Carsten Agger | 2 Oct 09:02 2011
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Denmark: New government, new opportunities for free software

I posted this on my FSFE blog yesterday and hope I will be forgiven for
reposting it here - maybe it can inspire some input, and I do think this
change of guards represents an important opportunity to put free
software on the agenda in our, albeit very small, country:

http://blogs.fsfe.org/agger/2011/10/01/denmark-new-government-new-opportunities-for-free-software/

Denmark had a general election on September 15th, and this led to the
ouster of the right-of-centre coalition which has governed our country
for ten years now. The next government will be a coalition between
social democrats, a moderate leftist party (SF) and a centrist liberal
parti (Det Radikale Venstre, which actually means “the Radical Left” –
historical reasons, for they are traditionally a very moderate bunch).
From a political perspective, this will hopefully mean the end of ten
years of catering to the extreme, xenophobic right in the guise of the
Danish People’s Party, whose leader Pia Kjærsgaard has easily (and alas!
) and by far been the most powerful political figure in Denmark for
these ten years. Denmark has passed legislation which is so unbelievably
unpleasant and racist in its intent, that you would not believe it
unless you’ve heard about it or been unfortunate enough to experience
it.

But all that’s really off-topic for this blog. If you want, you can read
all about it on Adventures and Japes, a brilliant blog written by an
English school-teacher in a small town in Jutland. So, let’s continue
where we left off: New government, new opportunities.

Denmark has not traditionally been a free software country. Rather, it
has traditionally been solid Microsoft territory. Penetration of free
software solutions is very low compared to many other countries, and
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Sam Tuke | 9 Oct 21:36 2011
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How To Become A Free Software Developer

"Lennart Poettering, the Red Hat developer based out of Berlin who's
responsible for key open-source projects like PulseAudio and systemd,
has offered a presentation on key facts you need to know about becoming
a free software developer/hacker"

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTk3OA

Of course there are many other valuable ways to contribute to Free
Software; development is just one approach.

Thanks,

Sam.
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Matthias Kirschner | 10 Oct 11:01 2011
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Re: How To Become A Free Software Developer

Hi Sam,

* Sam Tuke <samtuke@...> [2011-10-09 20:36:58 +0100]:

> "Lennart Poettering, the Red Hat developer based out of Berlin who's
> responsible for key open-source projects like PulseAudio and systemd,
> has offered a presentation on key facts you need to know about becoming
> a free software developer/hacker"
> 
> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTk3OA
> 
> Of course there are many other valuable ways to contribute to Free
> Software; development is just one approach.

I was there and listen to the talk. Can recommend it.

Regards,
Matthias

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Sam Tuke | 10 Oct 18:43 2011
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Fwd: FYI: Fwd: [GCA] Women & Tech speakers


From: Anna Morris <say.hello.to.anna@...>
Subject: FYI: Fwd: [GCA] Women & Tech speakers
Date: 2011-10-08 08:01:31 GMT



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Subject: [GCA] Women & Tech speakers
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Hi all,

as some of you maybe heard a relatively new political party is hugely
successful in Germany at the moment, the Pirate Party. In the regional
elections in Berlin (city & state) they got 9 percent of the votes and
all the rest of the political landscape is .. amazed. The pirate party
is basically a geek party and there's a lot to be said about them that
I'm not about to get into now.

See e.g.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/18/pirate-party-germany-berlin-election
,
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/world/europe/in-berlin-pirates-win-8-9-percent-of-vote-in-regional-races.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

I'm writing this email because along with being nerds they're almost
100% white male middle class. Of the 15 new members of the Berlin state
parliament 14 are men. There is debate about this, none of it is new
(except for the percentage).

And so.. along with a lot of analysis and suggestions how to change it
(plus some starting to discuss whether or not there's need to change
this), some women in Germany started suggesting that there ARE women in
tech and can talk about it. Since we constantly run into the typical
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Sam Tuke | 11 Oct 13:52 2011
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OwnCloud 2 released today

OwnCloud 2 was released today with a new web interface and many new features.

Freedombox lovers should check out:

http://owncloud.org/announcement/

Thanks,

Sam.
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OwnCloud 2 was released today with a new web interface and many new features.

