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Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017: Its 10th edition "restarts" debates in Free Software licensing

dim, 18/06/2017 - 19:00
Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017: Its 10th edition "restarts" debates in Free Software licensing

In April, the FSFE organised its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW): a meeting point for legal experts from all over the world to discuss issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LLW which was celebrated with the record number of participants: 120 top legal experts and technologists came all the way down to Barcelona (Spain) to spend 3 full days discussing legal challenges around Free Software.

This year, the workshop was held under theme "Restart". Based on the topics discussed in the previous editions, it seemed that several prominent discussions needed to be reopened in order to address emerging challenges. Experts had the opportunity to debate on various legal issues, including but not limited to: open data and hardware, open government, tooling for lawyers, software patents, copyright trolls an other existing challenges for Free Software compliance, by attending more than 35 presentations of internationally distinguished speakers with long-standing contribution in the field.

Admission to the event was open to all Legal Network members, while the whole event was covered under the Chatham House Rule, enabling confidential discussions under fair terms for all the participants.

The part of event was covered by Jake Edge from LWN.net, who underlined the following discussions during the workshop:

Shane Coughlan, Armijn Hemel and Mark Radcliffe participated in a panel discussing the rise of the copyright troll. Despite copyright trolls not being something new to the Free Software legal world, the three panellists analysed the methodology behind such enforcement efforts, based on McHardy's case in Germany, and discussed ways to address that problem through governance of Free Software projects.

The FSFE program manager, Max Mehl shared with the audience the FSFE's concerns about the EU radio equipment directive (RED). RED might be leading device makers to lock down their hardware, stripping users and vendors from their right to install alternative software of their choice on it. Existing legal uncertainty over newly introduced requirements for hardware manufacturers poses a real threat to Free Software enterprises and projects, thus a timely response to these concerns is critical for software freedom on all devices that emit and/or receive radio waves, including laptops and smartphones. Max Mehl presented the Joint Statement against Radio Lockdown, signed by almost 50 organisations and companies, and invited everyone to take part in the relevant discussions by subscribing to the dedicated mailing list.

Luis Villa, as one of the speakers presenting on open data, shed light on the legal implications that need to be taken into account, especially with regard to the data sets used by machine-learning systems. Privacy concerns, cross-jurisdictional issues, copyright claims and an emerging right to explanation are all open legal questions, waiting for a not-so-easy response, according to Luis Villa. A move towards open data has already began in this area but the legal difficulties remain: can a copyright licence, albeit open*, address all these issues? The regulatory response from the governments may also not be the best solution to provide necessary leverage, according to Luis Villa.

In the Free Software world, the supply chain is perplexed and global, characterised by compliance challenges within numerous Free Software licences. Shane Coughlan described the OpenChain project as the means that helps companies in the supply chain to keep track of their compliance, irrespective of the preferred Free Software licence.

Another recent effort from the pioneers of the GPL compliance - Shane Coughlan and Armijn Hemel - was also presented during the workshop: Practical GPL Compliance is designed to guide individuals and companies for better GPL compliance when working with Free Software.

Last but not least, this year marked also a "restart" for our long-serving Fiduciary Licensing Agreement (FLA). The FLA is a well-balanced contributor agreement, which gives the trustee responsible power to make sure the contributed software always remain free and open. Matija Šuklje, the previous FSFE's Legal Coordinator and the main driving force behind the FLA update, presented the challenges, process and changes that led to the FLA-2.0. The biggest points of the update are that the FLA now also covers patents and enables more practical outbound licensing options, including a reference to an external licensing policy. In addition, the new wording is much improved both in its compatibility with more jurisdictions as well as being easier to understand and apply. The final text and a new website are to launch in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

The workshop would not have been possible without the generous support of all the event's sponsors. In particular, we would like to thank our Platinum Sponsors: Intel, Red Hat and The Linux Foundation.

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FSFE provides Git hosting for its supporters

jeu, 15/06/2017 - 19:00
FSFE provides Git hosting for its supporters

Sharing one's knowledge is a core principle in the Free Software society, collaboration is another. From today, the FSFE provides its supporters and registered volunteers a platform to create and manage Git repositories with a comfortable user interface: git.fsfe.org.

Git is not only a tool to store files but the most popular version control system, similar to SVN. While Git is a command line server and client, there are several graphical implementations. The FSFE is using Gitea as a web interface.

Features

With git.fsfe.org, the FSFE allows its supporters to share and collaborate on a platform while fully respecting their freedoms. Using the graphical web interface, people can open issue reports for bugs or feature requests. This way, users are able to:

host code they are using for their FSFE activities (and of course other purposes) share minutes and other documents of FSFE group meetings collaborate on flyers, presentations or business cards leave feedback on and help improving existing software by other users of git.fsfe.org ...and many more!

The FSFE also strives to migrate as much code and relevant files as possible to this new platform, for example future website developments, promotion material, and helpful scripts for the organisation's day-to-day work.

About Gitea

Gitea is a performant and user-friendly Git service that is published under a Free Software license. Unlike other services there is no proprietary enterprise version ("open-core"), but has a strong focus on community development, and already contains almost all features people know from other Git services without any non-free dependencies. There are already efforts taking place to interconnect Gitea installations to enable federation of Git repositories.

We would like to welcome you to log in with your FSFE Fellowship credentials, test and use the service, and leave some feedback. You can also push this new service by improving and adding usage guides for Git beginners on our dedicated wiki pages – help us helping! Also, consider contributing to the Gitea project.

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FSFE Lettre d'information - Juin 2017

mar, 13/06/2017 - 19:00
FSFE Lettre d'information - Juin 2017Un nouveau cadre européen d'interopérabilité encourage l'administration publique à utiliser et contribuer au Logiciel Libre

Après une consultation publique l'an dernier, le « nouveau » cadre européen d'intéropérabilité " European Interoperability Framework " (EIF) [EN] a finalement été publié en mars 2017. Dans la continuité de nos réponses à la consultation publique et des réponses citoyennes et d'entreprises demandant plus de Logiciel Libre dans les services publics numériques, la nouvelle version de l'EIF recommande aux administrations publiques à travers l'Europe d'assurer une saine compétition pour le Logiciel Libre et de montrer une prise en compte honnête et active des Logiciels Libres lorsqu'elles offrent des services en ligne.

