Arkiv Lajmesh

Join the I Love Free Software Day 2019

Today, as with every year on February 14th, people around the globe are celebrating "I love Free Software" Day by expressing their love and thanks to all the people working behind each Free Software project. Follow the love with the hashtag #IloveFS today and add your own love dedication to the stream! 

Huawei case demonstrates importance of Free Software for security

  • 05 February 2019

The discussion of the Huawei security concerns showcases a general trust issue when it comes to critical infrastructure. A first step to solve this problem is to publish the code under a Free and Open Source Software licence and take measures to facilitate its independently-verifiable distribution. 

FSFE publishes expert brochure about “Public Money? Public Code!"

  • 24 January 2019

Why should governments develop Free Software? Where is Free Software already generating benefits in the public sector? What are Free Software business models? Answers to these questions and practical guidelines are given in the new expert policy brochure published today by the Free Software Foundation Europe. Produced with decision-takers in mind, the brochure will be a helpful source of information for candidates and parties running for the European Parliament election. Downloads and prints are available under a Creative Commons license. 

FSFE is hiring: Fundraising Manager

  • 09 January 2019

We are looking for a Fundraising Manager to support our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the Berlin office, being in charge of the FSFE's individual and corporate fundraising. 

The FSFE needs you to continue spreading software freedom in Europe!

  • 05 December 2018

Since 2001 the Free Software Foundation Europe empowers software users to exert control over the technology that is so deeply involved in every aspect of our lives today. As a non-profit organisation, our work is backed by the continuous and generous contributions of our supporters. From public campaigns to policy monitoring, from removing legal barriers to helping organisations in understanding how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination, our supporters have helped to finance our work.  

Annual report of the Free Software Foundation Europe 2018

"Software freedom in Europe" is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. In the 2018 report, you will read about our electoral campaigns, our input on the European Union's copyright reform, and about our successful outreach in demanding publicly financed software be made publicly available under a Free Software licence. You will also get insights about the events we (co-)organised and about our community and groups that helped us with these achievements. Finally, we will display some numbers showing what resources we counted on, and giving an outlook for the next year. 

Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 35C3

In the context of the 35th Chaos Communication Congress happening from December 27th to 30th in Leipzig, the FSFE is happy to host an assembly again, acting as an information booth and a meeting point for our friends and all friends of Free Software. As in previous editions, we offer attention and a stage for self-organised sessions by and for our community, and this is our call for participation. 

Free Software changing Microsoft's patent strategy

  • 23 October 2018

In October Microsoft took a big step concerning its software patents by joining the LOT Network (LOT stands for "License on Transfer") and the Open Invention Network (OIN). This is a clear sign of progress on the long road to handing control of technology to the people, and the FSFE encourages Microsoft to take additional steps in this direction. 

Digital-O-Mat: Wat vinden de partijen in Hessen van Vrije Software?

De Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) heeft voorafgaand aan de komende verkiezing voor de Landdag in Hessen met behulp van een "Digital-O-Mat" de posities van de partijen ten aanzien van Vrije Software onder de loep genomen. Opvallend zijn met name de zwaarwegende verschillen tussen de huidige coalitiepartners. Terwijl de CDU zich voor de status quo uitspreekt presenteert Bündnis 90/Die Grünen zich als ondersteuner van Vrije Software en spreekt zich expliciet uit voor het door de FSFE gepropageerde grondbeginsel "Publiek Geld, Publieke Code!" van de gelijknamige campagne uit. 

"Go open today, there's no excuse not to" - interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS expert at National Land Survey Finland.

Oskari is a Free Software platform for browsing, sharing and analysing geographic information from distributed data sources. Its development is coordinated by the National Land Survey of Finland and is organised through the Oskari network with over 38 organisations from both the public and private sector. Oskari was awarded second prize in the cross-border category of the European Commission's Sharing and Reuse Awards Contest 2017 and is currently going through incubation phase to become an official Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Project. To shed light on best practices regarding Free Software developed by public funds, we have conducted an interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS Expert at the National Land Survey of Finland’s SDI Services department.  

Bundesfreiwilligendienst bei der Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)

  • 13 September 2018

Wir suchen eine engagierte Person, die Interesse hat ihren Bundesfreiwilligendienst bei dem FSFE e.V. zu leisten. Die Bundesfreiwillige wird Vollzeit (35 Stunden wöchentlich) gemeinsam mit unserem Team in unserem Berliner Büro arbeiten. 

New FSFE staff member Alexander Sander: EU public policy programme manager

The Free Software Foundation Europe is happy to welcome our newest staffer Alexander Sander. Alexander is hired as our new EU public policy programme manager and works full-time in the FSFE's Berlin office. In this position, Alexander mainly works with us on policy topics covering Free Software and Open Standards issues at the EU and member state level and helps us identify and monitor EU policy developments to alert the FSFE's network on relevant issues. 

"Call to Action: Save Free Software this September"

  • 05 September 2018
  • George Brooke-Smith

Free Software is at risk! On the 12th of September the EU is getting ready to vote on a "Copyright Reform" package, which undermines the foundations upon which Free Software is built. The proposed Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive targets every online service that allows its users to upload and share content with each other, including code hosting platforms. 

"Public Money? Public Code!": more languages, more supporters, more awareness

The "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign has received an updated set of translations, including the website, open letter and video. The Free Software Foundation Europe has also conducted interviews to ask public administrations about the benefits of public code, which are now available on our website. 

FSFE is hiring: interns and trainees for legal, policy and technical areas

  • 23 July 2018

We are looking for interns and trainees experienced in legal, policy or technical fields. The persons will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's Berlin office. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, and depending on the work area opportunity to participate in events and meetings throughout Europe. 

FSFE is hiring: project manager

  • 16 July 2018

We are looking for a project manager to support our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's Berlin office supporting FSFE projects and managing larger FSFE events. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, as well as travels to other countries. 

Using Free Software to build a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable digital society - interview with Francesca Bria, CTO of Barcelona.

Barcelona, the second most populous municipality of Spain, is actively working on a "smart city" agenda that is reshaping modern city's infrastucture and technologies to put citizen's needs first. Key to Barcelona's agenda is the use and promotion of Free Software and open technologies as a social good, to enable collaboration between administrations and to escape vendor lock-ins. Barcelona is also the first City Council who signed the open letter for “Public Money? Public Code!”. To shed light on Barcelona's best practice, we have conducted an interview with Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer at the Barcelona City Council, to ask her about ongoing innovations and developments in Barcelona. 

Technical Note: Mail Issues on June 8

On Friday morning, one of our servers had a fatal hardware crash. This affected parts of our mail infrastructure and mailing lists. Meanwhile, all services are back to normal. We would like to inform you about what happened and which problems it caused. In a nutshell: Please make sure your emails arrived and check your SMTP settings. 

How Spanish administrations reuse software - an interview with Elena Muñoz Salinero about best practices.

The Technology Transfer Centre (CTT) is an initiative run by the Spanish government whose goal is to facilitate sharing and reuse of software and services among public administrations. To shed light on this best practice, we have conducted an interview with Elena Muñoz Salinero, head of CTT, to ask her about the legal, political and technological background of the CTT.  

LLW2018: The FSFE brings together top legal experts to debate about cross-cutting legal and licensing issues around Free Software

  • 30 May 2018
  • Polina Malaja

Following more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in 2018: a meeting point for world-leading legal experts to debate issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year we decided to bring the event back to its roots and emphasise the "Workshop" part in its original title: around 120 legal experts gathered for a 3-day conference in Barcelona, Spain with an unprecedented amount of parallel tracks and interactive sessions designed to dive into the most contentious topics in the legal world of Free Software. 

FSFE is hiring: EU public policy programme manager

  • 29 May 2018

We are looking for a programme manager for our policy work. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's Berlin office. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, as well as regular travels to Brussels and other countries. 

FSFE simplifies membership procedures for contributors

During last year's General Assembly the FSFE's Council was asked to prepare a constitution change to remove the so-called "Fellowship seats". This motion was adopted with 20:3 votes and zero abstentions. Today the FSFE's General Assembly approved in an extraordinary meeting the removal of the Fellowship seats. In future, access to membership of the FSFE shall be facilitated through the normal membership procedures for active FSFE contributors. 

Thirrje për Pjesëmarrje: Takim i Bashkësisë së FSFE-së dhe pistë e FSFE-së gjatë Libre Software Meeting në Strasburg, Francë

  • 14 April 2018

Libre Software Meeting (LSM) është ndoshta takimi më i madh në Francë mbi Software-in e Lirë, organizuar nga bashkësitë dhe në 2018-n do të shërbejë si strehë e takimit të bashkësisë së FSFE-së. Ai zhvillohet në Strasburg dhe FSFE-ja do të organizojë pistën e vet në ditët e para të LSM-së, nga 7 deri më 9 korrik. Ky është shansi juaj të jeni pjesë e takimit të bashkësisë së FSFE-së dhe edhe të mbani një fjalë në LSM 2018. Afati i aplikimit për një fjalë është 30 prilli - dhe, përpara se ta harroni, aplikoni që tani! 

Thirrje për Pjesëmarrje: Pistë e FSFE-së Mbi "Edukimin Dixhital" Gjatë Libre Software Meeting në Strasburg, Francë

  • 22 March 2018

Nga 7 deri më 12 korrik do të zhvillohet Libre Software Meeting në Strasburg, Francë. Konferenca, e njohur edhe si RMLL, është veprimtaria vjetore më e madhe e Software-it të Lirë për Francën, që zhvillohet në pika të ndryshme të vendit. Këtë, tema kryesore është "Edukimi Dixhital: krijim robërie apo fuqizim i ri?". Me pistën e FSFE-së po shohim për ide frymëzuese lidhur me kafazet e arta dhe çlirimin jo vetëm në institucione edukative, por në jetën tonë të përditshme. 

#ilovefs Report 2018

  • 08 March 2018

On Wednesday 14th of February, our community celebrated the annual "I love Free Software Day". A day to declare love to the communities most important to you as well as saying "Thank You" to the Free Software projects surrounding us every single day. The Free Software Foundation Europe also wants to thank everyone who cheered and contributed to make this day as special as it could be. 

Ask Your Candidates: Italian parties offer progress towards the use of Free Software in public entities

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) publishes the results of the Ask Your Candidates campaign that FSFE Italy did run for the Italian election. Multiple questions have been sent to the major political parties that run for office in the national elections on March 4. We received positive statements by "Movimento 5 Stelle", "Liberi e Uguali", "Partito Democratico" and "Potere al Popolo". Unfortunately, there have been no answers by "+Europa", "Forza Italia", "Fratelli d'Italia" and "Lega Nord".  

FSFE Italy pyet partitë politike për pozicionet e tyre lidhur me Software-in e Lirë

Me rastin e zgjedhjeve të ardhshme në Itali më 4 mars, ekipi vendor i FSFE-së në Itali u dërgoi disa pyetje pastive pjesëmarrëse, për të njohur pozicionin e tyre lidhur me Software-in e Lirë në administratën publike dhe arsim. Do të botojmë dhe analizojmë përgjigjet e tyre, sapo t’i marrim. 

Takim Europian mbi Politikat e Software-it të Lirë 2018: më tepër veprimtari të përbashkëta për Software-in e Lirë në Europë

  • 15 February 2018
  • Polina Malaja

Duke ndjekur traditën e konsoliduar të mbledhjes së grupeve aktive të Software-it të Lirë përpara se të nisë FOSDEM-i, FSFE-ja sërish në bashkëpunim me OpenForum Europe organizuan në Bruksel, në zemrën e vendimmarrjes në Europë, edicionin e tretë të Takimit Europian mbi Politika të Software-it të Lirë. 

Merrni pjesë në ditën I Love Free Software Day 2018

Free Software Foundation Europe fton këdo të shprehë falënderim për krejt kontribuesit te Software i Lirë më 14 shkurt. Vitin e kaluar I Love Free Software Day i qe kushtuar aktivizmit jashtë internetit për t’i treguar njerëzve jashtë flluskës tonë të filtrimit rreth rëndësisë së Software-it të Lirë. Këtë të mërkurë, do t’u kthehemi rrënjëve tona dhe përqendrohemi mbi faktin për të cilin u shpik së pari kjo ditë: të kremtojmë bashkësinë e Software-it të Lirë. 

Organisationen und Juristen fordern: Das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach muss Freie Software werden

  • 19 January 2018

Das Vertrauen in das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach (beA) hat nach bekannt gewordenen Sicherheitslücken und erheblichen technischen Mängeln das Vertrauen von Juristen und Mandanten verloren. Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) übermittelt heute ihren Offenen Brief mit Empfehlungen und Forderungen an die auftraggebende Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (BRAK) zusammen mit drei weiteren bekannten zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen und 21 Juristen. 

Wie das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach (beA) noch zu retten ist

Das besondere elektronische Anwaltspostfach sollte eigentlich seit Anfang 2018 verschlüsselte Kommunikation mit und unter Rechtsanwälten ermöglichen. Allerdings sorgen zahlreiche Sicherheitslücken dafür, dass der Dienst vorerst offline bleiben muss. Die Free Software Foundation Europe empfiehlt der auftraggebenden Bundesrechtsanwaltkammer (BRAK), durch die Veröffentlichung des Programmcodes unter einer Freie-Software- und Open-Source-Lizenz verloren gegangenes Vertrauen wiederherzustellen. 

FSFE releases refreshed set of REUSE practices and a tool to help developers comply

  • 19 December 2017

The REUSE Initiative has received an updated set of practices that simplify the process of declaring copyright and licence information. To help facilitate developers with updating their projects, the FSFE has also published a tool that verifies whether a project is compliant.  

Radio Lockdown: Current Status of Your Device Freedom

  • 12 December 2017

For more than two years the Free Software Foundation Europe has worked on the issue of Radio Lockdown introduced by a European directive which may hinder users to load software on their radio devices like mobile phones, laptops and routers. We have informed the public and talked to decision makers to fix critical points of the directive. There is still much to do to protect freedom and IT security in our radio devices. Read about the latest proceedings and the next steps.  

Equip yourself for 2018: Get FSFE's new t-shirt celebrating the 100 freedoms of Free Software!

  • 11 December 2017

Wear this t-shirt as an icebreaker to explain binary counting and Free Software to your friends—and look good doing it!  

    FSFE Yearly Report 2017

    • 07 December 2017

    The yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe gives you a breakdown in one document of important things we have done and achieved during the last 12 months. Read on to find out about our activities, the campaigns we have run, the events we have visited or organised, the groups we have helped, and what resources we counted on to do it.  

    Dutch government publishes large project as Free Software

    • 06 December 2017
    • Carmen Bianca Bakker

    The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations released the source code and documentation of Basisregistratie Personen (BRP), a 100M€ IT system that registers information about inhabitants within the Netherlands. This comes as a great success for Public Code, and the FSFE applauds the Dutch government's shift to Free Software.  

    EU Copyright review: The FSFE joins more than 80 organisations asking the EU member states to reject harmful Article 13

    • 30 November 2017

    A new copyright proposal is currently discussed by the EU co-legislators. Part of this proposal is Article 13 which can hamper our ability to collaborate with each other online as it imposes new monitoring obligations and installation of arbitrary upload filters on every code hosting and sharing provider. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) today raises its voice to save code sharing and joins 80 other organisations in an open letter towards the EU Council. 

    Welcome supporters (and goodbye smartcard)

    • 16 November 2017

    Earlier this year, after a public consultation, we took the decision to change the name of our supporter program, the Fellowship of the FSFE, and talk about our supporters by their true name: Supporters. This is an exciting change for us, as it brings our Supporters much closer to the organisation, by making them an integral part of the FSFE. Today, with the change almost complete, we're also taking the opportunity to say goodbye to the Fellowship Smartcard, which has been a part of FSFE life for more than ten years.  

      2018 internship positions as student interns

      • 14 November 2017

      FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for students who can join our team in Berlin for three months or more as a mandatory part of their studies or before graduation. 

      Open position as office assistant

      • 14 November 2017

      FSFE is a charity dedicated to keeping the power over technology in your hands. We are working to build freedom in a digital society and operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for an assistance supporting the office manager with for instance:  

        32 European ministers call for more Free Software in governmental infrastructure

        • 09 November 2017

        On 6 October, 32 European Ministers in charge of eGovernment policy signed the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment that calls for more collaboration, interoperable solutions, and sharing of good practices throughout public administrations and across borders. Amongst other things, the EU ministers recognised the need to make more use of Free Software solutions and Open Standards when (re)building governmental digital systems with EU funds. 

        FSFE makes copyrights computer readable

        The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is proud to release its next version of our REUSE practices designed to make computers understand software copyrights and licenses.  

        General Assembly 2017: new members, new roles and new directions

        The members of the Free Software Foundation Europe held their General Assembly on October 15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The annual meeting is held to discuss strategies for the upcoming year and set the course for the overall direction of the organisation. Amongst other things an overall Code of Conduct for the FSFE was adopted, Patrick Ohnewein was elected as the new Financial Officer, and six new members joined the association. 

        Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 34C3

        From December 27 to 30, the 34th Chaos Communication Congress will be held in Leipzig. As in recent years, the FSFE is happy to host an assembly that includes an information booth and a meeting point for all Free Software enthusiasts and our friends to come together. We offer a stage and look for interesting self-organised sessions for our community. This is the corresponding call for participation. 

        FSFE presents modernised Fiduciary Licensing Agreement 2.0

        • 13 October 2017

        The FSFE and proudly present the revised and updated Fiduciary Licence Agreement 2.0 (FLA-2.0) - a next-generation contributor agreement that makes sure the contributed software always remains Free Software. 

        EU Copyright Review: Tell Legislators to Save Code Share

        • 05 October 2017

        The FSFE, together with Open Forum Europe, asks the EU policymakers to Save Code Share in the current on-going EU Copyright review. Today we ask you to support our newest campaign Save Code Share by signing an Open Letter addressed to the EU policymakers.In this letter we request EU legislators to preserve the ability to collaboratively build software online in current EU Copyright Directive proposal. 

        Public Money? Public Code! 31 organisations ask to improve public procurement of software

        • 13 September 2017

        Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences. 

        FSFE in 2020: Reaffirming our identity

        • 11 September 2017

        Our world is constantly changing, as are people's thoughts and perceptions. Since its founding in 2001, individuals engaged in the FSFE, from coordinators and volunteers to full-time employees, have come to develop their understanding of what FSFE is and what our shared values are. Sometimes the views expressed by individuals have been similar to one another, sometimes they have diverged.  

          European Copyright reform hampers Free Software development

          • 08 September 2017

          The FSFE and Open Forum Europe teamed up for an initiative to show the implications of the proposed EU copyright reform for the Free Software development ecosystem: Save Code Share. As part of this initiative, today we release our White Paper which highlights the ways in which the proposed Article 13 could unintentionally harm the communities and the businesses built around Free Software. 

          FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices

          • 06 September 2017

          The FSFE launches today its best practises in licensing for Free and Open Source Software project. Targeted at developers and companies, these best practices show you how to make it clear to others what license your software is being distributed under, in a way which both computers and humans can understand.  

            Bundestagswahl 2017: Das sagen die Parteien zu Freier Software

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) veröffentlicht heute, als Teil der "Koalition Freies Wissen", ihre Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum 19. Deutschen Bundestag am 24. September 2017. Zusammenfassend schneiden Grüne und Linke positiv ab. Beide Parteien scheinen die zentrale Rolle von Software zu verstehen und sprechen sich, wie auch schon zur letzten Bundestagswahl, sowohl für den Einsatz als auch für die aktive Entwicklung von Freier Software aus. Im Vergleich dazu sind die Positionen von CDU/CSU, der SPD und der FDP eher zurückhaltend und oft mit Einschränkungen verbunden. 

            Digital-O-Mat: Compare your views on Internet policies with the parties for the German federal election 2017

            • 29 August 2017

            Although digital issues are becoming increasingly important, general election coverage often miss them out. That is why the "Koalition Freies Wissen" ("Free Knowledge Coalition") created the "Digital-O-Mat", an online tool for voter information for the German federal election of 2017. The FSFE asked the participating parties about their positions on Free Software. CDU/CSU, SPD and FDP avoid clear statements and thus confirm the status quo, the Greens and the Left in contrast present themselves as supporters of Free Software. 

            Open internship position as project assistant

            • 11 August 2017

            FSFE is a charity dedicated to keeping the power over technology in your hands. We are working to build freedom in a digital society and operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for an intern to join our remote team for three to six months, working with us on a project which seek to prepare the organisation for the next 15 years of work.  

            Now in FSFE's online shop: non-binary pink bibs suitable for any gender!

            • 26 July 2017

            Check out our brand-new merchandise item for little Free Software supporters in our online shop: 100% organic and fair trade bibs. The slogan "I am a fork" is stitched onto the bib so that it will remain on the bib even after many wash cycles. 

            Estonian presidency in the EU: the FSFE asks for truly interoperable IT services in public sector

            • 10 July 2017

            The FSFE submitted its comments for the upcoming Tallinn Declaration for e-government drafted by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU. Therein the FSFE asks the current Estonian presidency to promote greater inclusion of Free Software in delivering truly inclusive, trustworthy and interoperable digital services to all citizens and businesses across the EU. The Tallinn Declaration will be signed by EU ministers in October 2017, expressing member states' joint vision for e-government and political commitment to follow the goals set. The proposal for Tallinn declaration is open for public comments until 14 July. The FSFE is asking organisations, companies, and individuals to let EU ministers know how Free Software is important for transparent and accountable e-government. 

            Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017: Its 10th edition "restarts" debates in Free Software licensing

            • 19 June 2017

            In April, the FSFE organised its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW): a meeting point for legal experts from all over the world to discuss issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LLW which was celebrated with the record number of participants: 120 top legal experts and technologists came all the way down to Barcelona (Spain) to spend 3 full days discussing legal challenges around Free Software. 

            FSFE provides Git hosting for its supporters

            • 16 June 2017

            Sharing one's knowledge is a core principle in the Free Software society, collaboration is another. From today, the FSFE provides its supporters and registered volunteers a platform to create and manage Git repositories with a comfortable user interface: 

            New European Interoperability Framework calls on public sector to contribute to Free Software

            • 13 June 2017

            The revised "new" European Interoperability Framework (EIF), adopted by the European Commission on 23 March 2017, gives specific guidance on how to set up interoperable digital public services, and offers public administrations concrete recommendations on how to improve interoperability of their e-services. 

            And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is ...

            … Daniel Pocock! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on April 24, 2017. FSFE is proud to have such an interested and active community to have had seven outstanding candidates who were running for office this time. Now, Daniel Pocock is happy to take over the GA's Fellowship seat from former representative Nicolas Dietrich. 

