“We are the FSFE”
Testimonials from our community
FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. Together with our community we form a movement across Europe to build our digital societies on user's and software freedom. Although there will never be enough space to shed light on all the creative minds and motivated people who helped us to grow our movement to and to live out our mission, we still like to highlight at least some of our priceless community members who in one way or another shaped the FSFE's profile and who helped us to become what we are now.
On this page you find diverse people from within the FSFE community, who are willing to let the world know that they support our mission and reflect what Free Software means to them. All of them left a testimonial, some answered an interview and some even made a video. Enjoy getting to know our community!
PS: if you feel inspired now and you would also like to appear on this page, please get in contact.
The FSFE does great work to further software freedom locally, nationally and in the EU and I enjoy the podcast and the News RSS so it felt natural to become a supporter. I also want to be more involved with the free software community.
Einar Mostad (English teacher, musician, IT student)
The "Public Money - Public Code" campaign, as well as the "REUSE Initiative" made me notice that the FSFE is an organization which supports the same ideals that I do. I want to help them do more great things, and so now I am proud FSFE supporter.
Greg Kroah-Hartman (Linux Kernel Developer)
I hope that more and more people will understand the importance of being ethical in their digital life and thus consciously use Free Software and that we will have more and more volunteers from all over Europe.
Amandine “Cryptie” (Privacy Specialist)
Watch our short interview with Cryptie
The ultimate book about the Covid-19 plague will describe how Open Standards and Free Software saved civilisation. Government, business, and education only stay operational by going remote. Remoting hundreds of millions is possible only possible through Open Standards with high quality Free Software implementations; ditto building scalable data centres around elastic clouds. There are profound economic, social, even public health learnings here. The continuing mission of FSFE is important to tackle the issues ahead of us.
Andrew Wilson (retired open source strategist)
Fui durante anos uma voz solitária, explicando os princípios por detrás do Software Livre e a sua importância a pessoas no meu país em inúmeros artigos e textos no blog. Queria pertencer a uma organização com o objectivo de construir a sociedade digital 100% com Software Livre, e apoiar a FSFE ganhando acesso à sua infraestrutura pareceu-me um lógico primeiro passo.
Carsten Agger (Engenheiro de Software)
Se um programa for licenciado como Software Livre, nós podemos auditá-lo, e ter a certeza que ele faz o que é suposto fazer (e nada mais). Instituições Públicas desenvolvem software, e contratam empresas para o fazer, e os cidadãos deveriam ser donos e reutilizar todo esse código. Eu contribuo para Software Livre com traduções, ajuda ao utilizador, encontrar alternativas em Software Livre na Universidade... mas não consigo chegar aos decisores políticos, nem a pessoas e instituições noutros países. Sou sócio da FSFE para a apoiar nesta tarefa, e como mais uma forma de agradecer à comunidade de Software Livre.
Laura Arjona Reina (Assisstente IT na Universidade Técnica de Madrid e contribuidora do Debian)
Software is running the world. All aspects of our life are controlled and steered by software which is running on local devices or somewhere remote, in the cloud. If we want to have an open and democratic society then it is key to have full transparency how this software works. This includes the rights to study it, to change it, to distribute it and run it wherever we want. Free Software is the only concept which ensures these rights. I’m a happy supporter of the Free Software Foundation Europe because the FSFE promotes these values which are so important for our future.
Frank Karlitschek (Founder Free Software company)
I believe that Free Software can help us change our society fundamentally for the better and I believe the best way to do so is together with other volunteers from all over Europe!
Alexandra Busch (IT specialist)
I support the FSFE because it's totally worth it. Its community is strong and very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics, so contributing to its mission is a good way to help the Free Software movement.
Vincent Lequertier (Researcher on artificial intelligence for medical imaging)
Watch our short interview with Vincent
I believe Free Software needs a voice at the national as well as the EU level in politics: Software does not exist in an isolated bubble, it's heavily dependent on the ecosystem that it lives in. In my opinion Free Software as well as open standards are key to creating a society that provides equal access.
Isabel Drost-Fromm (Software Engineer and Member of the Apache Software Foundation)
Software is becoming more and more a fabric which permeates our society. We are more and more unaware of the ways in which it influences, sometimes forces our decisions. That's why software freedom concerns fundamentally and very concretely our society. That's why I am convinced that groups like the FSFE are vital for the evolution of a free society.
