FSFE Newsletter - March 2013
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Wed Mar 6 09:42:02 CET 2013
= FSFE Newsletter - March 2013 =
[Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201303.en.html ]
== Brussels flooded with Free Software activists ==
>From February 1st to February 3rd thousands of people went to Brussels
to participate in FOSDEM -- the Free and Open Source Software
Developers' European Meeting. At FOSDEM you have the opportunity to meet
developers and contributors from nearly all major Free Software
projects. FSFE is always there to talk with people about ongoing
developments and the needs and contributions in the Free Software
community. So it is a good place to exchange information, talk with very
interesting people, plan future activities, and meet all the people you
would usually just have e-mail contact with.
As in previous years, FSFE was present with a booth, answering questions
about current political topics and activities, distributing information
material and – what every hacker needs – cool t-shirts. Fellow Mirko
Böhm has written a summary about FOSDEM, including tips on
communication for Free Software groups and projects, if we should
embrace app stores and how to share a trademark. Isabel Drost has
documented FOSDEM in 9 blog posts: from her arrival with spider
robots, about Trademarks and Free Software, or the panel
discussion about GNU APL.
We were also present with several talks: For example our Finnish team
coordinator Otto Kekäläinengave a talk about "Fixing public
procurement", our vice-president Henrik Sandklef gave a talk about
Searduino, and Erik Albers presented our Free Your Android
campaign( recording available (webm).
As part of the FYA campaign, Several Fellows also participated in a
meeting at the European Parliament on Friday. It was organised by
Alexander Alvaro, Vice-President of the European Parliament (EP),
together with the European Parliament Free Software User Group
(EPFSUG). He wanted his EP colleagues to learn how to regain control
of their data and how to install a free operating system and Free
Software on their Android devices.
Just three weeks later, we were shocked to hear that Mr Alvaro had a car
accident and is still in hospital with serious injuries. FSFE wishes him
a fast and full recovery.
== Why we love Free Software ==
A lot of people followed our callto participate in the I love Free
Software activity. The result – which has been summarised in a
reportby FSFE's new interns Lucile Falgueyrac and Stepan Stehlicek
– was a lot of e-mails, blog posts, pictures and a comic strip. E.g.,
Fellow Mirko Böhm explains why he loves Free Software:
The benefits of Free Software go beyond the individual contributors and
the communities they form. The four freedoms laid out as the foundations
of Free Software are a fanfare to the ability to exercise one’s free
will, to freely collaborate by helping your neighbors, to achieve
independence from directions other people have thought up for us. The
effects can be seen all around us – when teaching material for schools
is developed collaboratively and freely shared, when government data is
opened up to improve the transparency of the political process, when the
technical foundations of the internet and the operating systems running
modern technology become a common good, and in many other places. People
start to expect similar freedoms they learned to get used to in software
when engaging in society. And more participation is always better.
== Something completely different ==
- Our DFD team published a video tutorial, which explains how to
watch Youtube videos using HTML5. Do not miss this month's "get-
active" item below, which is also about Document Freedom Day.
- We have received a report about a successful case of Windows tax
refund in Croatia. One has to apply for the refund within 30 days
of a purchase of an ASUS product and fill out a form in order to
receive €42 refund for Microsoft Windows 8 OEM.
- LWN writes about trademarks and their limits, the idea behind
trademarks, about how effective this protection is, and gives examples
of bad behaviour; e.g., offering Free Software with unwanted toolbars
- In FSFE we receive a lot of license questions, but we have not yet
evaluated how many we receive through country teams, our legal teams,
or over the phone. Our sister organisation FSF reportsthat they
have responded to and resolved over 400 reports of suspected license
violations and over 600 general licensing and compliance questions.
- Your editor has written an article for the German news site Heise
titled"Politics and Free Software". The article covers his
experience from the parliament working group on interoperability,
standards, and Free Software.
- Guido Arnold has published the January update about Free Software in
education, covering news from the community and the government as
well as upcoming events.
- Mirko gave a talk at Embedded World 2013 about defensive
- Besides many other positive news from Joinup about Free Software in
the public administration: Member of the European Parliament Amelia
Andersdotter wants public administrations to consider software
freedomas one of the reasons to select new ICT solutions, and the
city of Bolzano has automated testing of e-government services on Free
- Fellow Jelle Hermsen asked for blog aggregation for our Dutch Fellows,
and now it is up and running.
- From the planet aggregation:
- Anna Morris, who created the DFD video mentioned above, wrote about
Guake: a command-line tool for "dyslexics and beginners".
- You wonder why we published the DFD as ".webm"? Peter Bubestinger
wrote a summary articleabout different video formats from a Free
Software perspective, explaining that digital video consists of video
codec, audio codec, and container format. He explains the different
codecs, and why some videos do not work out of the box on a Free
- Beside this, Peter also wrote about Tears of Steel, a movie made with
- From Steel to Stealth: What could the Americans and British do to put
the stealth back into stealth bomber? Daniel Pocock explains why the
US military might need the Free Software lumical.
- Mark Lindhout described how to use RSYNC to delete remote
foldersand after inspiration from the last Fellowship meeting in
Berlin he also wrote about why and how to play high-fidelity white
- Interested in a distributed solution for one-time-password
authentication on GNU/Linux operating systems? Daniel wrote about
dynaloginwhich is providing this.
- Thomas Løcke describes how to use the Ada Web Serverand,
- Henri Bergius is thinking about the flow-based programming user
== Get active: Organise an event for Document Freedom Day 2013 ==
Help us to introduce more people to Open Standards – participate in
Document Freedom Day 2013on March 27th! Local teams can now promote
their eventson DocumentFreedom.org, and have them marked on the
global campaign map.
In 2012 groups of volunteers ran 54 events in 23 different countries. If
you want to get some inspiration for your event, take a look at our
activity packagesor the DFD report from 2012. Help us to make
this year's DFD the most successful yet!
Thanks to all the Fellows and donors who enable our work,
Matthias Kirschner- FSFE
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