Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.

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FSFE Newsletter - April 2011

A decade of Freedom: FSFE turned 10

One room with a bed, a desk, and a sofa. That was the situation when your editor started working as an intern for FSFE in Georg Greve's one room appartment in Hamburg in 2004. FSFE started with its operations in March 2001 as the first sister organisation of the FSF in the US. We have come a long way since then. First of all, our interns don't get Georg's mandatory cooking lessons any more, instead they now have their own desks and do not have to work from the sofa any more. Second, we now have the Fellowship which leads to a growth of volunteers and activities:

Worldwide celebration of Open Standards

Open Standards are a common language, publicly documented, that computer programs can speak. They are central to interoperability and freedom of choice in technology. Open Standards allow Free Software developers to create programs that can interoperate with other solutions, so users can migrate away from proprietary solutions.

Many of you followed our call to participate in this year's Document Freedom Day: in Brazil, the Federal Data Processing Company - Serpro - hold events in 10 cities. In the European Parliament, experts discussed Open Standards as a means to guarantee access to cultural works in the long term. Other groups participated in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. Selected FSFE activities include:

Something completely different

Get Active - Translations for free PDF readers

During our pdfreaders campaign we received the feedback that it is difficult to use some free PDF readers, as the download pages, or the actual software is not translated. Since then our intern Nicoulas Jean is in contact with several free PDF reader developers. Take a look at our list of PDF readers and how to help them with translation, and take action:

Matthias Kirschner - FSFE

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