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(2014-11-20) [Blog] FSFE comments at European Parliament's DG ITEC conference

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.

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(2014-10-17) Les consommateurs italiens ne devraient pas avoir à payer pour un logiciel qu'ils ne veulent pas – Lettre aux autorités de régulation
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-10-17) FSFE is looking for an intern for Document Freedom Day
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-10-16) Munich sticks with Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-09-29) Transparenzverordnung: Bundesnetzagentur legitimiert Zwangsrouter
Die Free Software Foundation Europe sieht den aktuellen Entwurf der "Transparenzverordnung" der Bundesnetzagentur als Legitimierung einer Entmündigung von Verbrauchern.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-09-12) Italie : la Haute Cour flingue la taxe Windows
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-08-22) Blog : 5 approximations à rectifier pour bien s’y repérer dans les licences libres
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-08-01) Your input wanted: How do we build a better future?
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-07-11) [Blog] Report from our German speaking team meeting 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-07-08) EC distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-06-30) [Blog] Le guide d'autodéfense courriel de la FSF maintenant disponible en 6 langues

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.

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(2014-06-20) [Blog] Schutz vor Überwachung durch Verschlüsselung mit Freier Software

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..

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(2014-05-28) FSFE: 33 Free Software Pact supporters elected to the European Parliament
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 Lire la suite ...

(2014-05-27) [Blog] We're all Gmail users now: Privacy as an ecological issue
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?  Lire la suite ...

(2014-05-06) Open Letter to European Commission: Stop DRM in HTML5
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-04-24) Document Freedom Day 2014 Report Published

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.

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(2014-04-24) FSFE welcomes industry initiative to fund critical Free Software projects
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-28) CCC and FSFE: German Federal Network Agency must improve
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) Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-26) Open Letter to EU institutions: Time to support Open Standards
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-25) Document Freedom Day delivers messages of interoperability around the world
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-24) L'informatique à l'ère post-Snowden : choisir avant de payer !
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-14) Asian Legal Network launched
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-10) OB-Wahl in München: LiMux Erfolg ausbauen, Umstellungsschmerzen abarbeiten
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-04) Get candidates for this years’ European elections to make a stand for Free Software
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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-03-03) And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…
…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.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-02-26) FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats
FSFE has submitted comments on a proposal by the UK government to use only document formats based on Open Standards in future.  Lire la suite ...

(2014-02-21) #ilovefs Report 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. Lire la suite ...

(2014-02-11) Show your love for Free Software
On 14th February, the Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to think about the dedicated hard-working people in the Free Software community and to show them their appreciation like last year. Lire la suite ...

(2014-02-11) Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back
This Tuesday is a day to fight back against mass surveillance, and here at FSFE we're proud to be part of the struggle. Lire la suite ...

(2014-01-14) L'Italie privilégie le Logiciel Libre dans le secteur public
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-12-13) 160,000 Euro short for 2014
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-12-11) Verpasste Chancen: Wo die Große Koalition nachbessern muss
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-11-14) When DRM comes to cars (English)

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.

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(2013-11-07) Rockstar vs. Google: Software patents as a license for privateering
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-11-05) Server-Spende: FSFE sagt Danke!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-11-04) New Campaign launches: TheyDontWantYou.To

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.

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(2013-11-04) Internet-Anbieter: Routerzwang schadet Nutzern
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-09-27) Changing the world: The GNU project turns 30
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-09-26) Nationalratswahl 2013: Positionen der Parteien zu Freier Software und digitaler Gesellschaft
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-09-23) FSFE backs 13 principles against surveillance
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-09-20) On Software Freedom Day, support FSFE!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-09-18) Landtagswahl Hessen: SPD und CDU enttäuschen, Grüne und Piraten punkten
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: Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-31) FSFE joins 100+ organisations in call to restrict surveillance

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.

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(2013-07-30) Open Letter on Freedom and Internet Voting to Estonia's National Electoral Committee
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-29) FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-25) FSFE supporting the Open Letter to stop surveillance
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-16) Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-12) Nouvelle fuite de Snowden : stocker ses données chez Microsoft est négligent
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 : Lire la suite ...

(2013-07-11) Blog: be Free or be insecure: crowdfunded Hemlis must choose

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?

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(2013-07-03) German Parliament elections: The parties' positions on Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-26) Un «compliance workshop» de la FSFE découvre une violation de la GPL par FANTEC, Welte gagne le procés
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-25) La commission européenne incite les organismes publics à se libérer de leur enfermement
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-20) Open Letter to Prime Minister Erdoğan
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-20) As Microsoft repeal some Xbox restrictions, more apply to other products
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-12) German Parliament tells government to strictly limit patents on software
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-06-11) Filing taxes without non-free software: Slovak company appeals fines
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-05-31) FSFE supporting EFF's formal objection

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.

