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!

#ilovefs Report 2017: Love and Activism

15 March 2017:

On Tuesday 14th of February, the "I Love Free Software" day was celebrated for its eighth consecutive year, in what can now be called a tradition. This day has become a special day for people all around the world to declare their love and affection not only to their partner but also to the whole Free Software community.

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.

#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 Day 2016

08 February 2016:

It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February, the "I love Free Software" Day 2016. 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 online campaign which has first been celebrated five years ago.