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 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.

#ilovefs Report 2016

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 contributors.

I love Free Software-Tag 2016

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.

#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.