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(2013-05-23) FSFE in German Parliament Hearing about Software Patents

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.

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(2013-05-03) Blog: About digital and physical restrictions on your own device

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.

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(2013-05-03) International Day Against DRM: fight deliberately crippled technology
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-05-02) Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-04-25) Stop DRM in HTML5 - Sign the Petition!
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-04-24) FSFE welcomes Ceata as associate organisation
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-04-22) German Parliament says: Stop Granting Software Patents
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-04-02) How to break free from Skype
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-03-27) Document Freedom Day from Brussels to Taiwan: Open Standards celebrated in 30 countries
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-03-27) taz.die tageszeitung receives Document Freedom Germany Award
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-03-19) And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…
…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.  Lire la suite ...

(2013-03-12) EC hits Microsoft with EUR 561 million fine over web browsers
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-02-26) Document Freedom Day: 2013 Event registration now open
Today event registration opens for Document Freedom Day 2013, March 27th. Local teams can add details of their activities to DocumentFreedom.org, and have them marked on the global campaign map. Lire la suite ...

(2013-02-21) #ILOVEFS campaign 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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-02-18) Bundestagswahl: Was sollen Kandidatinnen und Parteien zu Freier Software gefragt werden?
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. Lire la suite ...

(2013-02-12) La FSFE vous propose de montrer votre amour des Logiciels Libres !
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-12-23) Fellowship Interview with Anna Morris
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-12-17) 45 organisations join in legal complaint to Ministry of Education
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 (GFoss.it), 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-12-14) FSFE 2012 Annual Report
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-12-11) Le parlement européen adopte un brevet unitaire profondément défectueux et abandonne son pouvoir sur la politique d'innovation
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. ».  Lire la suite ...

(2012-12-08) First, do no harm: European Parliament must delay vote on unitary patent
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-29) 7 days left for the PDF readers fundraising campaign, last chance to donate!
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-22) PDFreaders recommended by government - and what else we achived
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-20) FSFE welcomes German Government's White Paper on "Secure Boot"
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". Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-16) Nächste Woche Dienstag: Freiburg entscheidet über Aus von ODT
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-12) Finnish activist, Danish hacker share Nordic Free Software Award 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-06) Flashing your device does not void your statutory warranty - FSFE Legal
One of the main concerns of Android users is related with its warranty: whether flashing their device will void the phone assurance.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-02) Every buck fixes a bug. Levée de fonds pour le site web de la campagne PDF readers
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-11-01) UK takes major step towards competition, innovation in software market
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 Lire la suite ...

(2012-10-24) Fellowship Interview with Hugo Roy
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-10-22) Moving our public administration towards trust, facts and confidence
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-10-18) Internship opportunity at FSFE
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-21) Twenty-one organisations ask Italian Data Protection Authority to publish readable documents.
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-21) Free Software activists ask Italian Authority for Protection of Personal Data to publish readable documents
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-21) FSFE introducing "Supporters" and two small tasks for you
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-20) Results: Free Software voice & video testing
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-18) Freiburg - hebelt geheimes Gutachten Gemeinderatsbeschluss aus?
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: Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-07) Le brevet unitaire menace l'innovation en Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-09-05) Blog: How the European patent system works

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.

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(2012-09-04) Blog: Software patents in Europe: game on

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!

