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2014-08-04
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2014-07-04
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2014-06-04
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2014-05-05
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2014-04-04
The Free Software in education news for February are out, including an update from the NLEdu campaign: Kevin reports that the commercial director of SchoolMaster, the largest Dutch ELO/student administration software supplier, confirmed that they will roll out a platform-independent HTML5 version in April, replacing the Silverlight version. This would make the NLEdu campaign a success as it will allow Free Software users to access the course materials with any standard compliant browser. Kevin Keijzer published detailed information about this matter.  Lees meer...

2014-03-06
Although a good data-format can only be an Open Standard, FSFE's Bernhard Reiter argues that this requirement alone is not enough. Originally written for last year's Document Freedom Day in German, the article "The minimal principle: because being an open standard is not enough" is now available in English. In a nutshell Bernhard argues that the data-format needs to solve a problem adequately: It should be a good fit from a functional point of view, as well as on a technical level. In order to judge this, there are a number of things to consider: efficiency, maintainability, accessibility, extensibility, learnability, simplicity, longevity and a few more. Two central questions posed are: How well does the data-format solve the problem and --more interesting-- is there a simpler format that could solve the problem just as well?  Lees meer...

2014-02-04
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2014-01-04
Many hackers (including us, of course!) have been enjoying the various festivities occurring around the winter solstice. But, alas!, the time to dwell on Christmas presents and enjoy a family recess is no more – the Yule has gone, the year has been made anew, and the fight for freedom and liberty demands our attention once more. Hence, it is only fitting to begin with a short review of what 2014 has got in store for us during the next few months.  Lees meer...

2013-12-04
In 2005 we started giving crypto cards to individuals who donated to us and have become Fellow of FSFE. We believe it is important to remind people about Free Software tools to encrypt our communications. Besides since FSFE was founded in 2001, we have been explaining that those 40 digits on our business cards are about encryption and why this is important. 8 years later, the topic encryption hit ithe media, and it is now mentioned in every newspaper in Europe. This is good and bad at the same time: We currently face the problem that media attention is very high but it does not mean we have more resources to deal with it. We would like to work more on these issues but we also cannot stop working on other long term topics.  Lees meer...

2013-11-04
At the first glance some devices might look like crap. Why should anyone buy them? Some people laughed at your editor when he bought his Open Moko Neo Freerunner. You could buy cheaper devices with a faster CPU, more RAM, more disk space, nicer casing, better network connection, better microphone and speakers at that time.  Lees meer...

2013-10-04
From 27-29 September 22 Fellows of FSFE from 10 countries gathered in Berlin for the first European Coordinators Meeting. During the weekend the coordinators got to know each other, presented their work, talked about possibilities to promote Free Software, shared good practices, and provided valuable feedback about our campaigns. If you are interested to see who is promoting Free Software in local Fellowship groups have a look at Lucile's blog entry.  Lees meer...

2013-09-04
F-Droid is a project that provides Free Software applications for Android via a repository system, much like most package systems of the GNU/Linux distributions. This differs from other mobile app markets, like Google Play or Apple's AppStore, since the client and server side software respect your freedoms and do not force you to register an account to use them. F-Droid's settings will value your privacy: although you can choose to enable it, by default it does not show programs which 1) show advertisement, 2) track and report your activity, promote 3) non-free add-ons or 4) non-free network services, or 5) depend on other non-free apps. That is why since the beginning of FSFE's "Free Your Android" campaign we point people to F-Droid.  Lees meer...

2013-08-06
For almost two decades the Free Software Foundations have been working for a society where the power over technology is distributed. We work for a world in which nobody can prevent others from learning how computers work. A world in which programmers can work with each other instead against each other. Nobody should be forced to use a certain kind of software without being able to adjust it to her own needs instead of adjusting herself to the software. Everybody should be able to audit software, to understand what a program does exactly and what happens to your data.  Lees meer...

2013-07-04
Unfortunately sometimes companies forget their responsibility when using Free Software in their products. Someone has to make sure that companies are reminded from time to time. That's what we do with our compliance work. After our volunteers found a GNU GPL violation in a workshop in May 2012, we handed all the evidence to Harald Welte from gpl-violations.org and his lawyers. They processed the case and we were now informed that we won the case.  Lees meer...

2013-06-04
No Free Software programmer wants them but unfortunately they are still granted: software patents. They monopolise ideas about software, so programmers cannot use them. 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, your editor was invited as an external expert to the legal committee meeting on May 13th.  Lees meer...

2013-05-06
Every year on the last wednesday of March, Document Freedom Day (DFD) takes place: the global day to raise awareness of Open Standards, organised by the FSFE. It has been amazing to see year by year how the message of freedom and Open Standards has continued to spread around the world. This year, there were 59 events in 30 countries, and many first time participants, including Niger, Indonesia and the United States.  Lees meer...

