johannes (Hanno) Böck

                                                                                                                        • 18 December 2008

                                                                                                                        This month features the third installment of our Fellowship interviews series. Hanno Böck is a Fellowship member who concerns himself with a wide range of issues, from privacy and media activism to GNU/Linux and the environment. Stian Rødven Eide sat down for an interview session with Hanno, asking him about his work and how it all relates to Free Software.  

                                                                                                                          Fellowship Interview with Johannes (Hanno) Böck

                                                                                                                          • 18 December 2008

                                                                                                                          This month we interviewed Johannes Böck about CAcert, Gentoo, OpenStreetMap, privacy, security, and Free Software businesses. This is the third in our series of Fellowship interviews - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                                          FSFE announces 4 weeks of translation sprint

                                                                                                                          • 15 December 2008

                                                                                                                          The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) announces a translation sprint for their web pages from 15 December 2008 to 11 January 2009. The aim of this sprint is to provide information about Free Software and FSFE's work in as many languages as possible.  

                                                                                                                            La FSFE adjoint la Fellowship à l'Assemblée générale

                                                                                                                            • 10 December 2008

                                                                                                                            Aujourd'hui, la FSFE publie la modification de ses statuts, ajoutant deux sièges à son Assemblée générale. Cela donnera aux Fellows une représentativité directe dans les instances d'orientations stratégiques. 

                                                                                                                              FTF and gpl-violations release a guide to reporting and fixing licence violations

                                                                                                                              • 08 December 2008

                                                                                                                              FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) and today released a guide to reporting and fixing licence compliance issues. This guide will help users and developers to deal with license violation reports. It explains how to make a report, what information is useful to include, and offers suggestions for how projects or businesses can deal with reports once they are received. 

                                                                                                                                Analysis on balance: Standardisation and Patents

                                                                                                                                • 02 December 2008

                                                                                                                                Following up on the "IPR in ICT Standardisation" Workshop two weeks ago in Brussels, FSFE president Georg Greve analysed the conflicts between patents and standards. The resulting paper is about the most harmful effects of patents on standards, the effectiveness of current remedies, and potential future remedies.  

                                                                                                                                  Interview de la Fellowship avec Rolf Camps

                                                                                                                                  • 28 October 2008

                                                                                                                                  Ce mois-ci Ciarán O'Riordan a interrogé Rolf Camps sur la traduction, le bénévolat et la conscience du public envers les Logiciels Libres en Belgique. La traduction est une question critique pour une organisation européenne, et demande beaucoup de travail tout en étant peu visible et mal reconnue. Ciarán a donc voulu en savoir un peu plus sur les motivations de Rolf et ce que cela implique pour lui. Cette interview est la deuxième de notre série d'interviews de la Fellowship intitulée «La plus petite unité de liberté» (The smallest unit of freedom).  

                                                                                                                                  La FSFE en faveur de «Freedom Not Fear»

                                                                                                                                  • 07 October 2008

                                                                                                                                  La Free Software Foundation Europe soutient le Logiciel Libre afin que chaque citoyen puisse prendre part à notre société de l'information de façon indépendante, active et responsable. Ces objectifs ne sont cependant pas compatibles avec la censure des contenus, les violations du principe de neutralité d'Internet et la surveillance croissante des échanges. En conséquence, la FSFE appelle à la participation à la journée mondiale d'action «Freedom Not Fear», qui aura lieu le samedi 11 octobre.  

                                                                                                                                  Joyeux anniversaire, GNU ! - La FSFE fête le 25ème anniversaire du projet GNU.

                                                                                                                                  • 27 September 2008

                                                                                                                                  La date d'aujourd'hui marque le 25ème anniversaire de la toute première annonce publique du projet GNU, une initiative pionnière de développement d'un système d'exploitation laissant aux utilisateurs la liberté de le modifier et de diffuser leurs versions modifiées, à titre individuel ou en groupe. La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) rend hommage au considérable travail accompli au cours de ce premier quart de siècle d'existence et s'engage à poursuivre le but commun de promotion du Logiciel Libre.  

                                                                                                                                    La FSFE s'apprête à mettre à disposition ses outils de consolidation juridique en 10 langues

                                                                                                                                    • 26 September 2008

                                                                                                                                    La Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'elle s'apprête à mettre à disposition l'accord fiduciaire sur les licences (Fiduciary License Agreement - FLA) en dix langues. Les langues retenues sont l'anglais, l'allemand, le français, l'italien, le suédois, le serbe, le polonais, le danois, l'espagnol et le portugais.  

                                                                                                                                      Les 25 ans de GNU = 25% de remise pendant 25 jours

                                                                                                                                      • 22 September 2008

                                                                                                                                      Pour fêter le 25ème anniversaire du projet GNU, la FSFE offre 25% de remise sur la boutique du 23 septembre au 17 octobre. Cette remise ne s'applique pas aux frais de port.  

                                                                                                                                        Des documents d'information à imprimer au sujet de la FSFE sont téléchargeables

                                                                                                                                        • 31 August 2008

                                                                                                                                        Un répertoire d'informations générales au sujet de la FSFE et du Logiciel Libre, ainsi que quelques tracts spécifiques sur les projets et activités de la FSFE, sont désormais disponibles en ligne aux formats HTML et PDF. Chacun peut les télécharger, les imprimer et les distribuer !  

                                                                                                                                          La FSFE se réjouit de la signature de l'accord fiduciaire sur les licences par KDE

                                                                                                                                          • 22 August 2008

                                                                                                                                          « Nous voyons dans la signature du FLA par KDE une étape positive et importante dans la maturité de la communauté du Logiciel Libre », déclare Georg Greve, président de la Freee Software Foundation Europe. « Le FLA a été conçu pour aider les projets à consolider la pérénité juridique de leurs logiciels afin d'assurer une protection fiable sur le long terme. KDE est une des plus grandes initiatives des Logiciels Libres et joue un rôle central dans l'apport de liberté pour les environnements bureautiques. La décision du projet KDE souligne son engagement à faire durer cette liberté. »  

                                                                                                                                            Stabilisers for freedom: Wine 1.0

                                                                                                                                            • 18 June 2008

                                                                                                                                            "Of course, it should be in the users interest to 'ride their bicycles independently', i.e. not having to rely on training wheels. However, the training wheels keep children from falling and give freedom to both the children and their parents. Likewise Wine helped to give freedom and security to the users. It is for this we are thankful and we recognise their work."  

                                                                                                                                     and FSFE's Freedom Task Force to work more closely together

                                                                                                                                              • 27 May 2008

                                                                                                                                              "It is a clear, legal fact that distributing Free Software means people must comply with the licences. and the FTF are now building the long-term legal infrastructure for support and compliance" comments Harald Welte. Shane Coughlan adds "I believe our new agreement will help ensure sustainability for legal infrastructure to support Free Software in Europe."  