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(2012-08-31) Für IFA-Besucher: Broschüre zur Digitalen Rechte-Minderung (DRM)
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-08-31) Blog: Like in the 90ies but with phones: First Free Your Android installation parties
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-07-30) FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration of Region Lazio, Italy.
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-07-30) FSFE wants to better protect Free Software licenses from bankruptcy
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-07-11) City of Helsinki Wants To Keep Software Costs Secret
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-07-04) Internship opportunities at FSFE
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-27) Record fine against Microsoft upheld by European Court of Justice
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-25) Fellowship Interview with Bjarni Runar Einarsson
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-19) FSFE to Advance Fair Public IT Procurements in Finland
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-16) 4 Steps to immunity from UK snooping laws
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-07) June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-01) Analysis - "Secure Boot": Who will control your next computer?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-01) FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-06-01) FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-28) FSFE: NW UK businesses please tell Government that Open Standards matter
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-25) La démocratie mérite mieux que le vote électronique
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-23) Fellowship Interview with Giacomo Poderi
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’.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-09) Executive summary of the EURA case
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-09) State neglected web standards, company now faces EUR 5600 in fines
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-08) Nordrhein-Westfalen: Softwarepatente - Nein! Offene Standards - Ja!
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-02) Schleswig-Holstein - Positive Signale für die Entwicklung und Förderung Freier Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-05-01) Web Sprint report: where social and technical come together
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-25) Summit Meeting of experts calls upon UK Government to deliver on Open Standards
The Free Software Foundation Europe held a summit meeting on Monday of Free Software and Open Standards experts. Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-25) UK Open Standards experts publish joint statement on Government consultation
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: Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-24) Fellowship Interview with Bernd Wurst
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-14) Blog: FSFE participates in UK ICT curriculum consultation
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-12) Le "vendor lock-in" coûte-t-il 3,4 million d'Euros par an à Helsinki ?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-12) Résumé et analyse du cas ville d'Helsinki et OpenOffice en 2010-2011
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(2012-04-05) Report of Document Freedom Day 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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-04-02) Hacking for freedom: Web Team comes to Manchester
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-30) Document Freedom Award for Slovak Commission for Standardization
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-29) Fellows unite UK environmentalists through "Green Bridge"
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-28) Document Freedom Day 2012: Activists around the world celebrate Open Standards
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-28) 1&1 Internet AG receives German Document Freedom Award
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 tagesschau.de, Deutschland Radio, and the German Foreign Office. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-27) Handcuff an MP, the easy way
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-23) FSFE Fellow interviewed by BBC
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-23) Fellowship Interview with Guido Günther
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-23) DFD 2012 Events
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-23) Article: Commandment for minimalistic formats - Being an Open Standard is not enough
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?"  Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-22) Saarland - Nur wenige deutliche Aussagen zu Freier Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-21) Handcuffs - DFD
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-03-03) And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…
…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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-28) La FSFE lance une campagne pour un système d'exploitation Android libre
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 ! ».  Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-23) Thank you for celebrating #ilovefs the whole day without borders
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-14) Nortel/Rockstar, Google/Motorola deals create balance of terror on software patents
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-10) Join the protest against ACTA
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-09) FSFE's goal for February 14th: More love reports than bug reports!
"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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-04) FSFE awarded Mozilla grant
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-02) "I love Free Software"-Tag am 14. Februar im Unperfekthaus, Essen
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 ilovefs.org 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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-02-02) Legal news: Photograph copyright case could have effects on software developers
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-31) Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-30) Call for Street Art Artists
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-27) Blog : Quelques notes sur la seconde licence publique Mozilla (MPL 2.0)
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-26) Legal news: antitrust concerns over UEFI and Apple's iBook
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-23) Save the date: "I love Free Software" - Day on 14th February
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! Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-23) Fellowship Interview with Heiki Ojasild
For our January fellowship interview we met Heiki Ojasild. He joined the Free Software Foundation Europe in 2011, undertaking the task of translating fsfe.org 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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-20) Free Software legal news
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-17) FSFE calls on US Senate to stop SOPA / PIPA
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-13) Blog: Is teaching programming political?
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-10) FSFE calls for nominations for the Document Freedom Award
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 Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-10) FSFE calls for an amendment of Slovak Copyright Act
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. Lire la suite ...

(2012-01-09) Free Software legal news
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-23) Fellowship Interview with Paul Boddie
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-20) Free Software legal news
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-13) Read about our work in 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-13) Helsinki city officials highly satisfied with Free Software
City officials in Helsinki, Finland, are overwhelmingly satisfied after trying out the Free Software office suite OpenOffice.org on their laptops. 75% of 600 officials have been using OpenOffice.org exclusively since February, as part of a pilot project where the city installed the program on 22,500 workstations. Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-08) Nortel patent sale: FSFE defends Free Software, competition
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-06) FSFE provides input to EU's 80 billion EUR R and D funding program
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-12-01) Verdict in the case of AVM vs. Cybits confirmed the view of FSFE
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-28) La recherche sur le web par le Peuple, pour le Peuple : YaCy 1.0
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-23) Fellowship Interview with Mirko Boehm
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-22) 7 civil society groups ask for transparency on ACTA
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-17) Free Software Legal News
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-14) Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-07) Court rejects AVM´s claims opposing third party modifications of GPL software
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 gpl-violations.org, both welcome this decision. Lire la suite ...

(2011-11-07) Unlocking education, for growth without limits
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-10-25) Song Wettbewerb zum "Ich ♥ Freie Software"-Tag
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-10-23) Fellowship Interview with Rikard Fröberg
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-09-28) Blog: Facebook updates - time to switch to a decentralised social network?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-09-22) Fellowship Interview with Stefan Kangas
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-09-19) Freie Software in den schweizer National- und Ständeratswahlen
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-09-12) Berlin - Hauptstadt der Freien-Software-Parteien: Ja zu Offenen Standards. Nein zu Softwarepatenten.
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-09-04) Blog: FSFE at the DIY Feminist Festival in Manchester
Pictures from the FSFE talks at the Manchester DIY Feminist Festival.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-08-23) Fellowship Interview with Richard Shipman
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-08-14) Blog: FSFE at OggCamp 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-08-14) Blog: UK PDF Readers Sprint
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-08-09) FSFE UK calls for removal of Government's software advertisements
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-08-03) Blog: What's Needed for Freedom in the "cloud"?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-07-28) Blog: Summary of Free Software CAD
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-07-23) Fellowship Interview with Bernhard Reiter
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-07-18) FSFE welcomes new Vice President, Legal Coordinator
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-06-23) Fellowship Interview with Guido Arnold
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-06-22) FSFE on AVM vs Cybits: A small computer is still a computer
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 gpl-violations.org today published a detailed report about the hearing. Lire la suite ...

