I love Free Software Day 2016

In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not underestimate the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.

Show your love for Free Software

Many people are in love with Free Software for different reasons (full gallery)

Free Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday life. It ensures our freedom, our security, civil rights, and privacy. It enables everyone to participate in a fair society. But as with people, everybody has different reasons to love Free Software. Let's show this variety to the world!

As the traditional day to show one's appreciation to people, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the contributors of the various Free Software you love: developers, translators, designers, testers, or documentation writers, of huge softwares or smaller projects. All of them work on the Free Software ecosystem which we can enjoy every day.

Be part of #ilovefs

It doesn't matter who and where you are and what you do – everyone can participate at the "I love Free Software" day in many different ways:

  • Send some cool videos or pictures of yourself or your friends, a meme image, or something completely different – the main thing is creativity! And with each video and image you automatically participate in our #ilovefs competition. Just tag your media with #ilovefs on Twitter or GnuSocial, or send them to us via mail to win an FSFE shop voucher1. See the pictures of last years for some inspiration.
  • our postcard with the text: I love Free Software - but I love you more

    #ilovefs postcard

  • Thank your favourite contributors for their work in an individual way. For example by sending one of our postcards.
  • Show your appreciation publicly using social networks or your blog to demonstrate the world how many people love Free Software – and thereby motivate others to do the same. Just use the hashtag #ilovefs on GnuSocial, Twitter, or other platforms.
  • You didn't find what you were looking for? No problem, just do something else! Create small chocolate bars, design new promotion material... Find out how to make #ilovefs more unique with your contribution.

If everybody contributes a small part we can enjoy a beautiful "I love Free Software" day together. Let's share videos and pictures, send postcards, tweets and blog posts, and show our love individually. Happy I love Free Software day everyone!

Annual report of the Free Software Foundation Europe 2018

05 November 2018

"Software freedom in Europe" is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. In the 2018 report, you will read about our electoral campaigns, our input on the European Union's copyright reform, and about our successful outreach in demanding publicly financed software be made publicly available under a Free Software licence. You will also get insights about the events we (co-)organised and about our community and groups that helped us with these achievements. Finally, we will display some numbers showing what resources we counted on, and giving an outlook for the next year.

#ilovefs Report 2018

08 March 2018

On Wednesday 14th of February, our community celebrated the annual "I love Free Software Day". A day to declare love to the communities most important to you as well as saying "Thank You" to the Free Software projects surrounding us every single day. The Free Software Foundation Europe also wants to thank everyone who cheered and contributed to make this day as special as it could be.

Join the I Love Free Software Day 2018

12 February 2018

The Free Software Foundation Europe calls on everyone to say "thank you" to all contributors to Free Software on 14 February. Last year the annual I Love Free Software Day has been committed with offline activism to tell people outside of our filter bubble about the importance of Free Software. This Wednesday, we will go back to our roots and focus on why this day has been invented in the first place: to celebrate the Free Software community.

#ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

15 March 2017

On Tuesday 14th of February, the "I Love Free Software" day was celebrated for its eighth consecutive year, in what can now be called a tradition. This day has become a special day for people all around the world to declare their love and affection not only to their partner but also to the whole Free Software community.

Berlin sends a message for "I love Free Software" day

14 February 2017

In celebration of the "I love Free Software" day on February 14, the Berlin Reichtag has been illuminated with the message "Give Free Software A Chance" last weekend. On numerous buildings and symbolic places in Berlin other messages have been projected. "Build Free Software - Not Walls" could have been read on the Berlin Wall, and the Federal Ministry of Finances has been decorated by the slogan "Public Money, Public Code". Thereby, activists draw attention to the importance of larger appreciation of Free Software.

Notices for the competition: We reserve the right to choose multiple winners. The winner(s) get an 25€ FSFE Shop voucher. Everybody may participate in the video and image competition. The competition starts on January 8 2016 and ends on end of February 14 2016. The winner(s) will be elected by an internal FSFE jury. We will contact the winner(s) using the same way they sent their video or image. The winners' contributions will be published online by FSFE but we will never share your full name or more private details if you don't want to.