                                                                                                                                                La FSFE préocuppée par la qualité du processus de normalisation

                                                                                                                                                • 02 April 2008

                                                                                                                                                   «Techonologiquement parlant, l'état du DIS29500 est déprimant», confie Marko Milenovic de l'équipe serbe de la FSFE et coprésident du comité technique serbe sur le DIS29500 . «Pour une grande part, il s'agit d'une prose technologique de mauvaise qualité, n'utilisant pas la terminologie normative recommandée par les lignes de conduite de l'ISO/IEC. Il nous a été demandé d'attendre le processus de maintenance pour que MS-OOXML devienne utilisable. Que l'ISO s'apprête à approuver en toute connaissance de cause une spécification non fonctionnelle est une désillusion.»     

                                                                                                                                                  26 mars 2008 : Aujourd'hui, c'est la Journée de la Liberté des Documents!

                                                                                                                                                  • 26 March 2008

                                                                                                                                                  Aujourd'hui, c'est la Journée de la Liberté des Documents : Ce sont environ 200 équipes de plus de 60 pays dans le monde qui organisent des animations locales afin de faire prendre conscience au public des problèmes liés à la Liberté des Documents et des Standards Ouverts. (...) La Liberté des Documents cherche à vous (re)donner le contrôle de vos informations, à rendre aux gouvernements le contrôle de leurs données publiques, et enfin c'est une question de liberté de choix. Vous pouvez vous offrir cette liberté aujourd'hui (...)  

                                                                                                                                                    Pétition pour l'utilisation des Standards Ouverts au parlement européen

                                                                                                                                                    • 06 March 2008

                                                                                                                                                    Tandis que la Commission Européenne enquête sur le comportement monopolistique d'un acteur majeur du marché, le Parlement Européen s'entête à imposer l'utilisation de logiciels utilisant des formats non interopérables tant pour les citoyens de l'Union que ses propres parlementaires. OpenForum Europe, The European Software Market Association et la Free Software Foundation ont lancé aujourd'hui une pétition pour appeler le Parlement Européen à utiliser les Standards Ouverts pour que les citoyens puissent participer au processus démocratique.  

                                                                                                                                                      Résumé du contexte de la FSFE : Les misères de l'interopérabilité avec MS-OOXML.

                                                                                                                                                      • 05 March 2008

                                                                                                                                                      La FSFE a fait praître un résumé du contexte sur les problèmes liés à l'interopérabilité posés par le format de Microsoft Office OpenXML : «La spécification proposée MS-OOXML/DIS-29500 pose de sérieux problèmes techniques et juridiques. Ce résumé du contexte met en lumière trois exemples de la façon dont la spécification proposée et son implémentation pratique dans MS Office 2007 freinent l'interopérabilité, encouragent la dépendance vis-à-vis des fournisseurs et résultent enfin en une distorsion du marché.»  

                                                                                                                                                        Google aide la Freedom Task Force de la FSFE à proposer des formations, organiser des conférences et traduire des documents.

                                                                                                                                                        • 01 March 2008

                                                                                                                                                        «La Freedom Task Force travaille à favoriser l'établissement d'une infrastructure juridique pour le Logiciel Libre en Europe. Une grande partie de notre travail est basée sur le contact direct avec les personnes et la contribution de Google va nous permettre de l'améliorer» déclare Shane Coughlan, coordinateur de la FTF.  

                                                                                                                                                          La FSFE enjoint Microsoft à diffuser les données d'interopérabilité sans restriction

                                                                                                                                                          • 28 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                          La Commission Européenne a condamné Microsoft à une amende de 899 millions d'euros pour abus de position dominante. Le géant avait restreint l'accès aux données d'interopérabilité. «Microsoft est la dernière entreprise à promouvoir le recours aux brevets logiciels pour restreindre l'interopérabilité. Ce genre de comportement n'a pas sa place dans une société de l'information où tous les composants devraient pouvoir se connecter sans distinction d'origine» dit Georg Greve, président de la Free Software Foundation Europe.  

                                                                                                                                                            Microsoft pledge excluding primary competitors

                                                                                                                                                            • 22 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                            Yesterday's media briefing by Microsoft on its its pledge to release interoperability information for flagship products contained little actual news. Over the years Microsoft has made multiple similar pledges and they at times proved to be detrimental rather than beneficial for interoperability. Examining the terms of the Microsoft's latest action shows no major change of policy.  

                                                                                                                                                              26 March: A global day for document liberation

                                                                                                                                                              • 20 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                              The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation with grassroots action for promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general. The DFD was initiated and is supported by a group of organisations and companies, including, but not limited to, the Free Software Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, Inc. On 26 March 2008, the Document Freedom Day will provide a global rallying point for Document Liberation and Open Standards.  

                                                                                                                                                                FSFE Context Briefing: DIS-29500 - Deprecated before use?

                                                                                                                                                                • 18 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                                When ECMA submitted MS-OOXML as ECMA-376 to ISO for fast-track approval, several countries criticised overlap with the existing ISO standard ISO/IEC 26300:2006, the Open Document Format (ODF). [...] Considering that alleged preservation of idiosyncrasies is the stated reason for the entire DIS-29500 ISO process, FSFE considers it worthwhile to investigate this claim in greater depth.  

                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE announces the first European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                  • 14 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE's Freedom Task Force today announces the first European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software will be held on Friday the 11th of April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The venue for this meeting is the InterContinental Amstel Hotel.  

                                                                                                                                                                    NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force

                                                                                                                                                                    • 18 January 2008

                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE's Freedom Task Force was launched in November 2006 to help support individuals, projects and businesses with Free Software licensing. The initial phase of the FTF was possible thanks to support by the Netherlands based philantropic organisation NLnet foundation. NLnet's support allowed the FTF to provide training, consultancy and to work in partnership with to resolve licence issues in the European area.  The FTF also formed networks of technical and legal experts to foster cooperation between lawyers, projects and businesses with licensing concerns.  Now, after just over twelve months of continual growth, NLnet is providing a second round of financial support to this innovative legal project.  

                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft

                                                                                                                                                                      • 21 December 2007

                                                                                                                                                                      "Microsoft should be required openly, fully and faithfully to implement free and open industry standards," is the message of a letter by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To help achieve this goal, FSFE offered its support for a possible antitrust investigation based on the complaint of Opera Software against Microsoft. The complaint was based on anti-competitive behaviour in the web browser market.  

                                                                                                                                                                        EU antitrust case over: Samba receives interoperability information

                                                                                                                                                                        • 20 December 2007

                                                                                                                                                                        One case is over and interoperability won. The European Court made clear that interoperability information should not be kept secret and the agreement shows that Microsoft saw no way to continue its obstruction of interoperability in this area. This establishes a standard which everyone will have to meet from now on.  

                                                                                                                                                                          Welcome to life after ICT lock-in

                                                                                                                                                                          • 09 November 2007

                                                                                                                                                                          "Vendor lock-in has become the primary problem for IT decisions in general and Free Software adoption in particular. It distorts the market and denies Free Software solutions equal competition on the merits. The problem has been that many lock-ins are invisible, for example reliance on proprietary protocols or needing to use certain document formats. Certified Open makes that lock-in visible and allows users to measure their dependency."  

