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

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

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

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

Thanks for your patience!

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 chat channel)

Join (web team mailing list)

Register at (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 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 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 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 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.

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 mail forwarding. Delivery was delayed, no mail was lost. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Fellowship jabber: got firewall?

For those of you sitting behind firewalls or proxies that block connections to the standard jabber/XMPP ports, the Fellowship jabber server now accepts connections also on ports 80 and 443.

To use this feature, just configure your jabber client to use port 80 or 443 instead of the standard port 5222, leaving all other settings unchanged.

Note: since some ISPs may block outgoing non-http traffic on port 80, port 443 is more likely to work. In both cases, the server enforces a secure TLS connection.

Want to learn more about jabber and other Fellowship services? See