I love Free Software Day 2017

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 Tuesday 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!

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.

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.

Raporti mbi Ditën #ilovefs 2016

22 February 2016:

E diela e 14 Shkurtit 2016 qe dita për të shpalosur dashurinë ndaj njerëzve që kemi për zemër. Në këtë ditë, si një traditë e përvitshme, bashkësia e Software-it të Lirë kremton ditën "E dua Software-in e Lirë" për të falënderuar zhvilluesit që gjenden pas Software-it të Lirë. Këtë vit, për herë të gjashtë radhazi, FSFE-ja i kërkoi gjithkujt të shprehë vlerësimin dhe mirënjohjen e vet kontribuesve në Software-in e Lirë që parapëlqejnë.

Dita E dua Software-in e Lirë 2016

08 February 2016:

Erdhi koha për të thënë "faleminderit" më 14 Shkurt, Dita "E dua Software-in e Lirë" për 2016-n. Free Software Foundation Europe i fton të gjithë përdoruesit e Software-it të Lirë ta përdorin ditën tradicionale të dashurisë për të sjellë në mendje njerëzit e palodhur që japin ndihmesë në Software-in e Lirë, prej të cilit varemi krejt ne. Si çdo vit, ka plot rrugë pjesëmarrjeje në këtë fushatë internet, që filloi të kremtohej këtu e pesë vjet më parë.

#ilovefs Report 2015

03 March 2015:

On Saturday, 14 February 2015, people all over the world showed Free Software contributors their appreciation. It was the fifth year the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) asked people to participate in the “I Love Free Software” day. This report shows a variety of love declarations that happened this day, including blog posts, pictures, comics, poems, and an #ilovefs Android library. The FSFE thanks everybody who motivated Free Software contributors this year, and ask everybody to mark 14 February in their calendars for next year's “I love Free Software” day.