De plus, le nouveau EIF ne pousse pas seulement les administrations publiques à utiliser des Logiciels Libres mais aussi à « contribuer, autant que possible, aux communautés de développeurs pertinentes ». Ceci est une amélioration notable vis-à-vis de la version précédente EIFv.2 qui reconnaît explicitement le Logiciel Libre comme indispensable pour assurer une meilleure interopérabilité. Par contre, de manière similaire à la communication sur les « priorités en matière de standard pour les TIC dans le marché unique numérique »(EN), le nouveau EIF ne traite pas suffisamment des obstacles au Logiciel Libre que sont les clauses de licence « équitables, raisonnables et non-discriminatoires » (" fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory " (FRAND) en anglais). En basant sa politique de licence en matière de standard ouvert sur les FRAND, l'EIF ne permet malheureusement pas aux Logiciels Libres de participer en offrant des services aux administrations publiques.

Pour plus d'information sur ce sujet, vous pouvez lire notre article « Pourquoi les FRAND sont mauvaises pour le Logiciel Libre ?(EN) »

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Qu'avons-nous fait d'autres ? À l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la FSFE Jonas Öberg, le directeur exécutif de la FSFE, explique un nouveau projet de la FSFE pour faciliter l'automatisation dans la chaîne d'outils logiciels en aidant à identifier automatiquement les licences utilisées. (EN) Daniel Pocock, notre représentant de la Fellowship FSFE fraîchement élu, a organisé une réunion pour construire un ordinateur à nourriture à Zurich. Sur son blog, Daniel explique ce que c'est et le lien entre son projet et le Logiciel Libre. Heiki Löhmus, Vice Président de la FSFE, a organisé un atelier sur l'utilisation du Logiciel Libre dans l'enseignement des sciences, des technologies, des Sciences de l’Ingénieur et des mathématiques durant la DORS/CLUC à Zagreb, en Croatie. Polina Malaja, analyste politique et coordonnatrice juridique de la FSFE, a participé à un panel « Vers un internet pour les gens : un nouveau pacte progressiste pour les technologies» à la Diem25 à Berlin. Matthias Kirschner, Président de la FSFE, a participé à une table ronde sur «comment les données, le code et les algorithmes influencent nos vies et l'économie » pendant la Journée allemande de l'Eglise à Magdeburg, Allemagne. Un enregistrement vidéo est disponible. Erik Albers, le coordinateur communication et communauté de la FSFE, a fait une intervention à l'Open Tech Summit 2017 sur « Le Digital-O-Mat ou comment faire du Logiciel Libre une thématique aux élections démocratiques ». La FSFE était aussi présente à cette conférence avec un stand. Maurice Verheesen, le coordinateur pour les Pays Bas de la FSFE, a donné une conférence "argent public, code source public" à un l'Open Source event à Tilburg, aux Pays-Bas. Franz Gratzer, un des bénévoles designer de la FSFE, a organisé un atelier sur les bases de GIMP au Linuxwochen Wien 2017. Le groupe viennois de la FSFE y tenait aussi un stand. Le groupe de Munich (Allemagne) de la FSFE, a tenu un stand au festival de rue de Munich "Corso Leopold" pour informer les gens sur la FSFE et sur notre travail pour le Logiciel Libre. Matthias Kirschner a donné une conférence lors de l'openSUSE conférence 2017 à Nürnberg, en Allemagne, sur Limux et ce que la communauté du Logiciel Libre peut en apprendre. Un enregistrement vidéo est disponible. Des Fellows de Madrid, en Espagne, était à l'OpenExpo avec un stand d'information pour informer les gens sur la FSFE et notre travail pour le Logiciel Libre. Polina Malaja a fait une présentation sur le statut actuel de la directive "verrouillage" Radio durant le weekend de la communauté sans fil à Berlin. Frank Karlitschek a blogué sur notre responsabilité étique vis à vis de la technologie et des logiciels. Matthias Kirschner, Polina Malaja et Daniel Pocock ont été à l'Open Source Conference Albania (OSCAL) pour parler de « Donner aux gens les moyens de contrôler la technologie », « Niveau européen et liberté logiciel » et « Communication Temps Réel Libre avec du Logiciel Libre ». La FSFE était aussi représentée par un stand. Le groupe de Vienne de la FSFE tenait un stand à Veganmania pour parler de la FSFE et de ce que nous faisons pour le Logiciel Libre. Aidez-nous à améliorer notre lettre d'information

Si vous voyez des nouvelles que devrait être incluses, faites nous les suivre. Si vous souhaitez partager des idées, envoyez les nous. Comme toujours, l'adresse est newsletter@fsfe.org. Nous attendons de vos nouvelles !

Merci à tous les bénévoles, soutiens et donateurs qui rendent notre travail possible.

Vos éditeurs, Erik Albers and Polina Malaja

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New European Interoperability Framework calls on public sector to contribute to Free Software

lun, 12/06/2017 - 19:00
New European Interoperability Framework calls on public sector to contribute to Free Software

The revised "new" European Interoperability Framework (EIF), adopted by the European Commission on 23 March 2017, gives specific guidance on how to set up interoperable digital public services, and offers public administrations concrete recommendations on how to improve interoperability of their e-services.

The FSFE participated in the public consultation round on the draft version of the revised EIF (published in 2016). The "new" EIF includes significant improvements in alignment with our answers and in contrast to the draft version and the previous EIF v.2. However, the European Commission (EC) has not sufficiently addressed the risks that a FRAND-based standardisation policy pose to Free Software.

In alignment with our answers to the public consultation, the new EIF includes the principle of openness that was absent from the draft version. Furthermore, the principle of openness according to the new EIF requires public administrations to actively consider using Free Software when offering their public services:

Recommendation 3: Ensure a level playing field for open source software and demonstrate active and fair consideration of using open source software, taking into account the total cost of ownership of the solution.

Furthermore, according to the new EIF public administrations should not only use Free Software but "whenever possible contribute to the pertinent developer communities". Free Software is also called "an enabler of the underlying EIF principle on reusability". This is a significant improvement in comparison to both previous EIF v.2 (published in 2010) and the draft version that was open for public consultation. The need for more Free Software when offering e-services was also expressed by majority of citizen respondents to the public consultation, and it is plausible to see that the EC included the wishes of the EU citizens to the new EIF.