(2011-06-20) AVM enfreint la licence du noyau Linux
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-06-08) FSFE celebrates World IPv6 Day
On today's World IPv6 Day, FSFE is pleased to announce that almost all of its servers are now reachable via IPv6. Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-25) FSFE in Samba case: Microsoft's defiance backfired
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-23) Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-23) Fellowship Interview with Florian Effenberger
Florian discusses the past present and future of LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, and his views on the importance of Free Software marketing.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-20) Befragung zu Freier Software in Bremen: Parteien zeigen seltsames Wettbewerbsverständnis
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-18) Contribute to list of Free Software options for UK government
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-11) German Government: Lack of knowledge or deliberately offending Free Software?
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-06) Please use Open Standards for your newspaper's educational resources
FSFE's UK Team asks The Guardian Newspaper to adhere to Open Standards when publishing digital resources for teachers.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-02) Open letter to British Telecom: please include freedom in your new music service
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-05-02) FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-23) Fellowship Interview with Michiel de Jong
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-20) Mission is possible: FSFE needs your help to make a progress in the PDFreaders campaign!
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-20) Le Logiciel Libre est capital pour la concurrence, selon les régulateurs de l'accord sur les brevets Novell
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-18) FSFE responds to EC consultation on procurement
Free Software Foundation Europe has provided the European Commission with input on modernising the way in which public bodies buy software and related services. Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-12) FSFE begrüßt kleine Anfrage der Grünen zur Rückmigration im Auswärtigen Amt
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-12) Novell's patent sale: FSFE's input to competition authorities
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-04-01) Cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer
Today FSFE announced a new cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-30) Tagesschau.de awarded for the use of Open Standards
Today the ARD internet platform Tagesschau.de 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". Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-30) A bright Document Freedom Day for Britain?
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-30) Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-30) City of Munich receives European Document Freedom Day Prize
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-27) Mapping the changing landscape of Free Software in the British Public Sector
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-25) "Computer sind Teufelszeug" - Antworten auf Wahlprüfsteine zu Freier Software
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-23) Fellowship Interview with Dan Leinir
In this interview, Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen from KO GmbH describes the aims of the GamingFreedom.org project, as well as what Free Software could mean for gaming in future.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-21) FSFE welcomes ADUC's class action against Microsoft
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-18) Landtagswahl Sachsen-Anhalt: Position der Parteien zu Freier Software
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-10) A decade of Freedom: FSFE turns 10
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-01) Open Source Specialist Group blames proprietary software for stagnant industry
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-01) Think tank recommends adoption of FS principles in public sector IT
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-01) Election results for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat
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:  Lire la suite ...

(2011-03-01) Cabinet Office presentation demanding Free Software from suppliers published
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-27) Sam's blog: report from ODF Plugfest and Pirate Party UK Conference
Notes and pictures from FSFE's attendance at two important events last week.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-25) UK: FSFE welcomes paper calling for Free Software in the NHS
Research programme publishes damning report of public health ICT, and recommends Free Software and Open Standards. Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-23) Fellowship Interview with Massimo Barbieri
Free Software activist, Creative Commons musician, and professional geologist Massimo Barbieri discusses his experiences with Free art, software, and standards.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-15) Ilovefs : Hundreds of love declarations in about 24 hours
February 14, 01:38:27 UTC, the first identi.ca message related to FSFE’s “I ♥ Free Software” campaign airs on identi.ca. 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-11) Déclarez votre amour pour les Logiciels Libres !
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-09) Brevet Européen : la FSFE exhorte le Parlement Européen à attendre des conseils juridiques
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-02) Foreign Office: Will it switch off the Free Software beacon?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-02) Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write: Celebrating Document Freedom Day 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-02-01) New Country Coordinators for Italy and the UK
Giacomo Poderi and Sam Tuke are the new Country Coordinators for the Italian and British Country Teams respectively. Lire la suite ...

(2011-01-23) Fellowship Interview with Anne Østergaard
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2011-01-13) New web design launched! Guide to features
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. Lire la suite ...

