Oscar Valenzuela spoke at the 2nd Software Development and Testing
Forum in Guanajuato, Mexico.
http://www.2forosw.org/ (in Spanish)
Alexandre Oliva spoke at the V Free Software Forum in Rio de Janeiro
and at Convención Visión 2007 and at the II ./Freedom and Open Source
Day in Lima, Peru, and was virtually present at Minas Gerais' Free
Software Meeting in Lavras, Brazil. Thanks to José Monserrat for
offering to present "Free Software and The Matrix".
http://www.forumsoftwarelivre.org.br/ (in Portuguese)
http://www.usmp.edu.pe/convencion2007/ (in Spanish)
http://www.usmp.edu.pe/fosd/ (in Spanish)
http://emsl.softwarelivre.org/ (in Portuguese)
FSFLA thanks the various Free Software organizations at CaFeConf 2007
who helped distribute FSFLA's folders and promote the Free Software
cause. Hopefully next year there won't be so many last-minute
unfortunate surprises impeding a stronger FSFLA presence.
http://www.cafeconf.org/ (in Spanish)
Fernanda Weiden spoke at the I Free Software Forum in Lisboa,
http://www.softwarelivre.com.pt/ (in Portuguese)
Alfredo Rezinovski has left his position of board observer at FSFLA.
FSFLA is planning a strong presence at Latinoware, on November 13-14.
Pedro Rezende, Alexandre Oliva and our board observers Daniel Yucra,
Anahuac de Paula Gil, Felipe Augusto van de Wiel and Richard Stallman
will be there. Please show up by our booth to lend us a hand and to
talk about FSFLA and Free Software in general.
Richard Stallman will speak a lot in Latin America this month. He's
speaking in Mexico on Nov 9-12, then in Brazil on Nov 14-21 in Foz do
Iguaçu (Nov 14, Latinoware), Salvador (Nov 16 and 20), Brasília (Nov
19 at SERPRO and Unieuro) and São Paulo (Nov 21 at USP-Butantã), and
in Ecuador on Nov 23.
http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/blogs/lxo/2007-11-11-rms-br (in Portuguese)
Alexandre Oliva will speak at S[G]LUD VI, in Bogotá, Colombia, on Dec
http://glud.udistrital.edu.co/slud6/ (in Spanish)
A shortened English version of RMS's interview to Computerworld Brazil
was published, after the publication of our previous GNUsletter that
mentioned the full interview in Portuguese.
http://computerworld.uol.com.br/mercado/2007/09/11/idgnoticia.2007-08-23.1171671836/ (in Portuguese)
Our article about Receita Federal's transgressions regarding the
income tax software was published in the 2nd issue of IBDI's magazine.
http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/texto/denuncia-irpf.pt (in Portuguese)
Citizens of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais faced severe
limitations to on-line services provided by the electrical power
retailer company in that state, CEMIG, when the web site was changed
so as to require the use of Internet Explorer. The Free Software
community mounted pressure and, after six weeks, the web site started
accepting again Free Software browsers that comply with Free Open
Standards for the Internet.
http://firefoxneles.nababu.org/?cat=14 (in Portuguese)
http://stoa.usp.br/gnusp/weblog/7655.html (in Portuguese)
Brazilian Receita Federal's purchase of almost 45 thousand copies of
Microsoft Office 2007 remains suspended, and TCU, the federal court in
charge of overseeing federal government agencies spending, has
published a report rejecting Receita Federal's poor excuses for their
choice for non-Free Software.
http://listas.softwarelivre.org/pipermail/psl-brasil/2007-October/022106.html (in Portuguese)
FSFLA depends on voluntary work from Free Software enthusiasts. If
you can and want to help, please join our workgroups. If you'd prefer
to work on another projet, please bring it up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brazilian bank ABN AMRO Real recently announced it would require
its customers to install a non-Free plugin for Internet Explorer in
order to gain access to their on-line banking services. The Brazilian
Free Software community has mobilized and, so far, has got the bank to
enable customers to request, on an individual and temporary basis, the
requirement for this plugin to be dropped. The bank claims to be
developing a plugin for Mozilla Firefox that should run on GNU/Linux
as well, but we must make it clear to the bank that any non-Free
Software plugin requirement is ethically and morally unacceptable, and
a threat to customers' choice and security. Please ask the bank to
disable the plugin requirement for you, and let them know you don't
want non-Free Software imposed on you, not even plugins.
http://br-linux.org/linux/banco-real-anuncia-que-vai-exigir-windows-em-seu-home-banking (in Portuguese)
http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/blogs/lxo/2007-11-06-fazendo-mais-que-o-possivel.pt (in Portuguese)
Microsoft keeps on extending its net to capture young,
visually-impared or otherwise digitally-excluded minds and turn them
into agents to further its unethical monopolies. After the pacts with
the Chilean Ministry of Economy and the Brazilian Ministry of Labor
and Employment, it has set a pact with the Inter-American Development
Bank's Youth Fund and offered advantages for publicly-accessible
telecenters in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to switch away from Free
Software. Please help us enlighten decision makers to avoid these
http://www.liberaciondigital.org/ (in Spanish)
http://www.fondodejuventud.org/youth2/default.asp (in Spanish and English)
http://www.direitoacomunicacao.org.br/novo/content.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1792 (in Portuguese)
http://www.governo.rj.gov.br/noticias.asp?N=41525 (in Portuguese)
The US House of Representatives has recently approved a "Free Trade"
agreement with Peru by which the latter must change its laws to accept
software and other kinds of absurd patents, and to criminalize
disabling of Digital Restriction Management (DRM) handcuffs even for
lawful purposes. Since the Peruvian authorities had already approved
the agreement, the US senate is now the only remaining barrier for
this disaster. If you are a US citizen, or have any influence over US
senators, please help stop this pact. It is terrible for US citizens
too. There are similar pacts with Colombia and Panama in imminent
danger of approval as well.
This is the last call for signatures for our petition to Receita
Federal to enable Brazilian citizens and taxpayers to comply with
their tax obligations with convenience and freedom, in technological
and juridic safety and without disrespecting laws or personal
philosophical beliefs. Please sign it if you haven't done so yet.
http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/anuncio/2007-03-irpf2007 (in Portuguese)
http://www.petitiononline.com/irpf2007/petition.html (in Portuguese)
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