The first day in a new organisation always is quite intensive, many new people, procedures, so much information. Our new intern Eszter Bako it was even more intense. She spent her first day with FSFE at the Desktop Summit, surrounded by nearly 800 people talking about strange things such as KDE, Gnome, Qt, GTK, Plasma, Git, QML, D-Bus, or about how to build a toaster. For beginners the Free Software community can give a strange impression.
Good thing that she wasn't on her own. Our experienced intern Natalia Evdokimova, who organised our booth at the event, safely guided her through the day. Beside that there were many other FSFE activists: Our president Karsten gave a talk about "Free desktops for Europe's public sector" and founding member Bernhard talked about "Daily Melee: paid people within Free Software initiatives - How they tick, how to keep them and the art of behaving if you are one". Like you can see on our blog aggregation there were a lot of other Fellows present, including our former president Georg Greve.
Beside Eszter joining and Natalia leaving as intern, there are more changes within our team: Nicolas Jean's internship has now ended. He was one of the most active people in the web team, and we are happy that he will remain in our volunteers team as FSFE's webmaster. Diego Naranjo Barroso and Alessandro Polvani started their internships. Diego already contacted the Spanish Institutions for our PDFreaders campaign, and Alessandro will do the follow-up in Italy.
The Nordic Free Software Award is given to people, projects or organisations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of Free Software. Henrik Sandklef, our vice-president, asks you to submit nominations by email until October 22nd.
The award will be announced during the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) in Gothenburg, Sweden which will take place from Friday November 11th through Sunday November 13th. The conference is organised by FSFE's Swedish team, and your editor is responsible for FSFE's "Free Software in Politics" track there. We are looking forward to see you there. (Fellows will get a discount of 10 EUR on the standard rate).
September 17th is Software Freedom Day (SFD), a worldwide celebration of Free Software. Its goal is educational, teaching people why Free Software is the best choice when it comes to using Software. Organised and coordinated by the Software Freedom International, SFD invites everyone to participate and take action on a local level. Our Fellowship group in Vienna for example invits you to a Software Freedom Party. The evening will be opened by a talk about legal aspects in Free Software, held by FSFE's new legal coordinator Matija Šuklje. The groups in Bonn, Hamburg, and Manchester also have plans.
Contact existing groups to participate in events, or organise your own SFD activity!
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