                                                                                                                                                                            FSFE, Samba: Un triomphe pour la liberté de choix et de concurrence

                                                                                                                                                                            • 17 September 2007

                                                                                                                                                                            "Microsoft ne peut plus se considérer au-dessus de la loi dorénavant," dit Georg Greve, président de la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). "Microsoft a réussi, par des tactiques qui ont réussi à enrayer avec succès les mécanismes antitrust dans d'autres parties du monde, y compris aux États-Unis, à repousser ce jour depuis presque dix ans. Mais grâce à la persévérance et à l'excellent travail de la Commission Européenne, ces tactiques ont désormais échoué en Europe."  

                                                                                                                                                                              La FSFE se propose d'aider les entreprises à se conformer aux termes des licences de Logiciels Libres

                                                                                                                                                                              • 27 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                              Une fois de plus, les obligations des termes de la licence GNU GPL ont été confirmées à la suite de la décision d'une cour allemande jugeant que Skype ne respectait pas ses obligations de distributeur. La FSFE souhaite aider les autres distributeurs à comprendre leurs obligations envers la GNU GPL.  

                                                                                                                                                                                Le canular du convertisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                • 16 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                Le commentaire de la FSFE sur : "La conversion entre le format de Microsoft Office OpenXML (MS-OOXML) et le format indépendant de tout fournisseur Open Document Format (ODF) a été présentée par Microsoft et ses associés comme la solution au problème posé par l'insistance de Microsoft à pousser sur le marché un format qui entre en conflit avec les Formats Ouverts existants. [...] Si ces convertisseurs étaient réellement capables de faire ce qu'ils prétendent, ils seraient alors complètement inutiles."  

                                                                                                                                                                                  Une assistance personnalisée sur les Logiciels Libres à destination des entreprises

                                                                                                                                                                                  • 11 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                  La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) a toujours aidé la communauté en fournissant des conseils gratuits, mais a découvert ce faisant que les professionnels avaient souvent besoin d'une assistance personnalisée. C'est pour cette raison que la FSFE donne aux entreprises une chance d'obtenir des conseils personnalisés sur les questions touchant aux Logiciels Libres à son bureau de Zürich, en Suisse.  

                                                                                                                                                                                    BBC : Questions à Microsoft sur les formats Ouverts

                                                                                                                                                                                    • 11 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                    Un article de Georg Greve et Joachim Jakobs sur le besoin de Standards Ouverts pour l'archivage, et pourquoi l'utilisation de MS-OOXML fait courir des risques de pertes de données dans le futur : "Les informations numériques peuvent potentiellement être stockées sans perte de qualité pour de très longs temps à venir. Mais sans la connaissance des encodages, nos documents deviendront des séries de uns et de zéros vides de sens pour les générations futures, tout comme les peintures rupestres nous apparaissent trop souvent comme des taches de couleurs vides de sens sur de la pierre."  

                                                                                                                                                                                      La version 3 de la GNU GPLv3 est sortie

                                                                                                                                                                                      • 05 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                      La version 3 de la licence GNU GPL vient d'être publiée, après dix-huits mois de consultations publiques et de discussion. Cette troisième version apporte des améliorations sur l'internationalisation, une meilleure protection contre les brevets logiciels, et s'assure plus efficacement que les utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres puissent installer des versions modifiées des logiciels sur leurs ordinateurs.  

                                                                                                                                                                                        Six questions aux organismes nationaux de normalisation

                                                                                                                                                                                        • 26 June 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                        Les six questions suivantes sont relatives à la demande d'acceptation du format ECMA/MS-OOXML comme un standard IEC/ISO. À moins qu'une instance nationale de normalisation ne puisse apporter des réponses concluantes à chacune d'entre elles, toutes devraient voter non à l'acceptation de ce format dans l'IEC/ISO, et demander plutôt à Microsoft d'incorporer son travail à celui-ci : ISO/IEC 26300:2006 (le format Open Document - ODF).  

                                                                                                                                                                                          Le message de Microsoft : il est temps d'investir dans le Logiciel Libre

                                                                                                                                                                                          • 18 May 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                          Dans un récent article de Fortune [1], Microsoft prétend que le Logiciel Libre enfreint un nombre massif de brevets, et tente ainsi de susciter la peur, l'incertitude et le doute dans l'esprit du monde financier.  

                                                                                                                                                                                            European Parliament must prevent criminalisation of software vendors and users

                                                                                                                                                                                            • 23 April 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                            The FSFE criticises the proposed "second Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive" (IPRED2) for sweeping criminalisation across various areas of law and loosely described areas of activity, including for 'attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting.' The proposed text criminalises these acts for infringement of many dissimilar laws including copyright, trademark, and patents.  

                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE launches list of recommended Free Software lawyers

                                                                                                                                                                                              • 17 April 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is committed to working with lawyers throughout Europe to maximise the legal security of Free Software and is aware that as the community matures it is important to be able to locate professional legal advice. For this reason FSFE has introduced a new policy for recommending legal experts in individual countries.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                Il est temps de vous dire Merci: Tirage Fellowship 2007!

                                                                                                                                                                                                • 24 February 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                "La communauté des Logiciels Libres est basée sur une coopération d'individus de tous bords. La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) travaille exclusivement pour le compte de la communauté entière, y compris les entreprises qui utilisent les Logiciels Libres," explique Georg Greve, président de la FSFE. "Nous faisons ce travail avec plaisir et beaucoup d'enthousiasme nous n'oublions jamais que ce travail est en grande partie réalisable grâce à ceux qui travaillent avec nous et nous soutiennent, en particulier les nombreux Fellows de la FSFE."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE releases solution to increase legal strength of Free Software projects

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 01 February 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today FSFE has released the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation Licence (GFDL) and the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-alike (CC by-sa) licence. The FLA is a copyright assignment that allows Free Software projects to bundle their copyright in a single organisation or person. It enables projects to ensure their legal maintainability and can be used to either assign copyright to FSFE's Fiduciary Program or to assign the rights to another organisation set up by the project team itself.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Vista message: Upgrade to GNU/Linux now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 30 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE considers this a unique opportunity: With the release of Vista, users will need to upgrade to a new operating system that will feel different and require some time to get used to its functionality. The same is true for any modern GNU/Linux distribution. It is about the same investment in effort, but it will give you control over your own data.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 23 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The OpenSwarm Project will be protected by FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF). Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, explains "The Freedom Task Force is here to help strengthen the legal foundation of the Free Software eco-system. The Fiduciary licence Agreement is part of this. It provides a clear way for projects to consolidate their copyright. In the case of OpenSwarm, FSFE is acting a legal guardian for the project and ensuring that the developers can focus on maturing an exciting development platform."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Transcript: Free Software and the Future of Freedom