            Digital-o-Mat: Campaigning for freedom in the state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia

            • 19 April 2017

            North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populated state which is having its next general elections on May 14, 2017. For this election, a "coalition of Free knowledge" developed for the first time a "Digital-o-Mat". The "Digital-o-Mat" is a tool to help those voters who are concerned about digital rights and freedoms, to decide about which party to vote for. Therefor, eight questions guide any user to choose his own preferences on important topics about the digital society - like questions about the use of Free Software, Open Data or Open Educational Resources. After filling them out, a user will see which party matches best with his own preferences and he can additionally browse detailed explanations on the party's positions. 

            Fellowship elections 2017 with eight candidates

            • 29 March 2017

            According to our constitution, two seats in the General Assembly are reserved for elected representatives of our Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election every year. The current representatives are Nicolas Dietrich and Mirko Boehm; Nicolas's term is coming to an end and his seat will be up for re-election this April.

            The election period runs from April 10 to April 24, 2017, with eight candidates eligible for election. The list of candidates, along with their manifestos and background, can be found at the election wiki page.

            In addition, a moderated hustings will be held on March 30, 5:30 PM UTC to 7:30 PM UTC in #fsfe at Detailed schedule and instructions may be found at the election wiki page.

            All orderly Fellows eligible to vote will also receive detailed voting instructions by e-mail in due course.


            Input about Free Software for German OGP action plan published

            • 28 March 2017

            Today the civil society "working group OGP (Open Government Partnership) Germany" (Arbeitskreis OGP Deutschland) published its input for a German OGP action plan. The goal of the Open Government actions is to increase transparency, citizen friendlyness, reporting, and effectiveness of governments and administrations. The input, which was already handed over to the German Government on 20 March, consists of 30 Open Government topics, including a section about Free Software. 

            PraktikantIn für Kampagne zur Bundestagswahl gesucht

            • 21 March 2017

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der Menschen im selbstbestimmten Umgang mit Technik unterstützt. Dazu helfen wir Menschen und Organisationen dabei, zu verstehen, wie Freie Software zu Freiheit, Transparenz und Selbstbestimmung in der digitalen Gesellschaft beiträgt. Unsere Arbeit und Mission wird von einigen Angestellten und vielen Freiwilligen aus ganz Europa unterstützt und ermöglicht. Für unser Büro in Berlin suchen wir aktuell eine PraktikantIn (m/w), die uns in der Vorbereitung der Bundestagswahl unterstützt. Wir sind ein gemischtes, internationales Team und diskriminieren nicht nach Geschlecht, Herkunft, Hintergrund oder sonstigen Nebensächlichkeiten. 

            #ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

            • 15 March 2017

            On Tuesday 14th of February, the "I Love Free Software" day was celebrated for its eighth consecutive year, in what can now be called a tradition. This day has become a special day for people all around the world to declare their love and affection not only to their partner but also to the whole Free Software community. 

   i ndihmon votuesit të krahasojnë pozicionet e partive lidhur me lirinë dixhitale në zgjedhjet e ardhshme në Holandë

            • 02 March 2017

            Sot, FSFE Netherlands, NLnet, ISPConnect, dhe Open Source & Overheid hedhin në qarkullim që të ndihmojnë votuesit të informohen lidhur me zgjedhjet e përgjithshme të ardhshme në Holandë, që do të mbahen më 15 mars 2017. ofron për votuesit orientim në tema të lirisë dixhitale, bazuar në tetë pyetje. 

            Ç’ndodhi në Mynih

            • 01 March 2017

            Më 15 shkurt 2017, këshilli bashkiak i Mynihut, Gjermani, u mblodh për të diskutuar të ardhmen e projektit të tyre LiMux. Në sesionin publik, u votua që administrata e qytetit të zhvillojë një strategji për unifikimin e arkitekturës TI client-side, duke e bazuar mbi një "Windows-Basis-Client", edhe ky për t’u ndërtuar. Një përkthim i vendimit të plotë vijon më poshtë.  

            Komisioni Europian i përgjigjet kërkesës së FSFE-së për informacion mbi Horizon 2020

            • 17 February 2017

            Drejtoria e Përgjithshme e Kërkimeve dhe Risive e Komisionit Europian i përgjigjet një kërkese të bazuar në Lirinë e Informimit (FOI), mbi përdorimin, zhvillimin dhe hedhjen në qarkullim të software-it nën programin Horizon 2020 - parashtruar nga FSFE-ja më 9 janar, 2017. 

            Berlini dërgon një mesazh për ditën "E dua Software-in e Lirë"

            • 14 February 2017

            Në kremtimin e ditës "E dua Software-in e Lirë", më 14 shkurt, fundjavën në fjalë, ndërtesa Berlin Reichtag u ndriçua me mesazhin "Jepini Një Shans Software-it të Lirë". Në shumë ndërtesa dhe vende simbolike në Berlin u projektuan mesazhe të tjera. Në Murin e Berlinit mund të lexohej "Ndërtoni Software të Lirë - Jo Mure", kurse Ministria Federale e Financave u zbukurua me sloganin "Para Publike, Kod Publik". Kështu tërheqin vëmendjen veprimtarët drejt rëndësisë së një vlerësimi më të madh të Software-it të Lirë. 

            Takimi Europian për Politika Software-i të Lirë 2017

            • 14 February 2017

            Duke u bazuar në përvojën e takimit të suksesshëm pre-FOSDEM të vitit të kaluar, Free Software Foundation Europe dhe OpenForum Europe e vazhdoi traditën për të mbledhur tok grupe aktive të Software-it të Lirë, një ditë para veprimtarive FOSDEM, me qëllim diskutimin e politikave publike që lidhem me veprime si në nivel BE-je, ashtu edhe në nivel kombëtar. Këtë vit, takimi u përqendrua në nxitjen e shkëmbimit të pikëpamjeve mes individëve dhe vendim-marrësve, duke sjellë të dhëna personale rreth temash të lidhura me Software-in e Lirë në politikat publike. 

            Dita "E dua Software-in e lirë" 2017

            • 09 February 2017

            14 shkurti është koha për të thënë “faleminderit”, Dita "E dua Software-in e lirë" 2017. Free Software Foundation Europe u kërkon krejt përdoruesve të Software-it të Lirë ta përdorin ditën tradicionale të dashurisë për të sjellë në mendje njerëzit e palodhur që kontribuojnë në Software-in e Lirë prej të cilit varemi të gjithë. Si çdo vit, për njerëzit ka shumë mënyra për të marrë pjesë në këtë fushatë.  

            Raport i pjesëmarrjes së FSFE-së në Chaos Communication Congress

            • 27 January 2017

            Chaos Communication Congress është takimi më i madh vjetor në Gjermani i hacker-ve dhe veprimtarëve politikë. Këtë vit qe edicioni i 33-të ("33C3") dhe FSFE-ja qe e pranishme me një stendë dhe 21 sesione rreth Software-it të Lirë. Shihni raportin pamor të veprimtarive tona, tok me disa foto nga Erik Albers.


            Vende praktikantësh për studentë gjatë 2017-s

            • 18 January 2017

            FSFE-ja është një organizëm jofitimprurës i përkushtuar fuqizimit të kontrollit të përdoruesve mbi teknologjinë. Punojmë për të rrënjosur lirinë në shoqërinë dixhitale. Funksionojmë në një mjedis plot gjallëri me vullnetarë nga mjaft vende. Po kërkojmë për studentë të cilët mund të bëhen pjesë e ekipit tonë në Berlin për tre muaj, si pjesë e detyrueshme e studimeve të tyre ose përpara diplomimit Kërkojmë për ekipin tonë një praktikant teknik për tre muaj, për të marrë pjesë në punën për rishkrimin dhe sendërtimin e një sistemi të ri administrimi llogarish. . 

            FSFE-ja parashtron një kërkesë FOI (Liri Për Informim) për programin Horizon 2020

            • 10 January 2017

            Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) i parashtron to Drejtorisë së Përgjithshme për Kërkimin dhe Risitë në Komisionin Europian një kërkesë Liri Për Informim (FOI), për t’i kërkuar informacion rreth përdorimit, zhvillimit dhe hedhjes në qarkullim të software-it nën programin Horizon 2020, programi më i madh i financimit të kërkimeve në BE. 

            Raporti Vjetor i FSFE-së për 2016-n

            • 09 January 2017

            Ka qenë një vit i ngjeshur për FSFE-në. Mbajtja lart e parimeve të Software-it të Lirë dhe mbrojtja e shtetasve nga shfrytëzimi janë sfida të vazhdueshme të cilave u afrohemi nga një larmi këndvështrimesh. Ne (dhe me "ne", nënkuptojmë stafin dhe vullnetarët në FSFE) kaluam nëpër duar qindra faqe politikash dhe legjislacionesh, duke kërkuar për të çara prej nga të cilat mund të sulmohet Software-i i Lirë. 

            FSFE-ja kërkon më tepër Software të Lirë dhe Standarde të Hapura në Shkencën e Hapur

            • 05 January 2017

            Free Software Foundation Europe bën thirrje që Software-i i Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura të konsiderohen si pjesë jetike e Shkencës së Hapur në krejt kërkimet e financuara me para publike në Europë. Mund të na ndihmoni duke ndarë me të tjerët artikullin mbi pozicionet tona lidhur me këtë temë. Lexoni më tepër mbi të dhe se si mund të promovoni Software-in e Lirë në shkencë. 

            Raport mbi kuvendin e parë të FSFE-së

            • 13 December 2016

            Nga 2 deri më 4 shtator, FSFE-ja organizoi kuvendin e saj të parë, për të bërë tok bashkësinë mbarëeuropiane dhe anëtarët shok gjatë një fundjave të tërë dhe për të diskutuar çështje të rëndësishme të lidhura me lirinë e software-it. Me këtë rast, zhvilluam edhe kremtimin tonë zyrtar të pesëmbëdhjetë-vjetorit të FSFE-së. Lexoni raportin tonë, ku përfshihen edhe disa foto nga veprimtaria dhe një përmbledhje e krejt bisedave të mbajtura, me lidhje regjistrimi video për to.


            [Newsletter] Lajmet nga FSFE-ja për dhjetorin 2016

            • 12 December 2016

            Buletini i FSFE-së për këtë muaj vjen për herë të parë me një thirrje për grumbullim fondesh, dhe me lajmin për përparimin e bërë në Rusi në nivel politik për ta shpënë më tej Software-in e Lirë. Lexoni gjithashtu mbi veprimtaritë tona të ndryshme ose merrni pjesë në diskutimin tonë mbi "biznese Software-i të Lirë". Si në çdo buletin, do të gjeni edhe pjesën nga bashkësia, me lajme interesante nga bashkësia jonë dhe disa lajme të tjera të këndshme nga bota të lidhura me Software-in e Lirë.


            Ndihmonani të fuqizohemi dhe arrijmë diçka gjatë 2017-s

            • 02 December 2016

            Këtë vit, FSFE-ja kremtoi ditëlindjen e saj të 15-të. 15 vjet fuqizimi të përdoruesve, përkrahje bashkësish dhe përpjekje për legjislacion më të mirë. 15 vjet për të parë se krejt veprimtaritë, edhe ato të para si të vockla dikur, mund të kenë peshë kur punojmë së toku. 15 vjet për të parë se krejt veprimtaritë, edhe ato të para si të pamundura dikur, mund të dalin me sukses, kur jemi të bashkuar. Tok, në disa raste patëm sukses edhe kundrejt lobimesh nga më të fuqishmit nga grupe të mëdhenj interesi. 15 vjet për të parë se krejt kjo s’do të kish qenë e mundur pa përkrahjen e vazhdueshme të anëtarëve të bashkësisë sonë, që kanë kontribuar me mijëra orë pune nga koha e tyre dhe na kanë mbështetur edhe financiarisht. Ndihmonani të fuqizohemi dhe arrijmë diçka gjatë 2017-s 

            [Blog] There is no Free Software company - But!

            • 16 November 2016

            Since the start of the FSFE 15 years ago, the people involved were certain that companies are a crucial part to reach our goal of software freedom. For many years we have explained to companies – IT as well as non-IT – what benefits they have from Free Software. We encourage individuals and companies to pay for Free Software, as much as we encourage companies to use Free Software in their offers. While more people demanded Free Software, we also saw more companies claiming something is Free Software or Open Source Software although it is not.


            [Newsletter] FSFE news in November 2016

            • 10 November 2016

            This month the FSFE newsletter comes with a public consultation on our Fellowship brand. Read the background and do not miss your chance to participate. Also read about the take-over of FSFE's Vice-presidency by Heiki Löhmus and the ongoing revision of the European Interoperability Framework. As in every newsletter, you also find our out-of-the-community as well as a what-we-have-done section with some good Free Software news and highlights of our press coverage.


            [Blog] OpenRheinRuhr 2016 report

            • 10 November 2016

            Last weekend, the FSFE visited Oberhausen to participate in OpenRheinRuhr, a well-known Free Software event in north-western Germany. We had a strong booth team, gave talks, and enjoyed talking to tons of like-minded people about politics, technology and other stuff. In this blog post you will learn about some highlights of the weekend and what coat hangers have to do with flat irons.


            Një ligj rus e bën Software-in e Lirë Përparësi Publike

            • 10 November 2016

            Ligjvënësit kanë hartuar një projekt-ligj që i jep një shtytje të fortë Software-it të lirë në shumë nivele brenda sektorit publik të Federatës Ruse. 

            Heiki Lõhmus merr postin e zv.presidentit të FSFE-së nga Alessandro Rubini

            • 31 October 2016

            Alessandro Rubini ka hequr dorë nga posti i zv.presidentit të FSFE-së. Inxhinier elektronik me një doktoratë në informatikë, Alesandrua solli ide të paçmueshme në diskutime të brendshme brenda FSFE-së dhe ka punuar pa u lodhur për ta shtyrë më tej çështjen e Software-it të Lirë në Itali dhe Europë.  

            Berliner Wahlversprechen umsetzen und Freie Software im Koalitionsvertrag verankern

            • 27 October 2016

            In dieser Woche steht das Thema Netzpolitik auf dem Programm der aktuellen Koalitionsverhandlungen in Berlin. Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) fordert die Koalitionäre dabei auf, die in ihren Wahlprogrammen und bei den Wahlprüfsteinen der "Koalition Freies Wissen" gemachten Versprechungen im Koalitionsvertrag zu verankern und Berlin damit zu einem europäischen Vorreiter in Freier Software zu machen. Dazu gibt die FSFE drei konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen. 

            Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 33C3

            • 20 October 2016

            From December 27 to 30, the FSFE will host an assembly during the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) including an information booth, self-organised sessions and a meeting point for all friends of Free Software to come together, share or simply relax. We are looking forward to organise sessions in the name of our assembly and we will book proper rooms or offer our assembly itself. Sessions can be inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, community/developer/strategy meetings or any other public, informative or collaborative activity.

            Topics can be anything that is about or related to Free Software. We welcome technical sessions but we also encourage to give non-technical talks that address philosophical, economical or other aspects of/about Free Software. We also like sessions about related subjects that have a clear connection to Free Software for example privacy, data protection, sustainability and similar topics. Finally, we welcome all backgrounds – from your private project to global community projects. If you are interested, read more about our call for participation.


            Vend për praktikant teknik

            • 30 September 2016

            FSFE-ja është një organizëm jofitimprurës i përkushtuar fuqizimit të kontrollit të përdoruesve mbi teknologjinë. Punojmë për të rrënjosur lirinë në shoqërinë dixhitale. Funksionojmë në një mjedis plot gjallëri me vullnetarë nga mjaft vende. Kërkojmë për ekipin tonë një praktikant teknik për tre muaj, për të marrë pjesë në punën për rishkrimin dhe sendërtimin e një sistemi të ri administrimi llogarish. 

            Propozimi i BE-së për të drejtat e kopjimit përforcon DRM-në

            • 28 September 2016

            Më 14 shtator Komisioni Europian (EC) publikoi propozimin e vet të pritur prej kohësh për një Direktivë mbi të drejtat e Kopjimit në Tregun e Përbashkët Dixhital. Ndërkohë që e mirëpresim sjelljen nga propozimi të një përjashtimi të detyrueshëm për “grumbullimin dhe shfrytëzimin e teksteve dhe të dhënave” (TDM) në fushën e kërkimeve shkencore, jemi të shqetësuar për përfshirjen e një klauzole me veprim të largët "masash teknike sigurie" akorduar zotëruesve të të drejtave me qëllim që të kufizohet përjashtimi i sapovendosur. 

            Julia Reda, eurodeputete: "Software-i pronësor kërcënon demokracinë"

            • 07 September 2016

            Julia Reda mbylli QtCon-in, një konferencë për bashkësinë e Software-it të Lirë, me një fjalë mbylljeje të lidhur, mes të tjerash, me Software-in e Lirë në sektorin publik europian.  

            Berliner Parteien zu Freier Software: Regierung enttäuscht, Opposition macht Hoffnung

            • 31 August 2016

            Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) veröffentlicht heute als Teil der "Koalition Freies Wissen die Wahlprüfsteine für die Wahl zum Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin am 18. September 2016. Die Parteien konnten Stellung nehmen zur Forderung, öffentlich finanzierte Software als Freie Software zu veröffentlichen, sowie zu ihrer Bereitschaft, Freie Software an Bildungseinrichtungen verstärkt einzusetzen. CDU, Grüne, Linke, Piraten und SPD haben geantwortet und erklärten ihre jeweiligen Positionen dazu. Zudem wurden die Wahlprogramme der Parteien untersucht und Vergleiche zu den Positionen der Parteien von vor fünf Jahren gezogen. Dabei schneiden Grüne und Linke positiv ab, bei der CDU, den Piraten und der SPD sieht die FSFE teils erheblichen Verbesserungsbedarf. 

            Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Zittende regeringspartijen zijn blijkbaar bang voor Vrije Software

            • 23 August 2016

            De Free Software Foundation Europe maakt vandaag als deel van de "Coalitie Vrije Kennis de verkiezingstoetsstenen voor de verkiezingen voor het parlement van Mecklenburg-Vorpommern op 4 september 2016 bekend. De partijen konden stelling nemen ten aanzien van de eis om publiek gefinancierde software als Vrije Software openbaar te maken en ten aanzien van de bereidheid om Vrije Software versterkt in het onderwijs in te zetten. De Groenen staan positief ten opzichte van Vrije Software en doen voorstellen voor de omschakeling. De Linksen hebben de betekenis van „Vrije Software“ als zodanig erkent, hoewel concrete voorstellen voor de omschakeling ontbreken. SPD en CDU hebben daarentegen inhoudelijk veel in te halen. 

            Document Foundation dhe FSFE-ja forcojnë marrëdhëniet e tyre

            • 17 August 2016

            Free Software Foundation (FSFE) do të jetë anëtare e Trupës Këshillimore të Document Foundation-it. Në të njëjtën kohë, Document Foundation po bëhet një organizëm i asociuar FSFE-së. 

            Në kujtim të mikut tonë Elias Diem

            • 09 August 2016

            Pasditen e së shtunës, 6 gusht, miku ynë dhe anëtar shok aktiv, Elias Diem, ndërroi jetë. Ishte duke u kthyer nga një udhëtim alpinistësh me një shok në Alpet Zvicerane. Rrëshqiti dhe ra poshtë rreth 150 metra. Shoku i tij u përpoq ta shpëtonte, por qe shumë vonë. Mbaroi nga një plagë e rëndë në kokë, në moshën 39 vjeç. 

              Kuvendi i Free Software Foundation Europe 2016 – Jo konferencë gjërash teknike

              • 04 August 2016

              Mbrojtës të Software-it të Lirë nga anembanë Europa do të takohen në Berlin nga 2-4 shtator, në kuvendin e FSFE-së. Përveç punës për shpënien përpara të adoptimit të Software-it të Lirë në Europë, do të kremtojmë edhe pesëmbëdhjetë-vjetorin e FSFE-së. 

              Rrugëzues të Detyrueshëm: ku duhet të bëjnë kujdes klientët tani

              • 25 July 2016

              Deri sot, mundësuesit e shërbimit Internet (ISP-të) në Gjermani përcaktonin cilin rrugëzues duhet të përdornin përdoruesit për t’u lidhur në Internet. Fjala e përdoruesit nuk kish vend në këtë vendim. Kjo ndryshon nga 1 gushti. Një ligj i ri do t’u lejojë përdoruesve të zgjedhin pajisjen që instalohet në shtëpitë e tyre. FSFE-ja do që të sigurohet se gjithkush i di të drejtat e veta dhe u kërkon përdoruesve të bëjnë të ditura raste kur ISP provojnë t’u bëjnë bisht rregullave të reja. 

              Hapet regjistrimi: Bëhuni pjese e kuvendit të parë të FSFE-së, nga 2 deri më 4 shtator, në BCC Berlin, Gjermani

              • 01 July 2016

              Përfytyroni një Bashkim Europian që e ngre infrastrukturën e vet TI mbi Software të Lirë. Përfytyroni shtetet europiane anëtare që shkëmbejnë të dhëna nën Standarde të Hapët dhe shkëmbejnë me njëri-tjetrin software. Përfytyroni bashki dhe këshilla bashkiakë që përfitojnë nga software i decentralizuar dhe që lejon bashkëpunim, i përdorshëm nën licenca të lira. Përfytyroni sikur asnjë europian të mos jetë më i detyruar të përdorë software jo të lirë… Kjo është ajo që kërkojmë të arrijmë. Dhe, edhe pse për te ky vizion duket se ka goxha udhë të arrihet, e dimë se po bëjmë që sot hapa të mëdha drejt tij. Për të ndihmuar të çlirohet plotësisht potenciali ynë në këtë udhë, FSFE-ja ofron bashkëpunim pa kufij, dhe më 2016-n kuvendin e saj të parë europian. Ejani me ne dhe bëhuni pjesë e lëvizjes tonë.


              Nisma Trashëgimia Software: Një arkiv i plotë i kodit Software të Lirë

              • 30 June 2016

              Free Software Foundation Europe i mbron përdoruesit, kompanitë dhe institucionet nga abuzimi teknologjik duke promovuar përdorimin e Software-it të Lirë. Tani ka një projekt që mbron kodin e përdorur në Software-in e Lirë dhe premton ta ruajë atë për të ardhmen: Inria paraqet nismën Trashëgimi Software-i. 