Licensing policies of so called "open specifications" (the alternative term the European Commission uses for Open Standards have also been revised for the better. The EIF v.2 based its appropriate licensing model on what is described as "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (FRAND)/or royalty-free terms, despite that FRAND does not allow standards to be implemented in Free Software.

The new EIF gives a slight preference to the royalty-free licensing terms when it comes to licensing of "open specifications", which is an improvement to the previous version.

However, the new EIF ignores the fact that "royalty-free" is not a sub-term of FRAND, and the way the new EIF is worded still gives a preference to FRAND terms, but just without royalties. This is extremely problematic, as the effects of FRAND do not solely come from royalty-related criteria, but also include several other restrictions that make FRAND incompatible with Free Software.

Unfortunately, the way the new EIF is basing its licensing policies of open specifications can still prevent Free Software projects from offering their services to the public sector.

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FSFE Lettre d'information - Mai 2017

dim, 14/05/2017 - 19:00
FSFE Lettre d'information - May 2017Daniel Pocock est le nouveau représentant de la Fellowship

Du 10 au 24 avril 2017 la FSFE a organisé la neuvième élection annuelle de la Fellowship pour élire la personne représentant la communauté de la FSFE à son Assemblée Générale. L'Assemblée Générale est constituée des membres de la FSFE e.V. et constitue la personne morale de la FSFE. Elle est responsable du planning stratégique, du budget, des agendas, des exonérations, et de l'élection et du renouvellement du conseil exécutif et du trésorier. Et le gagnant de l'élection de cette année est... Daniel Pocock !

Daniel Pocock est arrivé premier parmi sept candidats, avec un auto-portrait sur notre page wiki dédiée aux élections de la Fellowship 2017 et en participant à l'interview public. Malheureusement deux dates différentes avaient été annoncées pour cet interview mais le journal des discussions est accessibles en ligne à tous ceux qui l'aurait manqué.

La FSFE aimerait remercier Nicolas Dietrich, ancien représentant de la Fellowship, pour ses contributions durant les deux dernières années et accueillir le nouveau représentant Daniel Pocock. Vous trouverez les conclusions personnelles de Daniel sur son blog.

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Qu'avons-nous fait d'autres ? À l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la FSFE Du 26 au 28 avril, l'atelier annuel juridique Licence et Logiciel libre de la FSFE ( Legal and Licensing workshop - LLW ) a pris place à Barcelone, en Espagne. Cette année nous avons rassemblé 120 experts juridiques de toute la planète pour partager leurs connaissances et leurs expériences durant les 3 jours de l'événement. Celui-ci a accueilli plus de 35 présentations sur de nombreuses questions juridiques, de l'open data à l'outillage, aux brevets logiciels ou encore aux défis existants pour l'utilisation des licences du Logiciel Libre. Armijn Hemel et Shane Coughlan, membres de l'équipe juridique de la FSFE, ont publié un guide pour les startups, les TPE et les ingénieurs sur la "Conformité pratique à la GPL" [En]. Ce guide est conçu pour démystifier la conformité à la GPL et pour faciliter le travail de conformité des ingénieurs de façon pratique. La Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie, la région la plus peuplée d'Allemagne, organise des élections générales le 14 mai 2017. La FSFE s'est jointe à une "coalition de la connaissance Libre" qui a lancé pour la première fois un "Digital-o-Mat". Le "Digital-o-Mat" est un outil pour aider les électeurs concernés par les droits et libertés numérique à décider pour quel parti voter durant ces élections. Huit questions guident l'utilisateur à se décider selon ses préférences sur des sujets importants concernant la société numérique - par exemple sur des questions relatives à l'utilisation du Logiciel Libre, à l'Open Data ou aux Ressources Éducatives Ouvertes. Après avoir tout complété, les utilisateurs découvrent quel parti correspond le mieux à leurs préférences et peuvent ensuite accéder à des explications détaillées des positions du parti sur chaque sujet. L'interface pour la Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie est en Allemand, toutefois le logiciel de base est un Logiciel Libre et donc libre à adopter pour d'autres cas. Sur l'aggrégateur de blog de la FSFE, nous avons assisté à un dialogue intéressant entre notre directeur exécutif, Jonas Öberg, qui considère que parfois vous pouvez utiliser des logiciels propriétaires pour faire avancer le Logiciel Libre mais vous devez avoir conscience du risque que ça se retourne contre nous, et Daniel Pocock, notre nouveau représentant de la Fellowship, qui a répondu avec "le risque du logiciel propriétaire" et que "l'absence d'accord pourrait être mieux qu'un mauvais accord" signifiant que si vous ne pouvez pas réaliser quelque chose avec du Logiciel Libre, vous devriez juste envisager de ne pas le faire. Paul Hänsch, un des administrateurs systèmes de la FSFE, a organisé la toute première réunion physique des soignants du wiki. Les soignants du wiki sont une équipe de volontaires qui aide à organiser l'information dans le wiki et à faciliter la contribution pour les autres. Durant le dernier semestre la surveillance montre que 9 régions italiennes ont réduit leur publicité, sur leurs sites, des lecteurs PDF propriétaires et qu'une région a accru le support pour les lecteurs PDF libre. Le directeur exécutif de la FSFE,Jonas Öberg, a blogué sur "une nouvelle compréhension de la gestion des organismes sans but lucratif" et il utilise cette nouvelle compréhension pour analyser les caractéristiques de la FSFE dans son usage de la technocratie, de la hiérarchie, de l'innovation et de ses orientations. Jonas termine son analyse avec quelques réflexions sur comment il aimerait voir la FSFE évoluer. La FSFE était présente avec des stands à la Linke Medien Akademie à Berlin en Allemagne, à la 16ème Augsburger Linux Info Tag à Augsburg en Allemagne, à FOSS North à Göteborg en Suède et au Linuxtage à Graz en Autriche. Aidez-nous à améliorer notre lettre d'information

Si vous voyez des nouvelles que devrait être incluses, faites nous les suivre. Si vous souhaitez partager des idées, envoyez les nous. L'adresse est toujours newsletter@fsfe.org. Nous attendons de vos nouvelles !

Merci à tous les bénévoles, soutiens et donateurs qui rendent notre travail possible.