2013-03-04
From February 1st to February 3rd thousands of people went to Brussels to participate in FOSDEM -- the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting. At FOSDEM you have the opportunity to meet developers and contributors from nearly all major Free Software projects. FSFE is always there to talk with people about ongoing developments and the needs and contributions in the Free Software community. So it is a good place to exchange information, talk with very interesting people, plan future activities, and meet all the people you would usually just have e-mail contact with.  Lees meer...

2013-02-04
Pupils, as well as teachers, must have the possibility to use Free Software at school. Unfortunately, many of the IT questions on the questionnaire used to evaluate prospective teachers in Italy focus on a single proprietary operating system and software exclusively available on that system. The practice discriminates against Free Software users wishing to become teachers. Our Italian team filed a legal complaint to the Italian Ministry of Education about that. In association with 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 we explain that the country's Ministry of Education is putting Free Software at an unfair disadvantage.  Lees meer...

2012-12-04
First the bad news: The city of Freiburg has decided to switch back, from OpenOffice.org, to Microsoft Office. The study they based their decision on was published one week before the decision, which we and other Free Software organisations had criticised before. Unfortunate news, but as IBM's Rob Weir wrote in his article in the Free Software community we tend to look at the bad news, and forget about the good news.  Lees meer...

2012-11-04
Most of the participants in our Free Your Android workshops are concerned whether rooting your device (e.g. an Android phone) and replacing its operating system with something else voids your statutory warranty as consumer. We asked our legal coordinator Matija Šuklje and FSFE legal council Carlo Piana to analyse the problem. Their answer is: No. "Just the fact that you modified or changed the software of your device, is not a sufficient reason to void your statutory warranty. As long as you have bought the device as a consumer in the European Union." Read throughout their analysis.  Lees meer...

2012-10-04
After Italy's new law on software procurement which clearly prefers Free Software upon non-free software, France also took action: On September 19th France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault signed a guideline, addressed to all ministries, that the French public administration should favour Free Software. The advantages the Prime Minister sees in Free Software, are its lower costs and that it increases flexibility and competition in the IT market. The public administration should make "an educated choice", and do "a systematic review of free alternatives when doing development and major revisions of applications."  Lees meer...

2012-09-04
In the last newsletter edition we asked you in our "Get active" section to help us with Free Your Android installation parties, like the GNU/Linux installation parties some years ago. Thanks to all of you, who contacted us about it, and who offered their help for the future.  Lees meer...

2012-08-04
For the first time, the European Parliament (EP) is about to release one of its own programs as a Free Software. The program in question is called AT4AM, short for "Automatic Tool for Amendments". The Parliament is making laws, and AT4AM automates a lot of the formalities associated with the legislative process.  Lees meer...

2012-07-04
The 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. For maintaining sustained growth in the development and use of software, the broad availability of general purpose computers is crucial. This month the FSFE published its "Secure Boot" analysis.  Lees meer...

2012-06-04
There are two major terms connected to software that can be freely used, studied, shared and improved: Free Software and Open Source. You can also find different combinations and translations of those terms like FOSS, Libre Software, FLOSS and so on. Reading articles about Free Software or listening to people involved in Free Software often raises the question: Why do they use one term or another and how they differ from each other?  Lees meer...

2012-05-04
As you can read and see in this years report, Document Freedom Day 2012 was celebrated with 54 events in 23 countries and in 19 world languages. It was the biggest DFD in history with over 26 talks, over 6 awards for Open Standards, lots of other events and the press coverage counted almost one hundred articles. FSFE coordinated between all the different events, awarded several organisation, and in Germany mailed over 370 and called over 170 politicians about Open Standards. Several of these politicians, from a range of political parties, did activities for DFD. FSFE also send out 100 information packages including handcuffs to suggested people including several politicians, CEOs, and the Pope. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes used our handcuffs in a public speech, which resulted in a lot of additional press coverage including the front page of the Guardian Online. FSFE is eager to hear more reports of what recipients of the package did with the handcuffs.  Lees meer...

2012-04-04
A "project" is always temporary, in the narrow sense of the term. Some Free Software people use "project" to refer to long lasting initiatives instead. Your editor also did this, until Bernhard Reiter convinced him to use different terms for people, the result they create, and temporary concerted actions. After several people in FSFE encouraged Bernhard to write down his thoughts, he now published an article arguing: By adopting the more widespread use of the term project, Free Software initiatives will be more successful. "Free Software is here to stay, prepare your mind for this situation.", writes Bernhard.  Lees meer...

2012-03-04
"7500 dead people in the last year, daily up to 100." That is what your editor read on the subway news screen in Berlin. While discussing with DFD volunteer Julia Fuchs what is wrong -- your editors reading skills, his basic mathematical skills, or the news agency -- something else popped up: our FreeYourAndroid.org campaign! Unfortunately your editor was too slow to make a picture of that. But as the German news agency DPA covered the official campaign start, we had a very good press coverage, so a lot of people read about how you can use Free Software on mobile phones. The campaign manager Torsten Grote is currently gathering all the press coverage, please send news and blog stories about #FreeYourAndroid to press@fsfeurope.org.  Lees meer...

