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[News] FSF Starts New Campaign; FSFE Founder Launches Open Database Alliance

  • Subject: [News] FSF Starts New Campaign; FSFE Founder Launches Open Database Alliance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:46:29 +0100
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Why is free software important to you? Submit your response to
our new video campaign!

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| At the Women in Free Software Summit and the 
| Boston celebration of Software Freedom Day 
| 2009, FSF kicked off a new video testimonial 
| campaign. See how it went, and help support 
| the campaign by submitting a video response 
| to these questions!


What Iâve been doing: New Opportunities.

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| And finally there is the issue of promoting 
| commercial activity around a Free Software 
| technology segment based on an equal footing 
| where all companies have the same starting 
| position and none is more equal than others. 
| This is something that Iâve been thinking of 
| for quite some time now, starting from some 
| initial thoughts in 1999 towards the idea of 
| the GNU Business Network, and so were many 
| others such as Simon Phipps who recently 
| brought this back on the agenda.
| So when I heard of the idea of combining all 
| these aspects into a new kind of Free 
| Software organization, I was intrigued, then 
| curious, and quickly convinced to help bring 
| this about. What followed were several weeks 
| of rather frantic but highly rewarding 
| activity.
| The results of this work have just become 
| visible with the re-launched web site of the 
| Open Database Alliance, which has been 
| incorporated as an association under Swiss 
| law and also just launched its Weblog and 
| Identi.ca channels. 


Windows 7 to hit consumers with known security problem

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| FSFE: Microsoft's neglect highlights value 
| of Free Software
| Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 
| 7, is currently shipping with a potentially 
| serious defect. Ahead of the product's 
| global launch on Thursday, Germany's federal 
| IT security agency (BSI) has issued a 
| warning [1] about a high-risk vulnerability 
| in the SMB2 protocol. This can be exploited 
| over the network to shut down a computer 
| with a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.



Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission

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| For desktop applications, FSFE argues that the software
| monopolist must release interoperability information in
| such a way that it can be used in Free Software. The
| company must also make a binding commitment not to
| enforce its patents against Free Software. That would
| prevent Microsoft from using Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
| (FUD) to keep rivals from making use of the information.

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