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First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe

Apr 25, 2001, 15:30 (0 Talkback[s])

(Hamburg/Essen)-- On May 6th 2001, the first general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe will take place at the Villa Vogelsang in Essen, Germany. This old villa, formerly property of a factory owner, has evolved into the "Center for GNU/Linux and Free Software" over the two last years and the FSF Europe will set up their first office there.

"We are very glad that our sponsors show such an interest in Free Software that they enable us to set up a working office with their continuous donations", says Dr. Peter Gerwinski, the FSF Europe's Head of Office.

In order to present the team members and the location of the office to the public and the press, an informal get-together is scheduled at the Villa Vogelsang. At 17:00, the members of the FSF Europe will be available for photos and short interviews. From 19:00 on the event will be open to the public. A short note would be appreciated from everyone who is planning to attend.

"This is our first general assembly and many things are still very new for us and the people we work with, so we want to give everyone the chance to seize the opportunity of having so many of us in one place.", says Georg C. F. Greve. "By keeping it a little informal we hope that it will allow a more relaxed atmosphere in which people can get to know us."

About the FSF Europe:
The Free Software Foundation Europe is the sister organization of the Free Software Foundation created 1984 by Richard M. Stallman in the United States of America.

Main purpose of the FSF Europe is to coordinate Free Software initiatives throughout Europe, to provide a Free Software competence-center for politicians and journalists and to provide infrastructure for Free Software projects and especially the GNU Project.

Further information about the FSF Europe can be found at:


Contact: Europe
Georg C. F. Greve <greve@gnu.org>
Tel: +49-40-23809080
Fax: +49-40-23809081

Frederic Couchet <fcouchet@april.org>
Tel: +33 6 60 68 89 31

Bernhard Reiter <bernhard@intevation.de>
Tel: +49-541 - 335 08 - 33

Alessandro Rubini <rubini@gnu.org>
Tel: +39-0382-529.554 (o .424)
Fax: +39-0382-529.424

Jonas Öberg <jonas@gnu.org>
Tel: +46-21-144831

Further press contact information is available at