2012-02-04
Smartphones zijn kleine computertjes die we vaak bij ons dragen. Jammer genoeg zijn niet wij, de gebruikers, de baas over onze smartphones maar de makers en telecommaatschappijen. Zelfs Androidtelefoons worden geleverd met onvrije software en propriëtaire toevoegingen die veelal niet in ons belang hun werk doen. Alleen zolang de maker nog commercieel belang bij het apparaat heeft verschijnen er nieuwe software-updates. De apps die beschikbaar zijn in de officiële market zijn meestal onvrij. Het is niemand toegestaan te bestuderen hoe ze nou eigenlijk op je telefoon werken. In sommige gevallen werken ze simpelweg niet zoals je zou willen, en in andere gevallen kunnen ze zelfs schadelijk zijn.  Lees meer...

2012-01-04
Competition authorities are 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...

2011-12-04
Who controls what you find on the internet? Search engines are a vital connection between you and information. In the eyes of the FSFE, it is important that users can be independent. That is why we spread awareness about the 1.0 release of YaCy, a peer-to-peer search engine. Read about YaCy at our press release, Karsten Gerloff's blog entry or choose one of the many news sites who wrote about it, including Wall Street Journal, BBC News, The Telegraph or TAZ.  Lees meer...

2011-11-04
How long should copyright last? Should living beings or software be patentable? The World Intellectual Property Organisation deals with this sort of questions. Since 2004, we are involved in the WIPO to make sure they do not harm Free Software. Our most important demand is that when it comes to copyright and patents, the benefits should be weighed against the costs.  Lees meer...

2011-10-04
FSFE Fellow Michael Clemens has a solution for all of you out there who want to know when their laundry in the washing machine is done. In his article he explains how to build get a "Laundruino", based on the Free Software microcontroller Arduino, which informs you of the status of your laundry cycle.  Lees meer...

2011-09-04
The first day in a new organisation always is quite intensive, many new people, procedures, so much information. Our new intern Eszter Bako it was even more intense. She spent her first day with FSFE at the Desktop Summit, surrounded by nearly 800 people talking about strange things such as KDE, Gnome, Qt, GTK, Plasma, Git, QML, D-Bus, or about how to build a toaster. For beginners the Free Software community can give a strange impression.  Lees meer...

2011-08-04
Bernhard Reiter is one of FSFE's founders and architect of the original German team. He participated in setting up three important Free Software organisations: FreeGIS.org, FFII, and FossGIS. Besides that, he is founder and Executive Director of Intevation GmbH, a company with exclusively Free Software products and services since 1999.  Lees meer...

2011-07-04
Stel je voor dat je net een computer hebt gekocht met voorgeïnstalleerde Vrije Software. Na een tijd besluit je extra software te installeren van een andere bron. De verkoper is het hier echter niet mee eens, en besluit de mensen aan te klagen die de software hebben ontwikkeld. Dat klinkt alsof het geen goed plan was om de computer daar te kopen!  Lees meer...

2011-06-04
Wat zou u doen met een monopolist die zijn dominante positie gebruikt om ook op andere gebieden meer monopolies te creeren? De Europese Commissie besloot in 2004 dat Microsoft verplicht is om concurrenten van informatie te voorzien over hoe een werkgroep-server kan worden verbonden met Windows-computers. De meest belangrijke concurrent op dit gebied is het Samba-project. Samba is Free Software (Vrije Software). De Europese Commissie heeft daarom duidelijk gemaakt dat Microsoft de informatie zo moet aanleveren dat deze compatibel is met de GNU GPL. In haar beslissing van 2004 vereiste Commissie geen publicatie van innovaties, er werd slechts gevraagd om eenvoudige informatie over hoe Microsoft-computers met elkaar praten.  Lees meer...

2011-05-04
882 software patents, likely related to GNU/Linux, in the hands of people who could use them to pressure Free Software companies and developers? Maybe in the hands of Microsoft, which has for years used nebulous patent claims to extract licensing fees from companies that use the Linux kernel in their products. This month the German and the US competition authorities approved the sale of those patents to CPTN, a consortium consisting of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, and EMC. But, barring nasty surprises in the still to be published detailed decision, we neutralised the danger for Free Software.  Lees meer...

2011-04-04
Een kamer met een bed, een bureau en een bank. Dat was de situatie toen de redacteur als stagiair aan het werk ging voor FSFE in Georg Greve's eenkamerappartement in Hamburg, in 2004. FSFE begon met zijn activiteiten in Maart 2001 als de eerste zuster organisatie van de FSF in de VS. We hebben sindsdien een lange weg afgelegd. Ten eerste krijgen onze stagiaires geen verplichte kooklessen meer van Georg, in plaats daarvan hebben ze hun eigen bureaus en hoeven ze niet langer zittend op een bank te werken. Ten tweede hebben we nu de Fellowship die naar een groei van vrijwilligers en activiteiten leidt:  Lees meer...