(2011-01-13) FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-12-23) Fellowship Interview with Alexander Kahl
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-12-17) 172 institutions publiques ont arrêté la publicité pour des logiciels non-libres
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-12-16) La FSFE se réjouit de la révision du Cadre Européen d'Interopérabilité
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-12-07) Achat de logiciel par la Commission Européenne, un accord rude pour l'Europe
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-11-23) Fellowship Interview with Brian Gough
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-11-08) Icelandic developer receives Nordic Free Software Award
Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Free Software developer and community builder from Iceland, has received the Nordic Free Software Award. Lire la suite ...

(2010-11-03) Sites web publics, affranchissons-nous des publicités non libres !
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 ! Lire la suite ...

(2010-10-23) Fellowship Interview with Leena Simon
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-10-18) 2286 sites web institutionnels font de la publicité pour des logiciels non libres
Au cours de la campagne pdfreaders.org 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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-10-16) EIFv2: FSFE puts facts against BSA's fictions
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-10-07) Positions on Free Software and Open Standards of Vienna's political parties
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-09-13) FSFE: Stop aux publicités inéquitables : faites promouvoir les lecteurs PDF libres par vos gouvernements !
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-09-07) Sondage de l'Union Européenne sur les logiciels libres et les standards : Faites entendre votre voix !
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-08-03) German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements
Research published this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. Lire la suite ...

(2010-08-02) German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements
Research published by FSFE this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. Lire la suite ...

(2010-07-05) German Federal CIO sides with Open Standards for public sector
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2010-07-02) FSFE: Bolzano, please don't waste your money
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-05-31) Fellowship Interview with David Reyes Samblas Martinez
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-05-19) FSFE: Lack of Open Standards "gaping hole" in EC's Digital Agenda
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-05-10) Free Software Foundation Europe receives Theodor Heuss Medal
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-05-08) 45. Theodor Heuss Preis : Festrede von Ludwig Theodor Heuss
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(2010-04-28) Georg Greve, fondateur de la FSFE décoré de la Croix allemande du mérite
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-03-31) Liberate your documents!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-03-30) Open Standards under threat in Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-03-24) Radio stations granted awards for using Open Standards
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-03-05) Julia Klein elected as Fellowship representative in FSFE GA
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-03-02) Document Freedom Day 2010 - Free your documents, save your information!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-02-22) FSFE to users: Seize your freedom of choice!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2010-02-12) Pour la Saint-Valentin, montrez votre amour pour le Logiciel Libre !
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-01-29) Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February
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. Lire la suite ...

(2010-01-26) La FSFE décorée de la médaille Theodor Heuss — «Une association avant-gardiste»
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. »  Lire la suite ...

(2009-12-21) Fellowship Interview with Simon Josefsson
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-12-16) FSFE: la Commission Européenne règle l'affaire du navigateur de Microsoft
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. » Lire la suite ...

(2009-11-27) FSFE: EC caves in to proprietary lobbyists on interoperability
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-11-18) Cuisiner en Liberté : la FSFE va faire la cuisine à ses donateurs
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-11-09) FSFE in battle for European interoperability
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-28) Fellowship Interview with Leif-Jöran Olsson
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-24) Solution pour l'accord Oracle/Sun : rendre MySQL indépendant
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-22) FSFE's banners for you to spread all over the web!
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!  Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-19) Windows 7 va nuire à ses consommateurs avec un problème de sécurité connu
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). Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-08) L'arrangement avec Microsoft laisse le Logiciel Libre sur le carreau
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-06) Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-10-02) Fellowship Interview with Andreas Tolf Tolfsen
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-09-21) Free Software hits German election campaigns
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-09-09) German Election: Ask your candidate about Free Software!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-08-31) Thomas Jensch takes on coordination for FSFE's edu-team
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-07-28) EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-07-02) Fellowship Interview with Smári McCarthy
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-06-24) Introducing FSFE's new president, vice president and executive team
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-06-10) AG 2009 : Rencontre de l'équipe espagnole & Rencontre publique
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-06-01) Et le vainqueur de l'élection pour le siège de représentant de la Fellowship à l'Assemblée Générale de la FSFE est...
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-05-15) FSFE seeking legal department coordinator and staff members
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-05-08) Interview de la Fellowship avec Timo Jyrinki
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-04-18) FSFE and the Fellowship reorganise their domains
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-04-15) Fellowship Interview with Myriam Schweingruber
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".  Lire la suite ...

(2009-04-14) FSFE seeking Executive Director
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-04-11) Candidates for first Fellowship seat on FSFE's General Assembly
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-03-25) Today is DFD ‘09, global day for document liberation
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-03-23) FSFE announces the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-03-11) Free Software Foundation Europe Celebrates Eighth Birthday
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-03-01) Fellowship vote for GA seats – Call for nominations
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-02-27) La FSFE s'implique dans le dossier de l'UE concernant les navigateurs Internet
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2009-02-13) Interview de la Fellowship : Colin Turner
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».  Lire la suite ...