              Përgjigjet e FSFE-së në Konsultën Publike të Komisionit Europian: Rishikim i Kuadrit Europian të Ndërveprueshmërisë

              • 24 June 2016

              Komisioni Europian ka kërkuar mendimet e publikut lidhur me planet e veta për rinovimin e Kuadrit Europian të Ndërveprueshmërisë (EIF). EIF-i synon të promovojë ndërveprueshmëri më të zgjeruar në sektorin publik të BE-së. Dokumenti, i menduar fillimisht si një grup udhëzimesh jo të detyrueshme për administratat publike të BE-së, po kalon në rishikimin e vet të tretë që nga adoptimi fillestar më 2004-n. FSFE-ja ka përgatitur komentet e saj për draftin e udhëzimeve të rishikuara. 

              Dhe fituesi i zgjedhjeve për përfaqësuesin në Asamblenë e Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së është ...

              • 02 May 2016

              … Mirko Boehm! Periudha e zgjedhjeve të përfaqësuesit në Asamblenë e Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së u mbyll më 29 prill, 2016. Këtë herë pati vetëm një kandidat. Dhe jemi të kënaqur që 18,9% e anëtarëve shok përfituan nga rasti për të mbështetur kandidaturën e Mirko Boehm-it. 

              ”Thirrje për pjesëmarrje në kuvendin e parë të FSFE-së

              • 28 April 2016

              Më 2016, FSFE-ja kremton 15 vjet ekzistencë. Çka filloi si një grup i vogël vullnetarësh është rritur në një lëvizje të gjerë europiane me anëtarë që e mbështetin aktivisht në më shumë se 20 vende. Këtë datëlindje ia kushtojmë bashkësisë tonë, atyre që na ndihmuan të rritemi të fortë gjatë këtyre 15 vjetëve të shkuar - me kuvendin tonë të parë të FSFE-së më 2-4 shtator, që do të mbahet në Qendrën e Kongereseve të Berlinit, Gjermani. Nëse dëshironi të jeni pjesë e tij, mbajeni shënim datën dhe përgjigjjuni thirrjes për pjesëmarrje.  

              Me licencimin FRAND, BE-ja rrezikon synimet e veta

              • 28 April 2016

              Më 19 prill, Komisioni Europian botoi një komunikatë mbi "Përparësitë në Standardizimet TIK për Tregun e Përbashkët Dixhital" ('Komunikata' këtu e më poshtë). Strategjia për Tregun e Përbashkët Dixhital (TPD) synon dixhitalizimin e industrive përmes disa nismash ligjore dhe politike, dhe Komunikata është një pjesë e saj, që mbulon standardizimin. Në përgjithësi, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) e mirëpret frymën bindëse të Komunikatës lidhur me integrimin e Software-it të Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura në standardizim, por shpreh shqetësimet e veta lidhur me mungesën e të kuptuarit të kushteve të nevojshmeve për ecjen në atë drejtim. 

              Deklaratë e Përbashkët rreth Udhëzimit mbi Bllokimet Radio

              • 11 April 2016

              23 organizma, përfshi Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) bashkuan zërat për të propozuar masa që institucionet e BE-së dhe shtetet anëtare të BE-së të shmangin rrjedhojat negative mbi të drejtat e përdoruesve dhe Software-in e Lirë të ardhura nga Udhëzimi i BE-së mbi Pajisjet Radio 2014/53/EU. 

              Directive Radio - Lettre ouverte à Bercy et à l'Arcep

              • 06 April 2016

              La directive relative à l'harmonisation des législations des États membres concernant la mise à disposition sur le marché d'équipements radioélectriques (ou directive radio) a été adoptée en avril 2014, avec pour objectif d'améliorer la gestion du spectre radio. Elle doit être transposée et mise en œuvre dans les États membres avant le 12 juin 2016. Quoique poursuivant des objectifs louables, elle impose des critères de conformité pour les logiciels installés sur les équipements radios et constitue une menace inédite pour l'utilisation des logiciels libres. Dangereuse pour l'innovation et les droits des utilisateurs, elle crée une formidable insécurité juridique pour les associations qui, aux quatre coins du territoire, développent des réseaux Internet citoyens sans-fil. Alors qu'il travaille à la transposition de ce texte, le gouvernement français doit d'urgence corriger le tir et garantir la liberté d'installation des logiciels libres sur les équipements radios. 

              Puna e FSFE-së gjatë 2015-s

              • 24 February 2016

              Nga mësimi i njerëzve të përdorin fshehtëzimin për email-et e tyre, e deri ndryshimi i drejtimit të politikave në shkallë europiane, Free Software Foundation Europe punoi fort gjatë 2015-s për fuqizimin e kontrollit të teknologjisë nga përdoruesit. Me ndihmën e mirëpritur të dhuruesve tanë, i vumë vetes synime ambicioze për vitin. Qemë dëshmitarë të mjaft përmirësimeve në mënyrën se si funksionojmë, dhe e mbyllëm vitin pozitivisht, me plot gjëra për të synuar gjatë 2016-s. Ju lutemi, kënaquni me këtë përmbledhje të (një pjese!) të punës sonë gjatë vitit, dhe faleminderit që na ndihmoni ta bëjmë botën një vend më të mirë! 

              Raporti mbi Ditën #ilovefs 2016

              • 22 February 2016

              E diela e 14 shkurtit 2016 qe dita për të shpalosur dashurinë ndaj njerëzve që kemi për zemër. Në këtë ditë, si një traditë e përvitshme, bashkësia e Software-it të Lirë kremton ditën "E dua Software-in e Lirë" për të falënderuar zhvilluesit që gjenden pas Software-it të Lirë. Këtë vit, për herë të gjashtë radhazi, FSFE-ja i kërkoi gjithkujt të shprehë vlerësimin dhe mirënjohjen e vet kontribuesve në Software-in e Lirë që parapëlqejnë. 

              Dita E dua Software-in e Lirë 2016

              • 08 February 2016

              Erdhi koha për të thënë "faleminderit" më 14 shkurt, Dita "E dua Software-in e Lirë" për 2016-n. Free Software Foundation Europe i fton të gjithë përdoruesit e Software-it të Lirë ta përdorin ditën tradicionale të dashurisë për të sjellë në mendje njerëzit e palodhur që japin ndihmesë në Software-in e Lirë, prej të cilit varemi krejt ne. Si çdo vit, ka plot rrugë pjesëmarrjeje në këtë fushatë internet, që filloi të kremtohej këtu e pesë vjet më parë. 

              Takimi Europian për Politika të Software-it të Lirë 2016

              • 05 February 2016

              Për programuesit dhe dashamirësit e Software-it të Lirë, tradicionalisht, Brukseli është vendi ku duhet shkuar në fund të janarit. Gjatë FOSDEM-it, qindra ekspertë flasin për projektet e tyre të dashura dhe diskutojnë të shkuarën, të tashmen dhe të ardhmen e Burimit të Hapur. Është një vend shumë i goditur për t’u takuar njerëz me të njëjtat ide. 

              Eurodeputetët votojnë për më tepër Software të Lirë në sektorin publik

              • 28 January 2016

              Më 19 janar, Parlamenti Europian pranoi raportin "Drejt një Tregu të Përbashkët Dixhital", nismë e vetë përlamentit si përgjigje e strategjisë për një Treg të Përbashkët Dixhital të ndërmarrë nga Konisioni Europian. FSFE-ja është e kënaqur të shohë që parlamenti mbajti një qëndrim pohues dhe më të vendosur drejt shtimit të përdorimit të Software-it të Lirë dhe rëndësisë së tij për një treg të përbashkët dixhital. 

              Document Freedom Day about to move into the hands of the Digital Freedom Foundation

              • 26 January 2016

              The Free Software Foundation Europe is delighted to hand over the organisation of the international Document Freedom Day to the Digital Freedom Foundation. Document Freedom Day is the global campaign for document liberation and awareness of Open Standards with grassroots events throughout the world. The Digital Freedom Foundation is best known to organise Software Freedom Day, the international day to celebrate Free Software.  

              Opinioni i FSFE-së mbi standardet TIK lidhur me Tregun e Përbashkët Dixhial

              • 18 January 2016

              FSFE-ja i paraqiti Komisionit Europian opinionin e saj mbi caktimin e përparësive në standardet TIK dhe u përgjigj në konsultën publike mbi adoptimin e një Plani Përparësish për Standarde TIK të propozuar në strategjinë për një Treg të Përbashkët Dixhital (TPB). 

              Që të punojë për Software-in e Lirë gjatë 2016-s, FSFE-ja ka nevojë për dhurimet tuaja

              • 16 December 2015

              Shumë individë dhe kompani në shoqërinë tonë përfitojnë nga Software-i i Lirë. Që prej 2001-shit Free Software Foundation Europe i fuqizon njerëzit të kontrollojnë teknologjinë. Që me punën tonë të arrijmë diçka, synojmë 140 000€ dhurime, deri më 31 janar, nga të cilat kemi marrë tashmë 60 000€. 

              FSFE-ja i bashkohet mospranimit të April-it lidhur me marrëveshjen me Microsoft-in në arsim

              • 03 December 2015


              Parlamenti Europian ushtron trysni në favor të Software-it të Lirë

              • 10 November 2015

              Më 29 tetor 2015, Parlamenti Europian pranoi një raport (2015/2635(RSP)), në të cilin dënohet survejimi në masë në gjithë Europën. Teksa përqendrohej së pari në precedentë ligjorë të lidhur me mbrojtjen e të dhënave, parlamenti propozoi rekomandime të reja për përmirësimin e sigurisë në TI përmes migrimit në software të lirë, si dhe shtim software-i të lirë si kriter të detyrueshëm përzgjedhjesh në prokurime TI publike. 

              Erfolg gegen Routerzwang: Gesetz für Endgerätefreiheit verabschiedet

              • 05 November 2015

              Nach fast drei Jahren intensiver Arbeit der Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) und vieler anderer Organisationen wurde am heutigen Donnerstag das Gesetz „zur Auswahl und zum Anschluss von Telekommunikationsendgeräten“ vom Deutschen Bundestag beschlossen. Die FSFE begrüßt das neue Gesetz, da es effektiv den Routerzwang für ungültig erklärt und endlich Endgerätefreiheit für Anlagen wie Modems und Router herstellt. 

              FSFE-ja parashtron komentet mbi Strategjinë e Komisionit Europian mbi Tregun e Përbashkët Dixhital

              • 04 November 2015

              Komisioni Europian ka vendosur ta sjellë tregun e përbashkët të BE-së në formë për epokën dixhitale, duke adoptuar “Një Strategji për një Treg të Përbashkët Dixhital” që synon heqjen e pengesave rregullatore mes 28 tregjeve të ndryshëm kombëtare. Sipas Komisionit, një Treg i vërtetë i Përbashkët Dixhital (TPD) mund të arrihet duke ndërmarrë veprimet vijuese: 

              Anëtarë shok në Zyrih ofrojnë Laptopë me Libreboot

              • 30 October 2015

              Disa anëtarë shok në Zyrih filluan "Kompjuter i Lirë për Njerëz të Lirë", një nismë për të ofruar laptopë që xhirojnë krejtësisht nën Software të Lirë. Këtu përfshihen firmware alternativ, si edhe BIOS i lirë. Duke ripërdorur hardware të përdorur, anëtarët shok të Zyrihut duan edhe të mbrujnë një përdorim më ekologjik të hardware-it.


              FSFE-ja nënshkruan letrën e përbashkët për liri pajisjesh fundore

              • 28 October 2015

              Tok me 9 organizma të tjerë civilë dhe ekonomikë, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) i dërgoi një letër një numri të madh anëtarësh të Bundestag-ut lidhur me çështjen e rrugëzuesve të detyrueshëm. Letra është menduar të theksojë rëndësinë e miratimit të projektligjit mbi lirinë në pajisjeve fundore në telekomunikacion. 

              Gati fotot nga tridhjetëvjetori i FSF-së

              • 20 October 2015


              Intervistë me anëtaren shok Isabel Drost-Fromm

              • 13 October 2015

              Sot është Dita e Ada Lovelace-it, një ditë që synon të nxjerrë në pah profilin e grave në shkencë, tekonologji, inxhinieri dhe matematikë. FSFE-ja i bashkohet me gëzimin kremtimit të Ditës së Ada Lovelace-it duke intervistuar Isabel Drost-Fromm-in - prej kohësh anëtare shok e FSFE-së, anëtare e Apache Software Foundation-it dhe bashkëthemeluese e Apache Mahout-it si dhe e konferencës Berlin Buzzwords. Lexoi mbi migrimin drejt Software-it të Lirë, motorëve të lirë të kërkimit, Java-s, Berlinit dhe këshillën e saj për kontributin tuaj vetjak.  

              FSFE-ja bind 1125 administrata publike të heqin reklama software-i pronësor

              • 13 October 2015

              Pas gjashtë vjetësh përpjekjesh, këtë muaj, fushata PDFreaders po mbërrin në fundin e saj, si një nga fushatat tona më të suksesshme. 

              Rikthim pas 10 vjetësh te tema e fiaskos Sony Rootkit

              • 08 October 2015

              Sot Free Software Foundation Europe kthen vështrimin pas, te fiaskoja e rootkit-it Sony të 2005-s. Kjo faqe përvijon disa fakte rreth rootkit-it dhe se si u trajtua ai, si dhe pak kontekst se ç’do të thonë këto lloj kufizimesh për idenë e kompjuterave si makina të karakterit të përgjithshëm. 31 tetori i 2015-s shënon dhjetëvjetorin e kohës kur u zbulua rootkit-i, dhe si përgatitje për këtë ditë, ju kërkojmë tërë juve t’i përdorni këto të dhëna dhe të përhapin fjalën për problemin, jo vetëm rreth rootkit-it Sony, por rreth rreziqeve të kufizimeve dixhitale mbi lirinë e përdoruesve kudo.


              [Blog] 30 vjet Free Software Foundation

              • 04 October 2015

              Më 4 tetor 1985, Harold Abelson-i, Robert J. Chassell-i, Richard M. Stallman-i, Garald Jay Sussman-i, dhe Leonard H. Tower, Jr. themeluan Free Software Foundation, Inc. Aplikimi përfshinte gjithashtu edhe licencën GNU Emacs General Public License, Manifestin e GNU-së, një listë programesh të shkruar tashmë (Bison, MIT Schema, Hack, si dhe një me disa programe zëvendësuese për disa mjete Unix)...


              FSFE-ja zgjedh president dhe zv.president të ri

              • 22 September 2015

              Matthias Kirschner dhe Alessandro Rubini janë presidenti dhe zv.presidenti i ri i FSFE-së. Ata u zgjodhën javën e shkuar në Bukuresht, gjatë Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të FSFE-së, teksa Reinhard Müller u rizgjodh si përgjegjës i financave. Ata do të punojnë për FSFE-në në këto pozicione për dy vjetët e ardhshëm. 

              Vlerësimet e FSFE-së mbi raportin e parlamentit europian mbi të drejtat e kopjimit

              • 18 September 2015

              Më 6 korrik, parlamenti europian votoi një raport me një numër rekomandimesh për reformë të të drejtave të kopjimit. Sot paraqesim vlerësimet tona se si mund të ndikojë kjo mbi Software-in e Lirë. 

              "Freedomvote": 10 pyetje mbi lirinë dixhitale për zgjedhjet kombëtare në Zvicër

              • 16 September 2015

              Duke u paraprirë zgjedhjeve për parlamentin kombëtar të Zvicrës (Nationalrat- / Ständeratswahlen) më 18 tetor 2015, dega e FSFE-së për Zvicrën fillon sot fushatën „Freedomvote“, në bashkëpunim me "Grupin Zviceran të Përdoruesve të Sistemeve të Hapur“ (/ch/open). Fushata ofron një portal në Internet, ku paraqiten ata kandidatë që do të marrin pjesë në zgjedhje, dhe opinioni i tyre mbi politikat për Internetin, Software-in e Lirë dhe formatet e hapur të të dhënave. 

              Udha e gjatë nga rrugëzuesit e detyrueshëm te liria e zgjedhjes

              • 02 September 2015

              Rrugëzuesi. Pavarësisht se shpesh e mbulon pluhuri në qoshe, është një nga pajisjet më të rëndësishme që duhen për të përdorur Internetin apo telefonat. Por: Shumica e përdoruesve në Gjermani nuk e kanë në zotërim këtë pajisje, edhe pse gjendet brena shtëpive të tyre dhe paguajnë për të. 

              FSFE-ja përkrah njohjen e të Drejtave për të Dhëna Përdoruesi

              • 29 August 2015

              FSFE-ja përkrah botimin e Manifestit 2.0 për Të dhëna Përdoruesi, që synon përcaktimin e të drejtave bazë të njerëzve për të kontrolluar të dhënat e tyre në epokën e Internetit. Manifesti është botuar sot dhe ka tashmë përkrahjen nga GNOME, KDE,, ownCloud, Spreed, “Terms of Service - Didn’t Read” dhe X-Lab.  

              Roli i FSFE-së në projektin Bacula

              • 17 August 2015

              Në prill të 2015-s, ne njoftuam një ndryshim në marrëdhëniet mes Kern Sibbald-it dhe FSFE-së, rrjedhur prej anulimit të marrëveshjes Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) mes Kernit dhe FSFE-së, marrëveshje e cila më parë e bënte FSFE-në kujdestare të të drejtave të kopjimit mbi software-in Bacula.  

              Intervistë me anëtarin shok të FSFE-së, Neil McGovern

              • 04 August 2015

              Pas ca ndërprerjeje, FSFE-ja do të rifillojë të intervistojë anëtarë shok të saj. Nëpërmjet kësaj duam t’ju tregojmë se cilët jemi, nga vijmë dhe për çfarë përpiqemi. Këtë muaj, dhe si e para nga serinë tonë të re të intervistave, intervistuam Neil McGovern, anëtar shok nga Mbretëria e Bashkuar. Nili ka punuar me grupin Open Rights Group dhe tani së fundi u zgjodh Udhëheqës i Projektit Debian (UPD). Lexoni rreth rolit të tij si UPD, angazhimin e tij në Software-in e Lirë, si dhe në nivele politike.  

              FSFE-ja mirëpret adoptimin e raportit mbi të drejtat e kopjimit në komitetin JURI në Parlamentin Europian

              • 16 June 2015

              Si një hap të rëndësishëm drejt modernizimit të ligjeve mbi të drejtat e kopjimit në BE, komiteti i Çështjeve Ligjore i Parlamentit Europian pranoi të martën një raport mbi Direktiva Rreth të Drejtave të Kopjimit nga eurodeputetja Julia Reda.  

              FSFE-ja parashtron komente rreth raportit Reda mbi të drejtat e kopjimit

              • 05 June 2015

              Më 16 qershor, Komiteti i parlamentit europian për Çështjet Ligjore do të votojë mbi një raport me një numër rekomandimesh risore për reformë të të drejtave të kopjimit. 

              FSFE-ja po kërkon një përgjegjës dhe arkitekt sistemesh

              • 27 May 2015

              Ju lutemi, mbani parasysh që nuk priten më aplikime për këtë vend pune. Free Software Foundation Europe u themelua më 2001-n dhe që prej asaj kohe ka parë një rritje shumë të madhe, si në numrin e vullnetarëve, ashtu edhe atë të nëpunësve, si edhe në kompleksitetin e infrastrukturës sonë teknike dhe numrit të shërbimeve që xhirojmë dhe ofrojmë si për përdorim të brendshëm, ashtu edhe të jashtëm. Jemi duke kërkuar një përgjegjës dhe arkitekt sistemesh që, për një kohë të kufizuar, të mund të na mbështetë në punën tonë për migrimin e shërbimeve tonë në një infrastrukturë të re. 

                Kufizim mbi kufizime teknologjike

                • 06 May 2015

                Por krejt ne varemi nga aftësia për instalim apo zëvendësim programesh që përdorim përditë, për të shtuar sigurinë, privatësinë ose leverdinë tonë - ose thjesht ngase ndodh që na pëlqen të përdorim një tjetër program në laptopin, tabletin, telefonin, rrugëzuesin, televizorin, automjetin tonë, ose në pajisje të tjera. 

                [Blog] Hekurosja përfundimtare e fushatës kundër reklamës për PDFreaders

                • 24 April 2015

                Po përfundojmë fushatën PDFreaders, dhe na duhet ndihma juaj që të matim suksesin tonë. Me fillimin e saj më 2009-n, qëllimi i FSFE-së qe të hiqeshin qafe reklamat për lexues PDF-sh pronësorë. U përqendruam në sajte administratash publike, dhe shumë vetë ndihmuan që të grumbulloheshin kontakte për mbi 2000 sajte publike që reklamonin software jo të lirë. Mjaft persona na ndihmuan të lidhemi me administrata publike, u sinjalizuan rreth problemit qeveri të ndryshme dhe u botuan udhëzime. Deri sot dimë se janë ndrequr 772 raste nga 2110 të raportuar, që do të thotë 36% sukses. Por për shumë vende s’e kemi kontrolluar gjendjen prej muajsh. Këtu na duhet ndihma juaj për një dorë përfundimtare. Po kërkojmë vullnetarë që mund të ndihmojnë të kontrollohen sajte në gjuhën e tyre, duke ndjekur hap pas hapi udhërrëfyesin tonë të postuar në blog.


                Deklaratë mbi ndryshimin e marrëdhënieve mes FSFE-së dhe Kern Sibbald-it

                • 14 April 2015

                Duke filluar nga 6 marsi i 2015-tës, FLA-ja mes Kern Sibbald-it dhe FSFE-së është shfuqizuar me kërkesën e Kern Sibbald-it. FSFE-ja është e vendosur për të siguruar me sa mundet që software-i të mbetet Software i Lirë, dhe vetëm se mund të shprehë keqardhjen që Kern Sibbald-i zgjodhi këtë rrugë për t’i dhënë fund FLA-së.  

                Standardet e Hapura nëpër botë

                • 08 April 2015

                Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve është dita kur flasim rreth Standardeve të Hapura nëpër botë. Më 2015-n, të tërë tok, e shndërruam edhe një herë këtë ditë në një veprimtari mbarëbotërore, me 63 organizatorë vendorë në 31 vende në 4 kontinente. Vullnetarë anembanë botës, të shoqëruar nga organizma ndërkombëtarë, si dhe nga politikanë dhe shërbime publike iu bashkuan kërkesës sonë për liri dokumentesh. Që të shihni se ç’ndodhi gjatë Ditës së Lirisë së Dokumenteve 2015, lexoni raportin tonë.


                Një mirëpritje e kujdesshme për strategjinë e re të KE-së lidhur me Software-in e Lirë

                • 01 April 2015


                Oproep tot evaluatie: vragen over het Duitse Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

                • 01 April 2015


                FSFE-ja përkrah çështjen gjyqësore të Hellwig-ut për përputhshmëri me GPL-në

                • 31 March 2015

                FSFE-ja mirëpret ndërmarrjen e filluar nga Christoph Hellwig dhe Software Freedom Conservancy për ta bërë VMware-in të përputhet me licencën GNU General Public License. 