2011-03-04
"On 27th January facebook was shut down in Egypt. For the moment this stopped the protests. Media assumes that this is due to the influence of Mubarak's granddaughter who is Mark Zuckerberg's girl-friend." Of course this is not true. But with software which is controlled by one company, something like this can happen. What if the owner of the social network would have been an Egypt company? Would this company have been able to resist state pressure?  Lees meer...

2011-02-04
Videos on the internet often prove to be literal nuisance to Free Software users. Several websites required the non-free flash video plugin to view videos. Perhaps also your friends were wondering why you are not able to watch youtube videos within your web browser, and thought you are a freak when you started downloading videos with youtube-dl. With gnash and other programs which are able to play flash video directly the situation improved. But flash is still a pain annoying both for Free Software users and developers.  Lees meer...

2011-01-04
Hun missie is om Vrije Software naar scholen en universiteiten te brengen. Hun nieuwe taak om informatie over de belanghebbenden te verzamelen, en op hun toegespitste pamfletten te maken. En ik weet zeker wat de lievelingskleur is van de coördinators Thomas Jensch en Guido Arnold is, namelijk: Fellowship groen. Zo kennen we ons educatieteam.  Lees meer...

2010-12-04
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...

2010-11-04
This edition explains how we counter the lobby work of proprietary organisations at the European level, what we do at the United Nations level to inform more people about the dangers of software patents, what we are doing to get rid of non-free software advertisement on public websites, and what you can do to make a change.  Lees meer...

2010-10-04
In this edition we discuss the misleading term "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms" (FRAND), we explain what we are doing about centralised computer systems and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and update you on our current campaign to end non-free software commercials by public institutions.  Lees meer...

2010-09-04
In this edition we are covering Free Software in education, distributed Free Software solutions as alternative to centralised services, some ways to celebrate what we -- the Free Software community -- already achieved, and how you can participate in the European football championship even if you are not interested in football.  Lees meer...

2010-08-04
The focus of this edition is Free Software in the public sector: on a national level within the United Kingdom, in the Italian region of Bozen, and in the Austrian city of Linz. We introduce a new definition of mnemonic Open Standards, and invite you to participate in upcoming local Free Software events.  Lees meer...

2010-07-04
This edition covers Neelie Kroes' statement about Open Standards, the Free Software discussion in Saxony (Germany), and the relicensing of WebM to be GPL compatible, and asks you all to keep in touch with your politicians about Free Software issues.  Lees meer...

2010-06-04
May was quite busy, for the first time we participated in a big church event to inform visitors about Free Software. We analysed the European Commission's Digital Agenda, and there was news about free video formats.  Lees meer...

2010-02-09
In January, FSFE was awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal as a "trendsetting organisation". This recognition for the hard work of the past years was a good start into the new year.  Lees meer...

2010-01-10
Despite the temperatures dropping below zero all over Europe and the Christmas holidays approaching, FSFE kept working as usual for software freedom. The major news of December are that we have begun to restructure our website, added Andreas Tolf Tolfsen as webmaster deputy coordinator, and published a statement on the EC's settlement with Microsoft in the browser antitrust case. Read on to learn more about what we did in December.  Lees meer...

2009-12-12
November: another month full of activities and work to do for FSFE. Among other things we launched the Fellowship grant project, fought for Open Standards in the European public sector, had an excellent time at the FSCONS in Sweden, and participated in WIPO to ensure that Free Software principles are respected. To keep FSFE strong and independent, we have launched our year-end fund raising campaign: Cooking for Freedom.  Lees meer...

2009-11-13
October has been a dense, vibrant and challenging month for FSFE. We have done more work than will fit the limits of this letter. For this reason, after reading the newsletter, please visit the news section of our website to have a complete overview of our work:  Lees meer...

2009-10-12
De Software Freedom Day was deze maand één van de belangrijkste evenementen voor de de Vrije Softwaregemeenschap. De FSFE heeft op deze dag samen met enkele Fellows evenementen georganiseerd in Leipzig, Wenen en Hamburg. Onze Fellows hebben ook in grote mate bijgedragen aan het succes van onze campagne "Informeer bij uw kandidaat" tijdens de Duitse verkiezingen.  Lees meer...

2009-09-14
Augustus is als gevolg van de vakanties een rustigere periode. Desondanks namen de FSFE en de Fellowship deel aan verschillende activiteiten.  Lees meer...

2009-08-13
Het was een drukke maand, maar slecht nieuws heeft er een donkere schaduw over geworpen. Richard Rothwell, een Fellow en een vooraanstaand en gerespecteerd pleiter voor Vrije Software in het onderwijs is overleden. Wij nemen even verder graag afscheid van hem.  Lees meer...

