About Matthias Kirschner

FSFE 's vice president. Working for FreeSoftware, so every individual can self-determined use, study, share, and improve software.

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.

Guest accounts for Fellowship wiki

It is now possible to have guest accounts on wiki.fsfe.org. This helps a lot so more people can contribute to the wiki and work together with Fellows on activities. Thanks to Cri our sysadmin for implementing it! To register a guest account:

  • Go to https://wiki.fsfe.org and click on the “Login” link in the upper-right menu bar
  • Click the “request a guest account” link below the login form and you will get a registration form.
  • Fill in all the registration form fields; please note that a “Guest-” prefix will be automatically prepended to your chosen username) and save your password in a secure place.
  • Your account must be manually approved by one of our administrators; you will receive an e-mail message as soon as this is done.
  • When you receive the confirmation e-mail message, you can log into the wiki, using the username contained in the message, and the password you chose at registration time.

A good start might be the Video or the audio section. Compared to the transcripts they lack more content and structure. So help us improving the infomation.

Fellowship Jabber meeting “Meet the candidates”, Wednesday 17 February 19:00 CET

Hello Fellows,

all of you should now have received the voting e-mails for the second Fellowship seat in FSFE’s General Assembly (GA). You will have
time until the end of February to vote.

To give you the possibility to ask Julia and Björn questions which are not answered on the election pages about their candidature we will held a jabber meeting on:

Wednesday 17 February at 19:00 – 20:30 CET

How to participate in the Jabber meeting:

  • login with your jabber account (see Jabber Howto)
  • Join the multi user chat (MUC) room “fellowship” at the server conference.jabber.fsfe.org
  • Ask your questions

We encourage you to test connecting to the MUC before the actual meeting so you can contact us in case you have any difficulties.

Looking forward to see you at the meeting,


Server problems today

Dear Fellows, this morning the hosting centre where our Fellowship servers are located suffered a partial power outage.
Due to these circumstances beyond our control, the servers were offline until 14:30 today.

Unfortunately, this affected all Fellowship services, including the @fsfe.org mail forwarding. Delivery was delayed, no mail was lost. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Fellowship Jabber meeting about FSFE’s education activities – Wednesday 18 November 20:00 CEST

Hi Fellows,

after some time of inactivity the edu-team went back to work. Therefore you are warmly invited to participate in the fellowship-jabber meeting to join the discussion on the future of the education activity.

A lot still needs to be done, but also a lot has been archieved already. FSFE president Karsten was interviewed for a magazine about Free Software and Education, Guido and others put much work into the wiki to keep the information up to date and the website will be moved back to active projects as well.

Our edu-network (edu-eu at gnu.org) awaits your input be it from an activist, journalist or just interested persons position. Share you stories, challenges, the decision-making processes in your country and other news. What is your opinion on Free Software and education? Got any ideas? Let us know your concerns!

Join the jabber-meeting: Wednesday 18 November 2009, from 20.00 – 21.00 CEST.

See you there,
Thomas Jensch

How to participate

We encourage you to test connecting to the MUC before so you can contact us via fellowship at fsfeurope.org in case you have any difficulties.

If you have topic proposals for next meetings please let us now.

Last reminder: Only 5 days left to vote for FSFE’s Fellowship GA seat

the election period for the first Fellowship GA seat will end in 5 days with the end of May. So on the 1 June we will announce who will represent the Fellows in FSFE’s highest decision making body, the General Assembly (see FSFE’s legal structure for more information.)

I hope you had the chance to read the candidates’ blog entries, participate in the “meet the candidates” Jabber multi user chat meeting on Monday 20:30, or had the chance to communicate with them in another way to form an opinion.

So this is the last e-mail to remind you to give your vote.

To refresh your memory you can visit the election page where you find a summary about the candidates–Björn, Henner, Michel and Torsten–and links to their blogs.

Happy voting!