Vos éditeurs, Erik Albers et Polina Malaja FSFE

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And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is ...

lun, 24/04/2017 - 19:00
And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is… Election results

… Daniel Pocock! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on April 24, 2017. FSFE is proud to have such an interested and active community to have had seven outstanding candidates who were running for office this time. Now, Daniel Pocock is happy to take over the GA's Fellowship seat from former representative Nicolas Dietrich.

Thanks to all candidates and Fellows who participated in the process and interesting discussions. You made this a valuable experience for the FSFE and our community. We had a voter participation of 17,23% this time.

Please see FSFE's wiki for more background about 2017's candidates, including our public hustings. You can alse see the detailed Fellowship elections results.

Result details 1234567 1. Daniel Pocock -110 123 121 139 166 125 2. Carsten Agger 99 -119 123 134 163 130 3. Florian Snow 88 92 -121 127 153 124 4. Maurice Verheesen 79 85 82 -105 138 112 5. Patrick Moelands 53 58 63 67 -126 101 6. Joe Awni 39 39 44 52 50 -79 7. Thomas Kandler 14 13 13 20 19 38 -

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Digital-o-Mat: Campaigning for freedom in the state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia

mar, 18/04/2017 - 19:00
Digital-o-Mat: Campaigning for freedom in the state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populated state which is having its next general elections on May 14, 2017. For this election, a "coalition of Free knowledge" developed for the first time a "Digital-o-Mat". The "Digital-o-Mat" is a tool to help those voters who are concerned about digital rights and freedoms, to decide about which party to vote for. Therefor, eight questions guide any user to choose his own preferences on important topics about the digital society - like questions about the use of Free Software, Open Data or Open Educational Resources. After filling them out, a user will see which party matches best with his own preferences and he can additionally browse detailed explanations on the party's positions.

The "coalition of Free knowledge" is an alliance of different NGOs who care about freedom in the digital age, including the Free Software Foundation Europe. The tool is Free Software, the version for the elections in North Rhine-Westphalia in German. More detailed background-information in German in Erik Albers' blog.

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Digital-o-Mat: Campaigning for freedom in the state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia

mar, 18/04/2017 - 19:00
North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populated state which is having its next general elections on May 14, 2017. For this election, a "coalition of Free knowledge" developed for the first time a "Digital-o-Mat". The "Digital-o-Mat" is a tool to help those voters who are concerned about digital rights and freedoms, to decide about which party to vote for. Therefor, eight questions guide any user to choose his own preferences on important topics about the digital society - like questions about the use of Free Software, Open Data or Open Educational Resources. After filling them out, a user will see which party matches best with his own preferences and he can additionally browse detailed explanations on the party's positions. The "coalition of Free knowledge" is an alliance of different NGOs who care about freedom in the digital age, including the Free Software Foundation Europe. The tool is Free Software, the version for the elections in North Rhine-Westphalia in German. More detailed background-information in German in Erik Albers' blog.

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FSFE Newsletter - April 2017

mar, 04/04/2017 - 19:00
FSFE Newsletter - April 2017Free Software in the German OGP action plan

Last December, Germany joined the Open Government Partnership and now has until June 2017 to develop and decide on an action plan. Increased transparency and continuous reporting, governmental effectiveness and citizen-friendly administration are all part of the goals of Open Government.

The FSFE has worked together with other organisations and the "working group OGP" Germany to summarise the topic of Free Software in the Open Government context and provide concrete action items, along with a short but illuminating introduction into the topic and a vision for 2030. The recommendations were submitted to the German government in March.

The proposal was the outcome of a workshop, held by the German Government in February, with the contribution of numerous civil society representatives, including the FSFE. By publishing our suggestions, we hope to enable civil society actors worldwide to learn about the OGP discussion in Germany and use these suggestions in other countries.

Help us grow and make a difference in 2017 https://fsfe.org/join

What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE In the Dutch elections, Freedomvote.nl, initiated by the Dutch FSFE group, compared party positions on digital freedom and not only helped voters to make up their minds, but also gave a taste of what to expect by the newly elected parties' digital policies. Last month, we welcomed as an associated organisation, Dyne.org - a non-profit think/do tank with more than 10 years of expertise in developing Free Software tools and narratives for community empowerment. On March 7, Matthias Kirschner put the spotlight on LiMux at the talk he gave at the 58. Netzpolitischer Abend in Berlin, and on March 28, he shared his views with the audience at the ISCTE–University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal concerning ways to empower people to use technology. Matthias also participated in a longer podcast in German about LiMux. On March 11-12, the FSFE returned to Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, Germany's biggest Free Software conference, held in the University of Chemnitz. We arranged an information booth and Max Mehl spoke about the developments around the EU Radio "Lockdown" Directive. On March 20, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Polina Malaja and Lusy Vaseva presented the FSFE's Position Paper for the endorsement of Free Software and Open Standards in Horizon 2020 and all publicly-funded research and facilitated a discussion about the role of Free Software in Open Science at the Open Science Barcamp in Berlin. The winners of the 2016 Free Software Awards were announced by the Free Software Foundation during the LibrePlanet 2017 conference. The Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to SecureDrop, an anonymous whistleblowing platform, maintained by Freedom of the Press Foundation, while the Award for the Advancement of Free Software went to Alexandre Oliva, an advocate of Free Software and the GNU Project. The Vienna FSFE group held an information booth at Veganmania indoor festival 2017. Jonas Öberg wrote about the the need to work more with governments and local municipalities in order to encourage uptake of Free Software friendly policies in procurement and development of IT systems. The FSFE policy team has intensified its efforts in this direction and asks for everyone's support. If you're interested in discussions about Free Software on Android, you can join FSFE's android mailing list, which Matthias Kirschner highlighted in his introduction to installing Signal without a Google account or Google Play. In February, we celebrated the "I Love Free Software day" for the 8th consecutive year. People all over the world used the occasion to declare their love and affection not only towards their significant other, but to the whole Free Software community. This year's celebrations had everything: a FOSDEM photobooth in Brussels, letters and flowers for the German Parliament, light projections in the streets of Berlin and Frankfurt, creative artworks, a bright program of IloveFS events, funny memes, songs, microblogging as well as longer blogposts from individuals, politicians and supporting organisations. Are you currently a student? Is an internship a compulsory part of your studies curriculum? Are you fluent in German and English and interested in the politics around Free Software? Then, check our new intern vacancy announcement, for a position in our office in Berlin, from June till October 2017. And don't forget, that we're still able to accept additional student interns for 2017. Apply now and don't miss the opportunity to become part of a great international and diverse team, based in Berlin! Get active

Fellowship elections 2017: According to our constitution, two seats in the General Assembly are reserved for elected representatives of our Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election every year. The electoral process 2017 covers the period from April 10 till April 24. Eight candidates are running for office in the FSFE's General Assembly. You can find the list of candidates, along with their manifestos and background as well as the election schedule and voting procedure, in our dedicated Fellowship Election 2017 page. All Fellows eligible to vote will automatically receive an email with all necessary information.