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 09 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this talk, Richard Stallman explains why Free Software is defined the way it is, the technical and political choices that have gotten the Free Software movement to where it is today, and what we have to do to prepare for what's ahead. With more than 20 years of practice, Stallman also entertains while telling the story.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        This transription work was undertaken by FSFE due to the very positive feedback from the transcripts about GPLv3.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                          La FSFE devient le défenseur juridique du Projet Bacula

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 21 November 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kern Sibbald, le fondateur et principal développeur de la solution de backup par réseau Bacula, a transféré son copyright à la FSFE. « Je voulais souligner l'engagement du Projet Bacula en faveur du Logiciel Libre », a déclaré Kern. « Bacula a toujours été un projet communautaire et nous sommes juste en train de consolider cela pour le long terme. Je suis très reconnaissant à la FSFE de fournir ce service car cela enlève au projet une importante charge administrative, ce qui nous permet de nous concentrer sur les tâches de programmation. »  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            La FSFE lance la Freedom Task Force en coopration avec

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 13 November 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                            « Nous avons pour but premier d'aider les entreprises à adhérer aux licences dès le début, au lieu d'avoir à empêcher la violation de ces licences plus tard », explique Coughlan. « Nous encourageons ceux qui sont responsables de la conformité de leur entreprise aux licences à nous contacter, pour que nous puissions travailler ensemble à éviter les problèmes de conformité aux licences, au lieu d'avoir à résoudre plus tard des problèmes qui auraient dû être évités dès le début. »  

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Informing about the dangers of controlling private media use

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 03 October 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Early this morning, a group of contributing organisations and authors launched, a collaborative information platform about the potential dangers of Digital Restriction Management (DRM) initiated by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The contributing groups come from different areas, such as digital freedom, network activism, consumer rights and libraries.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                GPL Version 3, Draft #2 Published

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 27 July 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                After six months of public comment, the second public discussion draft of GPLv3 is now online - responding to public input about patents, Digital Restrictions Management, and global enforceability among other things.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Commission to Microsoft: Preventing interoperability has a price

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 12 July 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  European Commission to fine Microsoft 1.5 million Euro per day retroactively from 16. December 2005, totalling 280.5 million Euro. Should Microsoft not come into compliance until the end of July 2006, the daily fines could be doubled. These fines are a reaction to Microsofts continued lack of compliance with the European Commission decision to make interoperability information available to competitors as a necessary precondition to allow fair competition. FSFE has supported the European Commission from the start of the suit in 2001.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Informations en ligne sur la conférence internationale sur la GPLv3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 13 June 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La troisième conférence internationale sur la GPLv3 marque la moitié du processus de consultation public de réécriture de la licence première du Logiciel Libre, qui s'étend sur une année. Des experts d'Europe et internationaux seront présents à cette conférence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cette conférence aura lieu, au coeur de la cité, dans le Centre de la Culture Contemporaine de Barcelone (CCCB). Il y aura, durant les deux jours que durera cet événement, des exposés d'experts dont Richard Stallman, Président de la FSF, Eben Molgen, Président du Centre Juridique pour la Liberté du Logiciel, Georg Greve, Président de la FSF Europe et Harald Welte, fondateur de  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Europe to host 3rd International GPLv3 Conference: Barcelona, Spain, June 22nd & 23rd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 19 May 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, and the exact venue will be announced soon. In January, a year-long public consultation process for updating the GNU General Public License was launched. Commonly called "the GPL", this licence is used by the majority of Free Software to detail the distribution terms of the software.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La FSFE accueille KDE e.V. en tant que nouvelle organisation associée

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 09 May 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KDE e.V. -- une association sans but lucratif qui représente le K Desktop Environment (KDE®) pour les affaires légales et financières -- et la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) sont fières d'annoncer leur statut d'associées, travaillant ensemble pour la promotion et la protection du Logiciel Libre sur les bureaux des utilisateurs d'Europe et du monde entier.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Samba and FSFE: "Microsoft - obstacle to innovation in the digital society!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 27 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Businesses and public authorities have to pay prices that are kept high by Microsoft's refusal to share interoperability information with its competitors, as is common practice in the industry," explains Andrew Tridgell, president and founder of the Samba Team in his presentation on behalf of Free Software Foundation Europe in European Court today.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Microsoft: "Our software patents preclude interoperability"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 27 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carlo Piana, Free Software Foundation Europe's lawyer on the case explains: "The interventions made perfectly clear that the Blue Bubble only existed in the lawyers' pleadings. Meanwhile, Microsoft left no doubt as to the legal nature of that Bubble: a conglomerate of 46 patents that it claims it holds on ADS, whose main effect is to prevent interoperability and, eventually, competition."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE: "Microsoft locks in customers and pushes software patents to prevent competition."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 21 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Microsoft's software locks in users and now the company is lobbying to get this lock-in effect legalised by software patents" is the basic message of a feature article Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has published on its website today.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Notebook Raffle: And The Winners Are...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 03 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The notebook raffle has taken place and two lucky Fellows from Italy and Netherlands won a HP Compaq Notebook, pre-installed with Debian GNU/Linux.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  La FSFE fête son cinquième anniversaire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 10 March 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Un besoin encore plus grand aujourd'hui de protéger la liberté de tout le monde  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE not fooling around: Join the Fellowship and win a Free Software notebook!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 26 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE's way to say thank you for the support: Like last year's PDA, donated by the Free Software Foundation Europe will be raffling off two HP notebooks to all active Fellows on 1 April this year. For two lucky Fellows, April Fool's Day will be anything but foolish.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE à Microsoft: arrêtez de vous plaindre et conformez-vous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 16 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Après plusieurs années d'investigation, le premier jugement de 2004 et près de deux ans de procès à la Cour Européenne, nous arrivons à la conclusion que Microsoft n'a jamais eu la moindre intention de se conformer au jugement anti-trust" commente Georg Greve, président de la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). "Nous avons dû assister à des années de demandes de délais, de retards et de jeux de gain de temps durant lesquels Microsoft n'a fait aucune tentative pour permettre l'interopérabilité et la compétition avec ses rivaux, y compris avec des Logiciels Libres tel que Samba.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FKF and FSFE teaming up: FKF official associate organisation of FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 14 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Free Knowledge Foundation / Fundación Conocimiento Libre (FKF) and Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are proud to announce their new official associate status, working together for the promotion and protection of Free Software in Spain.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EU antitrust case: "Microsoft offers poisoned apple"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 26 January 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "It now seems clear this was just another marketing ploy: Yesterday Microsoft acted like a robber that, when asked to please put away the gun, tosses you a grenade."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FSFE files application for leave to intervene in antitrust suit against Microsoft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 23 November 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) filed an application for leave to intervene in the antitrust suit against Microsoft today. Georg Greve, President of FSFE said: "The more Microsoft is able to purchase its opponents' solidarity, the more important FSFE's commitment to freedom and interoperability is." These days, FSFE meets adversaries of freedom in various venues: In Brussels, the 'Intellectual Property Rights European Enforcement Directive' (IPRED2) is being pushed by the rights-holding industry, and Microsoft has shown that it was able to rewrite the Vienna Conclusions on ICT and Creativity for the UN World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Early comment on new Microsoft Shared Source Licenses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 19 October 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Microsoft semble finalement avoir fait un pas en avant dans la longue marche visant à rendre libres leurs utilisateurs: [...] Etant donné les précédentes positions de Microsoft concernant l'approche Copyleft et en particulier la GNU GPL en la déclarant 'virale', 'cancéreuse' et 'communiste', de les voir maintenant publier des licences appliquant ces principes semble être en quelque sorte une évolution."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSFE urges European Commission to keep defending European economic interests