Tomás Zerolo (Self-employed IT specialist)
Watch our short interview with Tomás
I am a strong supporter of the ideas behind Free Software and a daily user of Free Software. I think a voice that explains why Free Software is good for society and what are the conditions under which the Free Software ecosystem can grow is vitally important. By joining FSF and FSFE, I wanted to say thanks to Free Software advocates and developers and help in maintaining political conditions that allow and favor Free Software development and use.
Geza Giedke (Quantum Physics at Donostia International Physics Center)
I'm a supporter of the FSFE as I want to sustain their work to promote Free Software. As a person that uses computers quite heavily every day, I'm very concerned with the current trend of locking down computing which is taking control away from the users. This is increasingly problematic since people's lives are more and more dependent on computers for personal communications, managing finances, employment, etc. Free Software is a necessary requirement for retaining control over your computing.
Mats Sjöberg (Machine learning specialist)
A Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) junta activistas dedicados e comprometidos de toda a Europa para aproveitar as oportunidades de garantir os nossos direitos de usar, partilhar, estudar e melhorar software porque sem Software Livre, a tecnologia subjuga-nos em vez de melhorar a nossa liberdade.
Hugo Roy (estudante de Direito)
Think about these claims:
"It's better if we control how you may or may not use your tools."
"It's better if you don't know how your tools work."
"It's better if we forbid you to share your tools."
"It's better if you are not allowed to improve your tools."
If you find those as absurd as I do, you understand why I'm a Free Software activist.
Bernhard Weitzhofer (Public Servant)
Watch our short interview with Bernhard
Eu interesso-me por valores, políticas, sociedade: em novas formas de produção, baseadas em cooperação livre em estruturas egalitárias; em bens comuns de conhecimento e inteligência colectiva. É por isso que estou aqui e porque quero apoiar o movimento do Software Livre. Eu não tenho um background técnico, nem a maioria das pessoas que conheço.
Nicole Lieger (Cientista Política e Membro da Sociedade Civil)
Free Software has many practical advantages for businesses, education and the public sector, but most importantly it should be considered as a human right. I became a supporter of the FSFE to help make that point - why Free Software is so important for a lively democratic society and for every one of us.
Erik Grun (Economics student)
Nowadays we use social networks, laptops and mobile devices every day. And very frequently we lose the important social and political vision of Free Software in all of them. Thanks to FSFE, FSF and other similar organizations and many local groups, we maintain the torch of a different world where everyone can use and share a lot of programs and code, no matter the country you live in or how much money you can afford to spend on it.
Dani Gutiérrez Porset (Free Software Consultant)
Liberdade é um dos valores nuclear da nossa Sociedade e um dos conceitos básicos da Democracia. Apoiar e divulgar o Software Livre é uma das formas de construir alternativas criativas para a inclusão social e para proteger os nossos cidadãos da exploração digital. Somos responsáveis por construir um Mundo melhor como um presente para as nossas gerações futuras.
Mauricio Nascimento (Engenheiro de Middleware)
Code is law, as Lawrence Lessig put it. Therefore Free Software and open standards are necessary for human freedom. Our freedom is threatened by patents, copy-prevention schemes, locked-down devices and spying. To counter these threats I support the FSFE's campaigning for open standards, information security and device sovereignty, and against ever more onerous copyright laws.
Björn Persson (Software Engineer)
As a web designer I spend most of my time working on computers. Therefore, usability is very relevant to me. Software vendors often ignore open standards. They deliberately build solutions that only work using their own products. I oppose this greed and take a stand for cooperation. Free Software relies on open standards. This way it enables me to provide a diverse audience with clear and reliable experiences - no matter which software they run. I create media in formats that can be used freely by everyone. By employing Free Software I support independence and help making the world a better place.
Franz Gratzer (vegan freedom activist and Supporter of the FSFE)
Software Livre e a FSFE são para mim: partilhar, aprender, ser independente de monopólios, criar coisas em conjunto, paixão e liberdade! Desde que me tornei Membro, tenho feito novas amizades que me ajudam com Software Livre e noutros tópicos, ensinando coisas novas todos os dias apesar de estarmos a kilómetros de distância. É magnífico estar numa comunidade que apoia continuamente a minha paixão e motivação pelo Software Livre!
Nermin Canik (Analista IT de Negócio)
The most fun part about engaging for FSFE is meeting real people and exchanging substantial information about relevant issues. These can be anything from rooting your cell phone, to learning Git, to understanding Free Software based business, to speaking up for the use of open standards in public organisations.