                Deklaratë e përbashkët : Shtimi në maksimum i përfshirjes dhe angazhimit përmes përdorimit të Standardeve të Hapura në Komisionin Europian

                • 25 March 2015

                Sot është Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve, dita ndërkombëtare e kremtimit të Standardeve të Hapura dhe e shtimit të ndërgjegjësimit mbi to. Me këtë rast, duam të përsiatim mbi rëndësinë që ka për institucionet publike në përgjithësi, dhe për Komisionin Europian në veçanti, kur merret parasysh roli i tij drejtues, përdorimi i Standardeve të hapura në krejt komunikimet dhe shërbimet e veta dixhitale.  

                Më shumë se 50 veprimtari mbi Standarde të Hapura anembanë botës

                • 24 March 2015

                Më 25 mars është Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve për këtë vit dhe, në varësi të zonës tuaj kohore, ka filluar tashmë. Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve është fushata mbarëbotërore për çlirimin e dokumenteve, zhvilluar nga grupe vendore anembanë botës. Deri sot, kanë regjistruar veprimtaritë e tyre më shumë se 50 grupe nga 25 vende që shtrihen në Azi, Europë, Afrikë, e deri në Amerikën e Jugut dhe atë të Veriut. 

                Dhe fituesi i zgjedhjeve për drejtuesin e Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së është Nicolas Dietrich

                • 16 March 2015

                … Nicolas Dietrich! Periudha e zgjedhjes për drejtuesin e Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së u mbyll më 13 mars, 2015. FSFE-ja është e lumtur që pati tre kandidatë të jashtëzakonshëm këtë herë. Dhe Nicolas Dietrich është i gëzuar të zërë vendin e përfaqësuesit të mëparshëm Heiki "Repentinus" Lõhmus. 

                Këshilli Federal Zviceran sheh mundësinë e sigurisë ligjore për hedhjen në qarkullim të Software-it të Lirë

                • 06 March 2015

                Sot për sot, në Zvicër, ka paqartësi lidhur me zhvillimin dhe hedhjen në qarkullim të Software-i të Lirë nga ana e kontraktuesve publikë. Këtë çështje e solli sërish në pah zhvillimi i software-it OpenJustitia nga Gjykata e Lartë Federale Zvicerane. Këshilli federal tani dëshiron të shqyrtojë nëse mund të lejohet shprehimisht botimi i Software-it të Lirë nga administrata federale. Free Software Foundation Europe kërkon që kjo çështje të qartësohet, në mënyrë që software-i i financuar me para publike të hidhet në qarkullim ligjërisht dhe prerë, si Software i Lirë. 

                #ilovefs Report 2015

                • 03 March 2015

                On Saturday, 14 February 2015, people all over the world showed Free Software contributors their appreciation. It was the fifth year the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) asked people to participate in the “I Love Free Software” day. This report shows a variety of love declarations that happened this day, including blog posts, pictures, comics, poems, and an #ilovefs Android library. The FSFE thanks everybody who motivated Free Software contributors this year, and ask everybody to mark 14 February in their calendars for next year's “I love Free Software” day. 

                Jonas Öberg vjen te FSFE-ja si drejtor ekzekutiv

                • 02 March 2015

                FSFE-ja ka punësuar veprimtarin, prej kohësh, e Software-it të Lirë, Jonas Öberg, për të qenë drejtori ekzekutiv i organizmit. Drejtimin e organizmit e merr më 1 mars.  

                Thirrje për veprimtari: Bëhuni pjesë e Ditës së Lirisë së Dokumenteve 2015

                • 24 February 2015

                Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve (#DFD2015) është një fushatë mbarëbotërore për çlirimin e dokumenteve, me veprimtari vendore anembanë botës, që zhvillohen në 25 mars, 2015. Shtojini zërin tuaj këtij kremtimi mbarëbotëror të Standardeve të Hapura, dhe regjistroni veprimtarinë tuaj për DLD-në e 2015-s! 

                FSFE-ja u përgjigjet konsultave të BE-së mbi patentat dhe standardet

                • 18 February 2015

                Që të ushtrojë trysni për një trajtim më të informuar të politikave të administrimit të risive dhe dijes, FSFE-ja ka parashtruar një përgjigje [pdf] te një konsultë e BE-së mbi patentat dhe standardet. Ky është veprimi më i ri i FSFE-së në një punë të vazhdueshme për promovimin e Standardeve të Hapura. 

                Pozicioni ynë lidhur me fuqizimin e Burimeve Arsimore të Hapura mbi bazën e Software-it të Lirë

                • 10 February 2015

                Tok me FSFE-në dhe partnerë të tjerë, Bündnis Freie Bildung ("Aleanca për Arsim të Lirë") sot boton qëndrimet e saj rredh krijimit dhe përdorimit të Burimeve Arsimore të Hapura (BAH). Bündnis përmes tyre kërkon botimin e krejt materialeve BAH nën licenca të hapura dhe shpërndarjen e tyre në formate Software të Lirë dhe Standardesh të Hapura. 

                Shpalosni dashurinë tuaj për Software-in e Lirë

                • 09 February 2015

                Çdo 14 shkurt, Free Software Foundation Europe-a i fton tërë përdoruesit e Software-it të Lirë që në Ditën "E dua Software-in e Lirë" të sjellin në mend njerëzit e palodhur të bashkësisë së Software-it të Lirë dhe t’u shfaqin atyre individualisht vlerësimin. 

                BE-ja do të financojë shqyrtim kodi Software-i të Lirë

                • 19 December 2014

                Parlamenti Europian ka miratuar fonde për disa projekte të lidhur me Software-in e Lirë dhe privatësinë. Në buxhetin e BE-së për 2015-n, të cilin Parlamenti Europian e miratoi më 17 dhjetor, eurodeputetët kanë caktuar deri në një milion euro për një projekt auditimi programesh Software të Lirë që përdor komisioni dhe Parlamenti, me qëllim që të gjenden dhe të ndreqen cenueshmëri sigurie. 

                Gëzuar Ditëlindjen April!

                • 18 December 2014

                April, shoqata pararojë në Francë në mbrojtje të Software-it të Lirë, u themeluar 18 vjet më parë.April lindi më dhjetor të 1996-s nga studentë të një universiteti në Paris, si një shoqatë jofitimprurëse për nxitjen dhe përhapjen e Software-it të Lirë në veprimtaritë kërkimore në informatikë. 

                Puna e FSFE-së gjatë 2014-s

                Me çka bëjmë sot, ndikojmë të nesërmen e botës. FSFE-ja i ndihmon njerëzit të kuptojnë se si ndikon teknologjia në të drejtat dhe liritë e tyre, dhe i aftëson të përcaktojnë rrugën e tyre në botën dixhitale. Shihni se ç’arritëm gjatë 2014-s, dhe se ku do të mbërrijmë më pas! 

                Mbroni privatësinë tuaj - Ndihmoni GnuPG-në të punësojë programuesin e dytë!

                • 16 December 2014

                GnuPG-ja është mjeti kryesues në botë për privatësinë, me 4 milionë përdorues aktivë në mbarë botën, sipas vlerësimeve, dhe një mijë përdorues të rinj shtesë çdo ditë. Ai ruan email-et, kartelat dhe programet nga futja e hundëve në to dhe spiunimi, në Windows, MacOS, dhe GNU/Linux. Ky program kaq kyç lyp ndihmën tuaj që të mund të vazhdojë zhvillimin gjatë 2015-s dhe më tej.  

                Studim: Për të siguruar transparencë, Parlamenti Europian duhet të adoptojë Software-in e Lirë, Standardet e Hapura

                • 12 December 2014

                Një studim i hedhur në qarkullim të premten thotë se Parlamenti Europian duhet të adoptojë Software-in e Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura, me qëllim që të përmbushë detyrimet e veta rreth transparencës. Autorët arrijnë në konkluzionin se "Rregullat mbi Procedurën të Parlamentit Europian do të duhej ta bënin, kurdo që është e mundur, të detyrueshëm Software-in e Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura, për krejt sistemet dhe të dhënat në punën e Parlamentit."  

                Shfrytëzoni sigurinë, përmes një karte të mençur, dhe përkrahni punën e FSFE-së gjatë 2015-s

                • 03 December 2014

                Free Software Foundation Europe është një organizëm jofitimprurës, mbarëeuropian, i themeluar më 2001-shin për t’u fuqizuar përdoruesve kontrollin e teknologjisë. Për t’i bërë të mundur organizmit të intensifikojë punën e vet me Komisionin Europian dhe të rrisë numrin e personave të ndjeshëm ndaj Software-it të Lirë, FSFE-ja ka nevojë për 190 mijë euro të tjera për punën e vet gjatë 2015-s. Vitin e ardhshëm, FSFE-ja do të ushtrojë më shumë trysni se kurrë për ndërthurjen e lirisë së software-it në indet e shoqërisë tonë. 

                [Blog] Komentet e FSFE-së në konferencën DG ITEC në Parlamentin Europian

                • 20 November 2014

                Në një takim në Parlamentin Europian, presidenti i FSFE-së, Karsten Gerloff nxori në pah disa rrugë të ndryshme përmes të cilave parlamenti mund të bëhej më transparent, dhe mund të shfrytëzonte më mirë Software-in e Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura.

                Në një ndërhyrje të shkurtër, ai e ftoi parlamentin që t’i bëjë më në fund të përdorshme edhe nga përdoruesit e Software-it të Lirë transmetimet e drejtpërdrejta. Ai i kërkoi administratës TI të parlamentit të aktivizojë anën IMAP në shërbyesit e vet të email-it, për t’u lejuar përdoruesve të Software-it të Lirë të lidhen me ta përmes protokollesh standarde, dhe i tërhoqi vëmendjen parlamentit që të shmangë standarde dhe teknika bllokuese, teksa ecën më tej drejt një dixhitalizimi më të thellë.


                In Switzerland, the legal basis for the government to support Free Software is still lacking

                • 20 November 2014

                For the time being, the public development of the Free Software 'OpenJustitia' by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has ceased because of a new legal opinion. The reason for this abrupt end is apparently the legal uncertainty regarding public contractors in Switzerland. The FSFE demands that the missing legal framework be created as soon as possible so that software developed with public funding in Switzerland in the future can also be released as Free Software. 

                FSFE-ja po kërkon një stazhier për Ditën e Lirisë së Dokumenteve

                • 17 October 2014

                Çdo vit, FSFE-ja organizon "Ditën e Lirisë së Dokumenteve", një fushatë mbarëbotërore për të nxjerrë në pah rëndësinë e Standardeve të Hapura për lirinë e komunikimeve, ndërveprueshmërinë dhe pavarësinë nga bllokimet që bëjnë tregtuesit. Për këtë fushatë, zyra e FSFE-së për Berlinin po kërkon një stazhier PR-i / Fushatash me kohë të plotë nga 1 janari deri më 31 mars.  

                Konsumatorët italianë nuk do të duhej të paguanin për software që nuk e dëshirojnë – Letër Rregullatorëve

                • 17 October 2014

                FSFE-ja dhe shoqata e konsumatorëve italianë ADUC, tok me grupin italian ILS, u kërkon rregullatorëve të ndërmarrin hapa konkretë për mbrojtjen e italianëve nga pagesat e detyruara për software që nuk e dëshirojnë. Gjykata e Lartë e Italisë vendosi në shtator se tregtuesit e kompjuterave duhet të rimbursojnë klientët për çmimin e software-it jo të lirë, të padëshiruar që vjen i instaluar që më parë në PC dhe laptopë. Sot, FSFE-ja, ADUC-u dhe ILS-ja i kanë dërguar një letër autoriteteve italiane të konkurrencës, duke u bërë thirrje që të sigurojnë se tregtuesit i binden vendimit të Gjykatës së Lartë, dhe respektimin e të drejtave të klientëve. 

                Mynihu do të vazhdojë me Software-in e Lirë

                • 16 October 2014

                Kryetari i parë i bashkisë së Mynihut reagoi më në fund, të martën, rreth një kërkese të Partisë së të Gjelbërve (në gjermanisht) lidhur me fjalët e hapura rreth një rikthimi të mundshëm në mjedis desktopi ne bazë Windows. Përgjigja ndaj interesimit tregon se nuk ka baza faktike për pretendimet e bëra nga kryetari i parë dhe i dytë. Po zhvillohet një vlerësim i infrastrukturës dhe proceseve TI ndërkohë. FSFE-ja i bën thirrje këshillit bashkiak të përfshijë në të edhe pavarësinë nga tregtuesit, si edhe ndërveprueshmërinë, ngaqë ato qenë së pari ndër arsyet qendrore për kalimin e Mynihut në Software të Lirë.  

                Transparenzverordnung: Bundesnetzagentur legitimiert Zwangsrouter

                • 29 September 2014

                Die Free Software Foundation Europe sieht den aktuellen Entwurf der "Transparenzverordnung" der Bundesnetzagentur als Legitimierung einer Entmündigung von Verbrauchern.  

                Itali: Gjykata e Kasacionit godet taksën Windows

                • 12 September 2014

                Gjykata e Kasacionit e Italisë ka fshikulluar praktikën që i detyron blerësit e një kompjuteri apo laptopi tok me software jo të lirë. Sipas La Repubblica-s, gjykata vendosi se një blerës laptopi ka të drejtën të përfitojë një rimbursim të çmimit të licencës Microsoft Windows për kompjuterin e tij.  

                Blog : 5 approximations à rectifier pour bien s’y repérer dans les licences libres

                • 22 August 2014

                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.  

                Na nevojiten mendimet tuaja: Si të ndërtojmë një të ardhme më të mirë?

                • 01 August 2014

                Software-i i Lirë ka bërë përparime të mëdha që prej 2001-shit, kur themeluam FSFE-në. Por kemi ende rrugë për të bërë, deri sa të gjithë ne të kemi kontrollin e punës sonë në kompjuter, të të dhënave tona dhe të jetës tonë dixhitale. 

                [Blog] Raportim prej takimit të ekipit tonë të gjermanishtfolësve për 2014-n

                • 11 July 2014

                Nga 13 – 15 qershor 2014 FSFE-ja zhvilloi takimin e ekipit të vet të gjermanishtfolësve, në Linuxhotel në Esen. Pjesëmarrësit patën probleme për të mbërritur atje, për shkak të rrëmujës së krijuar nga një furtunë e madhe në rajon. Shumë rrugë hekurudhore nuk funksiononin, dhe gjendja në rrugët qe gjithashtu rrëmujë. Por meqë asnjë tren ICE nuk ndalon në Esen, kjo nuk do të thotë që nuk do të vazhdojmë punën tonë për Software-in e Lirë. Në fund të fundit, qemë në gjendje t’i sillnim krejt vullnetarët në Linuxhotel për të planifikuar veprimtaritë e ardhshme dhe për të disktuar çështjet aktuale.  

                KE-ja shtrembëron tregun duke refuzuar të çlirohet nga bllokimi i mundësisë së zgjedhjes që bëjnë tregtuesit

                • 08 July 2014

                Komisioni Europian tani së fundi ripërtëriti angazhimin e tij kundrejt një desktopi pronësor dhe formatesh të fshehtë kartelash.Komisioni po refuzon ta marrë seriozisht çështjen e çlirimit nga bllokimi i mundësisë së zgjedhjes që tregtues të ndryshëm i bëjnë punës së përdoruesit në kompjuter, dhe po shpërfill krejt alternativat e mundshme. Duke bërë kështu, shërbimi civil i BE-së tjetër gjë predikon, dhe tjetër bën.  

                [Blog] Përkthimet e vetëmbrojtjes email krijuar nga FSF-ja tani janë gati

                • 30 June 2014

                Sot, organizmi ynë simotër, FSF-ja, botoi udhërrëfyesin e vet të vetëmbrojtjes së email-it, dhe infografikën përkatëse në 6 gjuhë. Ato mund të kihen që sot në Anglisht, Gjermanisht, Portugezçe Braziliane, Frëngjisht, Rusisht, Turqisht, dhe Japonisht. Në to shpjegohet instalimi i programeve të nevojshëm për fshehtëzim email-esh nën GNU/Linux, MacOS, dhe Microsoft Windows; prodhimi i kyçeve; rrjeti i besimit; si dhe përdorimi i këtyre programeve. Krejt çka ju duhet është një kompjuter me lidhje në Internet, një llogari email, dhe pak a shumë një gjysmë ore. Ju lutemi, na jepni përshtypjet tuaja, që të mund t’i pasqyrojmë përpara shtypjes së infografikës, dhe na ndihmoni t’i shpërndajmë ato.


                [Blog] Schutz vor Überwachung durch Verschlüsselung mit Freier Software

                • 20 June 2014

                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..


                FSFE: 33 përkrahës të Paktit Mbi Software-in e Lirë të zgjedhur në Parlamentin Europian

                • 28 May 2014

                Zgjedhjet europiane kanë sjellë 33 përkrahës të Paktit Mbi Software-in e Lirë në Parlamentin e ri Europian. Paktin Mbi Software-in e Lirë e kanë nënshkruar kandidatë nga i gjithë spektri politik, duke premtuar kështu të përkrahin Software-in e Lirë dhe Standardet e Hapura gjatë kohës së tyre në parlament. Nga 162 nënshkruesit, 33 u zgjodhën 

                [Blog] Tani jemi të gjithë përdorues të Gmail-it: Privatësia si çështje sistemi ekologjik

                • 27 May 2014

                Edhe nëse vetë nuk e përdorni shërbimin Gmail të Google-it, e përdorin shumë nga miqtë tuaj. Sa mund ta mbrojmë privatësinë tonë kur zgjedhim mospërdorimin e shërbimeve të centralizuara web?  

                Letër e Hapur Komisionit Europian: Stop DRM-së në HTML5

                • 06 May 2014

                Sot, në "Ditën kundër DRM-së", Free Software Foundation Europe-a (FSFE) i ka dërguar një letër të hapur Komisionit Europian, në të cilën i kërkohet KE-së të parandalojë integrimin e teknologjisë së Administrimit Dixhital të Kufizimeve (DRM) në standardin HTML5. 

                U botua Raporti mbi Ditën e Lirisë së Dokumenteve (DFD) 2014

                • 24 April 2014

                Për Ditën e Lirisë së Dokumenteve 2014, Standardet e Hapura u kremtuan edhe në skaje të humbura të botës, me 51 veprimtari në 22 vende. Fushata për ndërveprueshmëri gjallëroi nga Tokio në Rio, nga Birmingami në Taipei.


                FSFE-ja e mirëpret nismën e industrisë përkatëse për financim fondesh për projekte Software-i të Lirë me rëndësi jetike

                • 24 April 2014

                Sot, Linux Foundation njoftoi se "Nisma për Infrastrukturën Bazë" do të japë fonde dhe përkrahë projekte Software-i të Lirë që janë me rëndësi jetike për sigurinë e përdoruesve të Internetit. Projekti i parë që do të marrë fonde do të jetë OpenSSL-ja, që përdoret për mbartje të sigurt të dhënash nga miliona sajte. FSFE-ja e mirëpret këtë nismë. 

                CCC-ja dhe FSFE-ja: Agjencia Federale Gjermane e Rrjeteve duhet të përmirësohet

                • 28 March 2014

                Pas disa bisedash publike dhe debatesh politike, Agjencia Federale Gjermane e Rrjeteve (BNetzA) paraqiti një grup propozimesh rregullatore (në Gjermanisht) që do të duhej të eliminonin përdorimin e detyruar të rrugëzuesve të veçantë dhe të përmirësonin për përdoruesit transparencën e shoqërive të telekomunikacionit. Rrugëzuesit e detyruar e lidhin klientin pas një pajisjeje të dhënë nga ISP-ja. Free Software Foundation Europe-a (FSFE), Chaos Computer Club-i (CCC), si dhe drejtuesit e projektit IPFire dhe OpenWrt, si edhe ekspertë të tjerë, i shqyrtuan këto rregulla dhe dhanë komentet për BNetzA-n (German) 

                Letër e Hapur institucioneve të BE-së: Ka ardhur koha për të përkrahur Standardet e Hapura

                • 26 March 2014

                Në një letër të hapur për Parlamentin Europian dhe Komisionin Europian, Free Software Foundation Europe dhe Open Forum Europe u kërkojnë institucioneve europiane të përmirësojnë mbulimin e tyre për Standardet e Hapura. Letra i drejtohet Giancarlo Vilella-s, drejtori i Drejtorisë së Përgjithshme ITEC të Parlamentit Europian dhe i Komitetit Ndërinstitucional për Informatikën (IICI).  

                Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve shpërndan mesazhe ndërveprueshmërie anembanë botës

                • 25 March 2014

                Gjatë 24 orëve të ardhshme në të katër anët e rruzullit do të kremtohen Standardet e Hapura. Fushata Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve mbi ndërveprueshmërinë niset nga Tokio në Rio, dhe nga Birmingami në Taipei. 41 veprimtari në 18 vende. 

                Kompjuterët në epokën pas-Snowden: zgjidhni, përpara se të paguani!

                • 24 March 2014

                Zbulimet e ardhura nga Edward Snowden-i, që lidhen me survejim masiv të ndërlidhjeve tregojnë haptazi nevojën që çdo person të jetë në gjendje të kontrollojë kompjuterët dhe telefonat e vet. Prapëseprapë prodhuesit dhe tregtuesit e kompjuterëve dhe telefonave zakonisht u imponojnë përdoruesve programe që rrezikojnë privatësinë e tyre. 

                Krijohet Rrjeti Ligjor Aziatik

                • 14 March 2014

                Free Software Foundation Europe-a (FSFE), Open Invention Network-u (OIN), dhe The Linux Foundation njoftuan sot për krijimin e Rrjetit Ligjor Aziatik. Krijohet Rrjeti Ligjor Aziatik u themelua për të patur një forum drejtues për përhapjen e dijeve dhe praktikave më të mira që prekin çështjet ligjore të Software-it të Lirë, veçanërisht ato që lidhen me lojëtarët e tregut në Azi.  

                OB-Wahl in München: LiMux Erfolg ausbauen, Umstellungsschmerzen abarbeiten

                • 10 March 2014

                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. 

                Bëjini kandidatët për zgjedhjet europiane të këtij viti t’i dalin krah Software-it të Lirë

                • 04 March 2014

                Prej 22 deri 25 maj, 2014, shtetasit europianë do të votojnë për kandidatët për në Parlamentin Europian. Kjo është kohë ideale për të trajtuar me politikanët çështjen pse Software-i i Lirë ka rëndësi. Ndihmonani t’i bëjmë kandidatët kudo në Europë të deklarojnë përkrahjen e tyre për Software-in e Lirë. 

