Nieuwsarchief

[ Nieuws ] [ Nieuwsbrief ]

Het meeste nieuws wordt gepubliceerd via onze mailinglists voor persberichten waarop u zich kan abonneren als u deze persberichten in de toekomst per e-mail wilt ontvangen.

FSFE nieuws is ook beschikbaar via RSS feed.

Als aanvulling op de gewone nieuwsartikelen publiceert de FSFE ook een maandelijkse nieuwsbrief.

(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.

 Lees meer...

(2014-10-17) Italiaanse consumenten zouden niet moeten hoeven betalen voor software die zij niet willen - Brief aan de regulerende autoriteiten
FSFE, de Italiaanse consumentenvereniging ADUC en de Italiaanse groep ILS vragen aan regulerende autoriteiten om concrete stappen te nemen om Italianen te beschermen tegen het gedwongen betalen voor software die ze niet willen of nodig hebben. Het Italiaanse Hooggerechtshof bepaalde in september dat verkopers van computers aan consumenten hun uitgaven aan de prijs voor niet-gewenste niet-vrije software die is voorgeïnstalleerd op pc's en laptop moeten vergoeden. Vandaag hebben FSFE, ADUC en ILS een brief gestuurd aan de Italiaanse competitie-autoriteiten, waarin zij hen oproepen om het zeker te stellen dat verkopers zullen voldoen aan de beslissing van het Hooggerechtshof en de rechten van hun klanten zullen beschermen. Lees meer...

(2014-10-17) FSFE zoekt een stagiair voor Document Bevrijdingsdag
FSFE organiseert ieder jaar "Document Bevrijdingsdag", een wereldwijde campagne om het belang van Open Standaarden voor onze vrijheid van communicatie, interoperabiliteit en onafhankelijkheid van "verkoper lock-in" voor het voetlicht te brengen. Voor deze campagne zoekt het FSFE-kantoor in Berlijn een Stagiair PR/Campagne voeren, fulltime van 1 januari tot 31 maart.  Lees meer...

(2014-10-16) München houdt het bij Vrije Software
Dinsdag heeft de eerste burgemeester (Oberbürgermeister) van München eindelijk gereageerd op een onderzoek door de Groene Parij (in het Duits) in verband met geruchten over een mogelijke terugkeer naar een Windows-gebaseerde desktop. Het antwoord op het onderzoek laat zien dat er geen feitelijke basis is voor de stellingen van de eerste en tweede burgemeester. De IT-infrastructuur en de -processen worden nu herzien. FSFE doet een beroep op de gemeenteraad om verkoper-onafhankelijkheid en interoperabiliteit op te nemen als factoren in het onderzoek omdat dit de belangrijkste redenen voor München zijn geweest om over te stappen naar Vrije Software.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2014-09-12) Italië: Hooggerechtshof beëindigt Windowsbelasting
Het Italiaanse Hooggerechtshof heeft uitgehaald naar de praktijk om kopers van pc's en laptops te dwingen niet-vrije software te gebruiken. Volgens La Repubblica heeft het hof op donderdag bepaald dat een koper van een laptop het recht heeft op de teruggave van de Microsoft Windows-licentie op zijn computer. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2014-08-01) Uw mening gevraagd: Hoe bouwen we een betere toekomst?[gesloten]
Vrije Software is dramatisch vooruitgegaan sinds we de FSFE in 2001 hebben opgericht. Maar er is nog erg veel te doen voordat we allemaal de controle over onze computer, onze data en onze digitale levens kunnen hebben. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2014-07-08) Europese Commissie verstoort markt door te weigeren zich vrij te maken van lock-in
De Europese Commissie (EC) heeft onlangs haar toewijding aan een niet-vrije desktop en geheime bestandsformaten vernieuwd. De Commissie weigert zich serieus vrij te maken van lock-in door verkopers en negeert alle beschikbare alternatieven. Daarmee zet de ambtelijke dienst van de EU haar woorden niet om in daden.  Lees meer...

(2014-06-30) [Blog] Translations of FSF's email self-defence now available

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

 Lees meer...

(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..

 Lees meer...

(2014-05-28) FSFE: 33 supporters van het Vrije Software Pact gekozen in het Europees Parlement
De Europese verkiezingen hebben 33 supporters van Vrije Software in het Europees Parlement opgeleverd. Kandidaten uit het hele politieke spectrum hebben het Vrije Software Pact ("Free Software Pact") ondertekend en beloofd om in hun tijd in het Parlement Vrije Software en open standaarden te steunen. Lees meer...

(2014-05-27) [Blog] We zijn nu allemaal Gmail-gebruikers: Privacy als een ecologische uitdaging
Ook als u niet zelf Gmail-diensten gebruikt dan zijn er veel van uw vrienden die dat wel doen. Hoe goed kunnen we onze privacy echt beschermen als we niet meer meedoen aan centrale webdiensten? Lees meer...

(2014-05-06) Open Brief aan de Europese Commissie: Stop DRM in HTML5
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) heeft vandaag, op de "Dag tegen DRM", een open brief aan de Europese Commissie gestuurd waarin zij haar vraagt om te voorkomen dat Digital Restricitons Management-technologie sterk geïntegreerd wordt in de HTML5-standaard. Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(2014-04-24) FSFE verwelkomt initiatief uit de industrie om essentiële Vrije Software-projecten te financieren
Vandaag heeft de Linux Foundation het "Core Infrastructure Initiative" bekend gemaakt dat Vrije Software-projecten die essentieel zijn voor de veiligheid van internetgebruikers gaat financieren en ondersteunen. Het eerste project dat financiering ontvangt is OpenSSL, dat wordt gebruikt voor veilig transport van data door miljoenen websites. FSFE verwelkomt dit initiatief. Lees meer...

(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) Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2014-03-24) Computers in the post-Snowden era: choose before paying!
The revelations from Edward Snowden concerning massive surveillance of communications demonstrates the need for each person to be able to control their computers and phones. Yet computer and telephone manufacturers and retailers typically impose on users programs that jeopardise their privacy. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2014-01-14) Italy puts Free Software first in public sector
The Italian government has made Free Software the default choice for public administrations. In a document published last Wednesday, the Italian Digital Agency issued rules saying that all government organisations in the country must consider using Free Software before buying licenses for proprietary programs. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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: Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2013-07-12) New Snowden leak: Storing your data at Microsoft is negligent
In an article published today, The Guardian describes how Microsoft is actively cooperating with the NSA. According to the article, Microsoft is providing the NSA with broad access to the communications of anyone using the company's services: Lees meer...

(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?

 Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2013-06-26) FSFE compliance workshop discovers GPL violation by FANTEC, Welte wins in court
The Regional Court of Hamburg [Landgericht Hamburg] found FANTEC GmbH guilty of violating the GNU General Public License in their media player FANTEC 3DFHDL. In the case between Harald Welte versus FANTEC GmbH the court decided that FANTEC has to pay a penalty fee plus additional costs for the lawyers, and has to give out the exact information about their chain of distribution of the FANTEC 3DFHDL Media Player. Lees meer...

(2013-06-25) EC tells public bodies to break free from lock-in
In a Communication published today, the European Commission urges public bodies to break free from vendor lock-in in their IT systems. The Commission wants public bodies to rely on standards rather than brand names and proprietary technology when they buy software. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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 Nepal. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2013-02-12) FSFE asks to show your love for Free Software!
On February 14th Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to show their appreciation for Free Software. FSFE suggests to take this day as an opportunity to say "thank you" to one of the dedicated hard-working people in the Free Software community. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2012-12-11) European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
Today, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal to create a patent with unitary effect for Europe. This decision will leave Europe with a patent system that is both deeply flawed and prone to overreach. It also ends democratic control of Europe's innovation policy. "We are disappointed that so many MEPs were prepared to throw Europe's researchers and innovators under the bus just to achieve a deal, any deal" says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "It is natural that after nearly four decades of discussions on a single patent system for Europe, most of those involved simply want the debate to end. But we would have expected more of our elected representatives."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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". Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2012-11-02) Every buck fixes a bug. The FSFE PDF readers campaign website fundraising
What would you think if your government told you which brand of car to drive on public roads? The same way the public administration is required to be neutral on this, it should not decide which software you use when reading PDF documents. The state should offer choice and especially promote software that respects its citizens' freedom. Lees meer...

(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 Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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: Lees meer...

(2012-09-07) Unitary patent threatens innovation in Europe
Will lawsuits like Apple vs Samsung soon take place in Europe? The European Parliament is about to set the future course for Europe's patent system. On September 17th and 18th, the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee will discuss a proposal for a EU-wide patent. From now until September 18th, FSFE will continuously provide updates and analysis on the unitary patent on our website.  Lees meer...

(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.

 Lees meer...

(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!

 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2012-05-25) Democracy deserves better than electronic voting
This week 1.1 million French voters living outside of France have the opportunity to cast a vote for their eleven members of Parliament via the internet. Voting will be made through a web application which requires the use of non-free software¹, according to citizens using Free software.  Lees meer...

(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’.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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: Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2012-04-12) Is vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year?
A report on the City of Helsinki's pilot project for the use of OpenOffice in the public administrations leaves the public with more questions than answers. The city trialled the Free Software productivity suite on the laptops of council members for ten months in 2011. The suite enjoyed high approval rates among its users. When the pilot was finished, the City produced a report stating that the costs of migrating the entire administration to OpenOffice would be very high. Lees meer...