(2009-02-02) La FSFE lance une campagne d'information sur les lecteurs PDF libres
La Fellowship de la Free Software Foundation Europe est fière d'anoncer sa dernière initiative: pdfreaders.org, 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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-01-23) La FTF publie un guide juridique à destination des projets de Logiciels Libres
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-01-20) Interopérabilité des navigateurs Internet : la FSFE apprécie la décision de la Commission Européenne et propose son aide
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. Lire la suite ...

(2009-01-20) Fellowship Interview with Enrico Zini
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".  Lire la suite ...

(2009-01-11) Results of the translation sprint

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.

(2009-01-05) FSFE - 2009 New Year's Resolution
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-12-18) Fellowship Interview with Johannes (Hanno) Böck
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".  Lire la suite ...

(2008-12-15) FSFE announces 4 weeks of translation sprint
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-12-10) La FSFE adjoint la Fellowship à l'Assemblée générale
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. Lire la suite ...

(2008-12-08) FTF and gpl-violations release a guide to reporting and fixing licence violations
FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) and GPL-Violations.org 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. Lire la suite ...

(2008-12-02) Analysis on balance: Standardisation and Patents
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-10-28) Interview de la Fellowship avec Rolf Camps
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2008-10-07) La FSFE en faveur de «Freedom Not Fear»
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-09-27) Joyeux anniversaire, GNU ! - La FSFE fête le 25ème anniversaire du projet GNU.
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-09-26) La FSFE s'apprête à mettre à disposition ses outils de consolidation juridique en 10 langues
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-09-22) Les 25 ans de GNU = 25% de remise pendant 25 jours
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-08-31) Des documents d'information à imprimer au sujet de la FSFE sont téléchargeables
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 !  Lire la suite ...

(2008-08-22) La FSFE se réjouit de la signature de l'accord fiduciaire sur les licences par KDE
« 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. »  Lire la suite ...

(2008-06-18) Stabilisers for freedom: Wine 1.0
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2008-05-27) GPL-Violations.org and FSFE's Freedom Task Force to work more closely together
"It is a clear, legal fact that distributing Free Software means people must comply with the licences. GPL-Violations.org 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."  Lire la suite ...

(2008-04-02) La FSFE préocuppée par la qualité du processus de normalisation
   «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.»     Lire la suite ...

(2008-03-26) 26 mars 2008 : Aujourd'hui, c'est la Journée de la Liberté des Documents!
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 (...)  Lire la suite ...

(2008-03-06) Pétition pour l'utilisation des Standards Ouverts au parlement européen
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-03-05) Résumé du contexte de la FSFE : Les misères de l'interopérabilité avec MS-OOXML.
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.»  Lire la suite ...

(2008-03-01) Google aide la Freedom Task Force de la FSFE à proposer des formations, organiser des conférences et traduire des documents.
«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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-02-28) La FSFE enjoint Microsoft à diffuser les données d'interopérabilité sans restriction
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-02-22) Microsoft pledge excluding primary competitors
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-02-20) 26 March: A global day for document liberation
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-02-18) FSFE Context Briefing: DIS-29500 - Deprecated before use?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-02-14) FSFE announces the first European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2008-01-18) NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force
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 gpl-violations.org 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-12-21) FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-12-20) EU antitrust case over: Samba receives interoperability information
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-11-09) Welcome to life after ICT lock-in
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-09-17) FSFE, Samba: Un triomphe pour la liberté de choix et de concurrence
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-07-27) La FSFE se propose d'aider les entreprises à se conformer aux termes des licences de Logiciels Libres
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-07-16) Le canular du convertisseur
Le commentaire de la FSFE sur Heise.de : "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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-07-11) BBC : Questions à Microsoft sur les formats Ouverts
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-07-11) Une assistance personnalisée sur les Logiciels Libres à destination des entreprises
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-07-05) La version 3 de la GNU GPLv3 est sortie
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-06-26) Six questions aux organismes nationaux de normalisation
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2007-05-18) Le message de Microsoft : il est temps d'investir dans le Logiciel Libre
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-04-23) European Parliament must prevent criminalisation of software vendors and users
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-04-17) FSFE launches list of recommended Free Software lawyers
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-02-24) Il est temps de vous dire Merci: Tirage Fellowship 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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-02-01) FSFE releases solution to increase legal strength of Free Software projects
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-01-30) The Vista message: Upgrade to GNU/Linux now!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2007-01-23) FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2007-01-09) Transcript: Free Software and the Future of Freedom
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-11-21) La FSFE devient le défenseur juridique du Projet Bacula
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. »  Lire la suite ...