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If you see some news you think should be included, forward it to us. If you'd like to share any thoughts, send them to us. The address is as always newsletter@fsfe.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks to all volunteers, supporters and donors who make our work possible.

your editors Jonas Öberg, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Lusy Vaseva FSFE

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Fellowship elections 2017 with eight candidates

mar, 28/03/2017 - 19:00
According to our constitution, two seats in the General Assembly are reserved for elected representatives of our Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election every year. The current representatives are Nicolas Dietrich and Mirko Boehm; Nicolas's term is coming to an end and his seat will be up for re-election this April. The election period runs from April 10 to April 24, 2017, with eight candidates eligible for election. The list of candidates, along with their manifestos and background, can be found at the election wiki page. In addition, a moderated hustings will be held on March 30, 5:30 PM UTC to 7:30 PM UTC in #fsfe at irc.freenode.net. Detailed schedule and instructions may be found at the election wiki page. All orderly Fellows eligible to vote will also receive detailed voting instructions by e-mail in due course.

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Input about Free Software for German OGP action plan published

lun, 27/03/2017 - 19:00
Input about Free Software for German OGP action plan published

Today the civil society "working group OGP (Open Government Partnership) Germany" (Arbeitskreis OGP Deutschland) published its input for a German OGP action plan. The goal of the Open Government actions is to increase transparency, citizen friendlyness, reporting, and effectiveness of governments and administrations. The input, which was already handed over to the German Government on 20 March, consists of 30 Open Government topics, including a section about Free Software.

In December 2016 Germany joined the Open Government Partnership. Until June 2017 a German action plan is to be developed and decided by the German government.

To achieve this, on 17 February 2017 the German government invited representatives from the civil society to a workshop to develop input for a German action plan for the upcoming two years. After the workshop members of civil society groups further developed the suggestions published today. In the weeks to come the German federal ministries will examine the different suggestions, debate internally, and draft a national action plan with concrete goals. There will also be another workshop to discuss the goals between administrations and the civil society (see the German timetable for the action plan by the German Government).

The OGP action plan will not just address the federal government but should also affect administrations in the German federal states and municipalities.

Input from the civil society about Free/Open Source Software

The Free Software Foundation Europe worked together with other German Free Software organisations and the "working group OGP Germany" to summarise the topic of Free Software in the Open Government context and develop concrete action items for the government.

By publishing the input we hope to enable civil society actors around the world to learn about the OGP discussion in Germany, adapt suggestions to other countries' contexts, and to enable people to give further input to the German debate.

Below a rough translation of our input originally written in German. (The full submission is available in German at the website for the workgroup OGP.)

Introduction into the topic

Open Government offers the possibility to make the activities of the state more persistent and plausible for its citizens. Open software achieves this with its open/free licensing which is proved as an international standard. The "Open Government Toolbox" sums up 1928 IT projects from 523 organisations to help in the transition to Open Government. The spectrum of this stunning collection shows the potential of Open Government software. From data visualisation to participation tools and on up to tools for local urban initiatives, numerous projects for administration and civil society are already freely accessible.

Recycling: Open Software can be used for various purposes and can be re-used. Once it is developed in the scope of a governmental tender, the software code can then be used by other administrations for similar problems. A good example is "Fix My Street": originally developed as a reporting tool for damage on roads in the United Kingdom, it is now also being used in Switzerland, Ireland, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Uganda and Uruguay. As additionally developed extensions to the software and user experiences are shared between nations, all users benefit from the increasing use. Independence: The use of Open Software offers more opportunities for procurement and selection of partners. A strategic "lock-in", a dependency on certain vendors, is avoided as the code can be maintained by other market competitors as well. Neutrality of platforms: With open standards the public authorities can achieve more platform neutrality. Thereby they are no longer dependent on certain vendors and can choose a new one at any time. Transparency: While conventional government software is a blackbox and is a proprietary secret, the source code of Open Government software is basically always available. Participation: The Open Source code combined with a free license allows synergies of government agencies (with civil society), enterprises and citizens. Software provided by the state can be maintained and used by external users - and vice versa. Open Government software projects initiated by the state give an impetus for collaborative projects where various perspectives from administration, civil society, enterprises and citizens come together.

For the implementation of the Open Government road map, new software will be developed. Open Government software should be accessible under a suitable Free/Open license [1] to enable re-use and sharing of solutions between authorities, companies and citizens.

Our vision until 2030:

Federal, regional and local administrations share their solutions with other administrations, companies and civil society. For new solutions, the participants can refer to a collection of pre-existing solutions, re-use and improve these and share them with everyone. All solutions guarantee use independent of the used platform. Neither citizens, companies nor administrations should be technically discriminated against. These German software solutions enjoy an excellent reputation in administrations, civil society, and commercial enterprises around the world. People enjoy using them and they are further developed by other programming groups. Therefore this results in investment protection and a higher sustainability for the public sector, which will be developed further by third-parties, even if individual German administrative authorities opt for other solutions.