2009-07-09
Juni is een boeiende maand geweest. Naast onze vaste activiteiten zoals de Fellowshipvergaderingen en deelnemen aan evenementen zoals LinuxTag in Berlijn, hebben we deze maand veel tijd en energie gestoken in de Algemene Vergadering (AV) die plaatvond in Miraflores de la Sierra.  Lees meer...

2009-06-09
We hebben ons deze maand behoorlijk in het zweet moeten werken. Niet alleen door de eerste echte zonnige dagen waarvan heel Europa mocht genieten, maar wij organiseerden de verkiezing van onze eerste Fellowschipvertegenwoordiger in de Algemene Vergadering. We hebben vacatures bekendgemaakt voor een nieuwe coördinator en medewerkers voor onze juridische afdeling en ons Oostenrijks team heeft haar tour door heel Oostenrijk, als deelnemer aan het "Linuxwochen Eisenstadt", succesrijk en voldaan afgesloten.  Lees meer...

2009-05-11
Weet u wat Vrije Software duurzaam maakt? U! Ja, dankzij uw steun kunnen wij in heel Europa op verschillende niveaus de Vrije Softwareprincipes beschermen en promoten. Dankzij uw steun hebben wij onder andere de tweede Vrije Softwareworkshop over licenties en wetgeving kunnen organiseren, heeft het Oostenrijkse team ons kunnen vertegenwoordigen op verschillende evenementen over heel Oostenrijk en kunnen we een stagiair blijven veroorloven voor ons kantoor in Zurich.  Lees meer...

2009-04-15
If you were wondering when the newsletter would come back, stop wondering - it's back! We apologise for the delays in delivering the newsletter over the past few months and assure you that our monthly newsletter will now resume the task of updating you regularly about FSFE activities.  Lees meer...

2008-12-02
October marked the beginning of a planning phase in FSFE. As well as planning our campaigns for next year, we've been working on some actions for around the upcoming festive season. Alongside the internal discussions, we've been asking the community for ideas when we go to events or hold Fellowship meetings.  Lees meer...

2008-10-27
This was an important month for Free Software. Not only was Software Freedom Day held (as always) on the 20th, but this years marks the 25th anniversary of the GNU Project. Celebrations took place across Europe and our Fellows continued to support Free Software in local areas with enthusiasm and passion.  Lees meer...

2008-09-24
The most exciting thing this month is the amount of Fellowship activity we are seeing around Europe. It's great to see more and more local meetings, giving Free Software supporters a chance to hang out together and share views.  Lees meer...

2008-08-23
FSFE's activities have been varied over the last month. It's promising to see the increase of Fellowship activities across Europe. We are looking forward to seeing more local groups appear and to hearing about their activities on all levels. One of the most important parts of supporting Free Software is sharing knowledge in your own community.  Lees meer...

2008-07-08
Housekeeping items are the least popular of all tasks in any organisation, and any organisation that is working under pressure has a tendency of accumulating them. That is why after the intensive work of the past year to build up and grow the Freedom Task Force, work on antitrust and OOXML issues, and various other activities, FSFE had some of them as well. Fortunately, after substantial preparation and three intensive days, FSFE's General Assembly in June managed to take care of them and send everyone home highly motivated and with a full task list. The results of this will become slowly visible throughout the coming year.  Lees meer...

2008-05-21
Issues around standardisation continued to make headlines during April. However, other important areas of focus were also under discussion around the world.  Lees meer...

2008-04-16
It has been another busy month for software freedom. Open Standards have continued to dominate discussions in ICT with the MS-OOXML proposal being accepted by ISO as a standard. FSFE and numerous other parties have observed this process from the beginning and have reason to be concerned about the state of international standardisation. You could read more about this in our lead story below.  Lees meer...

2008-03-17
It has been an exceptional month. The European Commission has fined Microsoft an additional 899 million Euro for continuing to restrict access to interoperability information prior to October 2007 and the ISO Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva failed to address most of the serious issues and ultimately ended up waving through the bulk of ECMA responses without review. Public awareness of issues relating to software freedom have been raised dramatically.  Lees meer...

2008-02-12
January has been a month full of activity both on the grassroots community level and in broad topics like Free Software legal infrastructure. The local Fellowship groups in Berlin and Duesseldorf are very active, and Duesseldorf's Fellowship is planning to expand to nearby cities in the coming months. Meanwhile, FSFE and gpl-violations.org have been deepening their partnership to ensure fair use of Free Software licences in the European area.  Lees meer...

2008-01-16
The last month of 2007 was pretty exciting, with the biggest news being the release of interoperability information by Microsoft in connection with the European antitrust case. The SAMBA project has arranged full access to specifications necessary for communication competitive alternatives to Microsoft's proprietary products. Of course, this does not mean that Microsoft's monopolistic behaviour has been resolved. A new antitrust case may be undertaken after complaints by Opera Software that Microsoft has willfully distorted the web browser marketplace. It's also important to note that this does not in any way solve the problem with patents on software. Such patents are still being granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in violation of current law, and the FSFE is encouraging the European Commission to take actions to permanently abolish patents on software, both in theory and practice.  Lees meer...

