FSF Europe Newsletter

FSF Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Mon Feb 7 18:52:17 UTC 2005

1. FSFE in Dublin
2. FSFE at World Social Forum (WSF)
3. HP donates two servers
4. Continued tour through Italy
5. Activities against software patents

1. FSFE in Dublin

At the University of Dublin, Georg Greve gave a talk about the
challenges of Free Software in a digital world and also introduced
the work of the FSFE.
As always, he also used the opportunity to intensify contacts with
the local Free Software community and discussed possibilities for
integrating people from Ireland more closely into the FSFE network.

2. FSFE at World Social Forum (WSF)

In cooperation with the Free Software Project Brasil [1], FSFEs
president Georg Greve participated in a series of activities and
events [2] around Free Software at the World Social Forum (WSF) in
Porto Alegre, Brazil -- among them the official release of the 2005
Free Software Forum. [3]
The Free Software, free knowledge and free arts events at the WSF had
strong support from the Brazilian Cultural Ministry. Gilberto Gil,
minister of Culture, participated in some of them personally, along
with other known figures, such as Lawrence Lessig and John Perry Barlow.
During the WSF, many activists also made their first contact with Free
Software using one of the about 1000 machines in the estudio livre and
other access points.

  [1] http://www.softwarelivre.org/
  [2] http://www.softwarelivre.org/news/3543
  [3] http://fisl.softwarelivre.org

3. HP donates two servers

Hewlett-Packard Germany donated two Compaq N2400 servers (Dual CPU,
Pentium III 1GHz with 1GB RAM each). The machines have replaced the
quite outdated web- and mailserver machines and are running core
services of the FSFE. The FSFE would like to thank HP for their


4. Continued tour through Italy

After the successful public events in December, the Italian FSFE team
has continued their tour through Italy and took part in the "week of
digital freedom", which was organized by the Linux Club Italia in Rome.
Alessandro Rubini talked about "Embedded Free Software", and Stefano
Maffulli held a speech about "Free Software Foundation Europe:
activities and plans for the future".  T-shirts of FSFE are available
at the Linux Club.


5. Activities against software patents

The decision of the EU council to introduce software patents in Europe
is still not finally approved, and the political resistance against
that decision has become stronger than ever. The FSFE and its
associate organisations, most of all the FFII, are still cooperating
in their efforts to prevent that threat to innovation.


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