Further information sources and links: [1] Free/Open Source licensing model: See also the list of the Free Software Foundation and of the Open Source Initiative OGP Toolbox EU Joinup solutions USA Portal Code.Gov UK: Proof of concept Fixmystreet UK - Fixmystreet OGS EUPL Introduction into "Software Freedom" by FSFE Suggestions for commitments by the workshop for a NAP two-pager Level 1: Suggestions for organising the process Establishment of an expert group, containing members of federal, state and municipal administrations for re-use and sharing of open software for the state and the administration (Re-use and Share OSS). Therefore, at least twice a year, an internal dialogue can take place. There, the group can tap into the topic of Open Source software and understand it in terms of overlapping administrative needs. Due to this overlap, employees from all levels of the public administrations should be utilised as contributors and architects, and encouraged to integrate, share, and promote more re-use of the administration's software. Establishment of a workgroup with members from administration, civil society and companies for re-use and sharing of Free Software for the state and the administration. The workshop should take place at least twice a year to enable an exchange to listen to each other and receive feedback by the civil society for further conceptional development. There should be a strong link between the workgroup and the referring expert group (see paragraph above) in the administration. Thereby a transfer of knowledge into the public administration, and indirectly into politics, is ensured. Commissioning of a study running until December 2018 to do basic research about the cooperation in public administrations in usage of free/open software. It should consider both users and business/development associations so that national and international knowledge and practical experience from study and usage are taken into account. The full potential, with the help of workshops (Collaborative Design), should be outlined. With this approach, all relevant perspectives and proposals for implementation are available for the second National Action Plan. Conducting two "Plug Fest" events in Germany until 2018 as Open Collaborative Workshops, where special departments of local authorities can be brought into technical dialogue with providers of document editing solutions. With those multi stakeholder events many countries in Europe have made positive experiences for increasing interoperability. Commission of a scientific study about open standards and open interfaces in public administrations (including open document formats) by June of 2018. With this the national and international knowledge and practical experience (Germany: SAGA 5.1.0, EU, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Netherlands) will be taken into account. The full potential with the help of workshops (Collaborative Design) should be outlined so all relevant possibilities and proposals should be available for the second National Action Plan. Commission of an evaluation study about the accessibility and platform neutrality of public web interfaces by the federal authorities until January 2018. Through this we can achieve transparency about how certain user groups are technically discriminated against by the websites of the authorities and how these sites are accessible regardless of used devices. Based on this evaluation, best practices will be introduced simultaneously. Also, basic principles acting as suggestions for creating accessible and vendor-neutral websites for authorities as well as for public institutions will be presented. Level 2: Precise legislative steps and regulation requirements Establishment of the EU ISA2 law regarding the platform neutrality in the acquisition of web service until 2019, so that citizens can use public sector services regardless of the technology used by the citizens (Operating systems: Mac OS, Linux, Windows, Android / Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer.../ Hardware: Tablet, Desktop-PC, Smartphone, Thin Internet Client). Proposal for a law to set up a national software archive by 2019 which clarifies where German authorities and suppliers should deposit and store (long-term-archive) the source code, documentation, interface specifications and database schemes of their software solutions. This enables security checks and the preservation of our digital cultural heritage. Level 3: Minimal measures (Mandatory programme) Software, which is being commissioned or developed in the course of realising the OGP action plan, should re-use free/open software components and should be made accessible on the EU software platform joinup and in the "OGP Toolbox" for other governments, companies and the civil society. Capacity-generating measures for the participation of Germany in the further development of the Free/Open Source Software Contributor Policy Template in the OGP (Bulgaria, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have already pledged to do this). Until mid 2018 evaluation of which software, of those created during the implementation of the IT-planning council's action plan for 2017, can be made available in the OGP Toolbox under a free/open license by 2019. (See Action Plan) Federal government, federal states, and municipalities should communicate information about the cooperation between the authorities and other participants regarding software solutions to the EU portal Joinup for publication. This will make this kind of cooperation more popular and persuades other entities to participate.

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PraktikantIn für Kampagne zur Bundestagswahl gesucht

lun, 20/03/2017 - 19:00
PraktikantIn für Kampagne zur Bundestagswahl gesucht

Die Free Software Foundation Europe (https://fsfe.org) ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der Menschen im selbstbestimmten Umgang mit Technik unterstützt. Dazu helfen wir Menschen und Organisationen dabei, zu verstehen, wie Freie Software zu Freiheit, Transparenz und Selbstbestimmung in der digitalen Gesellschaft beiträgt. Unsere Arbeit und Mission wird von einigen Angestellten und vielen Freiwilligen aus ganz Europa unterstützt und ermöglicht. Für unser Büro in Berlin suchen wir aktuell eine PraktikantIn (m/w), die uns in der Vorbereitung der Bundestagswahl unterstützt. Wir sind ein gemischtes, internationales Team und diskriminieren nicht nach Geschlecht, Herkunft, Hintergrund oder sonstigen Nebensächlichkeiten.

Deine Aufgaben: Du hilfst uns, unsere "Ask Your Candidates"-Kampagnen-Seiten auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen und im Zuge dessen auch die Struktur und das Design zu überarbeiten. Du hilfst uns, unsere verschiedenen Werkzeuge, die wir für Wahlen entwickelt haben, zu dokumentieren. Du unterstützt unsere Bundestagskampagne 2017. Dazu gehört unter anderem die Analyse von Wahlprogrammen, das Verfassen von Nachrichten, Koordination mit Freiwilligen und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für unser Software-Tool. Du unterstützt unsere täglichen Prozesse im Büro und mit der Community. Was wir Dir bieten: Die Arbeit in einer jungen, europäischen NGO mit Büro im Herzen Berlins. Die Möglichkeit, eigene Ideen einzubringen und mitzugestalten. Eine Arbeitsumgebung voll mit Freier Software, sowie die Möglichkeit, mit Freie-Software-Experten aus ganz Europa zusammen zu arbeiten. Die Einarbeitung und Betreuung durch erfahrene Mitarbeiter (Mentor). Was Du mitbringen solltest: Interesse an Politik, Gesellschaft und neuen Technologien. Vorzugsweise hast Du einen politik- oder sozialwissenschaftlichen Hintergrund. Spaß am Texten! Darunter E-Mails, Dokumentationen, Nachrichten, Newsletter, Kampagnenseiten und mehr. Spaß an Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. Es ist ein Pluspunkt, wenn Du schon Erfahrungen in dieser Richtung hast. Du sprichst und schreibst fließend Deutsch und Englisch. Ein Grundverständnis von (Internet-) Technologien oder die Bereitschaft, sie zu lernen. Insbesondere Linux, HTML, CSS und Wiki. Metadaten:Ort: Schönhauser Allee 6-7, 10119 Berlin Dauer: 1. Juni bis 31. Oktober (5 Monate). Sollte der Zeitraum für Dich aus irgendeinem Grund leicht angepasst werden müssen, ist dies auch möglich. Am wichtigsten ist die Kernzeit der Bundestagswahl: Juli/August und September. Vergütung: 450 Euro im Monat und die Möglichkeit, Deine eigenen Stärken zu finden. Wie du Dich bewirbst:

Bitte sende Deine Bewerbung in Englisch (!) mit kurzem Motivationsschreiben und Lebenslauf im PDF Format per E-Mail mit der Referenz "BTW-17" an contact@fsfe.org.