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 14 October 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "We congratulate Microsoft on effective use of their considerable financial resources: First they manage to pay off Sun, then Novell and the CCIA. Now they convinced Real Networks to serve their own head on a silver platter for just US $761 Million"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Statement of FSFE and FSF Latin America to the 2005 WIPO General Assemblies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 30 September 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not continuing what was begun, or changing from a horse to a mule midstream, as the honored Indian delegate so eloquently put it, would be wasting the time and effort spent on this initiative by all sides, North and South. For this reason we strongly support the notion of letting the IIM process finish what it began.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Announcing the GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project (GPLv3)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 06 September 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stichting NLnet donate 150,000 EUR to support GPLv3 activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The project will bring together thousands of organisations, software developers, and software users from around the globe during 2006, in an effort to update the world's most popular Free Software licence. The GPLv3 promises to be one of the largest participatory comments and adoption efforts ever undertaken.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TuxMobil GNU/Linux Award 2005 granted

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 30 August 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The TuxMobil GNU/Linux Award 2005 has been granted to OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus, PI-Sync, KWlanInfo and BlueZ, in recognition of their efforts in users freedom.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WIPO IIM/3: WSIS PCT: WIPO should prevent software patents, shorten copyright

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 21 July 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        During the third Inter-Sessional, Inter-Governmental Meeting (IIM) on a Development Agenda (IIM/3), Georg Greve delivered a statement on behalf of the WSIS Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks (PCT) Working Group of Civil Society, in which the working group asked WIPO to proactively prevent software patent legislation on a global level:  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No software patents in Europe, FSFE requests EPO review instrument

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 06 July 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After years of struggle, the European Parliament finally rejected the software patent directive with 648 of 680 votes: A strong signal against patents on software logic, a sign of lost faith in the European Union and a clear request for the European Patent Office (EPO) to change its policy: the EPO must stop issuing software patents today.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Karlsruhe Memorandum against Software Patents 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 28 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Members of the European Parliament have been given a copy of the Karlsruhe Memorandum against Software Patents 2005. Issued by Free Software Foundation Europe, this memorandum collected more than 200 signatures at this year's GNU/LinuxTag conference in Karlsruhe. Citing scientific evidence, the text argues that software patents in Europe will hurt jobs and innovation. Among the supporters are leaders of some of Europe's biggest trade union groups.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And the Fellowship-PDA goes to...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 25 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Giovanni Angoli is the lucky winner of the Sharp SL-C1000 raffled at GNU/LinuxTag 2005 in Karlsruhe, Germany. FSFE congratulates Giovanni and thanks Werner Heuser of Xtops.DE who sponsored the PDA for Fellowship of FSFE!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raffle of handheld computer with GNU/Linux to a lucky Fellow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 08 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Xtops.DE has sponsored a handheld computer which will be raffled on June 25 at 14:00 CEST. The winner will be chosen at random from all FSFE Fellows whose contribution has been received before that date.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft abuses the good will of Ms. Kroes at the expense of European economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 07 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Microsoft abuses the good will of Ms. Kroes" - "European Commission is about to enter legal house-to-house fighting!". Comment of the FSFE on the latest Microsoft proposal. "The European Court decided in December 2004 that Microsoft is to publish this information immediately. This proposal, if accepted, will effectively revert the court decision for the most serious competitor of Microsoft in this market."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Software patents -- a danger to democracy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 06 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open letter to Mr Borrell Fontelles, President of the European Parliament. On July 6th, European Parliament will have to decide on the "Software Patents" directive. By relying on undefined terms and ineffective limits, the text that the Council has handed to the Parliament would allow patents on software standards, business methods, and website development.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GNU/LinuxTag event page now online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 03 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Europe's biggest Free Software conference, the GNU/LinuxTag in Karlsruhe, is less than three weeks ahead. The FSFE has set up a page to gather, list and publish information about its activities there.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Join the revolution: internship position at FSFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 31 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "The FSFE is a great place to work, and I've enjoyed almost every single day. In few other companies or organisations would I have had the chance to do useful work and learn in an international context like I did here. Take this chance, if you can."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSFE Executive Summary 2003-2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 20 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On 7th May 2005, the general assembly of FSFE met in Vienna, Austria to review the activities of the past year and plan ahead for the next year to come. As this was the end of the second electorial period for FSFE's extended executive committee, the executive committee presented another two-year executive summary.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Software patents vs Microsoft antitrust suit: European Commission is going to undermine some of its best work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 02 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Open letter to Mr McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. "The European Commission is currently involved in a historic antitrust suit with Microsoft. [...] Unfortunately, that unique success is now in danger of becoming a meaningless victory."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE welcomes FSF Latin America

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 19 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After some months of discussions including FSFE president Georg Greve, a team of Free Software advocates in Latin America published their declaration of intent to join the global network of Free Software Foundations.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSFE statement at WIPO IIM, Geneva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 13 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Statement at Inter-Sessional, Inter-Governmental Meeting (IIM), 11-13 April 2005: "We explicitly support the Friends of Development in their statement that no tool should ever be promoted for its own sake and should therefore be beyond review. [...] Essential building blocks of human creativity, such as access to knowledge and freedom to participate in society and economy should once again become the norm, not the exception. [...]"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Software patents putting International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) in danger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 05 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Open Letter to staunchly pro-software patent European Information & Communications Technology Industry Association: "We would like to inform you how software patents pose a threat to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as all the ideas used in these standards will be implemented in software and would therefore be patentable."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How to make Microsoft respect European Authorities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 31 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Samba Team have presented terms explaining how Microsoft could be brought into compliance with the decision of the European Court of First Instance of December 2004.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE to help bring Microsoft to its feet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 21 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pushed by the FSFE, the EU antitrust case against Microsoft is gathering momentum again. "We will help the Commission to bring Microsoft to its feet and move towards re-establishing competition", Georg Greve, FSFE's president.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        European Cities will suffer from software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 07 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Letter to Catherine Parmentier, Chief Executive Officer of EUROCITIES: "With the introduction of software patents, European cities would have to be aware of dramatically increasing costs and an increasingly difficult legal situation with high risks for the administration."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 28 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "We stand up to protect our freedom to shape and participate in a digital society that respects liberty and privacy." With this slogan, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) started its fellowship program at the FOSDEM fair for Free Software last weekend in Brussels.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UN WGIG: Commented Papers Available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 11 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On 1st February 2005, the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) published a set of 20 issue papers concerning "Internet Governance." Together with its associate organisation La Fundación Vía Libre, the Free Software Foundation Europe managed to comment on the paper on "Cyber security, cybercrime", which, among other things, asked to outlaw the art of finding elegant solutions to non-obvious problems ("hacking") and the paper on "Intellectual Property Rights", which for instance asked to "balance human rights with the interests of rights-holders."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Microsoft seeking to bypass decisions of European Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 11 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Microsoft has published an agreement which allows Free Software projects like SAMBA to use the software interface information, but bans it from publishing the software as Free Software.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TUX&GNU@school 8th edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 07 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The column TUX&GNU@school 8th edition is now available. In this edition, Mario Fux presents GAMGI, Skolelinux and the KDE Edutainment project. In future, the column will be published in five languages (German, English, French, Swedish and Spanish).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Software patents harm banks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 07 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once Basel II becomes widely used, a dramatic increase in software patent infringement lawsuits for this area is likely to occur on a global basis. Any bank or any of its customers for Basel II based software may become target of such legal action -- the risk is incalculable and can bring about multi-billion Euro lawsuits.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Software patents are bad for your health

