FSFE Newsletter - October 2016

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 = FSFE Newsletter - October 2016 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201610.el.html ]

 == Words from your editors ==

After some changes to the FSFE's internship program in early September,
we're happy to be able to announce an opening for a technical intern[1]
with the FSFE. We're seeking an intern who can work with us for three
months in our Berlin office, learning about Free Software and the FSFE,
while at the same time contributing to rewriting parts of our technical

In the coming months, we'll announce more internship opportunities and a
good way to get to know about them is to read this newsletter regularly.
Be sure to check out our section on taking action below for some news
about our merchandise sale and information material (we'd love to send
you more, if you've run out!).

 == The Summit ==

We're still not over how cool it was to see so many from our community
join the FSFE Summit in September. It was a good experience and we're
keen to repeat it. One of the highlights was the ending keynote where
Julia Reda called out proprietary software as a threat to democracy[2].
Be sure to view the keynote and some of the other talks from the Summit,
either on our YouTube channel[3], or from our download server[4] where
you can get the available videos in webm format.

We also celebrated the FSFE's 15th birthday in C-Base with a ceremony
where we honored many of our local heroes from around Europe. C-Base has
kindly provided a recording of the ceremony[5] if you're interested in
hearing the story of some of our heroes, all of whom you can find
working in one of the FSFE's teams today.

 == Are you our next technical intern? ==

As mentioned, we are looking for a technical intern to join our team for
three months, taking part in rewriting and implementing a new account
management system. This internship is based in Berlin, starting the 1st
of January 2017 or as otherwise agreed. It's compensated with a basic
salary, the details of which you can read together with other
information in our call for a technical intern[6]. We look forward to
seeing your application!

 == From the community ==

David Boddie described the experiences he had exploring alternative
operating systems and in particular, Inferno[7].

Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz offered a handful of useful Python tricks and

Jonas Öberg blogged about code availability, or code contributions[9]
and introduced the changes to the FSFE internship program[10]. Subscribe
to our newsletter, if you haven't done already, in order to receive the
latest news about all the open internship vacancies in the FSFE!

Elena "of Valhalla" explains the differences between accepting candy
from strangers and using gratis software from random sources[11].

Polina Malaja blogged about the challenges of the EU Copyright

Florian Snow shared his memories from the 3 days of the FSFE Summit[13]
in Berlin, inside and outside the BCC.


 == Other news ==

Matthew Garrett, board member of the FSF, wrote an article[14] stressing
the necessity of full user control over Internet-connected devices,
outlining some necessary practices for IoT.

 == What else have we done? ==

Polina Malaja, FSFE's policy analyst and legal coordinator, together
with the FSFE's legal counsel Carlo Piana, participated in a workshop on
the interactions of Free Software and standardisation, organised by the
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Sophia-
Antipolis, France. During the workshop, they worked to push for adoption
of strong copyleft licenses and to resolve some of the tensions around

Continuing the practice of being present in events organised by other
communities, the FSFE was present with an Info-booth at the
Rotlintstraßenfest in Frankfurt am Main. A big thanks to the Fellowship
group Rhine/Main for making this possible!


 == Take action! ==

- We have recently collected, sorted and taken stock of some leftovers
  of the merchandise we had in previous years, and we've put these items
  online[15]. For most of the older items, we only have a few available,
  so this is your chance to order some vintage FSFE merchandise at a
  reduced price (look out for the red numbers!)

- If you're starting to run out of informational material about free
  software, now may also be a good opportunity to get some more. Order
  some stickers, posters and flyers from our promotional material
  page[16] and we'll get them to you as soon as possible so you can help
  us spread them around your company, your school, the local library, at
  events, or anywhere else where you feel people should know about free

- If you're not already a Fellow of the FSFE, you should consider
  joining[17]. Our work wouldn't be possible without the contribution of
  our Fellows and volunteers!

 == The FSFE in the Press ==

- [DE] by Patrick Beuth, Zeit Online, HP sabotages its own customers[18]

- [DE] by Stefan Krempl, Heise, Free Software Summit: Campaign for
  "Public Software" in Public Administrations[19]

Thanks to all the volunteers[20], Fellows[21] and corporate donors[22]
who enable our work,

Your editors, Jonas Öberg and Olga Gkotsopoulou FSFE[23]

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  1. http://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html
  2. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160907-01.html
  3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68ldbHwL_-5qzETqOaAMWQ
  4. https://download.fsfe.org/videos/summit2016/
  5. https://vimeo.com/181328339
  6. http://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html
  7. http://www.boddie.org.uk/david/www-repo/Personal/Updates/2016/2016-09-01.html
  8. https://mina86.com/2016/python-tricks/
  9. http://blog.jonasoberg.net/code-availability-or-code-contributions/
 10. http://blog.jonasoberg.net/internship-changes-in-the-fsfe/
 11. http://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df3657cf0f075f102119218743
 12. https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/09/14/copyright-reform-mo-money-to-publishers-mo-problems-for-everyone-else/
 13. https://blogs.fsfe.org/floriansnow/
 14. http://www.fsf.org/news/free-software-foundation-stresses-necessity-of-full-user-control-over-internet-connected-devices
 15. https://fsfe.org/order/
 16. https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword
 17. http://fsfe.org/join
 18. http://www.zeit.de/digital/internet/2016-09/digitales-rechtemanagement-drm-hp-drucker-tintenpatronen-firmware/komplettansicht
 19. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Free-Software-Summit-Kampagne-fuer-oeffentliche-Software-in-der-Verwaltung-3313707.html
 20. https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html
 21. http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join
 22. https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html
 23. https://fsfe.org

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