(2012-04-12) Executive summary and analysis of the Helsinki City and OpenOffice case in 2010-2011
 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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?"  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2012-02-28) FSFE launches Campaign For A Free Android System
Smartphones have a privacy problem. This is one of the reasons why the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is launching its "Free Your Android!" campaign today.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2012-01-27) Blog: Short introduction to the second Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0)
A short post in French on the Mozilla Public License 2.0. If you want to know about it, you can read in English Luis Villa, who led the update process. Richard Fontana wrote an article (RedHat); and the FSF has lauded the compatibility with GNU licenses.) Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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! Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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 Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2011-11-28) Web Zoekmachine Van Het Publiek, Voor Het Publiek: YaCy 1.0
Het YaCy project brengt versie 1.0 van haar peer-to-peer Vrije Software zoekmachine uit. YaCy gebruikt geen centrale server. In plaats daarvan komen de zoekresultaten uit een netwerk van momenteel 600 onafhankelijke peers. In deze opzet van een gedistribueerd netwerk bepaalt geen enkele entiteit wat er in de resultaten staat, noch in welke volgorde resultaten getoond worden.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2011-11-07) Open toegang tot onderwijs, voor grenzeloze groei
De Nederlandse regering vindt het prima als onderwijsinstellingen online de komende jaren vastzitten aan een enkele softwareleverancier. Leerlingen en studenten die vrije software of apparaten zonder ondersteuning voor Silverlight gebruiken, worden buitengesloten van online schoolomgevingen door het gebruik van gesloten webtechnologie en gesloten standaarden. De minister van Onderwijs, Marja Bijsterveldt verklaarde recentelijk dat zij niet bereid is het open standaardenbeleid van de regering af te dwingen voor onderwijsinstellingen. In plaats daarvan accepteert de regering dat onderwijsinstellingen langdurig in een vendor-lock terecht komen.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

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

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2011-06-20) AVM violating license of the Linux kernel
Berlin, 20th June - Tomorrow on June 21st a legal case will be heard before the District Court of Berlin which may have enormous consequences for the way that software is developed and distributed. The adversaries in the case are the manufacturer and distributor of DSL routers AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH (AVM), and Cybits AG (Cybits) which produces children's web-filtering software. Both companies use the Linux kernel, which is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GNU GPL); a Free Software license permitting everyone to use, study, share, and improve works which use it.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2011-04-20) Free Software crucial to competition, regulators in Novell patent deal say
Competition authorities in Germany and the United States today highlighted the fundamental role that Free Software plays for competition in the software market. After several months of discussions, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the German Federal Competition Office (FCO) have allowed a consortium of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC to acquire 882 patents from Novell only subject to conditions clearly intended to prevent their use against Free Software players. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

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

(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". Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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:  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2011-02-11) Declare your love to Free Software!
Why not make this February 14th a very special Valentine's Day? On Valentine's Day, FSFE calls on Free Software users everywhere to show their love for Free Software. It is the perfect occasion to show our love for Free Software and the possibility to use computers in freedom.  Lees meer...

(2011-02-09) European Patent: FSFE urges European Parliament to wait for legal advice
Free Software Foundation Europe is asking the Members of the European Parliament to wait for legal advice before voting on a unitary patent for Europe. While a proposal is on the Parliament's agenda for the coming week, a legal opinion by the European Court of Justice is expected later this month.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-12-17) 172 public institutions removed non-free advertisement
Only one month after the letters for the PDFreaders campaign of FSFE were sent, 172 public institutions have removed advertisements for proprietary PDF readers from their websites. Particularly outstanding were the responses from Croatia, Russia and Slovenia. In Croatia almost all reported institutions deleted the advertisement. Half of those contacted in Russia and Slovenia fulfilled FSFE's request. Lees meer...

(2010-12-16) FSFE welcomes revised European Interoperability Framework (EIF)
The European Commission today published its long-awaited revision of the European Interoperability Framework. This document aims at promoting interoperability in the European public sector. The document is the result of a prolonged and hard-fought process. Free Software Foundation Europe accompanied this process and offered input to the European Commission at various stages.  Lees meer...

(2010-12-07) European Commission's software contract is a rough deal for Europe [UPDATE]
The European Commission will spend EUR 189 million on proprietary software over the next six years, in direct contradiction to its own decisions and guidelines. The Commission last week announced a six-year framework contract to acquire a wide range of mostly proprietary software and related services1. Lees meer...

(2010-12-04) FSFE Nieuwsbrief - December 2010
Deze editie gaat over de huidige ontwikkelingen in het beleid rond Open Standaarden. Daarnaast geeft het wat informatie over softwarepatenten, brengt je wat nieuws van FSCONS over distributed computing en verneem je hoe je ons op het einde van het jaar kunt steunen. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2010-11-03) End non-free advertisement: stamp out the ads!
One month, one campaign, one goal: getting rid of non-free software advertisements on public websites. In four weeks, FSFE received reports concerning 2162 European institutions who advertise non-free PDF readers. Apart from the 305 activists who participated to the search, 1500 individuals, 46 businesses and 38 organisations signed our Petition For The Removal Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Websites. Now that the hunt is over, it's time to chase up those websites which encourage visitors to jeopardise their freedom. It's time to stamp out the ads! Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-10-18) 2286 public websites advertise non-free software
During Free Software Foundation Europe's pdfreaders.org campaign, Free Software activists from 41 countries have reported 2286 public sector institutions which advertise non-free PDF readers on their websites. FSFE will now contact these institutions, trying to get as many advertisements for non-free PDF readers as possible removed before the end of the year. Progress will be documented on the list of reported institutions. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-09-13) FSFE: Stop unfair advertising - get your government to promote free PDF readers!
The Free Software Foundation Europe calls on all Europeans to seek out advertisements for proprietary PDF readers on their government's websites, and report them. In addition, FSFE has prepared a petition demanding an end to such advertising practices, and encourages the public to sign it. Lees meer...

(2010-09-07) EU survey on Free Software and standards: make your voice heard!
The Free Software Foundation Europe is calling on European Free Software businesses to participate in a survey of business attitudes towards the acceptability of including patents in industry standards. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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).  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-05-08) 45. Theodor Heuss Preis : Festrede von Ludwig Theodor Heuss
 Lees meer...

(2010-04-28) FSFE founder Georg Greve awarded German Cross of Merit
Berlin 28. April 2010. Georg Greve, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, has received the Cross of Merit on ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande). Georg received this high award from the German President for his work on Free Software and Open Standards. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-03-02) Document Freedom Day 2010 - Bevrijd uw documenten, behoud uw informatie!
Zult u over 20 jaar uw documenten nog kunnen lezen? Elke dag bewerken computergebruikers zoals u, teksten en rekenbladen. Ze maken foto's, geluid- en beeldopnamen. Stelt u zich eens voor dat u uw persoonlijke brieven niet meer kan lezen of het foto-album met de foto's van uw huwelijksreis niet meer kan openen. En beeld u in dat u die bestanden niet kan meer uitwisselen met uw vrienden, omdat de software die elk van u gebruikt, niet met elkaar kan communiceren? Om uw documenten toekomstbestendig te maken, vieren wij op 31 maart Document Freedom Day.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2010-02-12) On Valentine's Day, show your love for Free Software!
This year on Valentine's Day, FSFE calls on Free Software users everywhere to show their love for Free Software. Behind every Free Software initiative and organisation there are real, hard-working people.  Lees meer...

(2010-01-29) Fellows: Kies in februari uw vertegenwoordiger voor de AV
Heel februari krijgen de Fellows van de FSFE de kans om een tweede vertegenwoordiger te verkiezen voor de Algemene Vergadering van de FSFE. De winnaar van deze verkiezing zal een stem hebben bij de strategische beslissingen over de toekomst van de FSFE. Hij zetelt samen met Torsten Grote die sinds vorig jaar de eerste Fellowshipzetel bemant. De Fellowshipvertegenwoordigers zijn volwaardige leden van de Algemene Vergadering, met de rechten en plichten die bij de functie horen.  Lees meer...

(2010-01-26) De FSFE wordt gehonoreerd met de Theodor Heuss medaille - "trendsettende organisatie"
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) ontvangt de Theodor Heuss medaille 2010 voor haar uitzonderlijk werk om iedereen eerlijke kansen te geven in de informatiemaatschappij. Al sinds 2000 staat de FSFE achter de vrijheden om software te kunnen gebruiken, bestuderen, veranderen en verder verdelen in alle geledingen van de maatschappij en in de politiek. De Theodor Heuss Foundation stelt: "De FSFE draagt als vooruitdenkende organisatie bij aan de ontwikkeling en de implementatie van regels voor een goed globaal bestuur."  Lees meer...

(2009-12-21) Fellowship Interview met Simon Josefsson
Simon Josefsson is een Fellow en GNU-hacker met een bijzondere interesse voor beveiliging. Hij heeft bijgedragen aan wijdverspreide projecten zoals GnuTLS en libssh2. Onlangs nog mocht hij de Nordic Free Software Award ontvangen. Stian Rødven Eide interviewde Simon voor onze serie Fellowshipinterviews. Ze hebben gepraat over zijn projecten en andere zaken die verband houden met beveiliging.  Lees meer...

(2009-12-16) FSFE: EC treft regeling met Microsoft in browserzaak
De Free Software Foundation Europe feliciteert de Europese Commissie met haar beslissing om Microsoft te verplichten haar klanten een vrije keuze te laten tussen verschillende browsers. "Het selectiescherm zal er de gebruikers attent op maken dat ze zelf keuzes kunnen maken", zegt Karsten Gerloff, voorzitter van de FSFE. "We zijn blij dat de FSFE er heeft toe bijgedragen dat de Commissie grenzen heeft gesteld aan het desktopmonopolie van Microsoft."  Lees meer...