                Dhe fituesi i zgjedhjeve për kryesinë e Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së është…

                • 03 March 2014

                …Stefan "Penny" Harmuth! Koha e zgjedhjeve për kryesinë e Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të Anëtarësisë Shok të FSFE-së për këtë vit përfundoi më 28 shkurt. Pati vetëm një kandidat për vendin këtë herë. Jemi edhe më të kënaqur që prapë 20,3% e Anëtarësisë Shok përfituan nga rasti për të përkrahur Stefan Harmuth-in në këtë kandidim të tij.  

                FSFE-ja komenton rreth propozimit të Mbretërisë së Bashkuar lidhur me formatet e dokumenteve

                • 26 February 2014

                FSFE-ja ka parashtruar komentet e veta lidhur me një propozim të qeverisë së Mbretërisë së Bashkuar për të përdorur në të ardhmen vetëm formate dokumentesh të bazuar mbi Standarde të Hapura.  

                #ilovefs Report 2014

                • 21 February 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. 

                Tre gjëra për të bërë në Ditën Kur U Kundërpërgjigjëm

                • 11 February 2014

                Kjo e martë është ditë kur ne i kundërpërgjigjemi survejimit në masë, dhe këtu në FSFE jemi krenarë që jemi pjesë e ndeshjes. 

                Show your love for Free Software

                • 11 February 2014

                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. 

                Italia privilegjon Software-in e Lirë në sektorin publik

                • 14 January 2014

                Qeveria italiane e ka bërë Software-in e Lirë mundësinë parazgjedhje për organizma të administratës publike. Në një qarkore, të botuar të mërkurën e kaluar, Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale ka fiksuar rregulla në bazë të të cilave krejt organizmat qeveritare të vendit, përpara se të blejnë licenca programesh pronësore, duhet të marrin në shqyrtim përdorimin e Software-it të Lirë.  

                Ende 160 mijë euro për 2014-n

                • 13 December 2013

                Si lexues i sajtit tonë, jeni i ndërgjegjshëm për rëndësinë e Software-it të Lirë për një shoqëri të lirë. FSFE-ja lufton për Software-in e Lirë që prej 2001-shit. Prej asaj kohe, kemi vulën tonë në një ndryshim të madh, duke ushtruar trysni politike, duke ndihmuar zhvilluesit e Software-it të Lirë me ekspertizë ligjore, dhe duke krijuar ndërgjegjësim publik mbi lirinë e software-it. Që të vazhdojmë këtë punë të rëndësishme, për 2014-n na duhet një buxhet 390 mijë eurosh. Na mungojnë ende 160 mijë. 

                  Verpasste Chancen: Wo die Große Koalition nachbessern muss

                  • 11 December 2013

                  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. 

                  When DRM comes to cars (English)

                  • 14 November 2013

                  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.


                  Rockstar vs. Google: Patentat mbi software-in si një licencë për kusari

                  • 07 November 2013

                  Rockstar, një konsorcium kompanish i formuar për të grumbulluar disa patenta të nxjerra në shitje përmes procedurës së shpërbërjes së Nortel-it, ka paditur Google-in dhe të tjera kompani për shtatë nga këto patenta. 

                  Server-Spende: FSFE sagt Danke!

                  • 05 November 2013

                  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.  

                  Zë fill një Fushatë e re: TheyDontWantYou.To

                  • 04 November 2013

                  Sot FSFE-ja fillon një fushatë të re për t’i bërë të rinjtë të ndërgjegjshëm për kufizimet dixhitale që tolerojnë. Mikroblogimi dhe ngjitëset përbëjnë pjesët thelbësore të kësaj strategjie të freskët për angazhimin e rinisë në betejat për lirinë dixhitale.


                  Internet-Anbieter: Routerzwang schadet Nutzern

                  • 04 November 2013

                  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. 

                  Të ndryshosh botën: Projekti GNU bëhet 30 vjeç

                  • 27 September 2013

                  U bënë 30 vjet që kur Richard Stallman njoftoi fillimin e projektit GNU. Një nismë, që zuri fill me irritimin e programuesit për shkak të një përudhësi të dëmtuar shtypësi, ka ndryshuar shoqërinë tonë. Ideja e software-it që gjithkush mund ta përdorë, studiojë, ndajë me të tjerët dhe përmirësojë doli në fakt shumë e fuqishme. 

                  Nationalratswahl 2013: Positionen der Parteien zu Freier Software und digitaler Gesellschaft

                  • 26 September 2013

                  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. 

                  FSFE-ja mbështet 13 parimet kundër survejimit

                  • 23 September 2013

                  Një koalicion i më shumë se 265 organizmash ka hedhur në qarkullim një listë me 13 Parime Ndërkombëtare mbi Zbatimin e të Drejtave të Njeriut në Survejimin e Komunikimeve. Të premten e javës së fundit, grupet e paraqitën zyrtarisht listën me parime në sesionin e 24-t të Këshillit të Kombeve të Bashkuara për Të Drejtat e Njeriut në Gjenevë. 

                  Ditën e Lirisë së Software-it, përkrahni FSFE-në!

                  • 20 September 2013

                  Na duhen kompjuter të cilëve u zihet besë. Lajmet së fundi mbi survejimin në shkallë planetare e bëjnë të qartë se sa të rëndësishëm janë sistemet e kompjuterave për shoqërinë tonë. Kontrolli i këtyre kompjuterave lypset të jetë në dorën e përdoruesve të tyre.  

                  Landtagswahl Hessen: SPD und CDU enttäuschen, Grüne und Piraten punkten

                  • 18 September 2013

                  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: 

                  FSFE-ja u bashkohet 100 e ca organizmave në thirrjen për kufizimin e survejimit

                  • 31 July 2013

                  Privatësia është një e drejtë themelore e njeriut, dhe është kyçe për mirëmbajtjen e shoqërive demokratike. FSFE-ja u bashkohet më shumë se 100 organizmave të tjerë të cilët kërkojnë që shtetet të respektojnë të drejtat e njeriut, dhe ta vënë aparatin e tyre të survejimit nën kontroll demokratik. Kemi nënshkruar Parimet Ndërkombëtare mbi Zbatimin e të Drejtave të Njeriut në Survejimin e Komunikimeve. Këto parime janë një kontribut i rëndësishëm në diskutimin rreth se si të ofrohet siguri në një shoqëri të lirë. Pas më shumë se një vit në përgatitje, tani janë më të rëndësishme se kurrë.


                  Letër e Hapur Komitetit Elektoral Kombëtar të Estonisë mbi Lirinë dhe Votimin në Internet

                  • 30 July 2013

                  FSFE-ja i ka dërguar një letër të hapur Komitetit Elektoral Kombëtar të Estonisë (NEC) lidhur me sistemin e votimit në Internet të vendit. Ne i kërkojmë NEC-ut bërjen publike si Software të Lirë të software-it të përdorur në procesin e votimit. 

                  FSFE-ja kundërshton pretendimet për 'politika rrënuese çmimesh' në Software-in e Lirë

                  • 29 July 2013

                  Në një dokument antitrust të kohëve të fundit parashtruar Komisionit Europian, një koalicion i udhëhequr nga Microsoft-i pretendohet gënjeshtërt se shpërndarja falas e Software-it të Lirë dëmton konkurrencën. FSFE-ja i ka shkruar një letër autoriteteve të konkurrencës në Komisionin Europian për ta hedhur poshtë këtë pretendim, dhe e bën të qartë që Software-i i Lirë është kritik për një treg TI të hapur, konkurrues.  

                  FSFE mbështet Letrën e Hapur për ndalimin e survejimit

                  • 25 July 2013

                  FSFE-ja mbështet Letrën e Hapur për ndalimin e survejimit. Letra bën thirrje për dymbëdhjetë hapa politikë, përfshi zhvillimin dhe promovimin e Software-it të Lirë për vetëmbrojtje dixhitale. Letra u fillua nga Digitale Gesellschaft dhe u nënshkrua gjithashtu nga organizma si CCC, Creative Commons Germany, shoqata e gazetarëve gjermanë, DigitalCourage, EFF, EDRI, Greenpeace Central/East Europe, Transparency International Germany, German Consumer Protections, Wikimedia, dhe të tjerë.  

                  Letër e Hapur presidentit të Parlamentit Europian mbi transparencën

                  • 16 July 2013

                  Free Software Foundation Europe dhe Open Rights Group i kanë dërguar një an letër të hapur [pdf] presidentit të Parlamentit Europian, Martin Schulz. Zotit Schulz i është kërkuar së fundi [pdf] të kryejë një studim mbi transparencën brenda Parlamentit.  

                  Rrjedhje e re informacioni nga Snowden: Depozitimi i të dhënave tuaja te Microsoft-i është veprim i pakujdesshëm

                  • 12 July 2013

                  Në një artikull të botuar sot, The Guardian përshkruan se si Microsoft-i po bashkëpunon aktivisht me NSA-në. Sipas artikullit, Microsoft-i po e furnizon NSA-në me akses të gjerë te komunikimet e cilitdo që përdor shërbimet e kompanisë: 

                  Blog: ji i Lirë, ose ji i pasigurt: Hemlis-it, të financuar nga vullnetarë, i duhet të zgjedhë

                  • 11 July 2013

                  Sot, Hemlis, një propozim për një aplikacion të ri për shkëmbim mesazhesh të fshehtëzuar në celular, mblodhi 125 mijë dollarë amerikanë si financim nga vullnetarë. Është e mrekullueshme të shohësh projekte të reja ambicioze software-i të fitojnë përkrahje nga bashkësia, por sa i hapur do të jetë?


                  Zgjedhjet parlamentare në Gjermani: Pozicionet e partive lidhur me Software-in e Lirë

                  • 03 July 2013

                  Sot, Free Software Foundation Europe boton pyetjet e veta lidhur me Software-in e Lirë dhe zgjedhjet, referuar atyre parlamentare gjermane të kësaj vjeshte, që do të zhvillohen më 22 shtator. Pyetjeve që mbulonin çështje si kontrolli i përdoruesve mbi pajisjet e tyre elektronike, dhënia publikut e programeve të kompjuterave të financuar nga paraja publike, si Software i Lirë, dhe patentat mbi software-in, u janë përgjigjur krejt partitë politike.  

                  Praktika e organizuar nga FSFE-ja mbi përputhshmërinë zbulon shkelje të GPL-së nga FANTEC, Welte fiton në gjykatë

                  • 26 June 2013

                  The Gjykata Rajonale e Hamburgut [Landgericht Hamburg] e deklaroi FANTEC GmbH-në fajtore për shkelje të licencës GNU General Public License në lojtësin e tyre FANTEC 3DFHDL të mediave. Në çështjen gjyqësore të Harald Welte-s kundër FANTEC GmbH gjykata vendosi që FANTEC-u duhet të paguajë një gjobë plus kostot shtesë të avokatëve, dhe duhet të japë informacion të saktë rreth zinxhirit të tyre të shpërndarjes së FANTEC 3DFHDL Media Player. 

                  Komisioni Europian u thotë organizmave publike të çlirohen nga kyçjet

                  • 25 June 2013

                  Në një njoftim të botuar sot, Komisioni Europian u kërkon organizmave publike të çlirohen nga bllokimi i mundësive të zgjedhjes prej tregtuesve më sistemet e tyre TI. Komisioni dëshiron që organizmat publike të marrin për bazë standardet, dhe jo markat dhe teknologjitë pronësore, kur blejnë software. 

                  Letër e Hapur kryeministrit Erdoğan

                  • 20 June 2013

                  Ditë përpara se të plasnin protestat në Sheshin Taksim, presidenti Erdoğan qe në Amerikë. Në emër të një projekti ambicioz investimesh në arsim, të quajtur FATIH, ai vizitoi Silicon Valley-n si i ftuar i kompanive më të mëdha teknologjike të Amerikës, secila prej tyre me shpresë se do të arrijë një kontratë për më tepër se 10 milionë kompjuter të rinj tablet. 

                  Teksa Microsoft-i heq dorë nga disa kufizime te Xbox-i, edhe më tepër të tilla zbatohen mbi produkte të tjera

                  • 20 June 2013

                  I përballur me protesta të përdoruesve, Microsoft-i është detyruar t’i bëjë kushtet e shitjes për konsolën e vet më të re për lojëra Xbox të duken më pak kufizuese. Megjithatë, kushtet “e reja” që shkaktuan një zemërim të tillë, nuk qenë të reja aspak: ato qenë të ngjashme me shumicën e licencave të tjera produktesh software-i pronësor, përfshi ato që përfshijnë produkte të tjera software-i dhe shërbime në linjë nga Microsoft-i. 

                  Parlamenti gjerman i thotë qeverisë të kufizojë në mënyrë strikte patentat mbi software-in

                  • 12 June 2013

                  Të premten, më 7 qershor, parlamenti gjerman vendosi për një mocion të përbashkët mbi kufizimin e patentave mbi software-in (shihni përkthimin në Anglisht nga BIKT). Parlamenti i kërkon qeverisë gjermane të ndërmarrë hapa për kufizimin e akordimit të patentave mbi programe kompjuteri. Software-i do të duhej të mbulohej përjashtimisht nga të drejta kopjimi, dhe mbajtësit e të drejtave të kopjimit nuk do të duhej të zhvlerësoheshin prej palësh të treta përmes patentash software-i. I vetmi përjashtim ku patentat do të duheshin lejuar janë programet e kompjuterit që zëvendësojnë një përbërës mekanik ose elektromagnetik. Veç kësaj, parlamenti e bëri të qartë që veprimet qeveritare lidhur me patentat nuk duhet të përzihen kurrë me ligjshmërinë e shpërndarjes së Software-it të Lirë. 

                  Deklarim taksash pa software jo të lirë: një kompani sllovake apelon gjobat

                  • 11 June 2013

                  Në një çështje gjyqësore të kompanie Sllovake që ka protestuar kundër detyrimit për të përdorur një software jo të lirë për të deklaruar taksat, një gjykatë ka dështuar të japë një vendim mbi thelbin e çështjes. 

                  FSFE-ja përkrah objeksionin formal të EFF-s

                  • 31 May 2013

                  Siç njoftohej në buletinin tonë më të ri, W3C-ja dëshiron të sendërtojë në web kontrolle përdorimi . Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ka publikuar tani një objeksion formal drejtuar grupit të punës hartues të draftit HTML. Free Software Foundation Europe i përkrah plotësisht objeksionet e EFF-s.


                  FSFE-ja në seancën e Parlamentit Gjerman kushtuar Patentave të Software-it

                  • 23 May 2013

                  Në prill Parlamenti Gjerman ('Bundestag') paraqiti një mocion kundër patentave të software-it. Në të i kërkohet qeverisë gjermane të ndërmarrë hapa për kufizimin e akordimit të patentave mbi programe kompjuteri. Pas dëgjimit të parë në Parlament, si përfaqësues i FSFE-së u ftua Matthias Kirschner, si ekspert i jashtëm në mbledhjen e komitetit ligjor më 13 maj. FSFE-ja botoi një deklaratë me shkrim dhe ne botuam shënimet e paraqitjes sonë gojore. Komiteti do të mbajë një mbledhje të dytë dhe më pas, më 6 qershor Parlamenti do të votojë në lidhje me mocionin.


                  Blog: Mbi kufizimet fizike dhe dixhitale te pajisja juaj

                  • 03 May 2013

                  Sot, më 3 maj 2013, është dita ndërkombëtare kundër Administrimit Dixhital të Kufizimeve (DRM). Zakonisht termi DRM i referohet kufizimeve të ndryshme që kompanitë – ose cilido furnizues lënde – imponon në media dhe të dhëna dixhitale. Këto kufizime janë aty për t’u lejuar furnizuesve të vendosin çfarë mund të bëni me median dhe të dhënat tuaja dhe çfarë jo. Ky zë blogu hedh dritë mbi një çështje të afërt: humbja e kontrollit dixhital dhe fizik mbi pajisjen tuaj.


                  Dita Ndërkombëtare Kundër DRM-së: kundërvihuni teknologjive të cunguara me dashje

                  • 03 May 2013

                  Këtë të premte, 23 maj 2013, FSFE-ja po i bashkohet fushatës së 8-të Ndërkombëtare "Dita kundër DRM-s" në thirrjen për t’i dhënë fund Administrimit Dixhital të Kufizimeve - Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). Beteja kundër DRM-s ka fituar forcë javët e fundit. Aktivistë të Lirisë janë bërë kundër DRM-së në HTML5, duke e vënë theksin te efektet e dëmshme mbi risitë dhe lirinë e përdoruesve të kësaj teknologjie. Ditën e sotme Kundër DRM-së, organizmi ynë simotër, Free Software Foundation, do t’i paraqesë në Boston Konsorciumit World Wide Web (W3C)paraqesë nënshkrimet e peticionit që i kundërvihet DRM-së brenda HTML5-s. 

                  Një gjykatë portugeze eliminon një prokurim të paligjshëm që favorizonte Microsoft-in

                  • 02 May 2013

                  Më 27 prill, gjykata administrative e Almadas, Portugali, shpalli të paligjshme një kontratë prej 550 mijë eurosh mes Microsoft-it dhe bashkisë së Almadas. Kërkesat teknike të konkurrimit të shpallur nga bashkia ia bënin të pamundur cilësdo kompani tjetër veç Microsoft-it dhe partnerëve të tyre parashtrimin e një propozimi. 

                  Ndal DRM-së në HTML5 - Nënshkruani Peticionin!

                  • 25 April 2013

                  Bashkohuni me thirrjen tonë ndaj World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) dhe organizmave anëtare të tij për të kundërshtuar propozimin për Zgjerime Mediash të Fshehtëzuara (EME). Ky propozim synon trupëzimin e mbulimit të Administrimit Dixhital të Kufizimeve (DRM) brenda HTML-së dhe do të përjashtonte kështu shfletuesit Software i Lirë nga të qenët të përputhshëm me mjaft faqe web. 

                  FSFE-ja i uron Ceata-s mirëseardhjen si organizëm shok

                  • 24 April 2013

                  Një grup veprimtarësh të Software-it të Lirë nga Rumania dhe Moldavia janë bërë e programit të FSFE-së për organizma shok. Aktive që prej 2008-s, Ceata u legalizua si fondacion në shkurt të 2013-s. Fundația Ceata dhe FSFE-ja do të punojnë tok për të nxitur dhe përhapur lirinë e software-it në Rumani dhe kudo në Europë. 

                  Parlamenti gjerman thotë: Ndal Akordimit të Patentave mbi Software-in

                  • 22 April 2013

                  Parlamenti gjerman ka paraqitur një mocion të përbashkët kundër patentave mbi software-in. Rezoluta i kërkon qeverisë gjermane të ndërmarrë hapa për kufizimin e akordimit të patentave mbi programe kompjuteri.  

                  Si të çlirohemi prej Skype-it

                  • 02 April 2013

                  Më 8 Prill, Microsoft-i do të ndërpresë shërbimin e vet Windows Messenger. Krejt përdoruesit e deriatëhershëm do të kalohen nën Skype. Free Software Foundation Europe i këshillon përdoruesit e mëparshëm të Windows Messenger-it ta shfrytëzojnë këtë mundësi për të përqafuar Standarde të Hapura, të tillë si Jabber (XMPP), në vend se të hidhen te Skype-i. 

                  taz.die tageszeitung nderohet me Çmimin Gjerman të Lirisë së Dokumenteve

                  • 27 March 2013

                  Gazeta gjermane taz.die tageszeitung (TAZ) merr çmimin e Ditës së Lirisë së Dokumenteve për këtë vit. Me këtë çmim, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) dhe Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) nderojnë organizma që kanë arritur përdorim shembullor të Standardeve të Hapur.  

                  Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve, nga Brukseli në Taivan: Standardet e Hapura festohen në 30 vende

                  • 27 March 2013

                  Në 30 vende anembanë botës, veprimtarët po festojnë Standardet e Hapura gjatë Ditës së sotme të Lirisë së Dokumenteve, një fushatë e përvitshme kushtuar nxitjes së Standardeve të Hapura. Më tepër se 50 grupe po organizojnë veprimtari anembanë botës, nga Brukseli në Nikaragua dhe Nepal. 

                  Dhe fituesi i zgjedhjeve për Asamblenë e Përgjithshme (AP) të Anëtarëve Shok të FSFE-së është…

                  • 19 March 2013

                  …Heiki "Repentinus" Ojasild! Koha e zgjedhjeve për postin e drejtuesit të AP-së të Anëtarëve Shok për këtë vit përfundoi më 15 mars dhe qe interesante deri në fund. Albert Dengg që qe gjithashtu kandidat për PN-në e Anëtarëve Shok premtoi se do të jetë afër dhe do të vazhdojë punën e tij të madhe për FSFE-në në këtë fushë. 

                  Dita e Lirisë së Dokumenteve: Hapet regjistrimi i veprimtarive për 2013-n

                  • 26 February 2013

                  Sot hapet regjistrimi i veprimtarive për Ditën e Lirisë së Dokumenteve, 27 mars 2013. Ekipet vendore mund të vendosin hollësitë mbi veprimtaritë te, dhe t’i vendosin te harta globale e fushatës. 

                    Fushata #ILOVEFS 2013

                    • 21 February 2013

                    Çdo vit, më 14 Shkurt njerëzit kremtojnë ditën dashurinë, marrëdhëniet intime me të tjerët... dhe për të tretin vit radhazi, mrekullitë e Software-it të Lirë. Anembanë botës njerëzit shprehin dashurinë e tyre gjatë ditës "E dua software-in e lirë" . Do të donim t’ju falënderonim për pjesëmarrjen, dhe të ndanim me ju disa thënie të bukura, postime blogjesh dhe mikroblogjesh të shkruara nga frymëzimi prej përkushtimit tonë ndaj Software-it të Lirë. Kur programuesit të lexojnë deklarimet tuaja, pa mëdyshje do të gjejnë energji shtesë për të vazhduar veprën e tyre. 

                    Bundestagswahl: Was sollen Kandidatinnen und Parteien zu Freier Software gefragt werden?

                    • 18 February 2013

                    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. 

                    FSFE-ja ju fton të shpalosni dashurinë tuaj për Software-in e Lirë!

                    • 12 February 2013

                    Për 14 shkurtin, Free Software Foundation Europe u kërkon krejt përdoruesve të Software-it të Lirë të shpalosin vlerësimin e tyre për Software-in e Lirë. FSFE-ja sugjeron që ta shfrytëzoni këtë ditë si një mundësi për t’i thënë "faleminderit" njërit prej personave të palodhur të bashkësisë së Software-it të Lirë. 

