Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.


Show your love for Free Software

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Every year on 14th February, the Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to think about the hard-working people in the Free Software community and to show them their appreciation individually on this "I love Free Software"-Day.

Like last year the campaign is dedicated to the people behind Free Software because they enable us to use, study, share and improve the software which enables us to work in freedom. This time the focus especially lies on the small contributions to the big picture of the Free Software community.

"When people think of the Free Software they need and admire, many think of large well-known applications. These softwares and the organisations behind it are very important indeed. But we should also think of the countless developers who spend their free or work time to write and improve the smaller bits of software we also rely on." says Max Mehl, this year's #ilovefs campaign manager. "Coders are no machines and their contributions deserve our respect and gratitude."

For I love Free Software Day 2015 FSFE has several suggestions how to show one's love to the people behind Free Software, for example:

"Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives. It is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free Software contributors give everybody else the freedom to use, understand, adapt, and share the software they have written. This way they help to support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, freedom of press, and privacy." says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Vice President. "We should not underestimate the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate them in their important work for society. So say thank you on 14th February!"