(2009-11-27) FSFE: De EC geeft toe aan de propriëtaire lobby's inzake interoperabiliteit
Bij de herziening van een belangrijk document over interoperabiliteit bij intergouvernementele elektronische diensten is de Europese Commissie gezwicht voor de lobbyisten van Microsoft en SAP. De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) heeft de totstandkoming van de nieuwe versie van het European Interoperabitity Framework (EIF) geanalyseerd. Daaruit blijkt duidelijk dat de Commissie vertrokken is van de opmerkingen van de Business Software Alliance (BSA), een lobbygroep van de verkopers van propriëtaire software. De opmerkingen van een groot deel van de Europese Softwarebedrijven heeft ze naast zich neergelegd. Enkele recente opmerkingen over Vrije Software van de vicevoorzitter van EC doen bovendien vermoeden dat de Commissie slecht geïnformeerd is.  Lees meer...

(2009-11-18) Freedom Food: FSFE to cook for its donors
For this year's round of fund-raising, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has cooked up something special. The biggest donor of 2009 will share a cooking session with FSFE's President and other members of the organisation's executive team. FSFE is looking to raise 100,000 Euro during the last quarter of 2009. Lees meer...

(2009-11-09) FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months!
Starting in November 2009, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) will award three people with a Fellowship grant every month for the coming year. Everybody who is actively working for Free Software but cannot afford the Fellowship contribution can apply for the grant. Lees meer...

(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. Lees meer...

(2009-10-28) Fellowship Interview met Leif-Jöran Olsson
Leif-Jöran Olsson is een taaltechnoloog en fervent voorstander van XML met een lange staat van dienst in de Zweedse solidariteitsbeweging. Ik heb met Leif-Jöran gepraat over zijn achtergrond, opleiding en de verschillende projecten waar hij aan gewerkt heeft.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-23) FSFE - Oplossing voor Oracle/Sun deal: Maak MySQL onafhankelijk
The Free Software Foundation Europe stelt voor dat Oracle MySQL overdraagt aan een onafhankelijke non-profit voogd. De Vrije Softwaregemeenschap kan MySQL maximaal verder ontwikkelen terwijl Oracle niet bang hoeft te zijn dat een concurrent het databaseproject zal overnemen.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-22) FSFE's banners die u over het hele web mag verspreiden!
Een volledig nieuwe set van afbeeldingen met banners, web 2.0 knoppen en microknoppen staat online. U kan ze gebruiken om schenkingen te vragen voor de FSFE of om reclame te maken voor onze nieuwsbrief. Iedereen staat vrij ze te gebruiken in online prikborden, weblogs en websites. Kopieer de html-code naar je eigen pagina's en toon het web dat je geeft om Vrije Software en de FSFE.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-19) Windows 7 komt op de markt met een gekend veiligheidsprobleem
Microsoft nieuwste besturingssysteem wordt momenteel verdeeld met een potentieel gevaarlijke fout. Nog voor de officiële globale lancering van het product op donderdag verspreidt het Duits federaal IT veiligheidagentschap (BSI) een waarschuwing voor [1] een veiligheidsprobleem met een hoog risico in het SMB2 protocol. Door dit probleem kan de computer via het netwerk uitgeschakeld worden door middel van een Denial of Service (DoS) aanval.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-08) Schikking met Microsoft zet Vrije Software in de kou
De Europese Commissie heeft gisteren een voorlopig akkoord met Microsoft bekend gemaakt. De overeenkomst moet een regeling treffen voor het antitrustonderzoek naar de dominante positie van het bedrijf in de webbrowsermarkt. De Commissie is ook klaar om een schikking te treffen over interoperabiliteit. Men wil ervoor zorgen dat concurrerende producten kunnen samenwerken met desktoptoepassingen van Microsoft.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-06) Microsoft antitrustzaak: De FSFE biedt de Europese Commissie haar analyse aan
De Europese Commissie staat aan de vooravond van een schikking met Microsoft over twee grote antitrustzaken. De details van de overeenkomst zullen nog vele jaren bepalend zijn voor de concurrentiemogelijkheden in de Europese Softwaremarkt.  Lees meer...

(2009-10-02) Fellowship Interview met Andreas Tolf Tolfsen
Andreas Tolf Tolfsen is een webtechnoloog, webontwikkelaar en aspirant-musicoloog. Hij werkt voor Opera Software en zet zich geregeld in voor de verdediging van digitale vrijheden. Ik heb een jabber-sessie met hem gehad en stelde vragen over zijn werk, zijn leven en zijn muziek.  Lees meer...

(2009-09-21) Vrije Software eist een plaatsje in de Duitse verkiezingscampagne
Vragen rond Vrije Software zijn een thema geworden tijdens de Duitse verkiezingscampagne. Dankzij een campagne opgezet door de Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) hebben politici uit verschillende partijen het potentieel van Vrije Software en Open Standaarden voor Duitsland erkend. In hun antwoorden op de vragen die de FSFE hen stelde, antwoordde ze dat Vrije Software garant staat voor meer concurrentie, meer innovatie en kan helpen om de uitgaven te beperken.  Lees meer...

(2009-09-09) Duitse verkiezingen: Stel uw kandidaat vragen over Vrije Software!
Met de federale verkiezingen voor de deur roept de FSFE alle mensen die bezorgd zijn over vrijheid op om hun kandidaten vragen te stellen over Vrije Software en Open Standaarden. We hebben een pagina opgesteld over de Duitse Bundestagswahl op 27 september 2009 die je kan helpen om vragen te stellen en waar we de antwoorden kunnen verzamelen.  Lees meer...

(2009-08-31) Thomas Jensch wordt coördinator van FSFE's edu-team
Thomas Jensch, momenteel stagiair in het FSFE kantoor te Zürich, wordt coördinator FSFE's edu-team. Eén van zijn stageopdrachten is het reorganiseren en heropstarten van de FSFE's activiteiten die verband houden met Vrije Software in het onderwijs. Hij heeft er ook mee ingestemd deze functie als coördinator te blijven uitoefenen na het beëindigen van zijn stageperiode in november.  Lees meer...

(2009-07-28) EU browserzaak: Voor de FSFE zijn de details van de schikking van cruciaal belang
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) feliciteert de Europese Commissie met haar standvastigheid in het antitrustonderzoek tegen Microsoft waardoor dit bedrijf is overgegaan tot het aanbieden van een schikking. Zoals altijd bij dit soort schikkingen zal het erop aan komen om de details goed af te spreken zodat concurrentie en innovatie hun herintrede kunnen doen in de browsermarkt.  Lees meer...

(2009-07-02) Fellowshipinterview met Smári McCarthy
Smári McCarthy is een peinzend anarchist en een praktisch chaotische technicus met een sterke interesse in Vrije Software en democratie. Momenteel is hij de projectbeheerder voor het Icelandic Innovation Center. Smári werkt aan digitale productietechnieken en peer-to-peer opleidingen. In zijn vrije tijd ontrafelt hij de fundamentele theorieën over de organisatie van onze samenleving. Ik had een interessant gesprek met Smári over zijn projecten en de manier waarop ze bijdragen aan een meer duurzame wereld.  Lees meer...

(2009-06-24) De FSFE heeft een nieuwe voorzitter, vice-voorzitter en uitvoerend team
Tijdens de Algemene Vergadering in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spanje hebben de leden van de FSFE voor verschillende activiteiten nieuwe coördinatoren aangesteld. Zowel voor strategische, juridische en uitvoerende coördinatie.  Lees meer...

(2009-06-10) AV 2009: vergadering van het Spaanse team & sociaal evenement
Het Spaanse FSFE team nodigt iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in Vrije Software uit op haar vergadering. Het is de bedoeling om een agenda samen te stellen voor de volgende maanden. De vergadering wordt gelijktijdig met Algemene Vergadering van de FSFE georganiseerd in Residencia La Cristalera vlakbij Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid. Na de vergadering wordt er een sociaal evenement georganiseerd waar u verschillende leden van FSFE's uitvoerend team en leden van de Algemene Vergadering kan ontmoeten. Dit jaar organiseren deze personen de jaarlijkse vergadering voor het bespreken van FSFE's strategie voor het komende jaar in Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid.  Lees meer...

(2009-06-01) En de winnaar van de FSFE Fellowshipzetel in de Algemene Vergadering is ...
Sinds de FSFE een Fellowshipzetel aan haar Algemene Vergadering (AV) heeft toegevoegd is er veel gebeurd. Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche en Björn Schießle waren de eerste vier Fellows die zich kandidaat stelden voor de verkiezingsstrijd.  Lees meer...

(2009-05-15) De FSFE zoekt een coördinator en vaste medewerkers voor haar juridische afdeling
De FSFE is op zoek naar een coördinator en enkele vaste medewerkers voor onze juridische afdeling, de Freedom Task Force. De FTF-coördinator en de stafmedewerkers werken samen met een team van vrijwilligers en vaste medewerkers om de doelstellingen van de FSFE te bereiken.  Lees meer...

(2009-05-08) Fellowshipinterview met Timo Jyrinki
Naast zijn functies als mediagezicht voor Wikipedia Finland, contactpersoon voor Ubuntu Finland en oprichter van het lokale promotieproject Vapaa Suomi (Libre Finland), is Timo Jyrinki een actief ontwikkelaar en vertaler voor verschillende Vrije Softwareorganisaties zoals FSFE, Debian, GNOME en Openmoko. Hij heeft een groot deel van zijn leven gewerkt aan computergraphics, met bijzondere aandacht voor de interactie tussen mens en machine. Momenteel besteedt hij veel tijd aan het verbeteren van geïntegreerde systemen. Timo is dan ook een dankbaar onderwerp voor het Fellowshipinterview van deze maand.  Lees meer...

(2009-04-18) De FSFE en de Fellowship reorganiseren hun domeinnamen
De afgelopen maanden heeft de Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) hard gewerkt aan de technologische infrastructuur van de Fellowship. Het platform voor de blogs werd verplaatst naar een nieuwe site, de blogs van de Fellows worden nu geaggregeerd op onze Planet en we installeerden een verbeterde, functionele wiki.  Lees meer...