                    Fellowship Interview with Anna Morris

                    • 23 December 2012

                    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.  

                    45 organizma bëhen tok në një ankesë ligjore kundër Ministrisë së Arsimit

                    • 17 December 2012

                    Një grup prej 45 organizmash të Software-it të Lirë kanë nënshkruar një ankesë ligjore drejtuar Ministrisë së Arsimit në Itali. FSFE, AsSoLi, Wikimedia Italia, Grupi i Përdoruesve të Software-it të Lirë në Itali, Shoqata për Informacion Gjeografik të Lirë (, Shoqëria Italiane e Linux-it, LibreItalia dhe 38 grupe të tjera sinjalizojnë se Ministria e Arsimit po e vendos Software-in e Lirë në disavantazh të padrejtë.  

                    FSFE 2012 Annual Report

                    • 14 December 2012

                    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.  

                    European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy

                    • 11 December 2012

                    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."  

                    First, do no harm: European Parliament must delay vote on unitary patent

                    • 08 December 2012

                    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.  

                    7 days left for the PDF readers fundraising campaign, last chance to donate!

                    • 29 November 2012

                    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. 

                    PDFreaders recommended by government - and what else we achived

                    • 22 November 2012

                    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.  

                    FSFE welcomes German Government's White Paper on "Secure Boot"

                    • 20 November 2012

                    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". 

                    Nächste Woche Dienstag: Freiburg entscheidet über Aus von ODT

                    • 16 November 2012

                    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. 

                    Finnish activist, Danish hacker share Nordic Free Software Award 2012

                    • 12 November 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.  

                    Flashing your device does not void your statutory warranty - FSFE Legal

                    • 06 November 2012

                    One of the main concerns of Android users is related with its warranty: whether flashing their device will void the phone assurance.  

                    Every buck fixes a bug. The FSFE PDF readers campaign website fundraising

                    • 02 November 2012

                    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. 

                    UK takes major step towards competition, innovation in software market

                    • 01 November 2012

                    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 

                    Fellowship Interview with Hugo Roy

                    • 24 October 2012

                    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.  

                    Moving our public administration towards trust, facts and confidence

                    • 22 October 2012

                    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. 

                    Internship opportunity at FSFE

                    • 18 October 2012

                    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.  

                    Twenty-one organisations ask Italian Data Protection Authority to publish readable documents.

                    • 21 September 2012

                    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.  

                    Free Software activists ask Italian Authority for Protection of Personal Data to publish readable documents

                    • 21 September 2012

                    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.  

                    FSFE introducing "Supporters" and two small tasks for you

                    • 21 September 2012

                    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.  

                      Results: Free Software voice & video testing

                      • 20 September 2012

                      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. 

                      Freiburg - hebelt geheimes Gutachten Gemeinderatsbeschluss aus?

                      • 18 September 2012

                      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: 

                      Unitary patent threatens innovation in Europe

                      • 07 September 2012

                      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.  

                      Blog: How the European patent system works

                      • 05 September 2012

                      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.


                      Blog: Software patents in Europe: game on

                      • 04 September 2012

                      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!


                      Blog: Like in the 90ies but with phones: First Free Your Android installation parties

                      • 31 August 2012

                      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.  

                      Für IFA-Besucher: Broschüre zur Digitalen Rechte-Minderung (DRM)

                      • 31 August 2012

                      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. 

                      FSFE wants to better protect Free Software licenses from bankruptcy

                      • 30 July 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration of Region Lazio, Italy.

                      • 30 July 2012

                      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.  

                      City of Helsinki Wants To Keep Software Costs Secret

                      • 11 July 2012

                      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.  

                      Internship opportunities at FSFE

                      • 04 July 2012

                      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.  

                      Record fine against Microsoft upheld by European Court of Justice

                      • 27 June 2012

                      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.  

                      Fellowship Interview with Bjarni Runar Einarsson

                      • 25 June 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE to Advance Fair Public IT Procurements in Finland

                      • 19 June 2012

                      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.  

                      4 Steps to immunity from UK snooping laws

                      • 16 June 2012

                      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.  

                      June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA

                      • 07 June 2012

                      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.  

                      Analysis - "Secure Boot": Who will control your next computer?

                      • 01 June 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation

                      • 01 June 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE responds to UK Open Standards Consultation

                      • 01 June 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE: NW UK businesses please tell Government that Open Standards matter

                      • 28 May 2012

                      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. 

                      Democracy deserves better than electronic voting

                      • 25 May 2012

                      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.  

                      Fellowship Interview with Giacomo Poderi

                      • 23 May 2012

                      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’.  

                      State neglected web standards, company now faces EUR 5600 in fines

                      • 09 May 2012

                      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. 

                      Executive summary of the EURA case

                      • 09 May 2012

                      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. 

                      Nordrhein-Westfalen: Softwarepatente - Nein! Offene Standards - Ja!

                      • 08 May 2012

                      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. 

                      Schleswig-Holstein - Positive Signale für die Entwicklung und Förderung Freier Software

                      • 02 May 2012

                      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.  

                      Web Sprint report: where social and technical come together

                      • 01 May 2012

                      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. 

                      UK Open Standards experts publish joint statement on Government consultation

                      • 25 April 2012

                      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: 

                      Summit Meeting of experts calls upon UK Government to deliver on Open Standards

                      • 25 April 2012

                      The Free Software Foundation Europe held a summit meeting on Monday of Free Software and Open Standards experts. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Bernd Wurst

                      • 24 April 2012

                      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.  

                      Blog: FSFE participates in UK ICT curriculum consultation

                      • 14 April 2012

                      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.  

                      Is vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year?

                      • 12 April 2012

                      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. 

                      Executive summary and analysis of the Helsinki City and OpenOffice case in 2010-2011

                      • 12 April 2012


                      Report of Document Freedom Day 2012

                      • 05 April 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. 

                      Hacking for freedom: Web Team comes to Manchester

                      • 02 April 2012

                      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. 

                      Document Freedom Award for Slovak Commission for Standardization

                      • 30 March 2012

                      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. 

                      Fellows unite UK environmentalists through "Green Bridge"

                      • 29 March 2012

                      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. 

                      1&1 Internet AG receives German Document Freedom Award

                      • 28 March 2012

                      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, Deutschland Radio, and the German Foreign Office. 

                      Document Freedom Day 2012: Activists around the world celebrate Open Standards

                      • 28 March 2012

                      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. 

                      Handcuff an MP, the easy way

                      • 27 March 2012

                      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.  

                      Article: Commandment for minimalistic formats - Being an Open Standard is not enough

                      • 23 March 2012

                      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?"  

                      Fellowship Interview with Guido Günther

                      • 23 March 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE Fellow interviewed by BBC

                      • 23 March 2012

                      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. 

                      DFD 2012 Events

                      • 23 March 2012

                      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.  

                      Saarland - Nur wenige deutliche Aussagen zu Freier Software

                      • 22 March 2012

                      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.  

                      Handcuffs - DFD

                      • 21 March 2012

                      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. 

                      And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…

                      • 03 March 2012

                      …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.  

                      FSFE-ja fillon Fushatën Për Një Sistem Android të Lirë

                      • 28 February 2012

                      Telefonat e mençur kanë një problem privatësie. Kjo është një nga arsyet pse Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) po fillon sot fushatën e saj "Çlironi Android-in Tuaj!".  

                      Thank you for celebrating #ilovefs the whole day without borders

                      • 23 February 2012

                      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. 

                      Nortel/Rockstar, Google/Motorola deals create balance of terror on software patents

                      • 14 February 2012

                      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. 

                      Join the protest against ACTA

                      • 10 February 2012

                      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.  

                      FSFE's goal for February 14th: More love reports than bug reports!

                      • 09 February 2012

                      "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. 

                      FSFE awarded Mozilla grant

                      • 04 February 2012

                      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.  

                      "I love Free Software"-Tag am 14. Februar im Unperfekthaus, Essen

                      • 02 February 2012

                      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 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. 

                      Legal news: Photograph copyright case could have effects on software developers

                      • 02 February 2012

                      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. 

                      Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February

                      • 31 January 2012

                      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. 

                      Call for Street Art Artists

                      • 30 January 2012

                      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. 

                      Blog: Hyrje e shkurtër te leja e dytë Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0)

                      • 27 January 2012

                      Postim i shkurtër në frëngjisht mbi licencën Mozilla Public License 2.0. Nëse doni të dini më tepër për të, mund të lexoni Luis Villa-n në anglisht, ai që drejtoi procesin e përditësimit. Richard Fontana shkroi një artikull (RedHat); dhe FSF-ja i ka përgëzuar për përputhshmërinë me licencat GNU.) 

                      Legal news: antitrust concerns over UEFI and Apple's iBook

                      • 26 January 2012

                      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. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Heiki Ojasild

                      • 23 January 2012

                      For our January fellowship interview we met Heiki Ojasild. He joined the Free Software Foundation Europe in 2011, undertaking the task of translating 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. 

                      Save the date: "I love Free Software" - Day on 14th February

                      • 23 January 2012

                      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! 

                      Free Software legal news

                      • 20 January 2012

                      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. 

                      FSFE i bën thirrje Senatit të ShBA-ve të ndalin SOPA / PIPA-n

                      • 17 January 2012

                      Tok me dhjetëra organizma të tjerë të shoqërisë civile, FSFE-ja ka nënshkruar një letër për drejtuesin e shumicës së Senatit të ShBA-ve, Harry Reid, për t’i kërkuar Senatit të mbrojë të drejtat e njeriut, lirinë e fjalës dhe internetin e hapur, dhe të hedhë poshtë propozimet e tanishme SOPA dhe PIPA. 

                      Blog: A është politike dhënia mësim e programimit?

                      • 13 January 2012

                      Në një përgjigje për BBC-në rreth ndryshimeve të propozuara në programet mësimore kombëtare, Sam Tuke shpjegon disa nga rrugët në të cilat dhënia mësim në shkolla e aftësive të programimit të Software-it të Lirë është e rëndësishme për të ardhmen e Britanisë. 

                      FSFE-ja bën thirrje për përmirësim të Ligjit Sllovak mbi të Drejtat e Kopjimit

                      • 10 January 2012

                      FSFE-ja bën thirrje për një përmirësim që do të lejonte përdorimin nga qytetarët sllovakë të lejeve për Software të Lirë dhe Creative Commons. Hëpërhë, këto leje konsiderohen të pavlefshme për shkak të mungesës së një forme të shkruar të tyre dhe problemeve me formulimin e kontratës. Sllovakia është kështu një nga pak vendet ku këto mjete popullore licencimi ende ndeshen me kuadër ligjvënës të ngurtë. 

                      FSFE-ja fton për propozime për Çmimin mbi Lirinë e Dokumenteve

                      • 10 January 2012

                      Këtë vit, për herë të katërt, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) do të japë më 28 mars 2012 Çmimin mbi Lirinë e Dokumenteve. Me Çmimin mbi Lirinë e Dokumenteve, FSFE-ja dhe FFII dëshirojnë të nderojnë institute ose ndërmarrje që kanë dhënë një kontribut të jashtëzakonshëm në përhapjen dhe përdorimin e Standardeve të Hapura. Çmimin mbi Lirinë e Dokumenteve jepet çdo vit gjatë Ditës së Lirisë së Dokumenteve, dita ndërkombëtare që kremton rëndësinë e Standardeve të Hapura 

                      Lajme ligjore mbi Software-in e Lirë

                      • 09 January 2012

                      Lexoni mbi hedhjen në qarkullim të lejes Mozilla Public License 2.0, padinë e re të Microsoft-it kundër një shoqërie që shet kompjutera e cila po furnizon CD për rikthimin e kompjuterit në punë, kthesën e bërë nga qeveria e Mbretërisë së Bashkuar larg Standardeve të Hapura dhe më tepër. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Paul Boddie

                      • 23 December 2011

                      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. 

                      Free Software legal news

                      • 20 December 2011

                      Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, abuse of copyright against an Android developer, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling and much more. 

                      Free Software legal news

                      • 20 December 2011

                      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. 

                      Helsinki city officials highly satisfied with Free Software

                      • 13 December 2011

                      City officials in Helsinki, Finland, are overwhelmingly satisfied after trying out the Free Software office suite on their laptops. 75% of 600 officials have been using exclusively since February, as part of a pilot project where the city installed the program on 22,500 workstations. 

                      Read about our work in 2011

                      • 13 December 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.  

                      Free Software legal news

                      • 08 December 2011

                      Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, abuse of copyright against an Android developer, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling and much more. 

                      Nortel patent sale: FSFE defends Free Software, competition

                      • 08 December 2011

                      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.  

                      FSFE provides input to EU's 80 billion EUR R and D funding program

                      • 06 December 2011

                      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.  

                      Verdict in the case of AVM vs. Cybits confirmed the view of FSFE

                      • 01 December 2011

                      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.  

                      FSFE provides input to EC on 80bn EUR R and D funding program

                      • 30 November 2011


                      Web Search By The People, For The People: YaCy 1.0

                      • 28 November 2011

                      The YaCy project is releasing version 1.0 of its peer-to-peer Free Software search engine. The software takes a radically new approach to search. YaCy does not use a central server. Instead, its search results come from a network of currently over 600 independent peers. In such a distributed network, no single entity decides what gets listed, or in which order results appear. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Mirko Boehm

                      • 23 November 2011

                      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.  

                      7 civil society groups ask for transparency on ACTA

                      • 22 November 2011

                      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.  

                      Free Software Legal News

                      • 17 November 2011

                      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.  

                      Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011

                      • 14 November 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.  

                      Unlocking education, for growth without limits

                      • 07 November 2011

                      The Dutch government wants to tie the country's schools to a single software vendor for years to come. Dutch students using Free Software or devices without Silverlight-support will find themselves locked out of schools' online systems due to the use of proprietary technology and closed standards. Marja Bijsterveldt, the secretary of education, recently said that she is unwilling to enforce the Dutch government's own Open Standards policy on educational institutions. Instead, the government will accept long-term vendor lock-in of educational institutions.  

                      Court rejects AVM´s claims opposing third party modifications of GPL software

                      • 07 November 2011

                      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, both welcome this decision. 

                      Song Wettbewerb zum "Ich ♥ Freie Software"-Tag

                      • 25 October 2011

                      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. 

                      Fellowship Interview with Rikard Fröberg

                      • 23 October 2011

                      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.  

                      Blog: Facebook updates - time to switch to a decentralised social network?

                      • 28 September 2011

                      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.  

                      Fellowship Interview with Stefan Kangas

                      • 22 September 2011

                      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.  

                      Freie Software in den schweizer National- und Ständeratswahlen

                      • 19 September 2011

                      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. 

                      Berlin - Hauptstadt der Freien-Software-Parteien: Ja zu Offenen Standards. Nein zu Softwarepatenten.

                      • 12 September 2011

                      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.  

                      Blog: FSFE at the DIY Feminist Festival in Manchester

                      • 04 September 2011

                      Pictures from the FSFE talks at the Manchester DIY Feminist Festival.  

                      Fellowship Interview with Richard Shipman

                      • 23 August 2011

                      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.  

                      Blog: UK PDF Readers Sprint

                      • 14 August 2011

                      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.  

                      Blog: FSFE at OggCamp 2011

                      • 14 August 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.  

                      FSFE UK calls for removal of Government's software advertisements

                      • 09 August 2011

                      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. 

                      Blog: What's Needed for Freedom in the "cloud"?

                      • 03 August 2011

                      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.  

                      Blog: Summary of Free Software CAD

                      • 28 July 2011

                      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.  

                      Fellowship Interview with Bernhard Reiter

                      • 23 July 2011

                      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.  

                      FSFE welcomes new Vice President, Legal Coordinator

                      • 18 July 2011

                      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.  

                        Fellowship Interview with Guido Arnold

                        • 23 June 2011

                        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.  

                        FSFE on AVM vs Cybits: A small computer is still a computer

                        • 22 June 2011

                        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 today published a detailed report about the hearing. 

                        AVM violating license of the Linux kernel

                        • 20 June 2011

                        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.  

                        FSFE celebrates World IPv6 Day

                        • 08 June 2011

                        On today's World IPv6 Day, FSFE is pleased to announce that almost all of its servers are now reachable via IPv6. 

                          FSFE in Samba case: Microsoft's defiance backfired

                          • 25 May 2011

                          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. 

                          Fellowship Interview with Florian Effenberger

                          • 23 May 2011

                          Florian discusses the past present and future of LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, and his views on the importance of Free Software marketing.  

                          Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

                          • 23 May 2011

                          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.  

                          Befragung zu Freier Software in Bremen: Parteien zeigen seltsames Wettbewerbsverständnis

                          • 20 May 2011

                          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. 

                          Contribute to list of Free Software options for UK government

                          • 18 May 2011

                          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.  

                          German Government: Lack of knowledge or deliberately offending Free Software?

                          • 11 May 2011

                          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. 

                          Please use Open Standards for your newspaper's educational resources

                          • 06 May 2011

                          FSFE's UK Team asks The Guardian Newspaper to adhere to Open Standards when publishing digital resources for teachers.  

                          Open letter to British Telecom: please include freedom in your new music service

                          • 02 May 2011

                          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.  

                          FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress

                          • 02 May 2011

                          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.  

                          Fellowship Interview with Michiel de Jong

                          • 23 April 2011

                          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.  

                          Free Software crucial to competition, regulators in Novell patent deal say

                          • 20 April 2011

                          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. 

                          Mission is possible: FSFE needs your help to make a progress in the PDFreaders campaign!

                          • 20 April 2011

                          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. 

                          FSFE responds to EC consultation on procurement

                          • 18 April 2011

                          Free Software Foundation Europe has provided the European Commission with input on modernising the way in which public bodies buy software and related services. 

                          Novell's patent sale: FSFE's input to competition authorities

                          • 12 April 2011

                          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.  

                            FSFE begrüßt kleine Anfrage der Grünen zur Rückmigration im Auswärtigen Amt

                            • 12 April 2011

                            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. 

                            Cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer

                            • 01 April 2011

                            Today FSFE announced a new cutting-edge development: the Analogue Printer. 

                   awarded for the use of Open Standards

                            • 30 March 2011

                            Today the ARD internet platform 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". 

                            City of Munich receives European Document Freedom Day Prize

                            • 30 March 2011

                            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. 

                            Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world

                            • 30 March 2011

                            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.  

                            A bright Document Freedom Day for Britain?

                            • 30 March 2011

                            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. 

                            Mapping the changing landscape of Free Software in the British Public Sector

                            • 27 March 2011

                            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.  

                            "Computer sind Teufelszeug" - Antworten auf Wahlprüfsteine zu Freier Software

                            • 25 March 2011

                            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. 

                            Fellowship Interview with Dan Leinir

                            • 23 March 2011

                            In this interview, Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen from KO GmbH describes the aims of the project, as well as what Free Software could mean for gaming in future.  

                            FSFE welcomes ADUC's class action against Microsoft

                            • 21 March 2011

                            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. 

                            Landtagswahl Sachsen-Anhalt: Position der Parteien zu Freier Software

                            • 18 March 2011

                            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. 

                            A decade of Freedom: FSFE turns 10

                            • 10 March 2011

                            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.  

                            Think tank recommends adoption of FS principles in public sector IT

                            • 01 March 2011

                            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.  

                            Open Source Specialist Group blames proprietary software for stagnant industry

                            • 01 March 2011

                            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.  

                            Cabinet Office presentation demanding Free Software from suppliers published

                            • 01 March 2011

                            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.  

                            Election results for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat

                            • 01 March 2011

                            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:  

                            Sam's blog: report from ODF Plugfest and Pirate Party UK Conference

                            • 27 February 2011

                            Notes and pictures from FSFE's attendance at two important events last week.  

                            UK: FSFE welcomes paper calling for Free Software in the NHS

                            • 25 February 2011

                            Research programme publishes damning report of public health ICT, and recommends Free Software and Open Standards. 

                            Fellowship Interview with Massimo Barbieri

                            • 23 February 2011

                            Free Software activist, Creative Commons musician, and professional geologist Massimo Barbieri discusses his experiences with Free art, software, and standards.  

                            Ilovefs : Hundreds of love declarations in about 24 hours

                            • 15 February 2011

                            February 14, 01:38:27 UTC, the first message related to FSFE’s “I ♥ Free Software” campaign airs on 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.  

                              Declare your love to Free Software!

                              • 11 February 2011

                              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.  

                                European Patent: FSFE urges European Parliament to wait for legal advice

                                • 09 February 2011

                                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.  

                                Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write: Celebrating Document Freedom Day 2011

                                • 02 February 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.  

                                Foreign Office: Will it switch off the Free Software beacon?

                                • 02 February 2011

                                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.  

                                  New Country Coordinators for Italy and the UK

                                  • 01 February 2011

                                  Giacomo Poderi and Sam Tuke are the new Country Coordinators for the Italian and British Country Teams respectively. 

                                  Fellowship Interview with Anne Østergaard

                                  • 23 January 2011

                                  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.  

                                  New web design launched! Guide to features

                                  • 13 January 2011

                                  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. 

                                  FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale

                                  • 13 January 2011

                                  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. 

                                  Fellowship Interview with Alexander Kahl

                                  • 23 December 2010

                                  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.  

                                    172 public institutions removed non-free advertisement

                                    • 17 December 2010

                                    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. 

                                      FSFE welcomes revised European Interoperability Framework (EIF)

                                      • 16 December 2010

                                      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.  

                                      European Commission's software contract is a rough deal for Europe [UPDATE]

                                      • 07 December 2010

                                      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. 

                                      Fellowship Interview with Brian Gough

                                      • 23 November 2010

                                      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.  

                                      Icelandic developer receives Nordic Free Software Award

                                      • 08 November 2010

                                      Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Free Software developer and community builder from Iceland, has received the Nordic Free Software Award. 

                                        End non-free advertisement: stamp out the ads!

                                        • 03 November 2010

                                        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! 

                                          Fellowship Interview with Leena Simon

                                          • 23 October 2010

                                          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.  

                                          2286 public websites advertise non-free software

                                          • 18 October 2010

                                          During Free Software Foundation Europe's 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. 

                                            EIFv2: FSFE puts facts against BSA's fictions

                                            • 16 October 2010

                                            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.  

                                            Positions on Free Software and Open Standards of Vienna's political parties

                                            • 07 October 2010

                                            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.  

                                            FSFE: Stop unfair advertising - get your government to promote free PDF readers!

                                            • 13 September 2010

                                            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. 

                                              EU survey on Free Software and standards: make your voice heard!

