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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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.
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
22 February 2016:
Sunday 14 February 2016 was a day to declare love for
people we care for. On this day, as a yearly tradition, the Free Software
community celebrates "I love Free Software" day to thank developers behind Free
Software. This year, for the 6th time, FSFE asked everyone to participate and
express their appreciation and gratitude to their favourite Free Software
08 February 2016:
Am 14. Februar, dem "I love Free Software"-Tag 2016, ist die Zeit gekommen, "Danke"
zu sagen. Die Free Software Foundation Europe ruft alle Freie
Software-Benutzer dazu auf, diesen traditionellen Tag der Liebe zu
nutzen, um an die hart arbeitenden Menschen zu denken, die zur Freien
Software beitragen, auf die wir alle angewiesen sind. Wie in jedem Jahr gibt es zahlreiche Möglichkeiten an dieser Online-Kampagne zeilzunehmen,
die mittlerweile zum fünften Mal gefeiert wird.
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.