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Crossing the Great St Bernard Pass

It's a great day for the scenic route to Italy, home of Beethoven's Swiss cousins.

What goes up, must come down...

Resigning as the FSFE Fellowship's representative

I've recently sent the following email to fellows, I'm posting it here for the benefit of the wider community and also for any fellows who don't receive the email.


Dear fellows,

Given the decline of the Fellowship and FSFE's migration of fellows into a supporter program, I no longer feel that there is any further benefit that a representative can offer to fellows.

What is the relationship between FSF and FSFE?

Ever since I started blogging about my role in FSFE as Fellowship representative, I've been receiving communications and queries from various people, both in public and in private, about the relationship between FSF and FSFE. I've written this post to try and document my own experiences of the issue, maybe some people will find this helpful.

What is the difference between moderation and censorship?

FSFE fellows recently started discussing my blog posts about Who were the fellowship? and An FSFE Fellowship Representative's dilemma.

Fellows making posts in support of reform have reported their emails were rejected. Some fellows had CC'd me on their posts to the list and these posts never appeared publicly. These are some examples of responses received by a fellow trying to post on the list:

An FSFE Fellowship Representative's dilemma

The FSFE Fellowship representative role may appear trivial, but it is surprisingly complicated. What's best for FSFE, what is best for the fellows and what is best for free software are not always the same thing.

Who are/were the FSFE Fellowship? Starting Fellowship 2.0?

Since the FSFE Fellowship elected me as representative in April 2017, I've received a lot of questions from fellows and the wider community about what the Fellowship actually is. As representative, it is part of my role to help ensure that fellows are adequately informed and I hope to work towards that with this blog.

The FSFE Fellowship was started in 2005 and has grown over the years.

In 2009, around the time the Fellowship elections commenced, Georg Greve, FSFE's founder commented

The questions you really want FSFE to answer

As the last man standing as a fellowship representative in FSFE, I propose to give a report at the community meeting at RMLL.

I'm keen to get feedback from the wider community as well, including former fellows, volunteers and anybody else who has come into contact with FSFE.

It is important for me to understand the topics you want me to cover as so many things have happened in free software and in FSFE in recent times.

Public Money Public Code: a good policy for FSFE and other non-profits?

FSFE has been running the Public Money Public Code (PMPC) campaign for some time now, requesting that software produced with public money be licensed for public use under a free software license. You can request a free box of stickers and posters here (donation optional).

Free software, GSoC and ham radio in Kosovo

After the excitement of OSCAL in Tirana, I travelled up to Prishtina, Kosovo, with some of Debian's new GSoC students. We don't always have so many students participating in the same location. Being able to meet with all of them for a coffee each morning gave some interesting insights into the challenges people face in these projects and things that communities can do to help new contributors.

OSCAL'18 Debian, Ham, SDR and GSoC activities

Over the weekend I've been in Tirana, Albania for OSCAL 2018.

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