2007-12-17
Welcome to FSFE's exceptionally full November newsletter. In Europe FSFE has been involved in speeches, meetings, training courses and public betas of new technology. On the global level we have been participated in the recent Internet Governance Forum meeting in Brazil.  Lees meer...

2007-11-07
Topics: Welcome to FSFE's October newsletter. This month, issues of interoperability, sustainable ICT and Free Software in education have been receiving attention. There are also changes inside FSFE, with the Fellowship reviewing its infrastructure and long-term projects like the FTF European Legal and Technical networks continuing to expand. Exciting times indeed.  Lees meer...

2007-10-09
Topics: Microsoft antitrust: A victory for Free Software and freedom of competition, WIPO: FSFE calls for interoperability and Open Standards, Freedom Task Force signs MoU with TIS Free Software Center, Southern Tyrol, Italy, Videos of FSFE president Georg Greve with Chilean Minister of Economy, FSFE supports protest against increased surveillance of digital communication, FSFE presents FSCONS and The Scandinavian Free Software Award, FSFE at OpenExpo, Switzerland, Get active.  Lees meer...

2007-09-13
Topics: FSFE engages with irregularities in the ISO voting process, FTF informal legal network now covers sixteen European countries, Two days of Free Software in Chile, The Fellowship site now supports multiple languages, First distributed Fellowship meeting, FSFE German Team at FrOSCon, Fellows of the Rhein/Ruhr area holding monthly talks, Building the Fellowship in Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Karlsruhe, FSFE supports demonstration "liberty instead of fear", September 22nd, Speeches about SELF, Open Standards and Free Software in Argentina, Free Software and Free Documentation licence consultations.  Lees meer...

2007-08-09
Topics: Mythbusting MS-OOXML, First Swedish Fellowship meeting held in Gothenburg, Free Software on Exit festival 2007, Novi Sad, Serbia, Freedom in the hills: the Bergtagung, GNU GPL licence confirmed once again in a court of law, Submit Free Software projects to the Trophées du Libre, Ongoing work of spreading GNU GPLv3 understanding, Tell a friend about the Fellowship, share this newsletter.  Lees meer...

2007-07-12
Topics: FSFE's General Assembly and the first Benelux fellowship meeting, GPLv3 and LGPLv3 have been released, Free Software personal consultancy for businesses, Six questions to national standardisation bodies, Georg Greve in India, FTF useful tips translated to Asian languages, Free Software in Austrian Schools, Get your friends to support the Fellowship and FSFE.  Lees meer...

2007-06-13
Topics: FSFE and Digicomp announce Free Software Licensing course, Meeting Libre 2007 in Miraflores, Spain, FSFE at eLiberatica 2007 in Romania, Richard Stallman in Sweden, ConfSL, LUGConf and Fellowship meeting in Cosenza, Italy, Linuxtag in Berlin, Linuxwochen tour through Austria, Donations now tax-deductable in Switzerland.  Lees meer...

2007-05-10
1. FSFE launches list of recommended Free Software lawyers 2. FSFE action on IPRED2 "Criminalisation" Directive 3. Transcript of Richard M. Stallman's speech in Brussels online 4. FSFE at A2K2 conference in Yale Law School 5. Georg Greve and Jonas Öberg in Belgrade, Serbia 6. Ivan Jelic joining European Core Team of FSFE 7. Merchandise available via web order 8. Get active: join the translation team!  Lees meer...

2007-04-13
Topics: FTF introduces useful tips for compliance, Talk about GPLv3 in Brussels, STACS kickoff meeting in Paris, FSFE thanks Google for sponsoring 1 year of internship, Introducing FSFE's new interns, Announcing a new Italian Fellowship meeting.  Lees meer...

2007-03-13
Topics: Fiduicary License Agreement released under GFDL/CC-by-sa, FSFE announces big raffle among all Fellows, FSFE at FOSDEM in Brussels (Belgium), Ciarán O'Riordan at SkyCon in Limerick (Ireland), End of internship of Maria Luisa Carli, System administration murphy weeks, Get Active: Join the SELF project!.  Lees meer...

2007-02-13
Topics: FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project, Transcript of Richard Stallman on the Free Software movement, Windows Vista released - FSFE recommends switching to GNU/Linux, Get Active: Join the Revolution!.  Lees meer...

2007-01-12
Topics: Looking back and forward, Georg Greve at "Nexell informiert", Get Active: Join the Fellowship!.  Lees meer...

2006-12-11
Topics: First international Fellowship conference, Freedom Task Force started, FSFE becomes the legal guardian of Bacula.org, Inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, Fifth international GPLv3 conference, Trophees du Libre, Introducing Mathias Klang, FSFE at public events, Get Active: tell your company about FSFE!.  Lees meer...