(2009-04-15) Fellowshipinterview met Myriam Schweingruber
Myriam Schweingruber is een toegewijde pleitbezorgster voor Vrije Software met de gave om mensen te kunnen overtuigen. Door haar werk als vertaler, leerkracht en apotheker is ze zeer bedreven in het communiceren en komt ze heel geloofwaardig over. Ze is vooral actief in de Zwitserse gemeenschap en stond mee aan de wieg van Whilhelm Tux, een aan de FSFE geassocieerde organisatie, waar ze ook een tijdje voorzitter van was. Lees ons nieuwste artikel uit de serie Fellowshipinterviews - "The smallest unit of freedom".  Lees meer...

(2009-04-14) De FSFE zoekt een Executive Director
De executive director krijgt de verantwoordelijkheid over de dagelijkse werking van de FSFE in samenwerking met een gemengd team van vrijwilligers en werknemers. Ook het verdelen van de organisatorische middelen in functie van de prioriteiten vooropgesteld door de Algemene Vergadering, behoort tot de taken.  Lees meer...

(2009-04-11) De kandidaten voor de eerste Fellowshipzetel van de algemene vergadering van de FSFE.
De verkiezing van de eerste Fellowshipzetel in de algemene vergadering van de FSFE kan nu echt van start gaan. Vier personen hebben zich kandidaat gesteld:Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche en Björn Schießle.  Lees meer...

(2009-03-25) Vandaag is het DFD‘09, de internationale dag voor vrije documenten
Een grote internationale gemeenschap organiseert vandaag bijeenkomsten om de tweede Document Freedom Day te vieren. Na een succesvolle dag in 2008 helpen ook dit jaar over heel de wereld verschillende Document Freedom Day-teams om vrije documenten en Open Standaarden beter bekend te maken.  Lees meer...

(2009-03-23) De FSFE organiseert de tweede Europese Vrije Softwareworkshop over licenties en wetgeving
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) maakt vandaag bekend dat de tweede Europese Vrije Softwareworkshop over licenties en wetgeving georganiseerd zal worden op 23 en 24 april 2009 in hotel Okura, Amsterdam, Nederland. Tijdens deze conferentie zal gediscussieerd kunnen worden over supply chain beheer, licentiebeheer, communiceren met de gemeenschappen en andere juridische aspecten van de groeiende Vrije Softwaremarkt in Europa.  Lees meer...

(2009-03-11) De Free Software Foundation Europe viert haar achtste verjaardag
De Free Software Foundation Europe werkt nu al acht jaar zonder verpozen voor basisrechten en grotere vrijheid in een steeds meer geïnformatiseerde maatschappij. Vandaag 11 maart 2009 bereiken we een nieuwe mijlpaal, de 2^3 (achtste) verjaardag wordt gevierd door vrienden, Fellows en geassocieerden.  Lees meer...

(2009-03-01) Fellowshipstemming voor GA-zetels – Nominaties
De stemming voor de eerste Fellowshipzetel in de Algemene Vergadering wordt beëindigd op 1 juni. Ruim op tijd voor de volgende algemene vergadering die gepland is van 19 tot 21 juni in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spanje.  Lees meer...

(2009-02-27) De FSFE engageert zich in de EU-browserzaak
De Free Software Foundation Europe ondersteunt het antitrustonderzoek van de Europese Commissie tegen Microsoft en heeft dan ook een officieel verzoek ingediend om aan de zaak toegevoegd te worden als betrokken derde partij.  Lees meer...

(2009-02-13) Fellowshipinterview met Colin Turner
Colin Turner is een zeer toegewijd Vrije Softwareactivist en lid van de Fellowship. Hij is wetenschapper en geeft les aan de Universiteit van Ulster in Noord-Ierland. Hij promoot al verschillende jaren het gebruik van Vrije Software in scholen en universiteiten. In dit vierde interview uit de reeks "the smallest unit of freedom" deelt hij enkele ervaringen uit zijn jarenlang engagement.  Lees meer...

(2009-02-02) De FSFE lanceert haar Vrije PDF-lezer campagne
De Fellowship van de Free Software Foundation Europe is verheugd u haar nieuwste initiatief te kunnen voorstellen: pdfreaders.org, een website met informatie over PDF en links naar Vrije Software PDF-lezers voor de meest verspreide besturingssystemen.  Lees meer...

(2009-01-23) FTF publiceert een gids voor het opzetten van een juridische structuur voor Vrije Softwareprojecten
FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) wil graag de publicatie bekend maken van een gids die kan helpen bij het opzetten van een juridische structuur voor Vrije Softwareprojecten  Lees meer...

(2009-01-20) Webbrowserinteroperabiliteit: de FSFE is verheugd over de beslissing van de EC en biedt ondersteuning aan
De Free Software Foundation Europe is verheugd over de beslissing van de Europese Commissie en biedt haar hulp aan tijdens het komende antitrustonderzoek. Zoals we ook al eerder verklaarden in een brief aan de Europese Commissaris voor concurrentie, Nelie Kroes, is anti-competitief gedrag onaanvaardbaar. Dit geldt zowel voor het koppelen van producten in markten waar men een quasi monopolie heeft als bij het omzeilen van standaarden en gelijkwaardige toegankelijkheid.  Lees meer...

(2009-01-20) Fellowshipinterview met Enrico Zini
Enrico Zini is al jaren Fellow van de FSFE en een vooraanstaand Debianontwikkelaar. Hij is betrokken geweest bij verschillende Vrije Softwareprojecten en heeft een bijzondere interesse in de sociale vragen daarrond. Lees het vierde Fellowshipinterview in onze serie "the smallest unit of freedom".  Lees meer...

(2009-01-11) Resultaten van de vertaalmarathon

De vertaalmarathon die de FSFE deze eindejaarsperiode hield werd gisteren beëindigd met een respectabel resultaat: een groot aantal vrijwilligers hebben in 28 dagen 49 nieuwe vertalingen gemaakt en 137 documenten geüpdatet.

Het kernteam van de FSFE staat er op al de vrijwilligers die hieraan geholpen hebben, te bedanken. Jullie leverden waardevol werk door de informatie over Vrije Software en de activiteiten van de FSFE in verschillende lokale Europese talen beschikbaar te maken.

(2009-01-05) FSFE - Goede voornemens voor 2009
Terug aan het werk? Nog op zoek naar goede voornemens voor dit jaar? 2009 zal een belangrijk jaar worden voor de FSFE aangezien de eerste Fellow die deel zal gaan uitmaken van de Algemene Vergadering, door algemene verkiezingen verkozen wordt door al de actieve Fellows. De Fellowship zal ook een actieve rol blijven spelen in de activiteiten van de FSFE.  Lees meer...

(2008-12-18) Fellowshipinterview met Johannes (Hanno) Böck
Deze maand hebben we Johannes Böck geïnterviewd over CAcert, Gentoo, OpenStreetMap, privacy, veiligheid en Vrije Softwarebedrijven. Dit is het derde interview uit onze serie Fellowshopinterviews - "the smallest unit of freedom".  Lees meer...

(2008-12-15) De FSFE start vertaalmarathon van 4 weken
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) organiseert van 15 december 2008 tot 11 januari 2009 een vertaalmarathon van 4 weken voor hun webpagina's. De FSFE wil zo de informatie over Vrije Software en haar eigen werk in zo veel mogelijk talen beschikbaar stellen.  Lees meer...

(2008-12-10) De Fellowship krijgt vertegenwoordiging in de Algemene Vergadering van de FSFE
De FSFE heeft vandaag haar vernieuwde statuten gepubliceerd waardoor aan de Algemene Vergadering twee mandaten voor de Fellowship worden toegevoegd. Zo krijgen de Fellows van de FSFE een rechtstreekse stem in de strategische beslissingen van de FSFE.  Lees meer...

(2008-12-08) De FTF en gpl-violations publiceren richtlijnen voor het rapporteren en herstellen van licentieovertredingen
FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) en GPL-violations.org publiceerden vandaag richtlijnen voor het rapporteren en herstellen van schendingen van de licentie. Deze richtlijnen moeten zowel gebruikers als ontwikkelaars helpen om gepast te reageren op licentieovertredingen. Men beschrijft hoe je problemen moet rapporteren en welke informatie zeker bijgevoegd moet worden. Voor projecten en bedrijven staat ook beschreven hoe ze eventueel kunnen reageren nadat ze zo'n rapport ontvangen hebben.  Lees meer...

(2008-12-02) Een evenwichtsonderzoek: Standaardisering en patenten
Na de workshop "IPR in ICT Standardisation" in Brussel maakte Georg Greve, voorzitter van de FSFE, een analyse van de conflicten tussen standaarden en patenten. Deze studie gaat over de meest schadelijke gevolgen van patenten op standaarden, de efficiëntie van de bestaande remedies en mogelijke oplossingen voor de toekomst.  Lees meer...

(2008-10-28) Fellowshipinterview met Rolf Camps
Ciarán O'Riordan interviewde deze maand Rolf Camps over vertaalwerk, vrijwilligerswerk en Vrije Software in België. Aangezien vertalingen onmisbaar zijn voor een Europese organisatie maar de vertalers slechts zelden in de bloemetjes worden gezet, informeerde Ciarán naar Rolf zijn motivatie en wat dat werk juist inhoudt. Dit is het tweede interview in onze reeks Fellowshipinterviews - "the smallest unit of freedom".  Lees meer...

