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
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
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
- 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
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!
22 October 2019
"Software Freedom in Europe" is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe e.V. (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. Among many other interesting stories, in the 2019 report you will read about our ongoing work for router freedom in Europe, about the first Parliament in Europe who joins our "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign, about our new version of REUSE tools to help Free Software developers with easy license compliance and about much more of our multi-faceted policy work - all together aiming at a world in which users are in control of technology!
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.
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!
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.
20 March 2018
With the FSFE's
Public Money? Public Code! campaign not only do we demand that code
paid for by the people should be available to the people. We also
highlight good examples of public code so other decision makers can learn
from it. One very good example is
Article 68 and
Article 69 of the "Codice Amministrazione Digitale", an
Italian law requiring public administrations inside Italy to prefer
internally made solutions and Free Software solutions over proprietary
ones. In addition, these administrations have the duty to share the source
code and documentation of any software developed with public money.
These laws put Italy at the forefront of European legislation in favour of