2006-11-13
Topics: DRM.info platform launched, Introducing Shane M. Coughlan and Maria Luisa Carli, FSFE helped liberating Italian ZIP code database, FSFE at LWE fairs in Utrecht (Netherlands) and London (UK), FSFE Swedish Team at the Internet Days in Stockholm (Sweden).  Lees meer...

2006-10-05
Topics: Regional and international Fellowship meetings, FSFE at the Wizards of OS in Berlin, Georg Greve at SERCI workshop in Helsinki, Finland, FSFE at WIPO General Assembly, Other public appearances.  Lees meer...

2006-09-08
Topics: Moving forward in the GPLv3 public consultation process, SELF project issues call for material, New office in Sweden, School of Art and Design Zürich donates hosting services to FSFE, Giacomo Poderi ends his internship, Alex Antener joins the core team.  Lees meer...

2006-08-10
Topics: SELF project officially launched, Second draft of the GPLv3 presented, Bernhard Reiter spoke at University of Bayreuth (Germany), Free Software at Campus Party in Valencia (Spain), Experts Meeting on Internet Governance Forum, Microsoft fined another 1.5m EUR per day, 280.5m EUR total, FSFE servers moved.  Lees meer...

2006-07-07
Topics: GPLv3 conference in Barcelona, FSFE at UN WIPO PCDA/2, Anja Vorspel hired part time to help in FSFE office, Georg Greve at dorkbot.swiss, Linuxwochen in Linz (Austria), Stefano Maffulli at Java Conference Milano.  Lees meer...

2006-06-09
1. FSFE at Linuxtag in Wiesbaden (Germany) 2. Free Software workshop at Academy of German Army 3. FSFE at several events in Milan (Italy) 4. GPLv3 at SANE and UKUUG evening talks 5. Georg Greve at HGKZ university in Zürich (Switzerland) 6. Karsten Gerloff at eIFL workshop in Kiev (Ukraine) 7. FSFE General Assembly in Manchester 8. Linuxwochen in Vienna (Austria)

2006-05-10
Topics: Two lucky Fellows win a notebook, Giacomo Poderi starts internship at FSFE, FSFE core team continues to grow, Ciarán O'Riordan and Gareth Bowker speak in London, Free Software Forum in Brasil, Access to Knowledge Conference in USA, Hearing for Microsoft antitrust case.  Lees meer...

2006-04-10
Topics: Happy birthday FSFE, Pablo Machón and Xavier Reina join the FSFE core team, GPLv3 conference in Torino, gnuvox, the voice of Free Software in Italy, Official FSFE statement on patent system in Europe, Fellowship of FSFE participated in LUGConference 2006, Karsten Gerloff at TACD.  Lees meer...

2006-03-08
Topics: Gareth Bowker joins General Assembly of FSFE, Free Knowledge Foundation associates with FSFE, UN Consultations on Internet Governance Forum (IGF), UN WIPO: Provisional Committee on a Development Agenda (PCDA), FSFE's office moves to Düsseldorf, Second Fellowship meeting in Berlin, Microsoft antitrust case: 2 million EUR per day, FSFE at FOSDEM, FSFE organises SWPAT roundtable in Brussels, Fellowship: Get a 3 month LWN subscription and win a notebook!.  Lees meer...

2006-02-08
Topics: Fellowship meetings in Vienna and Berlin, Discussion about Free Software in Austrian schools started, First draft of GPLv3 presented, Microsoft still trying to avoid competition.  Lees meer...

2006-01-09
Topics: Celebrating the 20th newsletter, Georg Greve at LACFREE in Recife in Brazil, Henrik Sandklef at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Karsten Gerloff at the 22nd CCC in Berlin, Voicing security concerns against personal pressure, Free Software energy in Northern Ireland.  Lees meer...

2005-12-08
Topics: First Austrian Fellowship meeting, Tweakfest in Zürich, UN World Summit on Information Society, LinuxWorld Expo in Frankfurt/Main, Seminar in Dublin about preventing software patentability, Jornadas Regionales de Software Libre in Rosario (Argentinia), LinuxDay in Italy, Removal of Free Software from WSIS "Vienna Conclusions", Welcoming the Free Software Foundation Latin America.  Lees meer...

2005-11-07
Topics: Fellowship portal migrated to eZ publish, Joint Statement of FSFE and FSF Latin America to WIPO GA, WSIS workshop on internet governance and human rights, Workshop about Free Software in Austrian schools, Internet Hungary 2005, Valtellinux in Caiolo (Italy), Internetdagarna in Stockholm (Sweden), FSFE's political message in Ireland, Georg Greve in Brazil, Real Networks leaves antitrust EU case, Microsoft's new "shared source" licenses.  Lees meer...

2005-10-09
Topics: IPRED2 - the new attack against freedom, Stichting NLnet donate 150,000 EUR to support GPLv3 activities, Alessandro Rubini in Slovenia, Stefano Maffulli at the OpenOffice.org Conference in Slovenia.  Lees meer...

