[FSFE PR][SV] FSFE Newsletter - September 2011
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= FSFE Newsletter - September 2011 =
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== New Intern surrounded by 800 geeks? ==
The first day in a new organisation always is quite intensive, many new
people, procedures, so much information. Our new intern Eszter Bakoit
was even more intense. She spent her first day with FSFE at the Desktop
Summit, surrounded by nearly 800 people talking about strange things
such as KDE, Gnome, Qt, GTK, Plasma, Git, QML, D-Bus, or about how to
build a toaster. For beginners the Free Software community can give a
Good thing that she wasn't on her own. Our experienced intern Natalia
Evdokimova, who organised our booth at the event, safely guided her
through the day. Beside that there were many other FSFE activists: Our
president Karsten gave a talk about"Free desktops for Europe's public
sector"and founding member Bernhard talked about"Daily Melee: paid
people within Free Software initiatives - How they tick, how to keep
them and the art of behaving if you are one". Like you can see on our
blog aggregationthere were a lot of other Fellows present, including
our former president Georg Greve.
Beside Eszter joining and Natalia leaving as intern, there are more
changes within our team: Nicolas Jean'sinternship has now ended. He
was one of the most active people in the web team, and we are happy that
he will remain in our volunteers team as FSFE's webmaster. Diego Naranjo
Barrosoand Alessandro Polvanistarted their internships. Diego
already contacted the Spanish Institutionsfor our PDFreaders
campaign, and Alessandro will do the follow-up in Italy.
== Digits to remember: 22-10-11 and 11-11-11 ==
The Nordic Free Software Award is given to people, projects or
organisations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent
contribution to the advancement of Free Software. Henrik Sandklef, our
vice-president, asks youto submit nominations by email until October
The award will be announced during the Free Society Conference and
Nordic Summit (FSCONS)in Gothenburg, Sweden which will take place
from Friday November 11th through Sunday November 13th. The conference
is organised by FSFE's Swedish team, and your editor is responsible for
FSFE's"Free Software in Politics" trackthere. We are looking forward
to see you there. (Fellows will get a discount of 10 EUR on the standard
== Something completely different ==
- The importance of promoting Free Software, spreading Free Software in
schools, and what role the computer sciences can play in relating the
messages of Free Software to other institutions and disciplines: Read
the latest Fellowship interview, in which our fellow Richard
Shipman shares his thoughts on these topics.
- On Saturday 13th August Free Software activists came to FSFE’s PDF
Readers Sprint in Manchester and found 59 previously unreported
adverts for proprietary PDF readers, all of them on UK Council
websites. Check out the report about the event done by Sam Tukeand
Chris Woolfreyfrom our UK team.
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is critically important to a
variety of industries and professions. It is also notorious for being
poorly catered for by Free Software applications. Sam wrote a brief
summary of the current situation.
- Support Ogg Vorbis by helping our sister FSF to reach 5.000 signatures
for their petition, asking for This American Life in Ogg Vorbis.
Also concerning Ogg, FSFE's UK team had a booth at the
- R-DIY Feminism Festival: FSFE will be represented at the DIY Feminism
Festivalin Manchester on September 3 and 4, holding events,
including talks on Free Software philosophy, Free Software and women,
and an Open Street Map workshop.
- Summer time was blogging time, so here some articles from the planet
aggregation:With our new intern Diego J. Naranjo Barroso's help
Matija prepared the Free Software and law related links covering links
about the the patents war, Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, and
other stories in 1.8.-14.8.and 15.8.-21.8..
- Timo Jyrinki writes about Free Software on mobile phonesand the
MeeGo Summit Finlandincluding lots of pictures from the
- Freedom Box: Read about the progress and technical details of the
Freedom Box, in Bdale Garbee's report from DebConf11 in Banja
Luka. If you are in the UK at the time, you can attend Sam's talk on
Freedom Boxesin Manchester on 20 September 2011 at 19:00.
- Interested in processing images from the command line? Swedish Team
member Patrik Willard writes about how to do thatfor the FSCONS
- Chris Woolfrey, who is doing the Fellowship interviewsstarted
blogging. His latest article is about the question, if all the data on
your work computer count as company data".
== Get Active: Software Freedom Day ==
September 17th is Software Freedom Day(SFD), a worldwide celebration
of Free Software. Its goal is educational, teaching people why Free
Software is the best choice when it comes to using Software. Organised
and coordinated by the Software Freedom International, SFD invites
everyone to participate and take action on a local level. Our Fellowship
groupin Vienna for example invits you to a Software Freedom Party.
The evening will be opened by a talk about legal aspects in Free
Software, held by FSFE's new legal coordinator Matija Šuklje. The
groups in Bonn, Hamburg, and Manchesteralso have plans.
Contact existing groups to participate in events, or organise your own
Matthias Kirschner- FSFE
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