I love Free Software Day 2018
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 Wednesday 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
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.
08 March 2018
On Wednesday 14th of February, our community celebrated the
annual "I love Free Software Day". A day to declare love to the communities
most important to you as well as saying "Thank You" to the Free Software
projects surrounding us every single day. The Free Software Foundation Europe
also wants to thank everyone who cheered and contributed to make this day as
special as it could be.
12 February 2018
The Free Software Foundation Europe calls on everyone to say "thank you" to all contributors to Free Software on 14 February. Last year the annual I Love Free Software Day has been committed with offline activism to tell people outside of our filter bubble about the importance of Free Software. This Wednesday, we will go back to our roots and focus on why this day has been invented in the first place: to celebrate the Free Software community.
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
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.