(2006-11-13) La FSFE lance la Freedom Task Force en coopration avec gpl-violations.org
« 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. »  Lire la suite ...

(2006-10-03) DRM.info: Informing about the dangers of controlling private media use
Early this morning, a group of contributing organisations and authors launched DRM.info, 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-07-27) GPL Version 3, Draft #2 Published
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-07-12) Commission to Microsoft: Preventing interoperability has a price
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-06-13) Informations en ligne sur la conférence internationale sur la GPLv3
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 gpl-violations.org.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-05-19) Europe to host 3rd International GPLv3 Conference: Barcelona, Spain, June 22nd & 23rd
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-05-09) La FSFE accueille KDE e.V. en tant que nouvelle organisation associée
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-04-27) Microsoft: "Our software patents preclude interoperability"
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2006-04-27) Samba and FSFE: "Microsoft - obstacle to innovation in the digital society!"
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-04-21) FSFE: "Microsoft locks in customers and pushes software patents to prevent competition."
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-04-03) Notebook Raffle: And The Winners Are...
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-03-10) La FSFE fête son cinquième anniversaire
Un besoin encore plus grand aujourd'hui de protéger la liberté de tout le monde  Lire la suite ...

(2006-02-26) FSFE not fooling around: Join the Fellowship and win a Free Software notebook!
FSFE's way to say thank you for the support: Like last year's PDA, donated by xtops.de 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-02-16) FSFE à Microsoft: arrêtez de vous plaindre et conformez-vous!
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-02-14) FKF and FSFE teaming up: FKF official associate organisation of FSF Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2006-01-26) EU antitrust case: "Microsoft offers poisoned apple"
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-11-23) FSFE files application for leave to intervene in antitrust suit against Microsoft
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2005-10-19) Early comment on new Microsoft Shared Source Licenses
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-10-14) FSFE urges European Commission to keep defending European economic interests
"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"  Lire la suite ...

(2005-09-30) Statement of FSFE and FSF Latin America to the 2005 WIPO General Assemblies
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-09-06) Announcing the GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project (GPLv3)
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-08-30) TuxMobil GNU/Linux Award 2005 granted
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-07-21) WIPO IIM/3: WSIS PCT: WIPO should prevent software patents, shorten copyright
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:  Lire la suite ...

(2005-07-06) No software patents in Europe, FSFE requests EPO review instrument
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-28) Karlsruhe Memorandum against Software Patents 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-25) And the Fellowship-PDA goes to...
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!  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-08) Raffle of handheld computer with GNU/Linux to a lucky Fellow
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-07) Microsoft abuses the good will of Ms. Kroes at the expense of European economy
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-06) Software patents -- a danger to democracy
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-06-03) GNU/LinuxTag event page now online
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-05-31) Join the revolution: internship position at FSFE
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-05-20) FSFE Executive Summary 2003-2005
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-05-02) Software patents vs Microsoft antitrust suit: European Commission is going to undermine some of its best work
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-04-19) FSFE welcomes FSF Latin America
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-04-13) FSFE statement at WIPO IIM, Geneva
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. [...]"  Lire la suite ...

(2005-04-05) Software patents putting International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) in danger
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-03-31) How to make Microsoft respect European Authorities
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-03-21) FSFE to help bring Microsoft to its feet
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-03-07) European Cities will suffer from software patents
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-02-28) Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom!
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-02-11) Microsoft seeking to bypass decisions of European Court
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-02-11) UN WGIG: Commented Papers Available
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2005-02-07) TUX&GNU@school 8th edition
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2005-02-07) Software patents harm banks
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2005-01-03) Software patents are bad for your health
Software patents are putting the wealth of the software patent lobby over the health of citizens in Europe and around the world.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-12-22) Un jour splendide pour Samba, le logiciel libre et l'Europe
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2004-12-10) How much does freedom influence your life?
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-12-06) Software patents detrimental to European power supply business
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-11-25) La FSFE devient un observateur de l'OMPI (WIPO)
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-11-24) La liberté n'a pas de prix, mais elle a un coût!
"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."  Lire la suite ...

(2004-11-23) First South Tyrolean Free Software Conference
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-11-09) Pour la FSFE, la bataille continue
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-11-01) A compulsory insurance against software patents is like firefighting with petrol!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-10-25) Now accepting donations by credit card via PayPal
Supporting the work of FSFE has just become easier for those who prefer to donate by credit card and/or via the PayPal service.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-10-14) Ensuring increased Intellectual Wealth
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-10-04) Allianz Group will suffer because of software patents
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-09-29) MS vs. EU: "No settlement in sight, FSFE ready for battle"
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-09-24) Anniversary of the decision of the European Parliament about software patents
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.

