I love Free Software Day 2019

We should remember the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. And the 14th of February (Thursday) is the ideal day to do that.

A lot of criticism is exchanged in the Free Software community. 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 with that. It's constructive, as it helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we should also show our appreciation and encouragement to those hardworking people behind Free Software.

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 lives. It ensures our freedom, our security, civil rights, and privacy. It enables everyone to participate in a fair society. And since everybody loves Free Software for different reasons, let's show this variety to the world!

Valentine's Day, being the traditional day for people to show their love for others, presents us with the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the contributors of the various Free Software we love: developers, translators, designers, testers, or documentation writers, of huge softwares or smaller projects. All of them work to keep the Free Software ecosystem which we enjoy every day healthy, vibrant, and growing.

Be part of #ilovefs

It doesn't matter who and where you are or what your background is – everyone can participate in the "I love Free Software" day in many various ways:

  • For example, thank your favourite contributors for their work in a personal way 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 to the world how many people love Free Software – and thereby motivate others to do the same. Just use the hashtag #ilovefs on Mostodon, 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, tweets, send postcards and blog posts using the #ilovefs, and show our love individually.

Happy "I love Free Software" Day everyone!

#ilovefs Day report 2019

29 March 2019

On Wednesday 14th of February, we acknowledge and celebrate the annual "I love Free Software Day". It is the day to express your love for Free Software and gratitude for your favourite pieces of Free Software. The Free Software Foundation Europe would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated and helped making this day a special one for everyone involved.

Join the I Love Free Software Day 2019

14 February 2019

Today, as with every year on February 14th, people around the globe are celebrating "I love Free Software" Day by expressing their love and thanks to all the people working behind each Free Software project. Follow the love with the hashtag #IloveFS today and add your own love dedication to the stream!

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.

FSFE Newsletter - März 2018

20 March 2018

Mit der Public Money? Public Code!-Kampagne der FSFE fordern wir nicht nur, dass Software, die mit öffentlichen Mitteln finanziert wurde, auch öffentlich genutzt werden kann. Wir möchten auch gute Beispiele hervorheben, sodass andere Entscheidungsträger davon lernen können. Gute Beispiele sind die Artikel 68 und Artikel 69 der "Codice Amministrazione Digitale", einem italienischen Gesetz, welches öffentliche Institutionen dazu verpflichtet, intern entwickelte und auch Freie Softwarelösungen gegenüber proprietären zu präferieren. Zudem müssen Verwaltungen den Quellcode und die Dokumentation eigener, von öffentlichen Geldern entwickelter, Software veröffentlichen. Mit dieser Gesetzgebung nimmt Italien eine Vorreiterrolle in diesem Gebiet innerhalb Europas ein.

#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.