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Wenn du noch Fragen hast, kannst du dich damit jederzeit an Erik Albers wenden (https://fsfe.org/about/albers/).

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#ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

mar, 14/03/2017 - 19:00
#ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

On Tuesday 14th of February, the "I Love Free Software" day was celebrated for its seventh consecutive year, in what can now be called a tradition. This day has become a special day for people all around the world to declare their love and affection not only to their partner but also to the whole Free Software community.

The FSFE would like to thank everybody who participated during this year’s #ilovefs campaign. Thank you for taking the time to show your appreciation to the people that make Free Software possible: the developers, designers, testers, translators and projects that work hard every day to preserve our freedoms. And thanks to everybody for your pictures, videos, blogs and news posted during the 14th, before or after. Because of you, the #ilovefs campaign has become an authentic success.

FOSDEM: Find your way into love

The first love signs were shown at FOSDEM in the beginning of February. This year we held again our IloveFS photobooth and many people, (but don't assume only people) posed in front of our camera in order to confess their love for their favourite Free Software projects, colleagues and community contributors (see our full gallery). When we asked them why they love FS, words such as Free Society, Democracy and Freedom were repeatedly written on our black chalkboards. Who said, you cannot love and be wise at the same time?

Love for Mozilla at FOSDEM

In this ambient full of love, we also distributed around 20 IloveFS packages to Free Software projects present at FOSDEM. Each package included a variety of stickers, leaflets, balloons and a paper with creative ideas in order to grant some inspiration to all those considering to participate in this year's celebrations.

Letters 'n' Roses

Roses and letters ready to be delivered to the German Paliament

631 is the number of elected MPs in the German Parliament. This is also the number of letters and flowers that FSFE volunteers and staff prepared and delivered to every single one of them for the IloveFS Day. The main aim was to use this occasion to raise awareness among parliamentarians and invite candidates - in advance of the German elections taking place this autumn - to support Free Software and endorse the idea of "Public Money Public Code". But no, this is not all...

Berlin and Frankfurt love Free Software to bits

The FSFE volunteers, based in Berlin did not stop there! They chose to combine once again political activism with their love for Free Software and spent a night in the streets of Berlin with a light projector and thought-provoking love messages on the German Parliament, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Berlin Wall and other places of public interest. In the end, even the Berlin Astronaut admitted the universe's love for Free Software.

"Public Money Public Code" projection on the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

On the very same night of the 14th, some Pirates of Hesse also took part in the beamer action and displayed messages of Free Software affection all around Frankfurt.

14th

And finally, the big day has arrived. During Tuesday, 14 February, people all around the world expressed their appreciation to Free Software and the people that make it possible, in many ways, including blog posts, pictures, news items, microblogs and funny memes. Keeping with the cheesy theme, heart-shaped specially decorated chocolates could not be missing from such a day.

@JCR_Internet posting this beautiful We <3 FS graphic

The day was full of love for Free Software projects and developers. For example, Femgeeks wrote about their love for the Lineage OS. The FSF asked people to become each other's cryptovalentines by setting up private and encrypted communication with GnuPG. Others showed their love to GNU/Linux, Ikiwiki and git annex

Also, we were really happy to see that many organisations, coming from different backgrounds and regions, decided to promote the “I love Free Software” campaign from their respective websites. Medialab Prado, in Madrid, organised activities to promote the use of Free Software during the whole day. The artist Elektroll, decided to show his appreciation for Free Software projects with this wonderful artwork. OSB Alliance informed about FSFE's activities and promoted love for Free Software on its page. In general, we would like to thank all the organisations who decided to promote "I Love Free Software" day, like: Ansol, Xarxanet, Punt Tic, Linux Today, Gizlogic and many others. Some Free Software projects took the occasion to send a special ‘thank you’ to their hard working communities, like KDE Spain, The Document Foundation or Framasoft.

Member of the European Parliement, Jan Philipp Albrecht, sending some love to Free Software

Julia Reda, Member of European Parliament, did not miss the chance to show her support for Free Software by calling out Munich to stay with LiMux. Also Green MEP, Jan Philipp Albrecht, posted on twitter about his love for Free Software and the FSFE. In their website GrünDigital, the German Greens expressed their political support for the Free Software community. As did the Pirate Party Hesse, calling for the use of Free Software in public administrations.

Yoda showing #ilovefs

In his blog, FSFE’s president, Matthias Kirschner dedicated his #ilovefs thank you to Free Software contributors in the public administrations. Erik Albers, FSFE's community builder, prepared a blog with nice memes of classic philosophers and their vision on Free Software. While, Max Mehl, our Germany Coordinator, blogged about his new favourite email client, astroid.

We hope all Free Software contributors out there feel even more motivated after this year's #ilovefs day. Our own conclusion? "Build Free Software - Not walls", because in the Free Software world, different languages do not divide us. Instead, our love for freedom unites us all.

We encourage everybody to mark next year's February 14 as "I Love Free Software" day to continue this lovely campaign. Nevertheless, don't forget: each and every day is the perfect day to show your appreciation to Free Software and its contributors, by using, studying, sharing and improving it.

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FSFE Newsletter - March 2017

lun, 13/03/2017 - 19:00
FSFE Newsletter - March 2017The Chronicles of LiMux

In February, the news about LiMux shook the world. LiMux, a project run by the city of Munich and completed in 2013, constitutes one of the finest examples of vendor-neutral administration based on Free Software; during its execution phase, 15,000 personal computers and laptops used by public administrations were migrated to Free Software.

In a surprise move, a coalition of parties filed a motion with minimal lead time before the city council, asking for the abolishment of the project and the return into proprietary solutions.