(2004-09-20) FSFE: "Dédoublement de personnalité chez Microsoft ? Les clients devraient se méfier !
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2004-09-15) FSFE mourns death of Ralf Niemand
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.

(2004-09-06) Open letter to Prime Minister Dr. Balkenende
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2004-08-16) Présentation de Guillaume Tux, nouvelle organisation associée de la FSFE
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-08-12) Donations to the FSFE in the United Kingdom
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):  Lire la suite ...

(2004-08-05) Les brevets logiciels ne sont pas une menace plus grande pour les Logiciels Libres que pour les logiciels propriétaires
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-08-02) Open letter to IBM
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2004-07-27) FSFE in front of European Court
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-07-26) RSS feeds of news and event announcements available
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 http://www.focus.fsfeurope.org/news/news.language.rss, while you find the event feed at http://www.focus.fsfeurope.org/events/events.language.rss. For example, for German speaking news and the German focus, you would choose http://www.germany.fsfeurope.org/news/news.de.rss.
For your convenience, the news and event pages contain links to the RSS feed URLs.

(2004-07-06) Lettre ouverte a la Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-07-01) FSFE issues call for donations
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-06-29) Join our translators and proofreaders team!
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-06-21) AGNULA: a "vivid ecosystem" for developers and users of free multimedia software
"Creating artistic licence by Free Software technology" might have been the motto of AGNULA (A GNU/Linux Audio distribution - www.agnula.info): 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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-06-10) Report and pictures from South America available
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-05-19) Software patents: A bad day for Europe
"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!"  Lire la suite ...

(2004-05-14) FSFE welcomes German government on its way towards a clear position in the discussion around software patents
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-05-10) APRIL disassociates from FSFE
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-05-10) Open letter to all citizens of Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-05-04) European action week against Software Patents (SWPAT)
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2004-03-24) La FSFE accueille trois nouveaux membres d'Autriche
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-02-18) La FSF défend la GPL du projet GNU des attaques de SCO
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2004-02-09) Article: "Sur la 'Propriété Intellectuelle' et les peuples indigènes"
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2003-12-15) Debriefing: Sommet Mondial sur la Société de l'Information
(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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-12-01) SMSI: Logiciel Libre, Société Libre
(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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-07-12) Le Logiciel Libre éminemment représenté à la conférence de l'ONU
(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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-06-24) La FSF Europe conclut ses deux premières années avec succès
(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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-06-21) Rapport: Récapitulatif des deux années précédentes
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-05-20) Article : Le Logiciel Libre en Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-02-08) Larry Lessig reçoit le FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2003-02-03) L'Accord de Licence Fiduciaire (FLA) V1.0 est disponible
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2002-12-18) La FSF Europe appelle à participer
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2002-06-13) La FFII est partenaire de la FSF Europe
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2002-06-04) Deux Expressions d'Intérêt (EoI) de la FSF Europe
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).  Lire la suite ...

(2002-05-27) FSF Europe completes successful first year
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2002-04-30) Recommendation by the FSF Europe and supporting parties
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2002-04-28) Invitation to European Copyright Directive Alert miniconference
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2002-04-24) FSF Europe present at first LiLit meeting
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2002-01-31) FSF Europe at the Free and Open Source Software Developers Meeting
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2002-01-18) ANSOL becomes associated organisation of the FSF Europe
"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.  Lire la suite ...

(2001-12-17) "Freedom, Quality and Fraternity" OLinux interview iwth Georg C. F. Greve
"[...] 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! "  Lire la suite ...

(2001-11-28) FSF Europe appoints new Vice President
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."  Lire la suite ...

(2001-11-19) We Speak about Free Software
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2001-09-20) FSF Europe receives charitable status in Germany
FSF Europe e.V. (the central association) receives confirmation of its charitable status in Germany by the authorities.

(2001-08-26) Georg Greve talks about "Copyright in the internet age"
Slides (in German) available at http://gnuhh.org/work/presentations/IFA-2001/.

(2001-07-20) Richard Stallman inaugurates Free Software Foundation-India
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(2001-07-16) FSF Europe in German magazine
The FSF Europe is mentioned in the German magazine FOCUS issue 29/2001, page 106 in a story about the GNU/LinuxTag.

(2001-06-29) FSF Europe at LinuxTag and Libre Software Meeting
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.  Lire la suite ...

(2001-05-07) FSF Europe general assembly is over
The FSF Europe general assembly is over. See the press release and photos by Olivier Berger and photos by Peter Gerwinski.  Lire la suite ...

(2001-04-24) First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe
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(2001-04-24) Free Software Foundation Europe finishes founding process
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