                                              • 07 September 2010

                                              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. 

                                              German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements

                                              • 03 August 2010

                                              Research published this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. 

                                              German ministries flout IT open interoperability requirements

                                              • 02 August 2010

                                              Research published by FSFE this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards. 

                                                German Federal CIO sides with Open Standards for public sector

                                                • 05 July 2010

                                                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).  

                                                  FSFE: Bolzano, please don't waste your money

                                                  • 02 July 2010

                                                  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. 

                                                    Fellowship Interview with David Reyes Samblas Martinez

                                                    • 31 May 2010

                                                    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.  

                                                    FSFE: Lack of Open Standards "gaping hole" in EC's Digital Agenda

                                                    • 19 May 2010

                                                    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.  

                                                    Free Software Foundation Europe receives Theodor Heuss Medal

                                                    • 10 May 2010

                                                    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.  

                                                      45. Theodor Heuss Preis : Festrede von Ludwig Theodor Heuss

                                                      • 08 May 2010


                                                      FSFE founder Georg Greve awarded German Cross of Merit

                                                      • 28 April 2010

                                                      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. 

                                                      Liberate your documents!

                                                      • 31 March 2010

                                                      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.  

                                                        Open Standards under threat in Europe

                                                        • 30 March 2010

                                                        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.  

                                                        Radio stations granted awards for using Open Standards

                                                        • 24 March 2010

                                                        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. 

                                                        Julia Klein elected as Fellowship representative in FSFE GA

                                                        • 05 March 2010

                                                        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.  

                                                          Document Freedom Day 2010 - Free your documents, save your information!

                                                          • 02 March 2010

                                                          Will you be able to read your documents 20 years from now? Every day, millions of computer users like you edit text and spreadsheets, take pictures and record audio and video. What if you couldn't read your private letters anymore, or even open that album with pictures from your honeymoon? What if you couldn't exchange those files with friends, because the software used by each one of you can't talk to each other? To help you make your documents future-proof, we celebrate Document Freedom Day on March 31.  

                                                            FSFE to users: Seize your freedom of choice!

                                                            • 22 February 2010

                                                            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.  

                                                              On Valentine's Day, show your love for Free Software!

                                                              • 12 February 2010

                                                              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.  

                                                                Fellows: Elect your GA representative in February

                                                                • 29 January 2010

                                                                During the whole of February 2010, FSFE's Fellows will be able to elect their second 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 Torsten Grote who occupies the first Fellowship seat since earlier last year. 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. 

                                                                  FSFE honoured with Theodor Heuss Medal - "trendsetting organisation"

                                                                  • 26 January 2010

                                                                  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) receives this year's Theodor Heuss Medal for its extraordinary work for equitable participation in the information society. Since 2001 FSFE has been committed to the freedom to use, investigate, modify and redistribute software in all parts of society and politics. Theodor Heuss Foundation states: "FSFE as a forward thinking organisation contributes to the development and establishment of rules for good global governance." 

                                                                  Fellowship Interview with Simon Josefsson

                                                                  • 21 December 2009

                                                                  Simon Josefsson is a Fellow and GNU hacker with a special interest in security. His contributions to the Free Software world include such ubiquitous projects as GnuTLS and libssh2, and he was recently presented with the Nordic Free Software Award. Stian Rødven Eide interviewed Simon as a part of our regular Fellowship interviews, asking him about his projects and other security matters.  

                                                                  FSFE: EC's browser case settlement with Microsoft

                                                                  • 16 December 2009

                                                                  Free Software Foundation Europe congratulates the European Commission on pushing Microsoft to give users greater choice between different browsers. "The selection screen will make users aware that they can make their own choices," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "We are glad that FSFE has helped the Commission to put limits to Microsoft's desktop monopoly." 

                                                                  FSFE: EC caves in to proprietary lobbyists on interoperability

                                                                  • 27 November 2009

                                                                  The European Commission (EC) has given in to the demands of lobbyists for Microsoft and SAP when it revised a key document on interoperability between electronic government services. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has analysed the evolution of a new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), showing that Commission has based its work on the input of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a lobby group for proprietary software vendors, and ignored the voices of a large part of the European software industry. At the same time, remarks by the EC's Vice President about Free Software point to a worrying lack of awareness within the Commission. 

                                                                  Freedom Food: FSFE to cook for its donors

                                                                  • 18 November 2009

                                                                  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. 

                                                                    FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months!

                                                                    • 09 November 2009

                                                                    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. 

                                                                      FSFE in battle for European interoperability

                                                                      • 09 November 2009

                                                                      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. 

                                                                      Fellowship Interview with Leif-Jöran Olsson

                                                                      • 28 October 2009

                                                                      Leif-Jöran Olsson is a language technologist and XML enthusiast with a long history in the Swedish solidarity movement. I sat down for an interview with Leif-Jöran and asked him about his background, his education and the various projects he’s been involved in.  

                                                                      FSFE - Solution for Oracle/Sun deal: Make MySQL independent

                                                                      • 23 October 2009

                                                                      Oracle should agree to put MySQL in the hands of an independent non-profit guardian, proposes the Free Software Foundation Europe. The Free Software community could develop MySQL to its full potential, while Oracle would not have to worry that a competitor could take over the database project.  

                                                                        FSFE's banners for you to spread all over the web!

                                                                        • 22 October 2009

                                                                        A new set of graphics that includes banners, web 2.0 buttons and micro buttons to advertise donations to FSFE e FSFE's Newsletter is awaiting for you to be grabbed and spread. Whether you manage a bullettin board, a weblog or a website feel free to copy and paste our html code into your site. Show the web that you care about Free Software and FSFE!  

                                                                          Windows 7 to hit consumers with known security problem

                                                                          • 19 October 2009

                                                                          Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7, is currently shipping with a potentially serious defect. Ahead of the product's global launch on Thursday, Germany's federal IT security agency (BSI) has issued a warning [1] about a high-risk vulnerability in the SMB2 protocol. This can be exploited over the network to shut down a computer with a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.  

                                                                            Microsoft settlement leaves Free Software in the cold

                                                                            • 08 October 2009

                                                                            The European Commission yesterday announced a preliminary agreement with Microsoft. The deal is supposed to settle an antitrust investigation about the company's dominant position in the web browser market. The Commission is also ready to strike a deal on interoperability. The goal is to allow rival products to work with Microsoft's applications on the desktop.  

                                                                            Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission

                                                                            • 06 October 2009

                                                                            The European Commission is on the verge of settling two antitrust cases against Microsoft. The details of this settlement will determine how much competition there can be in Europe's software market for years to come.  

                                                                            Fellowship Interview with Andreas Tolf Tolfsen

                                                                            • 02 October 2009

                                                                            Andreas Tolf Tolfsen is a web technologist, developer and aspiring musicologist - who works at Opera Software, and regularly fights for digital freedoms. I sat down for a Jabber session with Andreas, asking him about his work, his life and his music.  

                                                                            Free Software hits German election campaigns

                                                                            • 21 September 2009

                                                                            The issue of Free Software has hit the run-up to the German elections. During a campaign launched by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) politicians from many parties have recognised the potential of Free Software and Open Standards for Germany. In response to questions from supporters of FSFE, they explain that Free Software equals more competition, promotes innovation and provides cost savings.  

                                                                            German Election: Ask your candidate about Free Software!

                                                                            • 09 September 2009

                                                                            With the German federal elections coming up on September 27 2009, FSFE calls on all friends of freedom to ask the parties' candidates about their positions on Free Software and Open Standards. We have set up a page about the German Bundestagswahl to help you ask questions, and to collect the answers.  

                                                                            Thomas Jensch takes on coordination for FSFE's edu-team

                                                                            • 31 August 2009

                                                                            Thomas Jensch, FSFE's current intern in the Zurich office, took on the role of coordinator for FSFE's edu-team. During his internship, one of Thomas' tasks is to reorganise and revive FSFE's activities related to Free Software in education. He already agreed to continue coordinating the team after the conclusion of his internship in November. 

                                                                            EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial

                                                                            • 28 July 2009

                                                                            Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) congratulates the European Commission on its firm stance in the antitrust investigation against Microsoft, which has led the company to offer a settlement. For any such settlement, getting the details right will be crucial for competition and innovation in the web browser market. 

                                                                            Fellowship Interview with Smári McCarthy

                                                                            • 02 July 2009

                                                                            Smári McCarthy is a thoughtful anarchist and practical chaos technician - with a deep interest in Free Software and democracy. Currently serving as project manager for the Icelandic Innovation Center, Smári works on digital fabrication and peer-to-peer education, while spending his spare time breaking the fundamental assumptions of how we organise society. I sat down for an interesting interview with Smári, in which he explained his projects and how they can contribute towards a more sustainable world.  

                                                                            Introducing FSFE's new president, vice president and executive team

                                                                            • 24 June 2009

                                                                            During its General Assembly in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, the members of FSFE elected new coordinators for several of the organisation's activities, including strategy, legal and executive coordination. 

                                                                              GA 2009: Spanish Team Meeting & Social Event

                                                                              • 10 June 2009

                                                                              FSFE's Spanish team is proud to invite all people interested in Free Software to a team meeting in order to set the group's agenda for next months. The meeting will take place alongside FSFE's 2009 General Assembly in Residencia La Cristalera near Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid. After the meeting there will be a Social Event with the opportunity to meet and get to know various people from FSFE's Executive Team and General Assembly who have come to Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, for the yearly meeting to discuss and decide upon FSFE's strategy for the coming year. 

                                                                                And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is…

                                                                                • 01 June 2009

                                                                                It has been an interesting time since FSFE added a Fellowship representation to the General Assembly (GA). Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche, and Björn Schießle emerged from the candidacy period, as the first four Fellows running for the election.  

                                                                                  FSFE seeking legal department coordinator and staff members

                                                                                  • 15 May 2009

                                                                                  FSFE is seeking applicants for coordinator and staff positions in our legal department, the Freedom Task Force. The FTF coordinator and staff work in cooperation with a mixed team of volunteers and employees to support FSFE's mission. 

                                                                                    Fellowship Interview with Timo Jyrinki

                                                                                    • 08 May 2009

                                                                                    In addition to being the friendly media face of Wikipedia Finland, the team contact for Ubuntu Finland and founder of local advocacy project Vapaa Suomi (Libre Finland), Timo Jyrinki has been involved as an active developer and translator for a wide range of Free Software organisations such as FSFE, Debian, GNOME and Openmoko. He has worked on computer graphics for much of his life, with a particular interest in human-computer interaction, and spends a lot of his current time making improvements to embedded systems. Timo is also the subject of this month's Fellowship interview.  

                                                                                    FSFE submission to European Patent Office

                                                                                    • 30 April 2009

                                                                                    Patents on software provide obstacles to knowledge-based industries by making computers less secure, less reliable and by preventing competition on a basic level. Lack of competition and uncalculable legal risks raise the cost of ICT and cost jobs across the entire industry, for which the enablement through software is a major innovation driver, as highlighted in the UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008. 

                                                                                      FSFE and the Fellowship reorganise their domains

                                                                                      • 18 April 2009

                                                                                      In the past months, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) visibly improved the technological infrastructure of the Fellowship. We moved the Fellows' blogging platform to a new site, we created a Planet to aggregate the Fellows' blogs and we provided them with an improved and functional wiki. 

                                                                                        Fellowship Interview with Myriam Schweingruber

                                                                                        • 15 April 2009

                                                                                        Myriam Schweingruber is a devoted Free Software advocate with a flair for convincing people. Having worked as a translator, a school teacher and a pharmacist, Myriam is quite experienced in the art of communication, and gives a clear impression of trustworthiness. She has been especially active in the Swiss community, and helped found FSFE’s associate organisation, Whilhelm Tux, where she also served as the President. Read on for the latest instalment of our Fellowship interview series - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                        FSFE seeking Executive Director

                                                                                        • 14 April 2009

                                                                                        It will be the responsibility of the Executive Director to coordinate FSFE's day-to-day affairs through working with a mixed team of volunteers and employees. Further responsibilities include management of the organisational assets according to the priorities set by the General Assembly and coordination of the Executive Council. 

                                                                                          Candidates for first Fellowship seat on FSFE's General Assembly

                                                                                          • 11 April 2009

                                                                                          The election process for the first Fellowship seat on FSFE's General Assembly is underway now and four people have put themselves up for election by all Fellows: Torsten Grote, Jan-Hendrik Peters, Michel Roche, and Björn Schießle. 

                                                                                            Today is DFD ‘09, global day for document liberation

                                                                                            • 25 March 2009

                                                                                            A great global community is gathering today to celebrate the second Document Freedom Day. After a successful 2008 celebration, Document Freedom Day teams all over the world are joining efforts to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. 

                                                                                              FSFE announces the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software

                                                                                              • 23 March 2009

                                                                                              Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) today announces that the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop will be held at the Hotel Okura on the 23rd and the 24th of April 2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This conference will provide a forum for discussions on supply chain management, compliance procedures, licence management, community interaction, and other legal issues related to the growth of the European Free Software market. 

                                                                                                Free Software Foundation Europe Celebrates Eighth Birthday

                                                                                                • 11 March 2009

                                                                                                For eight years now, the Free Software Foundation Europe has been working tirelessly for basic rights and freedoms in an increasingly software-driven society. The 11th of March 2009 sees another major milestone passed, with its 2^3 (eighth) birthday being celebrated by its friends, Fellows and associates. 

                                                                                                  Fellowship vote for GA seats – Call for nominations

                                                                                                  • 01 March 2009

                                                                                                  The election for the first Fellowship seat in FSFE's General Assembly will finish on 1 June in time for the next general assembly, which is scheduled for 19-21 June in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain. 

                                                                                                    FSFE engages in the EU browser case

                                                                                                    • 27 February 2009

                                                                                                    Free Software Foundation Europe today announces that it will support the European Commission's antitrust investigation against Microsoft and to this effect it has formally requested to be admitted as an interested third party. 

                                                                                                    Fellowship Interview with Colin Turner

                                                                                                    • 13 February 2009

                                                                                                    Colin Turner is a dedicated Free Software activist and Fellowship member, working as a scientist and teacher at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He has been advocating Free Software in schools and universities for many years and generously shared some of his experiences with us in this fourth instalment of our Fellowship interview series - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                    FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign

                                                                                                    • 02 February 2009

                                                                                                    The Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce its latest initiative:, a site providing information about PDF with links to Free Software PDF readers for all major operating systems. 

                                                                                                      FTF releases legal infrastructure guide for Free Software projects

                                                                                                      • 23 January 2009

                                                                                                      FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) is pleased to announce the release of a guide to assist with establishing legal infrastructure for Free Software projects. 

                                                                                                        Fellowship Interview with Enrico Zini

                                                                                                        • 20 January 2009

                                                                                                        Enrico Zini is a long time Fellow of the FSFE and a prominent Debian developer. He has been involved in many different projects relating to Free Software and is deeply concerned about social issues. Read on for the fourth in our Fellowship interview series - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                        Web browser interoperability: FSFE welcomes EC's decision and offers support

                                                                                                        • 20 January 2009

                                                                                                        Free Software Foundation Europe welcomes the European Commission's decision and offers its support in the coming anti-trust investigation. As stated previously in a letter to the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, anti-competitive behaviour is unacceptable, whether it occurs as 'tying' products with dominant market segments, or in circumventing standards and fair access. 

                                                                                                        Results of the translation sprint

                                                                                                        • 11 January 2009

                                                                                                        FSFE's new year translation sprint ended yesterday with a respectable result: the numerous volunteers created 49 new translations and updated 137 documents within 28 days.

                                                                                                        FSFE's core team expresses its appreciation towards all the volunteers who contributed. You have helped a great deal by making information about Free Software and FSFE's activities available in local European languages.

                                                                                                          FSFE - 2009 New Year's Resolution

                                                                                                          • 05 January 2009

                                                                                                          Back at work? Still looking for a good New Year's Resolution? 2009 will be an important year for FSFE, not the least because the General Assembly will see the first Fellow elected into its midst by general election among all active Fellows of FSFE. The Fellowship will also continue to play a direct role in FSFE's activities.  

                                                                                                            Fellowship Interview with Johannes (Hanno) Böck

                                                                                                            • 18 December 2008

                                                                                                            This month features the third installment of our Fellowship interviews series. Hanno Böck is a Fellowship member who concerns himself with a wide range of issues, from privacy and media activism to GNU/Linux and the environment. Stian Rødven Eide sat down for an interview session with Hanno, asking him about his work and how it all relates to Free Software.  

                                                                                                              Fellowship Interview with Johannes (Hanno) Böck

                                                                                                              • 18 December 2008

                                                                                                              This month we interviewed Johannes Böck about CAcert, Gentoo, OpenStreetMap, privacy, security, and Free Software businesses. This is the third in our series of Fellowship interviews - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                              FSFE announces 4 weeks of translation sprint

                                                                                                              • 15 December 2008

                                                                                                              The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) announces a translation sprint for their web pages from 15 December 2008 to 11 January 2009. The aim of this sprint is to provide information about Free Software and FSFE's work in as many languages as possible.  

                                                                                                                FSFE adds Fellowship representation to General Assembly

                                                                                                                • 10 December 2008

                                                                                                                Today FSFE is announcing its revised constitution, adding two Fellowship Seats to its General Assembly. This will give Fellows of FSFE a direct representation in FSFE's strategic decision making body. 

                                                                                                                  FTF and gpl-violations release a guide to reporting and fixing licence violations

                                                                                                                  • 08 December 2008

                                                                                                                  FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) and today released a guide to reporting and fixing licence compliance issues. This guide will help users and developers to deal with license violation reports. It explains how to make a report, what information is useful to include, and offers suggestions for how projects or businesses can deal with reports once they are received. 

                                                                                                                    Analysis on balance: Standardisation and Patents

                                                                                                                    • 02 December 2008

                                                                                                                    Following up on the "IPR in ICT Standardisation" Workshop two weeks ago in Brussels, FSFE president Georg Greve analysed the conflicts between patents and standards. The resulting paper is about the most harmful effects of patents on standards, the effectiveness of current remedies, and potential future remedies.  

                                                                                                                      Fellowship Interview with Rolf Camps

                                                                                                                      • 28 October 2008

                                                                                                                      This month Ciarán O'Riordan interviewed Rolf Camps about translating, volunteering, and awareness of Free Software in Belgium. Translations are utterly crucial for a European organisation, and it's a lot of work that doesn't get much visible credit, so Ciarán wanted to ask Rolf about motivations and what's involved. This is the second in our series of Fellowship interviews - "the smallest unit of freedom".  

                                                                                                                      FSFE for Freedom Not Fear

                                                                                                                      • 07 October 2008

                                                                                                                      The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) supports Free Software so that every citizen can play an independent, active and responsible part in our information society. However, censorship of content, violations of the principle of 'Net Neutrality' and increasing online surveillance do not fit with these goals. FSFE is therefore appealing for participation in the world-wide day of action "Freedom Not Fear", which takes place this Saturday, the 11th October.  

                                                                                                                      Happy Birthday To GNU! - The FSFE Celebrates the GNU Project's 25th Birthday!

                                                                                                                      • 27 September 2008

                                                                                                                      Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the initial announcement of the GNU Project, a pioneering initiative to develop an operating system that gives all users the freedom to modify it and publish modified versions, individually or working together. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) commends the substantial achievements of GNU's first quarter-century and looks forward to furthering their shared goal of facilitating software freedoms.  

                                                                                                                        FSFE to make legal consolidation tool available in 10 languages

                                                                                                                        • 26 September 2008

                                                                                                                        The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) announced today that it plans to make the Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) available ten languages. The selected languages are English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Serbian, Polish, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.  

                                                                                                                          25 years GNU = 25% discount for 25 days

                                                                                                                          • 22 September 2008

                                                                                                                          To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GNU project FSFE will be offering a 25% discount on merchandise from the 23th September until the 17th October. Please note that this discount does not apply to shipping costs.  

                                                                                                                            Printable information material about FSFE available for download

                                                                                                                            • 31 August 2008

                                                                                                                            A folder with general information about FSFE and Free Software, and some leaflets with specific information about FSFE's projects and activities are now available online in HTML and PDF format. Everybody can download, print, distribute!  

                                                                                                                              FSFE welcomes KDE's adoption of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA)

                                                                                                                              • 22 August 2008

                                                                                                                              "We see the adoption of the FLA by KDE as a positive and important milestone in the maturity of the Free Software community," says Georg Greve, president of Free Software Foundation Europe. "The FLA was designed to help projects increase the legal maintainability of their software to ensure long-term protection and reliability. KDE is among the most important Free Software initiatives and it is playing a central role in bringing freedom to the desktop. This decision of the KDE project underlines its dedication to think about how to make that freedom last."  

                                                                                                                                Stabilisers for freedom: Wine 1.0

                                                                                                                                • 18 June 2008

                                                                                                                                "Of course, it should be in the users interest to 'ride their bicycles independently', i.e. not having to rely on training wheels. However, the training wheels keep children from falling and give freedom to both the children and their parents. Likewise Wine helped to give freedom and security to the users. It is for this we are thankful and we recognise their work."  

                                                                                                                         and FSFE's Freedom Task Force to work more closely together

                                                                                                                                  • 27 May 2008

                                                                                                                                  "It is a clear, legal fact that distributing Free Software means people must comply with the licences. and the FTF are now building the long-term legal infrastructure for support and compliance" comments Harald Welte. Shane Coughlan adds "I believe our new agreement will help ensure sustainability for legal infrastructure to support Free Software in Europe."  

                                                                                                                                    FSFE concerned about quality of standardisation process

                                                                                                                                    • 02 April 2008

                                                                                                                                    "Technologically speaking, the state of IS29500 is depressing," says Marko Milenovic of FSFE's Serbian Team and co-chair of the Serbian technical committee on DIS29500. "In large parts it is low quality technical prose that fails to use the normative terminology mandated by ISO/IEC's guidelines. We've been told to wait for the maintenance process for MS-OOXML to become usable. That ISO would knowingly approve a dysfunctional specification is disillusioning."  

                                                                                                                                      26 March 2008: Today is Document Freedom Day!

                                                                                                                                      • 26 March 2008

                                                                                                                                      Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. [...] Document Freedom is about giving you control of your information, it is about giving governments control of their public records, and it is about freedom of choice. You can give yourself that freedom today [...]  

                                                                                                                                        Petition calls for Open Standards in the European Parliament

                                                                                                                                        • 06 March 2008

                                                                                                                                        At a time when the EU Commission investigates the anti-competitive behaviour of a market-dominant player, the European Parliament (EP) still imposes that same specific software choice on both the European Union's citizens and its own MEPs. OpenForum Europe, The European Software Market Association, and the Free Software Foundation Europe today launched a petition to call on the EP to use Open Standards so that all citizens can participate in the democratic process.  