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 03 January 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Software patents are putting the wealth of the software patent lobby over the health of citizens in Europe and around the world.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Un jour splendide pour Samba, le logiciel libre et l'Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 22 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bo Versterdorf, Président de la Cour européenne a rejeté aujourd'hui l'appel de Microsoft qui demandait un délai d'exécution des sanctions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Les personnes qui soutiennent la libre concurrence ont reçu deux cadeaux de Noël cette semaine. Premièrement, la Pologne, nouveau membre de l'Union, n'a pas accepté l'introduction de brevets logiciels, qui prétéritent l'innovation et l'emploi, par une voie diplomatique détournée. Deuxièmement, la Cour européenne a jugé bon de ne pas laisser Microsoft disposer que quatre ans supplémentaires pour nuire à ses concurrents" a déclaré Georg Greve, Président de la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How much does freedom influence your life?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 10 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Free Software Foundation Europe believes that freedom is priceless and works hard for freedom in the digital society. Being a non-profit organisation, much work is done by volunteers, but not everything can be done that way. Working for something as priceless as freedom does have a cost. That is why we would like you to support our work.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Software patents detrimental to European power supply business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 06 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The European Union is on the way to introduce a legal basis for software patents in Europe. While you may consider this a topic outside your daily business, it is likely to become the cause of serious security problems to European power supplies.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            La FSFE devient un observateur de l'OMPI (WIPO)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 25 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dans léspace du projet de l'équipe FSFE WIPO, la FSFE travaillera avec d'autres acteurs pour faire évoluer l'OMPI d'une organisation uniquement orientée sur la monopolisation de la connaissance à celle dont le but sera d'augmenter la richesse intellectuelle de toute l'humanité à l'aide d'une palette d'outils plus flexible, plus durable et efficace.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              La liberté n'a pas de prix, mais elle a un coût!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 24 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Ceux qui veulent une réactivation de la libre concurrence doivent savoir qu'un apport de ressources conséquent ne détournera jamais l'appui donné par la FSFE, comme cela sést produit avec la CCIA. Notre indépendance n'a pas de prix, mais elle a un coût. La seule chose susceptible de nous freiner sera le manque de ressources dû à un manque de soutien."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First South Tyrolean Free Software Conference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 23 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As Free Software becomes even more important in South Tyrol, the GNU/Linux User Group Bozen/Bolzano/Bulsan has developed the traditional Linux Day into the three day South Tyrolean Free Software Conference.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pour la FSFE, la bataille continue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 09 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft sést acharné à proposer toute une série d'arrangements financiers aux défenseurs de l'affaire déntrave à la concurrence de la Commission Européenne, pour qu'ils se désistent. Après Sun Microsystems, ce sont maintenant Novel et la CCIA qui ont accepté de retirer leur plainte en échange de compensations financières.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A compulsory insurance against software patents is like firefighting with petrol!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 01 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The preceding European Commission (EC) was campaigning actively for the introduction of software patents in Europe. This campaign was against the information and evidence showing that this would lead to considerable risk to the European economies.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now accepting donations by credit card via PayPal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 25 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Supporting the work of FSFE has just become easier for those who prefer to donate by credit card and/or via the PayPal service.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ensuring increased Intellectual Wealth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 14 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Common declaration: "We are convinced that new answers sometimes require new questions, not more careful repetition of old questions. [...] We need a World Intellectual Wealth Organisation, dedicated to the research and promotion of novel and imaginative ways to encourage the production and dissemination of knowledge." To view the list of signatories, please follow the link.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Allianz Group will suffer because of software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 04 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you ever considered offering general insurance for stock brokers against the risk of losing money? As absurd as this sounds, the European Commission is seriously considering equivalent measures at the moment.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MS vs. EU: "No settlement in sight, FSFE ready for battle"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 29 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) casts doubts on the increasing rumors that Microsoft is willing to settle the antitrust case against the EU Commission, which is due to come to Court later this week.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anniversary of the decision of the European Parliament about software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 24 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) commemorates the anniversary of the software patents decision by the European Parliament on 24th September. "The parliament voted for a restrictive way to grant software patents in Europe. That decision was wise as it accounted for the numerous recommendations of scientists throughout the world. For this reason, we would like to encourage the parliament to maintain an attitude to this matter that is consistent with its previous decision - to withstand the pressure by certain lobbying parties." the President of FSFE Georg Greve emphasises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSFE: "Dédoublement de personnalité chez Microsoft ? Les clients devraient se méfier !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 20 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Envahi par des problèmes récurrents de virus, vers et autres bestioles, Microsoft, le géant du logiciel, semble pris de dédoublement de personnalité. "Ses clients devraient s'interroger sur la santé mentale de leur partenaire" laisse filer Joachim Jakobs, porte parole de la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE mourns death of Ralf Niemand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 15 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Free Software activist Ralf Niemand, member of the Wilhelmshaven GNU/Linux User Group, contributor to the SkoleLinux project and volunteer of the Free Software Foundation Europe died of terminal illness on September 14th 2004. His death was much too early and came as a shock to all who have known him. He will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open letter to Prime Minister Dr. Balkenende

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 06 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Europe should conserve a competitive advantage and prohibit a legal basis for software patents: "During the dutch Presidency of the European Union you have the best opportunity to initiate this revision."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Présentation de Guillaume Tux, nouvelle organisation associée de la FSFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 16 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) et Guillaume Tux sont fiers d'annoncer que Guillaume Tux, une association suisse soutenant les Logiciels Libres, est devenu officellement organisation associée de la FSFE.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Donations to the FSFE in the United Kingdom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 12 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Due to substantial bank fees charged for international money transfers, small donations or standing orders are too expensive to be send directly to the Free Software Foundation Europe bank account. To rectify this, FSFE in july 2004 entered into an agreement with UK based associate organisation AFFS to collect donations and transfer them in larger batches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSFE welcomes donations through the simple interface at (only bank cards from UK are accepted):  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Les brevets logiciels ne sont pas une menace plus grande pour les Logiciels Libres que pour les logiciels propriétaires