André Ockers (Logistics)
Watch our short interview with André
Software Livre é importante nos dias de hoje. Precisa de representação profissional, o que é um trabalho duro e caro. Juntar-me à fellowship foi para mim uma forma de contribuir com os meus conhecimentos e algum dinheiro de voltar para o movimento do Software Livre para garantir o seu futuro.
As a Free Software developer and enthusiast, I'm most grateful to the wonderful people at the FSFE for doing all the hard work of campaigning, marketing and representing our shared interests in Brussels and elsewhere. Writing good software is one thing, but getting the word out, countering corporate lobbying, and working towards an environment where Free Software even gets a chance in public sector tenders is equally important. Being a supporter is an excellent way to support the FSFE towards those goals.
Thorsten Behrens (LibreOffice Developer)
In a world where software influences virtually every single aspect of our lives, Free Software is a precondition for a free society.
Reinhard Müller (Software Developer)
Estou muito impressionado com aquilo que a FSFE conseguiu a nível Europeu e nacional. Quando estava a trabalhar no sector público tive oportunidade de observar a vasta quantidade de dinheiro que é gasto com lobbying para software proprietário e a chamada indústria de normas na Alemanha e na Europa. É espantoso como a FSFE ainda assim conseguiu ser ouvida. Apoiar isso foi uma das minhas motivações para me tornar Membro.
Guido Günther (Freelancer e Programador do Debian)
When I read the term "Intellectual Property" I always suspected it to be a "contradictio in adiecto", because only something physical can be possessed, intellectual ideas can not. To get the best benefit out of ideas for all, they should be spread as wide as possible and with as few restrictions as possible. The GNU General Public License seems to be a good example for such little restriction, especially the inheritance principle prevents possible misuse of the idea about Free Software. Following these ideas in an ethical way, for me the FSFE seems to be the very best NGO to be found. And so I support them. And I only found kind people here.
I love the welcoming culture at the FSFE. It feels good to be able to actively work for Free Software in such an unbureaucratic way.
Florian Snow (Software Developer and Instructor)
Freedom is an essential right of human beings, both in physical world and digital world. However there are still many, many people being bounded in the digital world without being aware of it. We truly believe in the value and the human rights of software freedom, which should be without borders. That is exactly why, though not in Europe, we still strongly support the ideas, notions, and campaigns of FSFE.
Franklin Weng (Software Liberty Association Taiwan)
Sou um apoiante do Software Livre há muito tempo. Lutei contra as patentes de software em Bruxelas, co-organizei o tema de sistema na Libre Software Meeting (RMLL) e dirijo uma empresa de Software Livre. Software Livre é uma parte essencial da nossa liberdade global, pelo que foi natural tornar-me Membro da FSFE.
Benoit Mortier (Dono da OpenSides, Gestor da FusionDirectory)
O Software Livre precisa de uma voz na política. Nós, voluntários, fazemos coisas espantosas juntos, mas há algumas tarefas que não são tão interessantes, têm prazos apertados ou precisam de ampla experiência. A FSFE apenas consegue usar o seu potencial total com pessoal pago para fazer as coisas que os voluntários não iriam conseguir fazer. Hoje em dia, já conheci todos os funcionários e posso dizer que não lamento um cêntimo do que dei para permitir à FSFE operar.
Free Software is about empowerment. When I was a student with little money, Linux enabled me to do interesting things with my cheap and old computer where the pre-installed software failed. Since then, my whole education and many achievements would have been impossible had I not been able to experiment, learn, disassemble, reassemble, modify, tweak, and use software the way I wanted. This kind of empowerment needs a strong lobby - the FSFE.
Thomas Kahle (Mathematician)
Every time I use non-free software I end up regretting it, because non-free software's ultimate job is to make money for someone else, not to serve the user. I simplified my personal and professional life by using only Free Software, but that's not enough: no person is an island, and other people's software choices impact me. Supporting the FSFE allows me to combine my voice with many others to let people, corporations, and governments know that Free Software has an important place in everyday life.
Tom Yates (Free Software Consultant Sysadmin)
Eu juntei-me à FSFE porque tenho visto mais e mais que escrever Software Livre, em última análise, não é o suficiente para nutir uma cultura onde o Software Livre é visto como uma parte integral da sociedade. O Software Livre não devia ser um tópico de nicho, apoiado apenas por geeks.
Johannes Zarl (Profissional IT)
What is the biggest benefit of Free Software? Freedom!
Olga Gkotsopoulou (Research Associate)