Dutch coordinator

Jelle Hermsen jelle at fsfe.org
Sun Nov 11 19:36:12 CET 2012

Hi Maurice et al,
Great that you've taken on the challenge of filling Marks big boots :).

In the meantime I'm calling it quits with volunteering for FSFE. I have 
put quite some time into FSFE the last couple of years: translating 
pages on the website, newsletters, helping out with the PDFreaders 
campaign, sending out letters, helping to spread awareness of FSFE in 
NL, and looking into Dutch and Belgian tax laws to try to achieve tax 
deductible donations.

I really like FSFE and adore its goals, but personally I don't like the 
idea that you have to stand on the sideline if you can't make it to 
live-meetings easily. I have asked multiple times for the mailing list 
to be our central hub of communication and decision making, or at least 
to be kept in the loop, just like how it usually works in Free Software 
projects, but unfortunately this is not the way things work here. The 
first news on the meeting at T-Dose reaching the mailing list two weeks 
after the fact merely supports this. Anyway, I'm not aggrieved or 
anything, I can understand this is the way the cookie crumbles, 
especially when a group like ours make up such a small geographical 
area.  Accepting this fact, I think that's it's better to spend my time 
elsewhere in the world of FLOSS.

I wish you all the best of luck.

On 11/11/12 17:19, maurice wrote:
> Hi all!
> As some of you may know, Mark Lamers recently stepped down as coordinator
> for the FSFE-fellows in the lowlands. I've taken it upon me to replace him
> as coordinator. I've discussed this with Mark and in the past couple of
> weeks there have been some fellowship meetings at T-Dose and the NLUUG
> conference where this has been discussed with the fellows that were present
> at these venues.
> So far all agree with this, so I would like to ask you all to let me be the
> coordinator until someone else wants to take over the role. At that time we
> can hold a vote if necessary.
> For those who do not know me:
> I'm Maurice, 30 years old and I work for a company called AT Computing.
> I've been working with free software for years now. My master thesis
> research looked into how (Dutch) government organisations "buy" free
> software -> (just search for "How to buy something that is free?").
> Fellowship meetings:
> At the moment I'm organizing a fellowship meeting in Nijmegen or Arnhem
> somewhere in december. This will be a joint meeting with other software
> freedom advocates and probably some fellows from the Dusseldorf
> fellowship-group. If you like the idea please reply to this mail, than I
> get a sense of how many fellows will attend. If anyone has suggestion about
> the meetup please let me know!
> The next meeting after that is probably gonna be the Fosdem 2013!
> Kind regards,
> Maurice
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