View on the Ruhr at the venue.
Thankful to be among the guests that the FSFE GA invited to join their meeting, I went on 11 October 2019 to the Linuxhotel “Villa Vogelsang” in Essen.
The new Dutch government, consisting of liberal-conservatives (VVD), christian democrats (CDA), democrats (D66) and orthodox protestants (CU), published the new coalition agreement: Vertrouwen in de toekomst (“Trust in the future”). I searched through all sections of this document, searching for the word “software”.
From 2 to 4 September I’ve been in Free Berlin to participate in the first FSFE Summit and in the 15th anniversary celebration. Thanks to FSFE I’ve met interesting people, discovered surprising technologies and heard inspiring talks from people of all walks of life. It was an honour to speak about translating for Free Software.
After FSFE decided to officially end the PDF-campaign, the situation in the Netherlands still asked for action.
- FSF30 satellite party in Berlin
- Migration to Trisquel Thinkpad T60p and T500
- Year-round: translation of FSFE newsletters, news, events and other PR in Dutch
When it comes to the use of Open Document formats in the public administration of the Netherlands there is no law. There is the “apply or explain”-rule which among other things means that a public administration has to use Open Standards unless they specifically explain why they can’t. As this rule has no teeth, all you can do is to politely ask a civil servant to use Open Standards.
Recently something went wrong on my laptop so I was not able to be online for several days. A fast solution wasn’t there. This meant my needs changed and I decided to go for a second laptop so I could keep one as a ready back-up.
If you went through regular education in the Netherlands like me, then you most likely ended up in a situation where what you’ve been thought and what is happening around you now are two completely different things.
Today NRC brought the news: Bol.com and CPNB are coming with an e-book reader for everyone. Anyone who registers for a LeesID-account can read and administer books from several webshops in a digital bookcase.