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FSFE summit: Why we extend the deadline (Now May 29)

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tl;dr: The deadline of the Call for Participation for the first FSFE European summit is extended to May 29.

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” (multiple sources [2]) And if you organize a large conference for the first time, you have to do a lot of tough predictions. How many people will attend? Who are the interested speakers? What is your community going to organize? A lot of questions whose answers sometimes depend on or influence each other. For example, if a lot of people attend, speakers get interested in talking. Or if the community organises interesting opportunities to share and learn, more people are likely to attend and so forth.

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Call for Participation: FSFE European summit

Enlightening Europe
Enlightening Europe
Imagine a European Union that builds its IT infrastructure on Free Software. Imagine European Member States that exchange information in Open Standards and share their software. Imagine municipalities and city councils that benefit from decentralized and collaborative software under free licenses. Imagine no European is any longer forced to use non-Free Software.

This is the introduction of the Call for Participation of the first FSFE European Summit

Come and be part of an event where local activists gather to change Europe and its politics into using, creating and sharing free technology.

If you like to inspire, sent your submission until May 17

Save the date: September 2 – 4, 2016 – BCC Berlin, Germany
Hashtag: #FSFEsummit – Picture / Logo:

About Cartes – the OSM app inside FirefoxOS marketplace


After my first steps with Firefox OS, this time I looked out for a navigation app because proper navigation is to me among the most important services of a mobile phone. I navigated through Mozillas marketplace and so far there are Cartes, Bing Maps, traffc, Maps Online, Find Me Google, Compass +, zMaps and Easy Taxi. Unfortunately, you do not see which one are Free Software and which not. But, after reading the info-pages inside the market place, I found Cartes to be the only navigation app in the market place so far, that is Free Software. So I gave this one a try.

First, I love a lot that it comes with a very easy-to-use interface that is composed of simply one line where you can enter for example an address that you are looking for. Or two lines in case you look for a route. Basically like itself. This interface is so much easier to use than the one from my beloved Osmand, which has a much more complex and unintuitive interface. Actually, every time I look for an address in Osmand, I wish there would be something like an easy “one line interface” to find the address I am looking for …
However, I think the difference in search usability derives from one of the most important features that Osmand offers and Cartes not, at least not yet: Offline maps and navigation. Offline maps are much more powerful than online searches, they are faster and work without any dependency on your internet connection. Which is especially important when you are travelling and like to have a full navigation system without roaming charges – anywhere in the world. Also I have to admit that Osmand~ offers multiple times more features and functionality than Cartes, for example OpenStreetMap editing on your device.

But hey, Cartes is a good start and I would love to see further development to give Firefox OS users easy-to-use freedom to OpenStreetMap for their navigation instead of being tied to proprietary services. And, as I can see from updates, there is already a “First attempt at offline use, now viewed tiles are cached an can be reused offline”. Thanks, Maël Lavault, keep the good work going.
BTW: Interesting to see, that Cartes can display satellite images? Where does it take it from? Bing?

OpenStreetMap editing “to go” – adding locations to OSM with Android

Since I realized how easy it is to contribute anytime spontaneously to OpenStreetMap with your Android device, I wrote a how-to add locations to OpenStreetMap with Android (or an Android custom-ROM) in my OSM-profile. It is fun, easy and free.
This way I hope to inspire other people to take their mobile once in a while and to map the world together. This blog post is a duplicate of my profile information:

Installing Osmand~

Get F-Droid, the Free Software repository app. You can download the .apk directly from the home page and need to install it on your Android. If you encounter installation/permission problems, you most probably need to trust “unknown sources” first. Don’t panic : ) no harm involved.

F-Droid is an “alternative market place”, that only offers Free Software (as in Freedom). Others call it “Open Source”. For various reasons, Free Software is to be considered a good thing : )

Inside F-Droid, search for “Osmand”

and install “Osmand~”.
Don’t get confused by other apps : )

Get an account for OpenStreetMap

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Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 32C3

Spontaneous"Free your Android" session during 31C3
Spontaneous”Free your Android” session during 31C3

From December 27-30 2015, there will be the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32C3) in the Congress Center of Hamburg where FSFE is happy to host an “assembly”. Such assemblies are community organised spaces inside the congress and the FSFE assembly will offer an information booth, self-organised sessions as well as a sitting corner for all friends of Free Software to come together, meet or simply relax.

