I love Free Software Day 2018

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 Wednesday this year) is the ideal day to do that.


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.

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:

  • Thank your favourite contributors for their work in an individual way. For example by sending one of our postcards.
  • our postcard with the text: I love Free Software - but I love you more

    #ilovefs postcard

  • 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.

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!

#ilovefs Report 2018

08 March 2018

Am Mittwoch, den 14. Februar, hat unsere Community den jährlichen "I love Free Software Tag" gefeiert. Ein Tag ganz im Zeichen von Liebeserklärung an die Communitys, die uns am wichtigsten sind, und um den Projekten zu danken, die uns jeden Tag umgeben und Freie Software schaffen. Die Free Software Foundation Europe dankt allen Teilnehmerinnen und jeder Person, die dazu beitrug, diesen Tag so besonders wie nur möglich zu machen.

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: Liebe und Aktivismus

15 March 2017

Am 14. Februar 2017 wurde der "I Love Free Software"-Tag zum achten Mal in Folge gefeiert, sodass man diesen Tag inzwischen schon als Tradition bezeichnen darf. Dieser Tag ist ein besonderer Tag geworden für Menschen aus aller Welt, die ihre Liebe und Zuneigung nicht nur ihrem Partner, sondern auch der gesamten Free Software-Community gegenüber zum Ausdruck bringen wollen.

Berlin sendet eine Botschaft zum "I love Free Software"-Tag

14 February 2017

Anlässlich des „I love Free Software“-Tages am 14. Februar wurde der Reichstag am Wochenende mit der Botschaft „Give Free Software A Chance“ angestrahlt. An zahlreichen Gebäuden und symbolträchtigen Orten in Berlin fanden sich weitere Botschaften. „Build Free Software - Not Walls“ war etwa auf der Berliner Mauer zu lesen und am Bundesfinanzministerium stand „Public Money, Public Code“. Aktivisten machen damit auf die Notwendigkeit stärkerer Wertschätzung für Freie Software aufmerksam.

I love Free Software Day 2017

09 February 2017

It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February, the "I love Free Software" Day 2017. The Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to use the traditional day of love to think of the hardworking people contributing to the Free Software we all depend on. As every year there are many ways for people to participate in this campaign.