Seit 2001 stärkt die FSFE die Rechte von Nutzerinnen und Nutzern, indem sie Hürden für Softwarefreiheit beseitigt. Seit 20 Jahren helfen wir Menschen und Organisationen dabei zu verstehen, wie Freie Software andere Grundrechte wie Redefreiheit, Pressefreiheit und das Recht auf Privatsphäre stützt.

Für die nächsten zwei Jahrzehnte brauchen wir Ihre Unterstützung. Wir wollen, dass alle in der Lage sind, ihre Technik selbstbestimmt nutzen zu können. Freie Software und ihre Freiheiten, sie verwenden, verstehen, verbreiten und verbessern zu können sind der Schlüssel dafür.

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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.

What happened beside the fact that 554 administrations fixed the advertisement? Some politicians are already working to fix the advertisment for non-free software European wide and on the Member State level.

For example, at the European level, Members of the European Parliament submitted parliamentary questions to the Commission to find out where the Commission does this advertisement; why they do so; if they tested their websites with Free Software PDF readers; and how they plan to solve the problem for the Commission's own website and the websites of other public institutions in the Member States.

On the national level, the German Green Party made a statement and submitted 18 questions to the German Federal Government about advertisement of proprietary PDFreader software on German Federal Government's websites (in German)

In addition, the German Government is now recommends to use our text snippet "to open this PDF file, you need a PDF reader. You can download one of the following programs..." in their new migration guide (in German) and highlights that there should be no advertisement for non-free software readers by public authorities.

Besides that, since the fundraising started, the number of people supporting our 'Petition For The Removal Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Institution Websites' has now reached 2481 signatures.

Once again, thanks for supporting this campaign and for your funding.

Finally, we would like to suggest everyone to turn off Javascript before you go to the donation page. This way, you will avoid to run nonfree Javascript code. We apologise for this inconvenience, which is an issue related with this platform. Moreover, we have asked the platform managers to address this problem, and they agreed to work on this.