                                                                                                                                          FSFE context briefing: Interoperability woes with MS-OOXML.

                                                                                                                                          • 05 March 2008

                                                                                                                                          FSFE has released a context briefing on Interoperability problems caused by Microsoft's Office OpenXML format: "The proposed MS-OOXML/DIS29500 specification raises serious technical and legal concerns. This context briefing highlights three examples of how the proposed specification and its practical implementation in MS Office 2007 hinders interoperability, fosters vendor dependence and results in market distortion."  

                                                                                                                                            Google helps FSFE's FTF to deliver training, attend conferences and translate documents.

                                                                                                                                            • 01 March 2008

                                                                                                                                            "The Freedom Task Force is working to foster effective legal infrastructure for Free Software in Europe. A great deal of our work is based on engaging directly with people and Google's contribution will allow us to do this more effectively," says Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator.  

                                                                                                                                              FSFE calls on Microsoft to release interoperability information without restrictions

                                                                                                                                              • 28 February 2008

                                                                                                                                              The European Commission has fined Microsoft 899 million Euro for anti-competitive behaviour by restricting access to interoperability information. "Microsoft is the last company that actively promotes the use of software patents to restrict interoperability. This kind of behaviour has no place in an Internet society where all components should connect seamlessly regardless of their origin," says Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe.  

                                                                                                                                                Microsoft pledge excluding primary competitors

                                                                                                                                                • 22 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                Yesterday's media briefing by Microsoft on its its pledge to release interoperability information for flagship products contained little actual news. Over the years Microsoft has made multiple similar pledges and they at times proved to be detrimental rather than beneficial for interoperability. Examining the terms of the Microsoft's latest action shows no major change of policy.  

                                                                                                                                                  26 March: A global day for document liberation

                                                                                                                                                  • 20 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                  The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation with grassroots action for promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general. The DFD was initiated and is supported by a group of organisations and companies, including, but not limited to, the Free Software Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, Inc. On 26 March 2008, the Document Freedom Day will provide a global rallying point for Document Liberation and Open Standards.  

                                                                                                                                                    FSFE Context Briefing: DIS-29500 - Deprecated before use?

                                                                                                                                                    • 18 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                    When ECMA submitted MS-OOXML as ECMA-376 to ISO for fast-track approval, several countries criticised overlap with the existing ISO standard ISO/IEC 26300:2006, the Open Document Format (ODF). [...] Considering that alleged preservation of idiosyncrasies is the stated reason for the entire DIS-29500 ISO process, FSFE considers it worthwhile to investigate this claim in greater depth.  

                                                                                                                                                      FSFE announces the first European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software

                                                                                                                                                      • 14 February 2008

                                                                                                                                                      FSFE's Freedom Task Force today announces the first European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software will be held on Friday the 11th of April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The venue for this meeting is the InterContinental Amstel Hotel.  

                                                                                                                                                        NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force

                                                                                                                                                        • 18 January 2008

                                                                                                                                                        FSFE's Freedom Task Force was launched in November 2006 to help support individuals, projects and businesses with Free Software licensing. The initial phase of the FTF was possible thanks to support by the Netherlands based philantropic organisation NLnet foundation. NLnet's support allowed the FTF to provide training, consultancy and to work in partnership with to resolve licence issues in the European area.  The FTF also formed networks of technical and legal experts to foster cooperation between lawyers, projects and businesses with licensing concerns.  Now, after just over twelve months of continual growth, NLnet is providing a second round of financial support to this innovative legal project.  

                                                                                                                                                          FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft

                                                                                                                                                          • 21 December 2007

                                                                                                                                                          "Microsoft should be required openly, fully and faithfully to implement free and open industry standards," is the message of a letter by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To help achieve this goal, FSFE offered its support for a possible antitrust investigation based on the complaint of Opera Software against Microsoft. The complaint was based on anti-competitive behaviour in the web browser market.  

                                                                                                                                                            EU antitrust case over: Samba receives interoperability information

                                                                                                                                                            • 20 December 2007

                                                                                                                                                            One case is over and interoperability won. The European Court made clear that interoperability information should not be kept secret and the agreement shows that Microsoft saw no way to continue its obstruction of interoperability in this area. This establishes a standard which everyone will have to meet from now on.  

                                                                                                                                                              Welcome to life after ICT lock-in

                                                                                                                                                              • 09 November 2007

                                                                                                                                                              "Vendor lock-in has become the primary problem for IT decisions in general and Free Software adoption in particular. It distorts the market and denies Free Software solutions equal competition on the merits. The problem has been that many lock-ins are invisible, for example reliance on proprietary protocols or needing to use certain document formats. Certified Open makes that lock-in visible and allows users to measure their dependency."  

                                                                                                                                                                FSFE, Samba: A triumph for freedom of choice and competition

                                                                                                                                                                • 17 September 2007

                                                                                                                                                                "Microsoft can consider itself above the law no longer," says Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). "Through tactics that successfully derailed antitrust processes in other parts of the world, including the United States, Microsoft has managed to postpone this day for almost a decade. But thanks to the perseverance and excellent work of the European Commission, these tactics have now failed in Europe."  

                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE offers to help companies adhere to Free Software licence terms

                                                                                                                                                                  • 27 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                  The terms of the GNU GPL licence have been confirmed as binding once again, with a German court ruling that Skype was failing to uphold its obligations as a distributor. FSFE wants to help other vendors understand their GNU GPL obligations.  

                                                                                                                                                                    The converter hoax

                                                                                                                                                                    • 16 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE Guest Commentary on "Conversion between Microsoft's Office OpenXML (MS-OOXML) and the vendor-independent Open Document Format (ODF) has been proposed by Microsoft and its associates as a solution to the problems caused by Microsoft's efforts to push a format into the market that conflicts with the existing Open Standard. [...] If these converters were actually able to do what they promise to do, they would be unnecessary."  

                                                                                                                                                                      Free Software personal assistance for businesses

                                                                                                                                                                      • 11 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                      Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has always helped the community through providing pro bono advice, and through this has discovered that businesses often require additional personal assistance. For this reason, FSFE is offering businesses a chance to get individual consultancy regarding Free Software issues at its Zurich, Switzerland office.  

                                                                                                                                                                        BBC: Questions for Microsoft on open formats

                                                                                                                                                                        • 11 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                        Featured article by Georg Greve and Joachim Jakobs about the need for Open Standards in archival, and why using MS-OOXML risks future data loss: "Digital information could potentially be stored without loss of quality for a very long time to come. But without knowledge about the encoding, our documents will become a meaningless series of ones and zeroes to future generations, just like cave paintings are too often meaningless bits of colour on stone to us."  

                                                                                                                                                                          GNU GPLv3 Released

                                                                                                                                                                          • 05 July 2007

                                                                                                                                                                          Version 3 of the GNU GPL has been released, after eighteen months of public consultation and discussion. Version 3 provides better internationalisation, more protection against software patents, and does a better job of ensuring that Free Software users can install modified software on their computers.  

                                                                                                                                                                            Six questions to national standardisation bodies

                                                                                                                                                                            • 26 June 2007

                                                                                                                                                                            The following six questions relate to the application of the ECMA/MS-OOXML format to be accepted as an IEC/ISO standard. Unless a national standardisation body has conclusive answers to all of them, it should vote no in IEC/ISO and request that Microsoft incorporate its work on MS-OOXML into ISO/IEC 26300:2006 (Open Document Format).  

                                                                                                                                                                              The Microsoft message: Time to invest in Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                              • 18 May 2007

                                                                                                                                                                              In an attempt to inspire fear, uncertainty and doubt in the hearts of the financial world, Microsoft alledged massive patent infringement by Free Software in a recent Fortune article.  

                                                                                                                                                                                European Parliament must prevent criminalisation of software vendors and users

                                                                                                                                                                                • 23 April 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                The FSFE criticises the proposed "second Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive" (IPRED2) for sweeping criminalisation across various areas of law and loosely described areas of activity, including for 'attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting.' The proposed text criminalises these acts for infringement of many dissimilar laws including copyright, trademark, and patents.  

                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE launches list of recommended Free Software lawyers

                                                                                                                                                                                  • 17 April 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is committed to working with lawyers throughout Europe to maximise the legal security of Free Software and is aware that as the community matures it is important to be able to locate professional legal advice. For this reason FSFE has introduced a new policy for recommending legal experts in individual countries.  

                                                                                                                                                                                    Time to give back: Fellowship Raffle 2007!

                                                                                                                                                                                    • 24 February 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                    "The Free Software community is built on the principle of cooperation of many very different parts. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) works exclusively for the benefit of the entire community, including the companies that make use of Free Software," explains Georg Greve, president of FSFE. "We do this work gladly and with great enthusiasm and we always remember that to a large extent this work is made possible by those who work with us and support us, in particular the many Fellows of FSFE."  

                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE releases solution to increase legal strength of Free Software projects

                                                                                                                                                                                      • 01 February 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                      Today FSFE has released the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation Licence (GFDL) and the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-alike (CC by-sa) licence. The FLA is a copyright assignment that allows Free Software projects to bundle their copyright in a single organisation or person. It enables projects to ensure their legal maintainability and can be used to either assign copyright to FSFE's Fiduciary Program or to assign the rights to another organisation set up by the project team itself.  

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Vista message: Upgrade to GNU/Linux now!

                                                                                                                                                                                        • 30 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                        FSFE considers this a unique opportunity: With the release of Vista, users will need to upgrade to a new operating system that will feel different and require some time to get used to its functionality. The same is true for any modern GNU/Linux distribution. It is about the same investment in effort, but it will give you control over your own data.  

                                                                                                                                                                                          FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project

                                                                                                                                                                                          • 23 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                          The OpenSwarm Project will be protected by FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF). Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, explains "The Freedom Task Force is here to help strengthen the legal foundation of the Free Software eco-system. The Fiduciary licence Agreement is part of this. It provides a clear way for projects to consolidate their copyright. In the case of OpenSwarm, FSFE is acting a legal guardian for the project and ensuring that the developers can focus on maturing an exciting development platform."  

                                                                                                                                                                                            Transcript: Free Software and the Future of Freedom

                                                                                                                                                                                            • 09 January 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                            In this talk, Richard Stallman explains why Free Software is defined the way it is, the technical and political choices that have gotten the Free Software movement to where it is today, and what we have to do to prepare for what's ahead. With more than 20 years of practice, Stallman also entertains while telling the story.
                                                                                                                                                                                            This transription work was undertaken by FSFE due to the very positive feedback from the transcripts about GPLv3.  

                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the Bacula Project

                                                                                                                                                                                              • 21 November 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                              Kern Sibbald, the founder and lead developer of the Bacula network backup solution, assigned his copyright to FSFE. "I wanted to underline the commitment of the Bacula Project to Free Software," said Kern. "Bacula has always been a community project and we're just solidifying that for the long-term. I am very thankful that the FSFE is providing this service because it removes an important administrative burden from the project, which allows us to focus on the task of programming."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                Launching Freedom Task Force, Co-operating with

                                                                                                                                                                                                • 13 November 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                "We have as a primary goal to help corporations to adhere to the licences from the onset, rather than to have to enforce violations later," explains Mr. Coughlan. "We encourage those responsible for compliance for their company to contact us, so we can work together to avoid licence compliance problems, rather than having to later solve problems that could have been avoided in the first place."  

                                                                                                                                                                                         Informing about the dangers of controlling private media use

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 03 October 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Early this morning, a group of contributing organisations and authors launched, a collaborative information platform about the potential dangers of Digital Restriction Management (DRM) initiated by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The contributing groups come from different areas, such as digital freedom, network activism, consumer rights and libraries.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                    GPL Version 3, Draft #2 Published

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 27 July 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                    After six months of public comment, the second public discussion draft of GPLv3 is now online - responding to public input about patents, Digital Restrictions Management, and global enforceability among other things.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Commission to Microsoft: Preventing interoperability has a price

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 12 July 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                      European Commission to fine Microsoft 1.5 million Euro per day retroactively from 16. December 2005, totalling 280.5 million Euro. Should Microsoft not come into compliance until the end of July 2006, the daily fines could be doubled. These fines are a reaction to Microsofts continued lack of compliance with the European Commission decision to make interoperability information available to competitors as a necessary precondition to allow fair competition. FSFE has supported the European Commission from the start of the suit in 2001.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                        GPLv3 international conference details online

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 13 June 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marking the half-way point of the year-long public consultation process for redrafting Free Software's cornerstone licence, the third international GPLv3 conference will host experts from Europe and from around the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The venue, in the heart of the city, is the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). There, during the two days of this event, there will be presentations from experts including Richard Stallman, president of FSF, Eben Moglen, chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, Georg Greve, president of FSF Europe and Harald Welte, founder of  

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Europe to host 3rd International GPLv3 Conference: Barcelona, Spain, June 22nd & 23rd

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 19 May 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, and the exact venue will be announced soon. In January, a year-long public consultation process for updating the GNU General Public License was launched. Commonly called "the GPL", this licence is used by the majority of Free Software to detail the distribution terms of the software.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            FSFE welcomes KDE e.V. as new associate organisation

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 09 May 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The KDE e.V. - a registered non-profit organisation that represents the K Desktop Environment (KDE®) in legal and financial matters - and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are proud to announce their associate status, working together for the promotion and protection of Free Software on users' desktops in Europe and worldwide.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Samba and FSFE: "Microsoft - obstacle to innovation in the digital society!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 27 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Businesses and public authorities have to pay prices that are kept high by Microsoft's refusal to share interoperability information with its competitors, as is common practice in the industry," explains Andrew Tridgell, president and founder of the Samba Team in his presentation on behalf of Free Software Foundation Europe in European Court today.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Microsoft: "Our software patents preclude interoperability"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 27 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carlo Piana, Free Software Foundation Europe's lawyer on the case explains: "The interventions made perfectly clear that the Blue Bubble only existed in the lawyers' pleadings. Meanwhile, Microsoft left no doubt as to the legal nature of that Bubble: a conglomerate of 46 patents that it claims it holds on ADS, whose main effect is to prevent interoperability and, eventually, competition."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE: "Microsoft locks in customers and pushes software patents to prevent competition."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 21 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Microsoft's software locks in users and now the company is lobbying to get this lock-in effect legalised by software patents" is the basic message of a feature article Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has published on its website today.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Notebook Raffle: And The Winners Are...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 03 April 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The notebook raffle has taken place and two lucky Fellows from Italy and Netherlands won a HP Compaq Notebook, pre-installed with Debian GNU/Linux.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE celebrates its fifth birthday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 10 March 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seeing an even greater need today for strong coordinated actions to protect everyones freedom  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSFE not fooling around: Join the Fellowship and win a Free Software notebook!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 26 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSFE's way to say thank you for the support: Like last year's PDA, donated by the Free Software Foundation Europe will be raffling off two HP notebooks to all active Fellows on 1 April this year. For two lucky Fellows, April Fool's Day will be anything but foolish.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSFE to Microsoft: stop complaining, and start complying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 16 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "After several years of investigation, the original ruling in 2004, and a European Court case lasting close to two years, we now have to conclude that Microsoft never had any intention to comply with the antitrust ruling," comments Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). "We were forced to witness years of delays, stalling and playing for more time during which Microsoft has made no attempt to allow interoperability and competition with its competitors, including Free Software such as Samba."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FKF and FSFE teaming up: FKF official associate organisation of FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 14 February 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Free Knowledge Foundation / Fundación Conocimiento Libre (FKF) and Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are proud to announce their new official associate status, working together for the promotion and protection of Free Software in Spain.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EU antitrust case: "Microsoft offers poisoned apple"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 26 January 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "It now seems clear this was just another marketing ploy: Yesterday Microsoft acted like a robber that, when asked to please put away the gun, tosses you a grenade."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSFE files application for leave to intervene in antitrust suit against Microsoft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 23 November 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Early comment on new Microsoft Shared Source Licenses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 19 October 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE urges European Commission to keep defending European economic interests

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 14 October 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "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"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Statement of FSFE and FSF Latin America to the 2005 WIPO General Assemblies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 30 September 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Announcing the GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project (GPLv3)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 06 September 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TuxMobil GNU/Linux Award 2005 granted

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 30 August 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WIPO IIM/3: WSIS PCT: WIPO should prevent software patents, shorten copyright

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 21 July 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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:  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No software patents in Europe, FSFE requests EPO review instrument

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 06 July 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karlsruhe Memorandum against Software Patents 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 28 June 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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And the Fellowship-PDA goes to...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 25 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Raffle of handheld computer with GNU/Linux to a lucky Fellow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 08 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Microsoft abuses the good will of Ms. Kroes at the expense of European economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 07 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Software patents -- a danger to democracy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 06 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GNU/LinuxTag event page now online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 03 June 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Join the revolution: internship position at FSFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 31 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSFE Executive Summary 2003-2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 20 May 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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Procesi penal antitrust "Patenta Software-i vs Microsoft": Komisioni Europian po i vë kazmën njërës prej punëve të veta më të mira

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 02 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Letër e hapur për Z. McCreevy, Komisioneri Europian për Shërbimet dhe Tregun e Brendshëm. "Komisioni Europian është përfshirë në një proces penal historik antitrust me Microsoft-in. [...] Për fat të keq, ky sukses unik tani është në rrezik të shndërrohet në një fitore pa kuptim."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE welcomes FSF Latin America

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 19 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE statement at WIPO IIM, Geneva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 13 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. [...]"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Software patents putting International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) in danger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 05 April 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How to make Microsoft respect European Authorities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 31 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSFE to help bring Microsoft to its feet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 21 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            European Cities will suffer from software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 07 March 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 28 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UN WGIG: Commented Papers Available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 11 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft seeking to bypass decisions of European Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 11 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TUX&GNU@school 8th edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 07 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Software patents harm banks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 07 February 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Software patents are bad for your health

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 03 January 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Software patents are putting the wealth of the software patent lobby over the health of citizens in Europe and around the world.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A great day for SAMBA, Free Software and Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 22 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How much does freedom influence your life?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 10 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Software patents detrimental to European power supply business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 06 December 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSFE becomes WIPO observer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 25 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Freedom is priceless, but has a cost!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 24 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First South Tyrolean Free Software Conference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 23 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the FSFE, the battle continues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 09 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A compulsory insurance against software patents is like firefighting with petrol!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 01 November 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now accepting donations by credit card via PayPal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 25 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Supporting the work of FSFE has just become easier for those who prefer to donate by credit card and/or via the PayPal service.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ensuring increased Intellectual Wealth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 14 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Allianz Group will suffer because of software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 04 October 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MS vs. EU: "No settlement in sight, FSFE ready for battle"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 29 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anniversary of the decision of the European Parliament about software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 24 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSFE: "Microsoft's bugs result in the corporation having a multiple personality" - "customers should know who they are dealing with!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 20 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSFE mourns death of Ralf Niemand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 15 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Open letter to Prime Minister Dr. Balkenende

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 06 September 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Introducing Wilhelm Tux, the new FSFE associate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 16 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Donations to the FSFE in the United Kingdom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 12 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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):  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software than to proprietary software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 05 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Open letter to IBM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 02 August 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Software patents will destroy the foundations of IBM's future: "So while IBM is transforming in reaction to the arms race, upon its sudden end, IBM will find itself having become a grotesquely deformed giant with a suddenly useless weapon where all its energies go into sustaining that deformation."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE in front of European Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 27 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RSS feeds of news and event announcements available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 26 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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, while you find the event feed at For example, for German speaking news and the German focus, you would choose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For your convenience, the news and event pages contain links to the RSS feed URLs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Open letter to Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 06 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSFE issues call for donations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 01 July 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Join our translators and proofreaders team!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 29 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AGNULA: a "vivid ecosystem" for developers and users of free multimedia software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 21 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Creating artistic licence by Free Software technology" might have been the motto of AGNULA (A GNU/Linux Audio distribution - 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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Report and pictures from South America available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 10 June 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Software patents: A bad day for Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 19 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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!"  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSFE welcomes German government on its way towards a clear position in the discussion around software patents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 14 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open letter to all citizens of Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 10 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What happens in government, society and economy as a whole if these developments are not stopped? We bar people from being creative. We put societal development into the hands of bureaucrats bullying us for their own benefit at every turn. To use the words of the Czech President Vaclav Klaus "The EU is not about freedom and openness, but about bureaucratisation, regulation and harmonisation". If we leave this discussion to others, we may prove him right.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      APRIL disassociates from FSFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 10 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        European action week against Software Patents (SWPAT)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 04 May 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FSFE welcomes three new members from Austria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 24 March 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FSF defends the GNU GPL against SCO attacks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 18 February 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Article: "On 'Intellectual Property' and Indigenous Peoples"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 09 February 2004

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Debriefing: World Summit on the Information Society

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 15 December 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WSIS: Free Software, Free Society

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 01 December 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Free Software prominently represented at the UN- Conference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 12 July 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSF Europe concludes two successful first years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 24 June 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Report: Two year executive summary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 21 June 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Article: Free Software in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 20 May 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Larry Lessig receives FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 08 February 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) V1.0 released

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 03 February 2003

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSF Europe calls for participation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 18 December 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FFII Associated with FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 13 June 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two Expressions of Interest (EoI) from FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 04 June 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FSF Europe completes successful first year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 27 May 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recommendation by the FSF Europe and supporting parties

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 30 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Invitation to European Copyright Directive Alert miniconference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 28 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FSF Europe present at first LiLit meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 24 April 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSF Europe at the Free and Open Source Software Developers Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 31 January 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ANSOL becomes associated organisation of the FSF Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 18 January 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Freedom, Quality and Fraternity" OLinux interview iwth Georg C. F. Greve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 17 December 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "[...] 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! "  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FSF Europe appoints new Vice President

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 28 November 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We Speak about Free Software

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 19 November 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSF Europe receives charitable status in Germany

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 20 September 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FSF Europe e.V. (the central association) receives confirmation of its charitable status in Germany by the authorities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Georg Greve talks about "Copyright in the internet age"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 26 August 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Slides (in German) available at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Richard Stallman inaugurates Free Software Foundation-India

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 20 July 2001


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FSF Europe in German magazine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 16 July 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The FSF Europe is mentioned in the German magazine FOCUS issue 29/2001, page 106 in a story about the GNU/LinuxTag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FSF Europe at LinuxTag and Libre Software Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 29 June 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FSF Europe general assembly is over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 07 May 2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The FSF Europe general assembly is over. See the press release and photos by Olivier Berger and photos by Peter Gerwinski.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Free Software Foundation Europe finishes founding process

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 24 April 2001


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 24 April 2001