To foil the title of this years CCC (“Gated Communities”), we are delighted to offer our community some self-organised sessions at our assembly and we look forward to your contributions. Depending on your session they will either take place directly at our assembly or in a dedicated workshop room. These sessions can be hands-on workshops, inspiring talks, community or developer meetings or any other public activity.
Topics can be anything that is related to Free Software, from your private project to global communities. We welcome technical talks as well as we encourage to give non-technical talks to address philosophical, economical or other thoughts about Free Software. We also like sessions about related subjects with a clear connection to Free Software like privacy, data protection and alike.

If you are interested in hosting a session, please apply no later than
* Sunday, November 22, 18:00 UTC *

by sending an email to me ( with the subject “Session at 32C3” including a short description and/or slides that you like to use so we have a rough idea what your session is about.

If your session is accepted we happily take care of its proper organisation, publicity and everything else that needs to be done. You are then welcome to simply come and give/host your session : )

BTW: You do not need to be a Fellow of FSFE to host a session. Please feel free to share this message with your friends or your favorite mailing list.

Der Traum ist aus

Ton Steine Scherben. Eine Band, die mit ihrer Musik und ihren Texten eine ganze Generation großgezogen hat. Für mich vor allem eine Band mit guten Vorlagen, von denen mir die vielen Cover und Interpretationen da draußen jedoch meist besser gefallen als die Originale. Die Musik der Scherben selbst ist mir irgendwie zu klassisch-rockig.

Letzte Woche durfte ich jedenfalls wieder Mal Zeuge eines besser-als-das-original werden: das acapellaplenum hat uns in einem Kneipenkollektiv ihre Version von “Der Traum ist aus” vorgesungen. Vielen Dank!

Übrigens hat das acapellaplenum das bereits den Scherben selbst vorgesungen und die fanden das auch cool.

Und für die Scherben-Fans: Ton Steine Scherben sind dieses Jahr “Das Original erstmals seit 1985 auf der Bühne” (Original ohne Rio Reiser versteht sich) zu bewundern – auf einer Tour mit dem, ähm, provokativen Namen “Ding Ding Dang Dang” …
Unter anderem zu sehen am 5.April 2014 im Heimathafen, Neukölln.

Oma Hans Matinée

Jens Rachhut und Oma Hans Konzerte tendieren schon immer dazu etwas anders zu sein. Nachmittags, unterm Zirkuszelt, im Sturm, in der Roten Fabrik oder eben zum Matinée.
[singlepic id=48 w=192 h=108 float=right] Sonntags, 16 Uhr. Ist zwar nicht mehr ganz eine “am Vormittag stattfindende künstlerische Veranstaltung”, aber in Kreuzberg könnte 16 Uhr am Sonntag zumindest noch als morgens durchgehen. Übrigens ein Soli-Konzert für den Festsaal Kreuzberg.

Die Band hatte sichtlich ihren Spaß und sie wurde ordentlich abgefeiert. Geiles Konzert, davon kann ich mich die ganze Woche ernähren.

Anmerkung: Krass, wie die Konvertierung sich auf das Zusammenspiel von Ton und Bild auswirkt. Im Original ist alles gut, auf Vimeo hingegen sieht es teilweise so aus, als ob Ton und Bild asynchron laufen.

Wenn die URL mal wieder zu kurz ist

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Gleichberechtigung im Finanzwesen

Aus dem Lokalteil des Enten-Kurier, Nr 131, die Zeitung für Entenhausen [1]:

Forsche Forderungen

Mehrere Dutzend Entenhausener sind gestern auf die Straße gegangen und haben vorübergehend Zelte vor dem Rathaus aufgeschlagen. Sie demonstrieren gegen die gesellschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Situation in Entenhausen. Zu ihren Kernforderungen gehören ein Flugverbot für Pollen, die Einführung einer fünften Himmelsrichtung sowie mehr Gleichberechtigung im Finanzwesen, das darin seinen Ausdruck finden soll, dass es bei geraden Jahreszahlen der Taler und bei ungeraden Jahreszahlen die Talerin heißt. Sie wollen die Innenstadt so lange besetzen, bis ihre Forderungen umgesetzt werden. Weitere Informationen gibt es im Internet auf duckbook.ente.

[1] siehe Micky Maus Magazin Nr.50 vom 7.12.2012