Freedombox lovers should check out:

http://owncloud.org/announcement/

Thanks,

Sam.
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Jan-Christoph Borchardt | 12 Oct 18:24 2011

Re: OwnCloud 2 released today

Being an ownCloud contributor (interface & experience design) I can only agree. :)

Feel free to try it out on http://demo.owncloud.org

Sam, thank you for spreading the word!


Sam Tuke <samtuke-VaTbYqLCNhc@public.gmane.org> wrote:
OwnCloud 2 was released today with a new web interface and many new features.

Freedombox lovers should check out:

http://owncloud.org/announcement/

Thanks,

Sam.
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Sam Tuke | 17 Oct 15:02 2011
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Free software project provides secure alternative to Skype

Jitsu is a multi-platform Free Software client with tight XMPP + Jingle 
support which, according to this article, works well as a secure Skype 
replacement. It also supports secure video calls, and SIP conference calling 
(see http://jitsi.org/index.php/GSOC2011/ConfCallChatting).

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4190

I'd like to try this out myself some time soon. Perhaps we could use the conf 
call aspect for larger scale participation in FSFE meetings etc.?

Sam.
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Jitsu is a multi-platform Free Software client with tight XMPP + Jingle 
support which, according to this article, works well as a secure Skype 
replacement. It also supports secure video calls, and SIP conference calling 
(see http://jitsi.org/index.php/GSOC2011/ConfCallChatting).

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4190

I'd like to try this out myself some time soon. Perhaps we could use the conf 
call aspect for larger scale participation in FSFE meetings etc.?

Sam.
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Torsten Grote | 17 Oct 15:14 2011
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Re: Free software project provides secure alternative to Skype

On Monday 17 October 2011 15:02:44 Sam Tuke wrote:
> Jitsu is a multi-platform Free Software client with tight XMPP + Jingle
> support which, according to this article, works well as a secure Skype
> replacement.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

It seems that there is even a company [1] behind jijtsi that at least employs 
the project lead.

Torsten

[1] http://bluejimp.com
On Monday 17 October 2011 15:02:44 Sam Tuke wrote:
> Jitsu is a multi-platform Free Software client with tight XMPP + Jingle
> support which, according to this article, works well as a secure Skype
> replacement.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

It seems that there is even a company [1] behind jijtsi that at least employs 
the project lead.

Torsten

[1] http://bluejimp.com
Timo Juhani Lindfors | 17 Oct 16:13 2011
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Re: Free software project provides secure alternative to Skype

Sam Tuke <samtuke@...> writes:
> I'd like to try this out myself some time soon. Perhaps we could use the conf 
> call aspect for larger scale participation in FSFE meetings etc.?

Sounds promising, is this in any distro yet?
Matthias Kirschner | 20 Oct 14:24 2011
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FSFE's policy track and Fellowship meeting at FSCONS

Just for your information, we organise a Fellowship meeting and the
"Free Software in Politics" track at FSCONS. 

On Friday (11-11-11) we will have a full day meeting to prepare the I
love Free Software campaign, the Document Freedom Day, do a PDFreaders
bug sprint, and have a feedback session about our work (see
http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=836). 

On Saturday we have the following talks in our track:

- Sat 10:00 - 10:45 Talk: The water in which we swim - Policy issues
                          around Free Software (Karsten Gerloff)
- Sat 11:00 - 11:45 Talk: Non-free software advertisement presented by
                          your government (Matthias Kirschner)
- Sat 12:00 - 12:45 Talk: Free Software in the Swedish public sector
                          (Daniel Melin)
- Sat 15:15 - 16:00 Talk: Insights in EU Free Software Policy (Erik
                          Josefsson)
- Sat 16:15 - 17:00 Talk: Catch them early - Free Software in education
                          (Guido Arnold)
- Sat 17:15 - 18:00 Workshop: Hands-on decentralization with PageKite
                              (Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson)

See http://my.fscons.org/schedule/track/fs-politics/ for more
information. 

If you have interesting speakers or topics for future events, please let
me know.

Regards,
Matthias

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