(2008-10-07) FSFE steunt Freedom Not Fear
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) ondersteunt Vrije Software zodat elke burger een onafhankelijke, actieve en verantwoordelijke rol kan spelen in onze informatiemaatschappij. Maar! Censuur, schendingen van het net neutraliteitsbeginsel en alsmaar meer controle op onze online activiteiten, bemoeilijken ons werk. De FSFE vraagt daarom om deel te nemen aan de wereldwijde actiedag "Freedom Not Fear", nu zaterdag 11 oktober.  Lees meer...

(2008-09-27) Gelukkige verjaardag GNU! De FSFE viert de 25ste verjaardag van het GNU-project.
Vandaag is het precies vijfentwintig jaar geleden dat het GNU-project werd aangekondigd, een vooruitstrevend project om een besturingssysteem te ontwikkelen dat alle gebruikers de vrijheden geeft om het systeem te wijzigen en deze wijzigingen opnieuw te publiceren. Dit kan gebeuren op individuele basis en in groepsverband. De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) wil even stilstaan bij enkele substantiële verwezelijkingen uit de eerste kwart-eeuw van GNU's bestaan. We kijken ook vooruit naar nieuwe mogelijkheden om ons gemeenschappelijk doel te bereiken door het creëren van goede omstandigheden voor de verdere ontwikkeling van de softwarevrijheden.  Lees meer...

(2008-09-26) De FSFE gaat haar hulpmiddel voor consolidatie in 10 talen beschikbaar stellen
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) heeft vandaag haar plannen bekend gemaakt om de Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) in tien talen beschikbaar te stellen. We hebben voor de volgende talen gekozen: Engels, Duits, Frans, Italiaans, Zweeds, Servisch, Pools, Nederlands, Spaans en Portugees.  Lees meer...

(2008-09-22) 25 jaar GNU = 25% vermindering gedurende 25 dagen
25 jaar GNU = 25% vermindering gedurende 25 dagen. Om de 25ste verjaardag van het GNU-project te vieren, geeft de FSFE van 23 september tot 17 oktober 25% vermindering op haar koopwaar. Opgelet, deze vermindering geldt niet voor de verzendingskosten.  Lees meer...

(2008-08-31) Afdrukbaar informatiemateriaal over de FSFE, nu als downloads beschikbaar.
Een folder met algemene informatie over de FSFE en Vrije Software, alsook enkele strooibriefjes met specifieke informatie over de projecten en activiteiten van de FSFE zijn nu online beschikbaar in HTML- en PDF-formaat. Iedereen kan ze nu downloaden, afdrukken en uitdelen!  Lees meer...

(2008-08-22) De FSFE is verheugd dat KDE de Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) gaat gebruiken
"Wij beschouwen het gebruik van de FLA door KDE als een belangrijke stap in de groei van de Vrije Softwaregemeenschap", zegt Georg Greve, voorzitter van de Free Software Foundation Europe. "De FLA werd speciaal ontworpen om projecten juridisch beheersbaar te houden en om hun software op langere termijn te beschermen. KDE is één van de belangrijkste Vrije Softwareprojecten en speelt een centrale rol in de bevrijding van de desktop. Deze beslissing bewijst dat het KDE-project bewust nadenkt over methoden om deze vrijheid te vrijwaren."  Lees meer...

(2008-06-18) Zijwieltjes voor vrijheid: Wine 1.0
"Natuurlijk zou het voor gebruikers interessanter zijn om zelfstandig te kunnen rijden, zonder afhankelijk te zijn van zijwieltjes. Maar toch zorgen die wieltjes ervoor dat de kinderen niet vallen, wat de vrijheid van zowel de ouders als de kinderen vergroot. Wine schenkt op dezelfde manier vrijheid en veiligheid aan de gebruikers. Dat is de reden van onze dankbaarheid en voor onze erkenning van hun werk."  Lees meer...

(2008-05-27) GPL-Violations.org en FSFE's Freedom Task Force gaan nauwer samenwerken
"Juridisch is het klaar en duidelijk dat personen die Vrije Software verdelen zich ook aan de licentie moeten houden. GPL-Violations.org en de FTF bouwen samen aan een juridische structuur die daar ondersteuning voor moet bieden en tevens de licenties doet naleven", zegt Harald Welte. Shane Coughlan voegt hier nog aan toe :"Ik geloof dat deze nieuwe overeenkomst zal helpen om de juridische structuur die Vrije Software ondersteunt een duurzaam karakter te geven. "  Lees meer...

(2008-04-02) De FSFE is bezorgd over de kwaliteit van het standaardisatieproces
"Technisch gesproken is de toestand van IS29500 bedroevend," zegt Marko Milenovic, lid van het Servische team van de FSFE die deel uitmaakt van de Servische technisch commissie voor DIS29500. "Het grootste deel ervan is technische proza van lage kwaliteit waarin zelfs de genormeerde terminologie, die gevraagd wordt in de ISO/IEC richtlijnen, niet gerespecteerd wordt. Er wordt ons gevraagd om te wachten op het onderhoudsproces om MS-OOXML bruikbaar te maken. Dat ISO een specificatie goedkeurt waarvan ze zelf weet dat die niet functioneel is, is ontgoochelend."  Lees meer...

(2008-03-26) 26 maart 2008: Vandaag is het Document Freedom Day!
Vandaag is het Document Freedom Day: Ongeveer 200 teams uit meer dan 60 landen organiseren lokale activiteiten om een groter bewustzijn te creëren rond Vrije Documenten en Open Standaarden. [...] Vrije Documenten zorgen ervoor dat je zelf controle hebt over je eigen informatie, dat overheden de volledige controle hebben over hun gegevens en dat je ook in de toekomst vrije keuzes kan maken. Je kan jezelf deze vrijheid vandaag cadeau doen [...]  Lees meer...

(2008-03-06) Petitie voor Open Standaarden in het Europees Parlement
Op het moment dat de EU-commissie onderzoek doet naar het anti-competitieve gedrag van één van de dominante spelers in de markt, verplicht het Europees Parlement de burgers en zelfs haar eigen parlementsleden om die specifieke software te gebruiken. OpenForum Europe, de European Software Market Association en de Free Software Foundation Europe lanceerden vandaag een petitie om aan het EP te vragen om Open Standaarden te gebruiken zodat alle burgers kunnen deelnemen aan het democratisch proces.  Lees meer...

(2008-03-05) FSFE achtergrondinformatie: Interoperabiliteitsproblemen met MS-OOXML
De FSFE heeft achtergrondinformatie over interoperabiliteitsproblemen veroorzaakt door het Microsoft Office OpenXML formaat. "De voorgestelde MS-OXML/DIS29500 specificaties geven aanleiding tot ernstige technische en juridische bezwaren. Dit document legt aan de hand van drie voorbeelden uit hoe de voorgestelde MS-OOXML specificaties en de praktische toepassing ervan in MS Office 2007 de interoperabiliteit hinderen, je afhankelijkheid van één bepaalde verkoper verhogen en hoe dat leidt tot een verstoorde markt."  Lees meer...

(2008-03-01) Google helpt FSFE's FTF bij het organiseren van opleidingen, vertegenwoordiging op conferenties en bij het vertalen van hun documenten.
"De Freedom Task Force werkt aan een efficiënte juridische infrastructuur voor Vrije Software in Europa. Een groot deel van ons werk is gebaseerd op een direct contact met mensen en Googles bijdrage zal ons helpen om dat efficiënter aan te pakken", zegt Shane Coughlan, FTF coördinator.  Lees meer...

(2008-02-28) FSFE vraagt Microsoft om zijn interoperabiliteitsinformatie zonder beperkingen vrij te geven
De Europese Commissie gaf Microsoft een boete van 899 miljoen Euro voor anti-competitief gedrag door de toegang tot zijn interoperabiliteitsinformatie te beperken. "Microsoft is het laatste bedrijf dat nog actief promotie maakt voor het gebruik van softwarepatenten om interoperabiliteit te beperken. Zo'n gedrag kan niet meer getolereerd worden in onze internetmaatschappij waar alle componenten, ongeacht hun oorsprong, naadloos moeten kunnen samenwerken", zegt Georg Greve, voorzitter van de Free Software Foundation Europe.  Lees meer...

(2008-02-22) Microsofts toezeggingen maken geen verschil voor zijn belangrijkste concurrenten
Microsoft verspreidde gisteren een persbericht waarin ze hun voornemen bekend maakten om interoperabiliteitsinformatie bekend te maken voor hun vlaggeschipproducten. Dit persbericht bevatte eigenlijk weinig echt nieuws. Microsoft heeft de afgelopen jaren al verschillende gelijkaardige voornemens bekend gemaakt en telkens bleken ze de interoperabilieteit eerder te bemoeilijken dan te verbeteren. Als we de voorwaarden van hun laatste actie bestuderen zien we geen belangrijke verandering in hun beleid.  Lees meer...

(2008-02-20) 26 maart: Een wereldwijde actiedag voor het vrij maken van documenten
De Document Freedom Day (DFD) is een werelddag voor het vrij maken van documenten met acties vanuit de basis voor de promotie van Vrije Documentformaten en Open Standaarden in het algemeen. De DFD is een initiatief van, en wordt gesteund door, een groep van organisaties en bedrijven. De Free Software Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat en Sun Microsystems, Inc. behoren, naast nog andere organisaties, tot de groep van initiatiefnemers. Op 26 maart 2008, zal de Document Freedom Day een wereldwijde ontmoetingsplaats zijn voor het vrij maken van documenten en voor Open Standaarden.  Lees meer...

(2008-02-18) FSFE Achtergrondinformatie: DIS-29500 - Al verworpen voor men het gebruikt?
Toen ECMA het MS-OOXML-formaat aan ISO voorlegde als ECMA-376 voor een versnelde goedkeuring (fast-track), hebben veel landen de kritiek gegeven dat de standaard overlapt met de bestaande ISO-standaard ISO/IEC 26300:2006, het Open Document Format (ODF). [...] Aangezien het zogezegd 'bewaren van bestaande eigenaardigheden' als reden werd opgegeven voor het hele DIS-29500 ISO-proces, vindt de FSFE het echt de moeite om dit argument een van dichtbij te bekijken.  Lees meer...