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 05 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          En réaction à la décision de la ville de Munich de réévaluer ses projets de migration vers les Logiciels Libres, la Free Software Foundation Europe fait remarquer que les brevets logiciels posent les mes problèmes aux Logiciels Libres qu'aux logiciels propriétaires.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Open letter to IBM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 02 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Software patents will destroy the foundations of IBM's future: "So while IBM is transforming in reaction to the arms race, upon its sudden end, IBM will find itself having become a grotesquely deformed giant with a suddenly useless weapon where all its energies go into sustaining that deformation."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE in front of European Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 27 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE to challenge Microsoft in its appeal against European Commission: Among general interests of Free Software, the FSFE will specifically be representing the interests of the SAMBA team, a Free Software cooperation developing the only remaining competing implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocols that permit interoperability between various operating systems and the MS Windows family.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RSS feeds of news and event announcements available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 26 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our web team has created automatic RSS feeds for news and upcoming events. Feeds are focus and language dependent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The URL for the news feed is, while you find the event feed at For example, for German speaking news and the German focus, you would choose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For your convenience, the news and event pages contain links to the RSS feed URLs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lettre ouverte a la Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 06 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "La recherche devrait être capable de se financer aussi à travers le marché !" - disent les hommes politiques - c'est pourquoi, nous, la Free Software Foundation Europe, comprenons parfaitement que les chercheurs fassent preuve de créativité pour diversifier leurs sources de revenus. Mais ils devraient en même temps veiller à ne pas tuer la vache qu'ils veulent traire. Le danger est réel, en particulier dans les discussions en cours sur les brevets logiciels.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE issues call for donations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 01 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The projects of the FSFE are multifaceted: participation in the German government's delegation at the "World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)", consulting with the European Union during the establishment of the framework programmes, participation in AGNULA, a project to build a fully Free Software distribution for professional musicians and multimedia authors and also the maintenance and advancement of the GNU General Public License (GPL). This diversity costs a lot of money: travels round the world, production of information and marketing material, personnel cost.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Join our translators and proofreaders team!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 29 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With the growing attention the FSF Europe attracts in many countries, the need has arised to build up a flexible, responsive, and well coordinated translator team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Translating and proofreading texts is a precious contribution to the work of the FSF Europe and an excellent chance to spontaneously take part in the activities of the FSF Europe without long-term obligations.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AGNULA: a "vivid ecosystem" for developers and users of free multimedia software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 21 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Creating artistic licence by Free Software technology" might have been the motto of AGNULA (A GNU/Linux Audio distribution - within the scope of the EU project two GNU/Linux distributions for Debian and Red Hat were developed that are targeted specifically at professional musicians and multimedia authors.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Report and pictures from South America available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 10 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Having toured South America from May 20th, 2004 until June 10th, 2004, Georg Greve put a short summary of his activities there online along with some pictures.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Software patents: A bad day for Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 19 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Europe is about to finally give up on the goal of its heads of states and governments to become the 'most competitive knowledge-based region' until 2010 and has repeatedly failed democratically. It is unfortunate that the optimism and trust placed in the German government was somewhat premature. Yesterday was not a good day for Europe and Germany!"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE welcomes German government on its way towards a clear position in the discussion around software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 14 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) "welcomes the commitment of the Federal Government of Germany to freedom from software patents as being of extreme importance for innovation in Europe", Georg Greve, president of FSFE, comments in a press release.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Open letter to all citizens of Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 10 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What happens in government, society and economy as a whole if these developments are not stopped? We bar people from being creative. We put societal development into the hands of bureaucrats bullying us for their own benefit at every turn. To use the words of the Czech President Vaclav Klaus "The EU is not about freedom and openness, but about bureaucratisation, regulation and harmonisation". If we leave this discussion to others, we may prove him right.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  APRIL disassociates from FSFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 10 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) complied with the explicit request to please remove the "Association for Promotion and Research in Libre Computing" (APRIL) from the list of associate organisations. The request was made by APRIL president and FSFE member Frederic Couchet along with his resignation from FSFE.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    European action week against Software Patents (SWPAT)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 04 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Free Software Foundation Europe and the Foundation for a Free Informational Infrastructure endorse an action week from May 10th to 14th to inform citizens, economy and politics about the harmful consequences of this initiative. In the course of this action week demonstrations and panel discussions in many European cities will take place. To inform you ex ante we have enclosed the joint position of FSFE and FFII concerning software patents (see below).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La FSFE accueille trois nouveaux membres d'Autriche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 24 March 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Après plusieurs années de coopération réussie à travers l'association "Verein zur Förderung Freier Software" (FFS), organisation Autrichienne partenaire de la FSF Europe, Georg Jakob, Karin Kosina et Reinhard Müller ont maintenant officiellement rejoint les rangs de la FSFE.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La FSF défend la GPL du projet GNU des attaques de SCO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 18 February 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La FSF n'a aucun doute que le litige de SCO avec IBM et Novell ne peut pas affecter les utilisateurs du système d'exploitation GNU/Linux.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Le professeur Eben Moglen de l'université de Columbia, conseiller juridique général de la FSF Amérique du Nord, a publié un papier qui aidera les développeurs et les utilisateurs de Logiciel Libre à comprendre les issues légales et les risques commerciaux impliqués par l'utilisation du noyau Linux.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Article: "Sur la 'Propriété Intellectuelle' et les peuples indigènes"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 09 February 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Article par Georg Greve: "Le système et l'idéologie de la 'propriété intellectuelle' a évolué d'une façon qui satisfait uniquement les besoins des grands groupes de média de l'hémisphère nord. Les groupes du nord, et en particulier leur artistes et leurs auteurs, ont eux-mêmes de nombreux problèmes avec ce système.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          C'est précisément à cause de ce système que la fracture numérique et les inégalités de pouvoir sont aujourd'hui aussi importantes."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Debriefing: Sommet Mondial sur la Société de l'Information

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 15 December 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Genêve) Du 10 décembre au 12 décembre 2003, le Sommet Mondial sur la Société de l'Information s'est tenu à Genêve, en Suisse, adoptant au niveau des Nations Unies une déclaration de principes et un Plan d'Action vers une société de l'information globale.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SMSI: Logiciel Libre, Société Libre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 01 December 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Genêve) Durant le Sommet Mondial sur la Société de l'Information (SMSI), le groupe de travail sur les Trademarks, Copyrights et Brevets (PCT) de la société civile tient un atelier "Logiciel Libre, Société Libre" avec un groupe d'orateurs de haut niveau, comprenant notamment Richard Stallman et Lawrence Lessig.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L'atelier aura lieu le 10 décembre 2003 de 17:00 à  20:00 dans le bâtiment Palexpo à Genêve, Suisse.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Le Logiciel Libre éminemment représenté à la conférence de l'ONU

