FSFE Newsletter - January 2011

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= FSFE Newsletter - January 2011 =

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== Robots, Football, and Education ==

Their mission is to bring Free Software into schools and universities.
Their new task is to gather information about [1]their stakeholders,
and [2]create targeted leaflets. And I am sure the favourite colour of
the coordinators [3]Thomas Jensch and [4]Guido Arnold is [5]Fellowship
green. That's [6]our education team.

Can robots help with that? We think they can. Our education team had
[7]a first meeting to get trained in giving programming workshops
using freedroidz robots. We want to teach pupils how to program, show
them that it's good to share and co-operate, and explain Free Software
to their teachers, parents, and politicians.

And what about football? Regular readers might remember that Guido
Arnold is running a parallel tournament to the football championship
in Europe 2012 where the discipline is Free Software usage in
government. So every time there is a football match, Guido starts a
Free Software match between them, while a huge part is of course the
government's education policy. Read [8]Guido's blog to find out why
Russia is a hot candidate for the European champion, but why we need
more information on Eastern European countries.

== Public institutions - hares or snails? ==

Already, 203 public institutions have removed advertisements for
proprietary PDF readers from their websites. Particularly outstanding
were the responses from Croatia, Russia and Slovenia. In Croatia all
except one reported institution deleted the advertisement. Half of
those contacted in Russia and Slovenia fulfilled FSFE's request.
Amongst the public institutions are ministries, parliaments, law
enforcement agencies, local governments, and other administrations.

With [9]our PDFreaders campaign we will continue to follow-up with the
[10]reported institutions and you can still encourage friends [11]to
sign the corresponding petition.

== Something completely different ==

- You think your old C64 was slow? Working on the United Nations
  level will change your mind. Karsten Gerloff wrote an article
  about FSFE's UN work: [12]"WIPO CDIP/6: Moving the glacier".
- Open Standards in Europe: The European Commission published the
  new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). We
  at FSFE have been [13]working on this document for a long time.
  Read [14]our press release and an [15]article by Karsten assessing
  the new EIF.
- Current developments at Nokia, the transformative power of Free
  Software, and the potential dangers posed by the use of Free
  Software by large organisations. Those are the topics of the
  [16]current Fellowship interview with Alexander Kahl, Fedora
  packager, Lisp, JavaScript and Perl programmer, and active FSFE
- While Torsten Grote [17]gave a radio interview (German) about
  risks of cloud computing and chances of distributed Free Software,
  Björn Schiessle [18]writes about how he wants to install
  distributed software at home.

== Get active: Help with Euro 2012 championship ==

Help us gathering information about government's Free Software usage.
This information helps us to evaluate the current situation and of
course it will decide who will be the European Free Software champion
in 2012. [19]Add the information on our website before March 25 and it
will influence the next matches, add information continuously and it
will help Free Software activists all over the world.

Matthias Kirschner - FSFE

1. http://wiki.fsfe.org/Education#stakeholders
2. http://fsfe.org/about/printable/printable.en.html
3. http://blogs.fsfe.org/riepernet/
4. http://blogs.fsfe.org/guido
5. http://fellowship.fsfe.org/
6. http://fsfe.org/projects/education/education.en.html
7. http://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2010/12/freedroidz-workshop-with-tarent/
8. http://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/category/euro2012/
9. http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.en.html
10. http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.en.html
11. http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.en.html
12. http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/?p=434
13. http://fsfe.org/projects/os/eifv2.en.html
14. http://fsfe.org/news/2010/news-20101216-01.en.html
16. http://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=198
17. http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=698
18. http://blog.schiessle.org/2010/12/19/a-new-toy-arrived/
19. http://wiki.fsfe.org/Free_Software_usage_in_public_administration

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