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  4. <title>I ♥ Free Software - Testimonials - FSFE</title>
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  8. <p id="category"><a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/">I love Free Software</a></p>
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  10. <h1 class="p-name">Why they love Free Software</h1>
  11. <div class="e-content">
  12. <div class="p-summary">
  13. <p>Our online campaign aims at rising awareness to Free Software and the
  14. passionate, hard-working people behind it. Show them that you appreciate their
  15. work – it could make all the difference! Others already did so, and here you can
  16. read why they love Free Software.</p>
  17. </div>
  18. <!-- 2014 -->
  19. <!--1 SCHULTE Stefanie-->
  20. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  21. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/schulte.png"/>
  22. <p><em>"I love free software because it has so much in common with the
  23. cooperative movement. Both - the Raiffeisen movement that started more than
  24. 150 years ago - and the Free Software Community emphasize democracy,
  25. transparency, pluralism, consistency, reliability and focus. Both enable
  26. people to solve important problems together. I also love Free Software
  27. because I am a long-term GNU/Linux user and an active contributor to the
  28. PmWiki project."</em><br/>
  29. — <strong>Stefanie Schulte</strong>, public relations specialist
  30. </p>
  31. </div>
  32. <!-- 2013 -->
  33. <!--1 BARBIERI Massimo-->
  34. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  35. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/barbieri.jpg"/>
  36. <p><em>"A few decades ago the word "Freedom" had a very different meaning than
  37. today. We live in a digital society in which many aspects of our lives, and of
  38. our Freedom, go through a digital medium. Having full control of the software we
  39. use is therefore the only way to achieve full control of our Freedom. I love
  40. Free Software because I take care of my Freedom."</em><br/>
  41. — <strong>Massimo Barbieri</strong>, Member of the
  42. <a href="">LUG Scandiano</a> and
  43. Fellow of FSFE
  44. </p>
  45. </div>
  46. <!--2 CONSONNI Christian-->
  47. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  48. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/consonni_sm.jpg"/>
  49. <p><em>"I love free software because it empowers people, free software puts
  50. you in condition to do things you could not do before, because it
  51. increases your knowledge and renders you more aware of your
  52. possibilities. I discovered free software at university, and since
  53. then a whole world has unfolded for me; and it is there, waiting to be
  54. used and waiting for another contributor. With free software I have
  55. done something that, before, I did much less: learning! I have learned
  56. not only more about computer science but also valuable skills for my
  57. studies and my job. So I have to say a big "Thank you" to all the
  58. people who are spending their time and providing us with great
  59. software."</em><br/>
  60. — <strong>Christian Consonni</strong>, vice-president of Wikimedia Italy.
  61. </p>
  62. </div>
  63. <!--3 GRATZER Franz-->
  64. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  65. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/gratzer_sm.jpg"/>
  66. <p><em>"As a web designer I spend most of the time working on computers.
  67. Usability is a big issue for me. And a very important part of usability
  68. is the compliance with well defined open standards because every program
  69. can be built to support these norms. It's insane not comply with them if
  70. you want to provide a diverse audience with a certain design and a clear
  71. and reliable interaction. Free software is built around open standards.
  72. Unfortunately big proprietary software vendors ignore those standards
  73. building solutions which work for their own products only. I don't want
  74. to support this greed and take a stand for reasoning and cooperation by
  75. using free software and supplying media in formats which can be accessed
  76. freely without the need to accept unfavourable limitations.
  77. Franz Gratzer, active for veganism, the environment and Fellow of the
  78. FSFE"</em><br/>
  79. — <strong>Franz Gratzer</strong>.
  80. </p>
  81. </div>
  82. <!--4 JELMORINI, Nicola-->
  83. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  84. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/jelmorini_sm.jpg"/>
  85. <p><em>"The reason why "I love Free Software" it's in the phrase itself.
  86. Be free is important, be free to manage my computer as I want is important,
  87. be free to learn always something from other fellows is important, be free
  88. to teach always something to other fellows is important.
  89. All of this is possible only with Free Software, and since I joined the
  90. cause, I couldn't live without anymore.
  91. Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, LibreOffice, Gimp, Blender, Chromium, just to name
  92. few, and many more free software that I use every day, allows me do what I
  93. want, in the way I want.
