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Authorities should include freedoms when deciding on software

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Member of the European Parliament, Amelia Andersdotter, wants public administrations to consider software freedom as one of the reasons to select new ICT solutions. Authorities should base their choice at least partially on the freedoms the software gives to their citizens, enterprises, authorities and schools.

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Lenovo ordered to pay €1920 for making French laptop buyer pay for Windows too

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A French laptop buyer has won a refund from Lenovo after a four-year legal battle over the cost of a Windows license he didn't want. The judgment could open the way for PC buyers elsewhere in Europe to obtain refunds for bundled software they don't want, French campaign group No More Racketware said.

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FSFE's Education Team 2011 Summary

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When I talk to people as a member of FSFE’s education team, there’s always the question what we are actually doing. It is not so easy to come up with something specific. I know we’ve been busy all the time, but ad hoc, it’s difficult for me to name examples, that are worth mentioning. A lot of work that’s being done just doesn’t provide a presentable outcome (more on that below).

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Open Document Standards Mandatory in Hungarian Government

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Hungary's public administrations will by default use open document standards for their electronic documents, as of April this year, the government ministers agreed on 23 December, and all public organisations are encouraged to move to open source office tools. Hungary's government also in December decided to cancel the funding of proprietary office suite licences for all schools.

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Beware: Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited software patents

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The battles seen in the US over software patents could spread to the UK and the rest of Europe if the unitary patent is allowed to come into force

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Puglia region council to approve open source and standards law

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The council of the Italian region of Puglia is about to approve the law proposed last December that will make the use of open source and open standards mandatory for the region's public administrations, according to news reports.

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The European Commission’s locked-in syndrome

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EC migrates to windows 7, contracts made without public call for tender. Explanations confirm lock-in as motivation which is in contradiction with European procurement Directive. A black day for Europe.

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Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

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Fresh action in the European Commission's antitrust proceedings against Microsoft: On May 24, the European Court of Justice conducts a hearing on Microsoft's appeal against the fine. FSFE has participated in the case for a decade and will intervene on the Commission's behalf.

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European Parliamentarians participate in Document Freedom Day

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Members of the European Parliament and their assistants are participating in this year's Document Freedom Day, a 'grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general', according to an announcement on the organisation's website.

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Propriatery Software Industry Lobbies Against EU Consumer Rights Laws

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The goal of the new directive is to consolidate the various consumer rights directives already in place in Europe. In addition, the EU wants to strengthen consumer protection while they're at it, and part of that is ensuring that digital goods are handled just like normal goods.

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UK finally moves on Open Standards

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When it comes to Free Software and Open Standards, the UK has long lagged way behind other countries. There were a few policies that sounded good on paper, but that’s exactly where they stayed. This may be finally changing. The UK Cabinet Office has issued a "procurement policy notice" (.pdf) that is, well, surprising. In a good way.

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European Parliament starts free software user group

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One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of free and open source software in the European Parliament's IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who works in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants working in political groups.

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Software freedom crusader Richard Stallman on European tour

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Dr Richard Stallman, the global crusader for the freedoms of computer users, will be embarking on a lecture tour during February and March.

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French Court of Cassation threatens bundled software

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The French Court of Cassation says European directive regarding unfair commercial practice must be considered when judging bundled software issues. That should help consumers all over Europe to overthrow bundled sales of software with hardware.

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Fellowship interview with Anne Østergaard

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Anne Østergaard is a veteran of the Free Software community, and attended the first Open Source Days, back in 1998. She holds a Law Degree from The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and after a decade in government service, international organisations, and private enterprise, she has become a devoted Free Software advocate.

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