(2008-02-14) De FSFE kondigt de eerste Europese Vrije Softwareworkshop aan over licenties en wetgeving
FSFE's Freedom Task Force maakt vandaag bekend dat de eerste Europese Vrije Softwareworkshop over licenties en wetgeving wordt georganiseerd op vrijdag 11 april in het InterContinental Amstel hotel to Amsterdam.  Lees meer...

(2008-01-18) NLnet blijft FSFE's Freedom Task Force steunen
FSFE's Freedom Task Force werd in november 2006 gelanceerd om individuen, projecten en bedrijven te helpen met Vrije Softwarelicentiëring. De opstartfase van de FTF werd mogelijk gemaakt door de steun van de Nederlandse filantropische organisatie "stichting NLnet". Dankzij de steun van NLnet kreeg de FTF de mogelijkheid om cursussen te geven en advies te verstrekken. We konden daardoor ook in samenwerking met gpl-violations.org licentieovertredingen in de Europese regio aanpakken. De FTF heeft ook netwerken opgericht van juridische en technische specialisten om een samenwerking te organiseren tussen advocaten, projecten en bedrijven die vragen hebben over licenties. Vandaag, na meer dan twaalf maanden ononderbroken groei, geeft MLnet voor een tweede keer financiële steun aan dit innovatief juridisch project.  Lees meer...

(2007-12-21) De FSFE staat achter een nieuwe antitrustonderzoek tegen Microsoft
"Men moet van Microsoft op een onverholen, volledige en nauwgezette wijze een volledige implementatie van de vrije en open industriestandaarden eisen", dit is de boodschap van de brief van de Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) aan de Europese commissaris voor concurrentie Neelie Kroes. Om dit doel te bereiken biedt de FSFE haar steun aan bij een mogelijk antitrustonderzoek gebaseerd op een klacht van Opera Software tegen Microsoft. De klacht is een gevolg van anticompetitief gedrag in de webbrowsermarkt.  Lees meer...

(2007-12-20) EU antitrustzaak is beëindigd: Samba ontvangt informatie over interoperabiliteit
Eén rechtszaak is beëindigd en de interoperabiliteit heeft gewonnen. Het Gerecht van de Europese Gemeenschappen heeft duidelijk gemaakt dat informatie met betrekking tot interoperabiliteit niet geheim mag worden gehouden. De overeenkomst maakt duidelijk dat het voor Microsoft onmogelijk geworden was om interoperabiliteit in dit domein nog langer te bemoeilijken. Dit zet een nieuwe standaard waaraan iedereen zich vanaf nu zal moeten houden.  Lees meer...

(2007-11-09) Welkom in het leven na de ICT lock-in
"Leveranciersafhankelijkheid is een van de grootste problemen geworden bij IT-beslissingen in het algemeen en bij het invoeren van Vrije Softwareoplossingen in het bijzonder. Het verstoort de markt en ontneemt Vrije Software een eerlijke concurrentie op basis van haar intrinsieke waarden. Eén van de grote problemen was dat veel van deze afhankelijkheden onzichtbaar bleven, voorbeelden hiervan zijn afhankelijkheid van propriëtaire protocollen en de noodzaak om bepaalde documentformaten te kunnen gebruiken. Certified Open maakt deze Leveranciersafhankelijkheid zichtbaar en stelt haar gebruikers in staat om hun afhankelijkheid te meten."  Lees meer...

(2007-09-17) FSFE, Samba: Een overwinning voor de vrije keuze en voor vrije concurrentie.
"Microsoft kan zichzelf niet langer boven de wet verheven voelen," zegt Georg Greve, voorzitter van de Free software foundation Europe (FSFE). "Door gebruik te maken van tactieken die andere delen van de wereld, en ook in de VS, op een succesvolle wijze de antitrustprocessen hebben doen ontsporen, is microsoft erin geslaagd om deze dag met bijna een decennium uit te stellen. Maar dankzij de vastberadenheid en het schitterende werk van de Europese commissie, hebben deze tactieken gefaald in Europa."  Lees meer...

(2007-07-27) De FSFE biedt hulp aan bedrijven, zodat ze in regel blijven met de Vrije Software licentievoorwaarden
De voorwaarden van de GNU GPL-licentie zijn opnieuw voor een Duitse rechtbank als bindend bevonden. Een Duitse rechtbank oordeelde dat Skype zijn verplichtingen als verdeler niet nakwam. De FSFE wil ander producenten helpen om de verplichtingen die de GNU GPL hen oplegt beter te begrijpen.  Lees meer...

(2007-07-16) Het convertieleugen
FSFE's gastartikel op Heise.de: "Convertie tussen Microsofts's Office OpenXML-formaat (MS-OOXML) en het producent-onafhankelijke Open Document Formaat (ODF), wordt door Microsoft en haar partners voorgesteld als de oplossing voor het probleem dat Microsoft nu creëert door een formaat op de markt te brengen dat niet compatibel is met de bestaande Open Standaard. [...] Als deze convertieprogramma's moesten doen wat ze beweren te doen, dan zouden ze overbodig zijn."  Lees meer...

(2007-07-11) BBC: Vragen aan Microsoft over open formaten.
Gepubliceerd artikel van Georg Greve en Joachim Jakobs over de noodzaak van Open Standaarden in archieven, en waarom het gebruik van MS-OOXML kan leiden tot gegevensverlies. "Digitale informatie heeft het potentieel in zich om zeer lang bewaard te kunnen worden zonder enig kwaliteitsverlies. Maar zonder kennis over de gebruikte codering, worden deze gegevens voor de toekomstige generaties een betekenisloze reeks enen en nullen, net zoals veel grotschilderingen vaak een niet te begrijpen combinatie zijn van kleuren en steen."  Lees meer...

(2007-07-11) Persoonlijke hulp bij Vrije Softwarevragen voor bedrijven
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) heeft de gemeenschap altijd geholpen met gratuit advies. Ze hebben daardoor ontdekt dat bedrijven vaak behoefte hebben aan bijkomende persoonlijke hulp. Daarom gaat de FSFE, vanuit hun kantoren in Zurich, Zwitserland, nu ook persoonlijk advies over Vrije Software aanbieden aan bedrijven.  Lees meer...

(2007-07-05) GNU GPLv3 gepubliceerd
Na achttien maanden van openbare consultaties en discussies is versie 3 van de GNU GPL gepubliceerd. Versie 3 is veel universeler, geeft een betere bescherming tegen softwarepatenten, en geeft een grotere garantie aan Vrije Softwaregebruikers dat ze ook aangepaste software op hun computers kunnen installeren en gebruiken.  Lees meer...

(2007-06-26) Zes vragen voor de nationale standardisatiebureaus
De volgende zes vragen vragen staan in verband met de aanvraag om het ECMA/MS-OOXML-formaat te aanvaarden als IEC/ISO-standaard. Tenzij een nationaal standaardisatiebureau een afdoend antwoord heeft op alle zes deze vragen, zouden ze tegen de aanvaarding als IEC/ISO-standaard moeten stemmen, en aan Microsoft vragen om hun werk aan de MS-OOXML te integreren in ISO/IEC 26300:2006 (Open Document Formaat).  Lees meer...

(2007-05-18) De Microsoft boodschap: Het is tijd om te investeren in Vrije Software
In een poging om angst, onzekerheid en twijfel te zaaien in de financiële wereld, beweert Microsoft in een recent interview voor Fortune, dat Vrije Software op grote schaal patentinbreuken pleegt.  Lees meer...

(2007-04-23) Het Europees Parlement moet het criminaliseren van softwareproductenten en softwaregebruikers voorkomen.
De FSFE bekritiseert het voorstel voor "de tweede richtlijn voor het afdwingen van "intellectuele Eigendom" (IPRED2), omdat het criminalisering uitsmeert over verschillende rechtsdomeinen, voor zeer vaag omschreven begrippen zoals "poging tot, medeplichtigheid aan of aanzetten tot een inbreuk". De voorgestelde tekst maakt al deze handelingen strafbaar voor zeer uiteenlopende wetgeving waaronder het auteursrecht, het handelsmerk en patentwetgeving.  Lees meer...

(2007-04-17) De FSFE publiceert een lijst van aanbevolen Vrije Software advocaten
De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) moet samenwerken met advocaten over heel Europa, om Vrije Software de maximale juridische bescherming te bieden. We zijn er van overtuigd dat de noodzaak aan professioneel juridisch advies steeds belangrijker zal worden in onze groeiende gemeenschap. Daarom heeft de FSFE een nieuw initiatief gestart, met het aanbevelen van juridische specialisten in de verschillende landen.  Lees meer...

(2007-02-24) Tijd om iets terug te geven: Fellowshiploterij 2007!
"De Vrije Softwaregemeenschap bestaat dankzij de samenwerking van veel, sterk verschillende partijen. De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) werkt exclusief voor het welzijn van de hele gemeenschap, ook voor de bedrijven die Vrije Software gebruiken", zegt Georg Greve, voorzitter van de FSFE. "Wij houden van ons werk, en doen het met groot enthousiasme, en wij vergeten nooit dat dit voor een groot deel mogelijk gemaakt wordt door mensen die voor ons werken en ons financieel ondersteunen, in het bijzonder de vele Fellows van de FSFE."  Lees meer...

