On February 14th, people all around the world expressed their gratitude and appreciation not only to their partner but also to Free Software and its contributors. With our yearly #ilovefs we asked you to thank your favourite developers and projects and were overwhelmed by the resonance in blogs, social networks, and mailing lists.
Developers and contributors of Free Software projects work hard to ensure our freedom and on this day surely many of them gained new motivation. Thank you for participating in this year's #ilovefs campaign and enjoy some of the many love declarations we collected:
Adrienne sees Free Software as an important part of her life and explains why even little steps in using Free Software are meaningful:
I use it because it is written by people who care deeply about what they do, and who want to keep improving. It reminds me of the Hebrew phrase tikkun olam, which means repairing (or healing) the world. Free Software means you can read the code, which means you can improve it — and then pass it on for the better. Free Software repairs the world by advancing projects made with integrity to people who need them, free of charge. One day, I hope to contribute code to projects that people use every day.
Tamara was an intern in a local hacklab and says that knowing and teaching the ideology and message of Free Software is crucial:
What is really important is that they, while teaching me the purely technical stuff about Linux and helping me with programming, were insisting that I know and get familiar with the ideology and what stands behind Free Software, and why is it crucial to us. They gave me documentaries to watch, they talked, shared, repeated. And I thank them. I am a better person and hacker and have made friends for life.
For Anna, Free Software is especially interesting when mixed with other aspects of an open society :
Today, February the 14th, is an international celebration of our love... for Free Software! People love it for all sorts of reasons, but for me, it's about the creative freedom that Free Software brings, with new software and new skills just a sudo yum install away. I feel especially blessed when Free Software meets Open Culture; then the party really gets started!
One speciality of #ilovefs is the broadband of people expressing their love for Free Software. Year after year we recognise that Free Software is not only a topic for programmers and professional users but for many groups of people: the average computer users, artists, journalists, companies, and among them also politicians. This year the parliamentary group of the Green party in Germany wrote how important Free Software is in times of global surveillance and in general. And as a small extra they also sent a nice picture, which deserves much respect considering the stressful schedule of politicians.
There were also several events which focussed on "I Love Free Software Day". In Manchester, Free Software was even celebrated with a week-long festival full of workshops about Bitcoin, encryption, Wordpress and Free Your Android. Anna and the other volunteers had a very busy week with co-organising it but it was worth it: More than 100 people were learning, teaching and having fun with Free Software!