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FSFE Newsletter - April 2012

Let us end all Free Software "projects" quickly!

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.

Corporate perk or monopolist bribery?

Staff in the European Parliament are facing a challenge to their ethics. A company is offering all of them a gift which could compromise their independence. The company in question is Microsoft, and the gift is a bunch of proprietary programs. Through the Parliament's administration, Microsoft is offering staff (though probably not MEPs) gratis licenses to Microsoft Office, Project, and Visio. This happens under the so-called "Home Use Program".

The staff is working on regulations that also effect Microsoft, who is now making a gift to them. Staff is usually the one who does all the legwork. They are the one who control access to our MEPs. FSFE asks the MEPs to tell their staff, and the staff in their groups, not to accept Microsoft's gift. On the contrary, they should push the administration into making Free Software tools available that staffers can use to do their work, and urge the Parliament itself to migrate to Free Software. Karsten Gerloff wrote about this in his blog and will closeley monitor how the MEPs and their staff in the European Parliament will react. We will keep you posted.

Help for FSFE from Greece

The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on February 29th. To summarise the detailed election results: Our new Fellowship representative is Nikos Roussos from Greece. He will meet with other members of FSFE's general assembly in Lisboa at the end of April, to work on strategic questions for the coming years. Thanks to Albert Dengg and Gert Seidl who also stood for the Fellowship GA seat, and who want to continue their great work for FSFE in their area.

Something completely different

Get Active: Leaflets to free others mobile!

Our Free Your Android campaign, got a lot of attention. Beside preparing his exams, Torsten Grote gave interviews for the German newspaper "Die Tageszeitung", radio interviews, and held a first installation party for FoeBud e.V.. Also at our booth at Cebit, Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, as well as Augsburger Linuxinfotage a lot of people showed interest in this campaign. We would like to get more people involved in this campaign. We ask you to promote the campaign with leaflets and posters in your local Free Software user group, your hackerspace, company, university, school, or your favourite bar. Please write an e-mail with a postal address to fellowship@fsfeurope.org, and we send you some leaflets and posters to promote it.

Thanks to all the Fellows and donors who enable our work,
Matthias Kirschner - FSFE

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