(2007-02-01) De FSFE heeft een nieuw middel om Vrije Softwareprojecten juridisch te versterken
Vandaag heeft de FSFE haar Ficuciary Licence Agreement (FLA) uitgebracht onder de voorwaarden van de GNU Free Documentation Licence (GFDL) en onder de voorwaarden van de Creative Commons Naamsvermelding-GelijkDelen (CC by-sa) licentie. De Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) is een overdracht van het auteursrecht waardoor Vrije Softwareprojecten hun auteursrechten kunnen bundelen bij één organisatie of persoon. Dit zorgt ervoor dat de projecten juridisch beheersbaar blijven. Het stelt projecten in staat om hun auteursrechten over te dragen aan het fiduciaire programma van de FSFE of aan een andere organisatie opgericht door hun team.  Lees meer...

(2007-01-30) De Vista boodschap: Upgrade naar GNU/Linux NU!
De FSFE ziet een unieke kans: Met het uitbrengen van Vista, zullen gebruikers verplicht moeten overstappen naar een nieuw besturingssysteem, één dat er anders uitziet en anders aanvoelt, het zal een tijdje duren om gewoon te raken aan de nieuwe functionaliteiten. Hetzelfde geldt voor alle moderne GNU/Linux distributies, waarvoor de aanpassing bijna dezelfde moeite zal vragen. In ruil krijg je wel opnieuw controle over je eigen gegevens.  Lees meer...

(2007-01-23) FSFE wordt de juridische voogd van het OpenSwarm Project
Het OpenSwarm project zal beschermd worden door FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF). Shane Coughlan, coördinator van de FTF, legt uit: "De Freedom Task Force is opgericht om de juridische basis van het Vrije Software ecosysteem te versterken. De Fiduciary licence Agreement moet daar ook toe bijdragen. Het stelt projecten in staat op een transparante manier hun auteursrecht te consolideren. In het geval van OpenSwarm, wil de FSFE optreden als juridisch voogd voor het project, zodat de ontwikkelaars zich volledig kunnen focussen op het uitbreiden van hun boeiend ontwikkelplatform."  Lees meer...

(2007-01-09) Afschrift: Vrij Software en de toekomst van vrijheid
In deze toespraak verklaart Richard Stallman hoe men tot de huidige definitie van Vrije Software is gekomen, welke technische en bestuurlijke keuzes de Vrije Softwarebeweging brachten waar ze nu staat, en wat er moet gebeuren om klaar te staan voor de toekomst. Dankzij zijn 20 jaar ervaring slaagt Stallman erin zijn verhaal boeiend te vertellen.
Dit afschrift werd gemaakt door FSFE, aangemoedigd door de positieve reacties op de afschriften van de GPLv3.  Lees meer...

(2006-11-21) De FSFE wordt de juridische voogd van het Bacula Project
Kern Sibbald, de stichter en hoofdontwikkelaar van de Bacula network backup solution, wees zijn auteursrecht toe aan de FSFE. "Ik wilde het engagement van het Bacula project voor Vrije Software benadrukken", zei Kern. "Bacula is altijd al een community project geweest, wij willen dat consolideren op lange-termijn. Ik ben blij dat de FSFE deze dienst aanbiedt, aangezien het een groot deel van de administratieve lasten van onze schouders neemt, zodat wij ons kunnen focussen op de taak van het programmeren."  Lees meer...

(2006-11-13) Lancering Freedom Task Force, in samenwerking met gpl-violations.org
"Het is ons voornaamste doel ervoor te zorgen dat bedrijven zich al vanaf het begin houden aan de licentie, in plaats van achteraf de overtredingen te moeten bekampen," verteld Mr. Coughlan. "De mensen in de bedrijven die verantwoordelijk zijn voor licenties, willen we aanmoedigen om ons te contacteren, zodat we samen problemen kunnen voorkomen, dat is veel eenvoudiger dan achteraf zaken op te lossen die we vooraf reeds konden bespreken."  Lees meer...

(2006-10-03) DRM.info: Informatie over de gevaren van het beheren van het privaat gebruik van media
Een groep van organisaties en auteurs lanceerden vanmorgen DRM.info. Dit initiatief, voorgesteld door de Free Software Foundation Europa (FSFE), wil een gemeenschappelijk informatieplatform over de gevaren van het beheer van digitale beperkingen, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), aanbieden. De initiatiefnemers komen uit verschillende sectoren, waaronder digitale vrijheidsbewegingen, internet-activisten, consumentenorganistaties en bibliotheken.  Lees meer...

(2006-07-27) GPL Versie 3, Tweede Proeftekst Gepubliceerd
Na zes maanden publieke discussie, staat de tweede proeftekst nu on line - we hopen onder andere een antwoord te geven op de commentaren over patenten, Digital Restrictions Management en de wereldwijde afdwingbaarheid.  Lees meer...

(2006-07-12) Commissie aan Microsoft: Interoperabiliteit verhinderen heeft een prijs
De Europese Commissie beboet Microsoft voor 1,5 miljoen Euro per dag met terugwerkende kracht tot 16 december 2005, in totaal 280,5 miljoen Euro. Indien Microsoft zich tegen eind juli 2006 niet in regel stelt kan deze boete verdubbelen. Deze boetes worden opgelegd omdat Microsoft blijft weigeren zich te schikken naar de beslissing van de Europese Commissie om de informatie vrij te geven die nodig is om interoperabiliteit met concurrenten mogelijk te maken. Deze richtlijnen creëren een omgeving waar eerlijke concurrentie mogelijk is. De FSFE steunt de Europese Commissie sinds het begin van de zaak in 2001.  Lees meer...

(2006-06-13) Details voor de GPLv3 Internationale conferentie online
De derde Internationale GPLv3 Conferentie, die het eerste halve jaar markeert van de conslultatieperiode om de meestgebruikte Vrije Softwarelicentie te herwerken, heeft experten vanuit Europa en de rest van de wereld te gast.
De locatie, het Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), ligt in het hart van de stad. Tijdens dit tweedaagse evenement worden onder andere presentaties gegeven door Richard Stallman, voorzitter FSF, Eben Moglen, voorzitter van het Software Freedom Law Center, Georg Greve, voorzitter van de FSF Europa en Harald Welte, oprichter van de gpl-violations.org.  Lees meer...

(2006-05-19) Europa is de gastheer voor de Derde Internationale GPLv3 Conferentie: Barcelona, Spanje, 22 & 23 juni 2006.
De conferentie vindt plaats in Barcelona, Spanje, de juiste plaats wordt zo vlug mogelijk bekendgemaakt. In januari werd de één jaar durende consultatieperiode voor het aanpassen van de General Public License gestart. Deze licentie, beter bekend als "de GPL", wordt veruit het meest gebruikt voor het verspreiden van Vrije Software.  Lees meer...

(2006-05-09) De FSFE verwelkomt KDE e.V. als nieuwe geassocieerde organisatie
De KDE e.V. - een geregistreerde non-profit organisatie die de K Desktop Environment (KDE®) helpt met juridische en fiscale zaken - en de Free Software Foundation Europa (FSFE) zijn blij u hun associatie te melden, ze werken samen aan de promotie en de bescherming van Vrije Software voor de desktops in Europa en de wereld.  Lees meer...

(2006-04-27) Microsoft: "Onze patenten voorkomen samenwerking"
Carlo Piana, advocaat voor de Free Software Foundation Europa in deze zaak, geeft meer uitleg:"Hun tussenkomsten maakten het duidelijk dat de "blauwe bel" alleen bestaat in de pleidooien van hun advocaten. Microsoft laat er zeker geen twijfel over bestaan dat de bel wel een juridische basis heeft: ze beweren een conglomeraat van 46 patenten op de active directory services te hebben, met als belangrijkste doel het voorkomen van samenwerking met andere systemen ,wat uiteindelijk elke vorm van concurrentie onmogelijk moet maken.  Lees meer...

(2006-04-27) Samba en FSFE: "Microsoft verhindert innovatie in de geïnformatiseerde samenleving"
"Bedrijven en overheden betalen een kunstmatig hooggehouden prijs voor hun software omdat Microsoft weigert de protocollen, om met haar producten te communiceren, bekend te maken. Dit is nochtans de gangbare praktijk in deze industrie." Dit verklaarde Andrew Tridgell, voorzitter en oprichter van het Samba Team, vandaag in naam van de FSFE voor het Europees Hof.  Lees meer...

(2006-04-21) FSFE: "Microsoft maakt klanten afhankelijk en vraagt softwarepatenten om concurrentie te voorkomen"
De FSFE publiceerde vandaag een artikel op haar website waarin ze uitlegt hoe Microsoft haar klanten van zich afhankelijk maakt en deze techniek probeert te legaliseren door hun lobbywerk voor softwarepatenten.  Lees meer...

(2006-04-03) Notebook loterij: En de winnaars zijn...
De notebooks zijn verloot en twee gelukkige Fellows uit Italië en Nederland wonnen een HP Compaq Notebook met daarop Debian GNU/Linux geïnstalleerd.  Lees meer...

(2006-03-10) FSFE viert zijn vijfde verjaardag
De noodzaak aan sterke, gecoördineerde acties om onze vrijheid te beschermen is nu nog groter  Lees meer...

(2006-02-26) FSFE meent het: Word lid van het Fellowship en win een Vrije Software notebook!
FSFE wil haar leden bedanken voor hun steun. Net zoals vorig jaar, met de door xtops.de geschonken PDA, wil de Free Software Foundation Europa dit jaar op 1 april twee notebooks verloten onder de actieve Fellows. Voor twee gelukkige winnaars brengt 1 april dit jaar meer dan een aprilvis.  Lees meer...