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 12 July 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Karlsruhe) Du 15 au 18 Juillet, une réunion préparatoire pour le SMSI (Sommet Mondial sur la Société de l'Information) sera tenue à Paris. Au cours de ce sommet, seront discutés le futur et la direction de la société de l'information - et de la science -, comme cela a été demandé par l'assemblée générale de l'ONU.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Étant le candidat désigné par le cercle de coordination de la Société Civile Allemande pour le SMSI, Georg Greve, président de la FSF Europe, participera à la réunion en tant que membre de la délégation gouvernementale allemande.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  La FSF Europe conclut ses deux premières années avec succès

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 24 June 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Milan) Le week-end passé, la Free Software Foundation Europe a tenu son assemblée générale 2003 à Milan, Italie. Après deux années d'activités, il était temps d'établir un premier compte-rendu et de tenir des élections.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rapport: Récapitulatif des deux années précédentes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 21 June 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L'assemblée générale 2003 de la FSF Europe à Milan, Italie le 21 Juin 2003 semble une bonne opportunité pour récapituler brièvement les activités des deux premières années opérationelles de la FSF Europe.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Article : Le Logiciel Libre en Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 20 May 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Le numéro de printemps 2003 de la Revue du service publique - Union Européenne préfacé par Romano Prodi contient un article écrit par Georg C. F. Greve, président de la FSF Europe. L'article explique les principaux avantages que le Logiciel Libre peut apporter et comment ils peuvent être utilisés.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Larry Lessig reçoit le FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 08 February 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Communiqué de presse de la Free Software Foundation: "Bruxelles, Belgique - Samedi 8 Février 2003 - La Free Software Foundation (FSF) a attribué son cinquième « FSF Award » pour l'avancement du Logiciel Libre. Le président fondateur de la FSF, Richard Stallman, a remis sa récompense au professeur Lawrence Lessig pour avoir promu et expliqué la dimension politique du Logiciel Libre, en particulier l'idée que « le code source vaut loi ». Lessig a aussi défendu des idées similaires au Logiciel Libre dans d'autres domaines.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          L'Accord de Licence Fiduciaire (FLA) V1.0 est disponible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 03 February 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Communiqué de presse de la FSF Europe: "La Free Software Foundation Europe est fière d'annoncer la première version disponible au public de son Accord de Licence Fiduciaire (Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA)); un accord qui aidera à sécuriser la stabilité légale du Logiciel Libre en permettant à la FSF Europe d'agir en tant que fiduciaire pour les auteurs et les projets de Logiciel Libre."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            La FSF Europe appelle à participer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 18 December 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Communiqué de presse de la FSF Europe : "La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) invite toutes les sociétés, organisations et instituts de recherche interessés par des projets de Logiciels Libres financés par la Communauté Européenne à joindre leurs efforts."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              La FFII est partenaire de la FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 13 June 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L'Association pour une Infrastructure Informatique Libre(FFII) est maintenant un partenaire officiel de la Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). La FFII est la première organisation partenaire de la FSF Europe basée en Allemagne.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deux Expressions d'Intérêt (EoI) de la FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 04 June 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                En réponse à un appel de la Communauté Européenne, la FSF Europe a soumis une expression d'intérêt pour chacun des instruments du 6ème programme cadre (FP6).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSF Europe completes successful first year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 27 May 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On May 26th 2002, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) finishes its second general assembly, completing the first year of activities. Members from Sweden, Italy, Germany and France drew a summary of last years activities, analyzed the current situation of Free Software and exchanged plans and visions for the upcoming year.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recommendation by the FSF Europe and supporting parties

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 30 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The FSF Europe and supporting parties has submitted a recommendation for the 6th European Community Framework Programme: "Free Software is a concept that has fundamentally changed the way some parts of the IT sector are working towards a more stable, lasting and sustainable approach with higher dynamics and increased efficiency. It is obvious that the first region to adopt and support this principle on a larger scale can profit enormously and get a head-start in the information age."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Invitation to European Copyright Directive Alert miniconference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 28 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Monday 29 April 2002, at 6pm in London, we invite you to join the European Copyright Directive Alert miniconference. Organised by the Campaign for Digital Rights it will explain the dangers of the EUCD. Unless it is stopped before December 2002, it will become legal in each European country.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSF Europe present at first LiLit meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 24 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On Friday 26 April 2002, the Free Software Foundation Europe will be present at the first LiLiT meeting in Liège, Belgium. During this evening (night ?-) session, we will focus on the best means to explain the ethical value of Free Software. A global view of the on going actions will hopefully allow everyone to figure out how to promote and defend the Free Software ideals.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSF Europe at the Free and Open Source Software Developers Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 31 January 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Between the 16th and 17th of February, 2002, the Free and Open Source Software Developers Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium. Among the visitors will be Richard M. Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation and Georg C. F. Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe. The FSF Europe welcomes all members of the press who wish to meet the members and volunteers of the foundation.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ANSOL becomes associated organisation of the FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 18 January 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "This collaboration is a very important step for the Portuguese and European free software community. Problems faced by the free software community in Portugal are similar to those faced in other European countries; by joining forces with FSFE we can solve this problems more efficiently" said Jaime Villate, founding member of ANSOL.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Freedom, Quality and Fraternity" OLinux interview iwth Georg C. F. Greve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 17 December 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "[...] Keep on spreading the word. What we do today will influence the future of mankind for the next 200 years to come - we have to make sure that people understand the issues of Free Software and the importance of freedom. [...] Freedom counts! "  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSF Europe appoints new Vice President

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 28 November 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jonas Oberg was appointed new Vice President of the FSF Europe: "The future of Free Software depends a lot on what we do today. I plan to work to preserve the ability to use and develop Free Software in all of its forms, for example by helping to extend the efforts already underway against software patents and helping the media, government and companies understand the underlying issues of Free Software."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We Speak about Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 19 November 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Launch of the "We speak about Free Software" campaign: There are compelling reasons to think and speak about Free Software and its philosophy. It is rather common knowledge this applies to society as a whole, but it has not yet been widely understood that it benefits companies, as well. Therefore the FSF Europe launches this campaign on behalf and with support of several Free Software companies.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSF Europe receives charitable status in Germany

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 20 September 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSF Europe e.V. (the central association) receives confirmation of its charitable status in Germany by the authorities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Georg Greve talks about "Copyright in the internet age"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 26 August 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slides (in German) available at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard Stallman inaugurates Free Software Foundation-India

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 20 July 2001


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSF Europe in German magazine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 16 July 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The FSF Europe is mentioned in the German magazine FOCUS issue 29/2001, page 106 in a story about the GNU/LinuxTag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FSF Europe at LinuxTag and Libre Software Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 29 June 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The FSF Europe will be present at the LinuxTag and Libre Software Meeting for the first time. Please see the press release for additional information.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSF Europe general assembly is over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 07 May 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The FSF Europe general assembly is over. See the press release and photos by Olivier Berger and photos by Peter Gerwinski.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Free Software Foundation Europe finishes founding process

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 24 April 2001


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 24 April 2001