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I Love Free Software - and you?

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While you are reading this, someone somewhere is improving the code of a Free Software you use for yourself. Free Software has long been part of the daily use of billion of users, still the people behind the respective projects often remain invisible. Together we want to change that. On 14 February is the "I love Free Software Day", a day to show your love and celebrate your favourite Free Software and its contributors. Join us!

Behind every Free Software project is a team of developers, translators, designers, and other contributors. These are the people who fix bugs, improve the look and feel, and provide security updates. They do a great service to our society by making the sources of their work available to everyone and granting us the four freedoms. Day by day, a lot of people bring in priceless contributions, many of which do it voluntarily in their spare time. But how often do we actually thank them for this?

This is what the annual "I love Free Software" day is made for. On 14 February, Free Software users around the globe show their appreciation for a project of their choice. It's easy to join in: just write a short message of thanks on the social network of your choice with the hashtag #ilovefs. Or write a short thank you email to a development team. The message does not have to be long - even a simple thank you is highly appreciated.

People celebrating IloveFS
Free Software users all over the world on #ilovefs day

Do you use one of the popular Free Software applications to browse the web, write your emails and documents, or a Free Software operating system? Or is there a smaller and less known project that you personally care about? You alone decide who you want to appreciate on this day. If you like some inspiration, you find various ideas and suggestions on the "I love Free Software Day" action page.

The "I love Free Software Day" is an important tradition for the Free Software community. The more people participate, the more we can show how immensely important Free Software is for our society. Take a few moments on Friday, 14 February, and show your love for Free Software!