(2006-02-16) FSFE tegen Microsoft: Stop met zagen en beantwoord de vragen!
"Na jaren vooronderzoek, een eerste uitspraak in 2004 en een zaak voor het Europees Hof die bijna 2 jaar aansleepte, moeten we nu wel besluiten dat Microsoft nooit de intentie heeft gehad zich te schikken naar de besluiten aangaande mededinging door de Europese Instellingen," verklaart Georg Greve, voorzitter van de Free Software Foundation Europa (FSFE). "Jarenlang moeten we nu al toezien op de vertragingsmanoeuvres van Microsoft, terwijl ze helemaal geen aanstalten maakt haar producten meer toegankelijk te maken voor concurrenten, waaronder Vrije Software en Samba, zodat echte vrije concurrentie onmogelijk blijft."  Lees meer...

(2006-02-14) FKF en FSFE vormen een team: FKF gaat officieel samenwerken met FSF Europa
De Free Knowledge Foundation / Fundación Conocimiento Libre (FKF) en Free Software Foundation Europa (FSFE) zijn verheugd hun samenwerking officieel bekend te kunnen maken. Samen willen ze werk maken van de promotie en de bescherming van Vrije Software in Spanje.  Lees meer...

(2006-01-26) EU antitrust zaak: "Microsoft schenkt vergiftigde appel!"
"Het was duidelijk weer een marketingzet: Microsoft gedraagt zich nu als een overvaller, die nadat hij zijn wapens moest neerleggen, met granaten begint te gooien."  Lees meer...

(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).  Lees meer...

(2005-10-19) Early comment on new Microsoft Shared Source Licenses
"Microsoft finally seems to have made a step forward on their long march towards giving their users freedom: [...] Given previous Microsoft statements about the Copyleft approach and in particular the GNU GPL as 'viral', 'cancerous' and 'communist', seeing Microsoft now publish licenses applying the very same principles seems quite an evolution."  Lees meer...

(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"  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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:  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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!  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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. [...]"  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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).  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2004-12-22) A great day for SAMBA, Free Software and Europe
Bo Versterdorf, President of the European Court, has today rejected Microsoft's appeal to delay execution of the sanctions.
"Those who value freedom and competition have received two nice christmas gifts this week. First, new EU member Poland does not allow the introduction of innovation- and job-killer software patents through the diplomatic back-door. And now the European Court decides that Microsoft should not get another four years to further harm its competitors" says Georg Greve, President of the FSFE.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2004-11-25) FSFE becomes WIPO observer
In the scope of the FSFE WIPO project team, the FSFE will work with other players to change WIPO from an organisation that is solely oriented towards monopolisation of knowledge to one that is aimed at increasing the intellectual wealth of all of humankind through a more flexible, sustainable and effective tool set.  Lees meer...

(2004-11-24) Freedom is priceless, but has a cost!
"Those who wish to see freedom of market restored should be aware that never can someone with deeper pockets divert support already given to FSFE, as it happened with the CCIA. This independence is priceless, but not without cost. The only thing that might therefore be able to stop us is lack of resources because of lack of support."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2004-11-09) For the FSFE, the battle continues
Microsoft has steadily been soliciting supporters of the European Commission antitrust case to withdraw their support for the Commission by offering a series of financial settlements. The agreement with Sun Microsystems to withdraw has now been joined by financial settlements with Novell and the CCIA, in which they also agreed to withdraw from the case.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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: "Microsoft's bugs result in the corporation having a multiple personality" - "customers should know who they are dealing with!"
Having been plagued by permanent problems with viruses, worms and other bugs, software-giant Microsoft seems to be developing a multiple personality. "Microsoft's customers should wonder about the sanity of their business partner", remarks Joachim Jakobs, Press Speaker for the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(2004-08-16) Introducing Wilhelm Tux, the new FSFE associate
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and Wilhelm Tux proudly declare that Wilhelm Tux, a Swiss Free Software organisation, has officially become associate organisation of the FSFE.  Lees meer...

(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):  Lees meer...

(2004-08-05) Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software than to proprietary software
In reaction to the decision by the City of Munich to re-evaluate its migration plans to Free Software, the Free Software Foundation Europe points out that software patents are equally a significant problem for both Free Software and proprietary software alike.  Lees meer...

(2004-08-02) Open brief aan IBM
Softwarepatenten zullen de basis vernietigen van IBM's toekomst: "Dus nu IBM zich aan het omvormen is als reactie op deze wapenwedloop, zal het op het onvoorziene einde geconfronteerd worden met zichzelf: een groteske, misvormde reus met een plotseling nutteloos wapen, en al haar energie gaande naar het onderhouden van die misvorming."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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) Open letter to Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
"Research should be able to earn its money also on the market!" - say politicians - so we, the Free Software Foundation Europe, understand when researchers use creative ways to get a better income. But even researchers should take care not to bite the hand that feeds them. This danger is real, especially with the actual software patent discussion.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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!"  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2004-05-10) Open brief aan alle burgers van Europa
Wat gebeurd er in de overheid, maatschappij en economie als geheel als deze ontwikkelingen niet gestopt worden? We beletten mensen creatief te zijn. We geven de maatschappelijke ontwikkeling in handen van bureaucraten die ons elke keer treiteren voor hun eigen voordeel. Om de woorden van de Tsjechische president Vaclav Klaus te gebruiken: "De EU gaat niet over vrijheid en openheid, maar over bureaucratisering, competiviteitregulatie en harmonisatie." Als we discussie over laten aan anderen zullen we hem waarschijnlijk gelijk laten krijgen.  Lees meer...

(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).  Lees meer...

(2004-03-24) FSFE welcomes three new members from Austria
After years of successful cooperation through their membership in the "Verein zur Förderung Freier Software" (FFS), Austria's associate organisation of the FSF Europe, Georg Jakob, Karin Kosina and Reinhard Müller have now officially joined the ranks of the FSFE.  Lees meer...

(2004-02-18) FSF defends the GNU GPL against SCO attacks
The FSFs have no doubt that the litigation between SCO against IBM and Novell cannot affect the users of the GNU/Linux operating system.
Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia University, pro-bono general counsel of FSF North America, has published a paper that will help Free Software developers and end-users understand the legal issues and business risks involved in using the Linux kernel.  Lees meer...

(2004-02-09) Article: "On 'Intellectual Property' and Indigenous Peoples"
Article by Georg Greve: "The system and ideology of 'intellectual property' has evolved exclusively to cater to the needs of large Northern media corporations. Northern societies, and in particular their artists and authors, have massive problems with that system themselves.
It is precisely for this system that the digital divide and current power inequalities are as large as they are."  Lees meer...

(2003-12-15) Debriefing: World Summit on the Information Society
(Geneva) From December 10th until 12th, 2003 the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, adopting on United Nations level a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action towards a global information society.  Lees meer...

(2003-12-01) WSIS: Free Software, Free Society
(Geneva) During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Civil Society Patents, Copyright, Trademarks (PCT) Working Group is holding a workshop "Free Software, Free Society" with a group of top speakers, including Richard Stallman and Lawrence Lessig.
The workshop will take place December 10th, 2003 from 17:00-20:00 in the Palexpo building in Geneva, Switzerland.  Lees meer...

(2003-07-12) Free Software prominently represented at the UN- Conference
(Karlsruhe) From July 15th to 18th, a preparative conference towards the World Summit on the Information Society will be held in Paris, at which the future and destination of the information- and science- society shall be discussed as requested by the UN- General Assembly.
As a nominee from the coordinating circle of the German Civil Society for the WSIS, Georg Greve, president of the FSF Europe will take part in the meeting as a member of the German governmental delegation.  Lees meer...

(2003-06-24) FSF Europe concludes two successful first years.
(Milano) Last weekend, the Free Software Foundation Europe held its 2003 general assembly in Milano, Italy. After two years of operation, it was time to draw a first summary and also hold elections.  Lees meer...

(2003-06-21) Report: Two year executive summary
The 2003 general assembly of the FSF Europe in Milano, Italy on June 21st 2003 seems like a good opportunity to briefly recap some of the activities during the first two operational years of the FSF Europe.  Lees meer...

(2003-05-20) Article: Free Software in Europe
The Spring 2003 issue of the Public Service Review - European Union with a foreword by Romano Prodi is featuring an article by Georg C. F. Greve, president of the FSF Europe. The article explains some of the major benefits Free Software has to offer and how they can be built upon.  Lees meer...

(2003-02-08) Larry Lessig receives FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software
Press-release of the Free Software Foundation: "Brussels, Belgium - Saturday, February 8, 2003 - The Free Software Foundation (FSF) bestowed today its fifth annual FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software. FSF President and founder, Richard Stallman, presented the award to Professor Lawrence Lessig for promoting understanding of the political dimension of free software, including the idea that 'code is law'. Lessig has also promoted ideas similar to free software in other related fields."  Lees meer...

(2003-02-03) Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) V1.0 released
Press-release of the FSF Europe: "The Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce the first publicly available version of its Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA); an agreement that will help securing the legal stability of Free Software by allowing the FSF Europe to act as the fiduciary for Free Software authors and projects."  Lees meer...

(2002-12-18) FSF Europe calls for participation
Press-release of the FSF Europe: "The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) invites all companies, organisations and research institutes interested in Free Software projects funded by the European Commission to join their effort."  Lees meer...

(2002-06-13) FFII Associated with FSF Europe
The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is now an official associate organisation of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The FFII is the first associate organisation of the FSF Europe based in Germany.  Lees meer...

(2002-06-04) Two Expressions of Interest (EoI) from FSF Europe
In response to a call from the European Commission, the FSF Europe submitted an expression of interest for each of the instruments of the sixth framework programme (FP6).  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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! "  Lees meer...

(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."  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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
 Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(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.  Lees meer...

(2001-04-24) First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe
 Lees meer...

(2001-04-24) Free Software Foundation Europe finishes founding process
 Lees meer...