Testing wordpress 3.5.1

Hi, the Fellowship blogs test instance has been upgraded to the latest wordpress release (http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.5).

Please log in at https://blogs-test.fsfe.org/wp-login.php and give it a try (feel free to experiment, all data are a replication of the production database).


  • The atahualpa theme has been upgraded too
  • Some new antispam plugins have been installed; see this wiki page for details
  • The nextgen-gallery plugin for gallery management has been installed
  • The sociable plugin is not fully supported in WP3.5.1; if you find problems, you can use one of the following alternatives:
    • Use the Pome theme: it supports many social network buttons by default; you can configure them in Settings -> Social Media
    • Activate the rtsocial plugin
    • Activate the addthis plugin

    Please report problems or suggestions!

  • The flattr plugin is not supported in WP3.5.1. You can use the “Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons” plugin instead, and enable the flattr button (go to Settings -> Really Simple Share)
    Please report problems or suggestions!

Please send your feedback to fellowship-hackers@fsfeurope.org

New blog theme: Pome

A new theme for the Fellowship blogs is available: the “Pome” theme, created by one of our Fellows: Mark Lindhout! You can read more about the theme at Mark’s blog.

If you want to try it, just log into your blog dashboard, click on “Appearance” in the left menu, then click on the “Pome” theme screenshot to preview it; then you can activate it clicking on the top-right link.

The theme is already usable, but of course improvements are welcome! You can send your feedback to Mark, and even contribute code: our custom themes are in the fsfe-blogs Fellowship subversion repository; you can find more information about it in the Blog project wiki page and information on the Pome project in the Pome theme wiki page.

Blogs upgraded

The Fellowship blogging platform has been upgraded to the latest release of WordPress (3.2.1); we also upgraded all plugins and the atahualpa theme.

You can find more information about using the blogs on the “Blogs” page of our wiki, and send your suggestions for improvements to fellowship-hackers (at) fsfeurope (dot) org

Happy blogging!

Blogs upgraded! More information on the wiki

The upgrade of the blogging platform has been performed successfully, thanks for your patience!

Warning: depending on the level of customisation of your blog, you might need to make some adjustments: please read the intructions at the page http://wiki.fsfe.org/Blogs/WP3.

You can find general information about the Fellowship blogs service at

Happy blogging!

Blog service upgrade

Dear Fellows, after last week’s upgrade of the Fellowship wiki and jabber services, we are now going to upgrade the Fellowship blog service blogs.fsfe.org.

On Friday 26 November, starting from 18.00 CET and for about 3 hours, the blog system will be in read-only mode. This will also affect our blog aggregator at planet.fsfe.org.

Additional information will be posted here on the Fellowship News blog.

Thanks for your patience!

Fellowship Jabber meeting about FSFE’s education activities – Wednesday 17 November 20:00 CET

Dear Fellows,

a year has passed since the edu-team went back to work. That isn’t much in light of all the work still ahead of us, but we can also look back at successes and highlights.

The jabber meeting is a good place to discuss all this. Share your stories, challenges, the decision-making processes in your country and other news. What is your opinion on Free Software and education? Gany ideas? What do you want us to focus on? Let us know your concerns!

Join the jabber-meeting: Wednesday 17 November 2010, from 20.00 – 21.00 CET.

See you there,
Thomas Jensch – edu-team coordinator

Web Fridays

As part of an increased focus on improving FSFE’s websites, each Friday afternoon from this point on will be dedicated to working through issues and improvements to these services.

FSFE’s Berlin office staff, in addition to key members of the web team, will be available on the fellowship jabber channel for live discussion about web issues.

Web Fridays are a great opportunity to work along side other FSFE staff and fellows, and are a good time to learn about how to contribute code and improvements to our websites.

To get involved:

Join fellowship@conference.jabber.fsfe.org (fellowship chat channel)

Join https://mail.fsfeurope.org/mailman/listinfo/web (web team mailing list)

Register at https://trac.fsfe.org/fsfe-web (technical issue tracker)

Server and mailing list outage, May 4-17

Dear all,

on the evening of Tuesday May 4, the data center which hosts our web and mail servers suffered a power failure. As a consequence, the servers running FSFE’s mail services – the @fsfe.org forwarding, mailing lists and FSFE’s internal mail system – suffered hardware damage.

In the evening of Wednesday May 5, related problems caused FSFE’s web server to go offline.

Since the problems started, our system administrators have been working hard to fix the problem, reinstate basic mail services, and get FSFE’s website back online.

Recovering the mailing lists proved to be a trickier task. Only this Monday evening (May 17) were we able to get the mailing lists back online.

Mails sent to our mailing lists during the outage were stored on the server, and are now being delivered.

This sort of outage clearly shouldn’t happen. As a consequence, we have moved our servers to a different hosting facility with more reliable services. We are now reviewing and adapting our setup to make sure that outages will be extremely rare in future, and that we are able to recover more quickly from those outages that do occur.

Please accept our sincere apologies for this prolonged outage. Thank you for your understanding, and for your continued support of our work.

Kind regards,

Karsten Gerloff

President, Free Software Foundation Europe

E-mail currently down

After a power failure yesterday at the data centre that hosts FSFE’s servers, the mail server did not reboot correctly. As a consequence, mails sent to @fsfe.org addresses are bouncing at the moment. FSFE’s system administrators are working hard to fix the issue. We apologise for the inconvenience.

As soon as we have a good estimate for when services will be restored, we will post it here.