The response by the community was immediate and formidable. FSFE's Deputy Coordinator for Germany, Björn Schießle, describes what followed. An ad-hoc coalition was formed by the FSFE, the Document Foundation, KDE and OSBA, collecting questions around the motion and its related processes. Members of the city council were contacted prior to the public hearing and FSFE supporters in Germany and Austria were invited to engage, contacting politicians on the issue. Media coverage in multiple languages was additionally created.

During the public hearing, participating parties quoted some of our questions, and admitted they had never before received so much input from the public. The result of the hearing was a modified motion passed on February 15, calling the administration to propose a strategy for the unification of the city's client-side IT architecture by the end of 2020, building on a yet-to-be-developed proprietary client and guaranteeing maximal compatibility with the existing solutions.

The FSFE does not claim LiMux has solved all the problems. However, we do claim these problems are mostly of organisational nature, and as such must be disconnected from the technical side. Public infrastructure must remain independent of single software vendors, and invest into common assets, which are provided by Free Software.

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What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE For #IloveFS, André translated the Free Software song. After last year's successful pre-FOSDEM meeting, the FSFE and OpenForum Europe continued the tradition of bringing together active Free Software stakeholders during a prior to FOSDEM public policy related event. This year's meeting offered the opportunity to individual citizens and decision-makers to exchange their views on the basis of practical first-hand information concerning Free Software in public policy. For 16 years, FSFE has been present at FOSDEM with a booth, numerous volunteers and staff. Reinhard Müller, FOSDEM booth coordinator, describes in his report the great atmosphere among the booth volunteers and how an outstanding amount of merchandise and promotional material was distributed during the 2 days of the event. In 2016, Europe welcomed three new umbrella organizations for Free Software (and hardware) projects: Public Software CIC, The Commons Conservancy, and the Center for the Cultivation of Technology. Standing by the needs of the community, the brand-new organisations provide a legal entity for projects to join, with regards to donations, accounting, grants, legal compliance, or even sophisticated governance. These administrative services allow projects to focus on technical and community matters. Get active

We're still able to accept additional student interns for 2017. If you're currently studying and are required to do an internship as part of your studies, or if you've not yet graduated and want to do a voluntary internship, you should apply now.

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Thanks to all volunteers, supporters and donors who make our work possible.

your editors Olga Gkotsopoulou and Jonas Öberg FSFE

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FSFE Lettre d'information - Mars 2017

lun, 13/03/2017 - 19:00
FSFE Lettre d'information - Mars 2017Les chroniques de LiMux

En février, les nouvelles de LiMux ont bouleversé le monde. LiMux est un projet de la ville de Munich mis en place en 2013. Celui-ci est un des plus beaux exemples d'une administration publique indépendante de ses fournisseurs grâce aux Logiciels Libres. Pendant sa mise en œuvre 15000 ordinateurs (fixe et portable) utilisés par l'administration publique ont été migrés vers du Logiciel Libre.

À la surprise générale, une coalition a très rapidement soumis une motion devant le conseil de la ville demandant la suppression du projet et le retour des solutions propriétaires.

La réponse de la communauté à été immédiate et formidable. Le coordinateur associé pour l'Allemagne, Björn Schießle, décrit ce qui a suivit. Une coalition spéciale a été formée par la FSFE, la Document Foundation, KDE et OSBA, recueillant les questions sur la motion et les processus liés. Des membres du conseil ont été contactés avant l’audience publique et les soutiens de la FSFE en Allemagne et en Autriche ont été invité à s'engager en contactant les politiciens sur cette question. Une couverture médiatique dans de nombreuses langues en a résulté.

Pendant l'audience publique, les participants ont cités certaines de nos questions, et ont admis qu'ils n'avaient jamais reçu autant d'information du public. L'audience a résulté en une motion modifié, votée le 15 février, demandant à l'administration de proposer une stratégie pour l'unification de l'architecture informatique côté client d'ici fin 2020. Celle-ci devant s'appuyer sur un futur client propriétaire et garantir une compatibilité maximale avec les solutions existantes.

La FSFE n'affirme pas que LiMux a résolu tous les problèmes. Cependant, nous affirmons que ces problèmes sont principalement de nature organisationnel et, en tant que tel, déconnecté des questions techniques. L'infrastructure publique doit rester indépendante d'un unique vendeur de logiciel et investir dans les biens communs, fournis par le Logiciel Libre.

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Qu'avons-nous fait d'autres ? Dans et en dehors de la FSFE Pour #IloveFS, André a traduitla chanson "the Free Software song". Après le succés de la réunion pré-FOSDEM de l'année dernière, la FSFE et l'OpenForum Europe ont perpétué la tradition de rassembler les partis prenantes actives du Logiciel Libre durant un événement pré-FOSDEM dédié aux politiques publiques. La réunion de cette année offrait l'opportunité aux citoyens et aux décideurs d'échanger leurs points de vue, sur la base d'information pratique de première main sur le Logiciel Libre dans les politiques publiques. Pour la 16éme année, la FSFE a tenu un stand à au FOSDEM avec de nombreux bénévoles et employés. Reinhard Müller, le coordinateur du stand de la FSFE raconte dans son rapport la merveilleuse atmosphère parmi les bénévoles du stand et la quantité impressionnante de produits et de matériel promotionnel qui a été distribués durant cet événement de deux jours. En 2016, l'Europe a accueillie trois nouvelles organisations pour les projets de Logiciel (et matériel) Libre : Public Software CIC, The Commons Conservancy et le 'Center for the Cultivation of Technology". Constituées pour répondre aux besoin de la communauté, ces toutes nouvelles organisations fournissent, pour les projets qui le souhaitent, une entité juridique pour les donations, la comptabilité, les subventions, la conformité juridique ou même une infrastructure de gouvernance. Ces services administratifs permettent aux projets de se concentrer sur les domaines techniques et communautaires. Agissez

Nous pouvons encore accepter de nouveaux étudiants en stage pour 2017. Si vous étudiez actuellement et que vous devez effectuer un stage pour vos études, ou si vous n'avez pas encore terminé vos études et souhaitez faire un stage volontaire, vous pouvez candidater dès maintenant..

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Merci à tous les bénévoles, soutiens et donateurs qui rendent notre travail possible,

vos éditeurs Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou et Jonas Öberg, FSFE

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