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FSFE Newsletter - April 2015

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Jonas Öberg visiting Boston without a pink backpack

Our new Executive Director Jonas Öberg gave a talk at Libreplanet, and visited Boston to meet FSF board members and staff. In his blog posts he wrote about his meetings with Matthew Garret, Benjamin Mako Hill, Bradley Kuhn, Henry Poole from FSF's board, FSF's staff as well as FSF's Executive Director John Sullivan discussing how to improve cooperation and the two main challenges he sees for FSFE:

Furthermore he looks back to his first visit, at that time in his capacity as GNU webmaster, in December 1999 with a pink backpack.

FSFE supporting the Christoph Hellwig GNU GPL enforcement lawsuit

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

Free Software is a public resource, and it is governed by legal rules and social norms. Anyone who draws on this resource without respecting those rules and norms damages the community at large. The great majority of such problems are successfully resolved through dialogue and goodwill. It is only when dialogue fails that legal steps become necessary in order to protect this resource which we all share.

While FSFE regrets that this lawsuit has arisen, we believe that safeguarding Free Software against those who try to appropriate for themselves what belongs to us all is of the utmost importance.

Joint statement on the use of Open Standards in the European Commission

Open Standards are formats and protocols which everybody can use free of charge and restriction and for which no specific software from a particular vendor is required. It is important that every EU citizen and company should have the right to communicate and interact with its administration using Open Standards exclusively, and not be forced to install and use software from any specific vendor.

At Document Freedom Day (DFD), the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards, April (the French Free Software organisation), European Digital Rights (EDRi), Open Forum Europe (OFE), the Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA), and FSFE published a joint statement. Besides generally highlighting the topic, the statement focuses on the improper use of standards in the context of applying for EU programmes. (A full report about the 60 DFD events in 31 countries will be published at the beginning of April.)

Something completely different

Get active: Spread the message with Free Software merchandise

During the last weeks, many people ordered our “There is no cloud, just other people's computers” stickers. Now Rich Folsom wrote a Chromium Browser add-in, which converts “the cloud” to “other people's computers”.

Since so many people like the slogan, we now also have the corresponding “There is no cloud, just other people's computers” bags in our webshop. Furthermore we have a new Open Standard t-shirt with robots in fitted light blue or a non-fitted khaki, the “I love Free Software” t-shirt in light blue, or a fitted “Hacking for Freedom” t-shirt in grey, as well as the metallic “GNU/Linux inside” stickers and a golden GNU pin.

If you want to spread the Free Software message at work, conferences, or when you are shopping, you can order the equipment on our merchandise page.

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