2005-09-05
Topics: Heading towards the GPLv3, Karsten Gerloff at the ATTAC Germany summer academy, AFFS General Meeting, Improving the infrastructure.  Lees meer...

2005-08-06
Topics: European Parliament rejects software patent directive, Svenska Linuxföreningen's yearly meeting, Summer School on Libre Software in Castellón, Jornades de Programari Lliure in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Third inter-sessional WIPO meeting in Geneve, FSFE at What The Hack, Expanding the network of Free Software organisations.  Lees meer...

2005-07-08
Topics: WSIS/WSA Contributory Conference in Vienna, Austria, Round table in Venice, Italy, Podium discussion about software patents in Kiel, Germany, ChaosControl conference in Vienna, Austria, WIPO meeting in Geneve, Switzerland, GNU/Linuxtag in Karlsruhe, Germany, Karlsruhe Memorandum on software patents, Europython in Göteborg, Sweden, 1ere Conference Nationale de Logiciels Libres, Aleppo, Syria, Lobbying against software patents, Karsten Gerloff finished internship with FSFE.  Lees meer...

2005-06-07
Topics: General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, Access to Knowledge (A2K) meeting in London, UK, Romanian discussion mailing lists, LinuxWorldExpo in Milano, Italy, Linuxwochen Wien, Vienna, Austria, Software patent conference in Udine, Italy, Alessandro Rubini in Bologna, FSFE very active in Brussels, Freedom Party in Berne, Switzerland, FSFE looks for new intern.  Lees meer...

2005-05-05
Topics: Ciaran O'Riordan working full-time for FSFE, IFSO becoming associate organisation, WIPO IIM on "Development Agenda", FSFE office in Hamburg, Fellowship SmartCards being sent out, Freedom party in Milano, Teaching the World Bank, FSF Latin America on its way, Nordic University Computer Club Conference in Sweden, Alessandro Rubini speaks at University in Lecce, Web pages translated to 14 languages.  Lees meer...

2005-04-07
Topics: Henrik Sandklef becomes a member of the FSFE association, Fellowship a big success, Karsten Gerloff begins internship with FSFE, Freedom Party in Berlin, Free Software Workshop in Damascus, Conference on Free Software in Istanbul, Free Software Conference in Sarajevo, Linuxforum in Copenhagen, Microsoft trial getting increased public attention, Georg Greve visits FSF in Boston.  Lees meer...

2005-03-06
Topics: Fellowship of FSFE announced, Comments on WSIS/WGIG papers, Wilhelm Tux hits the apple, Software patents: the battle continues..., Microsoft tries to bypass European Court decision.  Lees meer...

2005-02-07
Topics: FSFE in Dublin, FSFE at World Social Forum (WSF), HP donates two servers, Continued tour through Italy, Activities against software patents.  Lees meer...

2005-01-08
Topics: Poland disapproves software patent directive in EU Council, First victory for EU and FSFE in Microsoft trial, FSFE Chapter Italy meets the Italian audience, Chapter Italy awarded Prof. Stefano Rodotà, Other public appearances.  Lees meer...

2004-12-05
Topics: FSFE stands firm in Microsoft case, FSFE gains observer status at the WIPO, Intensifying world wide co-operation, Two FSFE members attending SFScon, Other public appearances.  Lees meer...

2004-11-06
Topics: From WIPO to WIWO, Via Libre becoming associate organisation, FSFE at the LWE in Frankfurt, Other public appearances, FSFE watches the Municipality of Pavia, Italian system integrator, Engineering, chooses GNU GPL, Donations via PayPal.  Lees meer...

2004-10-06
Topics: FSFE self-conception, Is Microsoft happy that the FSFE is included in their appeals process?, FSFE intervenes at the European Court, FSFE at the Ars Electronica, GNU/Linux World Expo in Milan, Italy, FSFE at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Spanish press release mailing list now available.  Lees meer...

2004-09-06
Topics: Announcing Wilhelm Tux as a new associate organisation, Software patents discussion, Donating to the FSFE in the United Kingdom, Speech at the KDE Community World Summit.  Lees meer...

2004-08-06
Topics: FSFE supporting European Commission in their case against Microsoft, Widely noticed interview in "Die Zeit", Writing new licenses often counterproductive, RSS feeds for FSFE news and events available, FSFE supports the declaration of Caceres, Investigations on the impact of Free Software on companies.  Lees meer...

2004-07-06
Topics: Georg Greve in South America, Wizards of OS, Firenze Tecnologia becomes Patron of FSF Europe, Sources-switch, the Italian coordination effort of communities, Introducing Matthias Kirschner, GNU/Linuxtag in Karlsruhe, Strengthening the global Free Software network, Demonstration against software patents, Introducing the translators team, Fundraising campaign.  Lees meer...

2004-06-08
Topics: introducing the FSFE newsletter, EU Council decision on software patents directive, AGNULA, welcoming FSFE press speaker Joachim Jakobs, Georg Greve in South America, protecting Free Software from over regulation, other important public appearances.  Lees meer...