busy week

…I’ll just briefly let you know that I can apparently still type.

As you may have seen, we were quite busy processing the first batch of SmartCards. Unfortunately, before we could get to the printing and shipping, I had to write the script that handled the initialisation and letter generation. Well, at least I was allowed to do some programming again. 🙂

At the same time, the all-time-favorite-topic of my life, software patents, have once again kept me somewhat busy. Can you imagine working against software patents since October 1999? Yes, I know. I could hardly believe that myself, but when doing the math, it turns out that October 1999 was the first time I participated in a podium discussion against software patents.

I have to tell you that I am really looking forward to a time when I will not have to explain again why software patents are a really bad idea. Unfortunately, I am not sure that day will ever come. Fortunately, the contribution of all of our Fellows allowed us to now have Ciaran O’Riordan working full-time for FSFE in Brussels. One of the issues he will be working on are software patents, of course.

The amount of people active for, around and within the Free Software Foundation Europe is growing rapidly… unbelievable it is only four years now. Quite exiting, indeed.

About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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