  94. No matter if I have to write a document, do some calculations, write
  95. software code, create some graphics, or simply enjoy a game or watch a
  96. film. Free Software it's always there with a simple and effective solution
  97. for me in any field."</em><br/>
  98. — <strong>Nicola Jelmorini.</strong>
  99. </p>
  100. </div>
  101. <!--5 KRETSCHMANN Kai-->
  102. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  103. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/kkretschmann_sm.jpg"/>
  104. <p><em>"I like, support and need "Free Software".
  105. It is a fundamental part of the internet as we know it, a basic
  106. precondition of a free Internet and even supports in some way the
  107. democracy around the world.
  108. Free Software isn't only a cheap way to get a MS Word clone. It is a
  109. political statement and even a religion for some developers."</em><br/>
  110. — <strong>Kai Kretschmann</strong><!--,proud supporter of FSFE, active
  111. Pirate-Party-Member in Germany
  112. and Developer day&amp;night.-->
  113. </p>
  114. </div>
  115. <!--6 OBERG Jonas-->
  116. <div class="testimonial">
  117. <img src="/about/oberg/avatar.jpg"/>
  118. <p><em>"On Valentines Day, the Society for Free Culture and Software, extends their
  119. love to projects such as Audacity, GIMP, Inkscape and other audiovisual tools.
  120. These tools form the backbone of the infrastructure needed to support free
  121. culture and while Free Culture could technically exist independently of Free
  122. Software, the two movements share a common philosophy of freedom which make the
  123. two inseparable. Without Free Software, our activities would be so much more
  124. difficult to carry out, and no Free Culture project would be able to enjoy the
  125. full freedoms without the infrastructure created by Free Software projects such
  126. as those outlined before. To everyone engaged in supporting this
  127. infrastructure: thank you! We love you!"</em><br/>
  128. — <strong>Jonas Oberg</strong>, <a href="">Society for Free
  129. Culture and Software (Föreningen fri kultur och programvara)</a></p>
  130. </div>
  131. <!--7 RUSU Valentin -->
  132. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  133. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/rusu_sm.jpg"/>
  134. <p><em>"Why I love Free Software? Because it let's me do cool things whithout
  135. having to work in some big USA-based software company."</em><br/>
  136. — <strong>Valentin Rusu</strong>
  137. </p>
  138. </div>
  139. <!--8 SCHUMACHER Cornelius-->
  140. <div class="testimonial">
  141. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/schumacher.jpg"/>
  142. <p><em>"Free Software is central to everything KDE does and without Free Software KDE
  143. software could not exist.</em></p>
  144. <p><em>KDE relies overwhelmingly on volunteer contributions from people all around
  145. the world who, initially, do not know one another. Free Software provides the
  146. social contract that makes such contributions possible, as our volunteers know
  147. they are helping to create a common good that can be shared by all.</em></p>
  148. <p><em>Free Software and the shared purpose it creates also gives KDE its distinctive
  149. non-hierarchical meritocratic structure. Without the principles of Free
  150. Software, KDE would need centralised control of the software copyrights and,
  151. in turn, a set of leaders determining the direction of the software we
  152. produce. Our contributors would have less ability to try out new ideas, to
  153. work on the things that really matter to them and, above all, to be Free.</em></p>
  154. <p><em>Without Free Software, there would be no KDE. Free Software gives KDE life.
  155. KDE loves Free Software."</em><br/>
  156. — <strong>Cornelius Schumacher</strong>, <a href="">President
  157. of KDE e.V.</a> </p>
  158. </div>
  159. <!--9 WOOLFREY Chris-->
  160. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  161. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/woolfrey_sm.jpg"/>
  162. <p><em>"I love Free Software because it presents an alternative when it feels like
  163. there can never be an alternative."</em><br/>
  164. — <strong>Chris Woolfrey</strong><!--, Journalist and Fiction writer.-->
  165. </p>
  166. </div>
  167. <!--10 ZACCHIROLI Stefano-->
  168. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  169. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/zack_sm.jpg"/>
  170. <p><em>"I love Free Software because we depend more and more upon software, in
  171. every moment of our lives. It is software that handles our email and
  172. social network activities when we communicate; it is software that
  173. controls our ovens and fridges when to prepare our meals; it is software
  174. that drives cars and airplanes when we travel around the world; it is
  175. software that keeps many of us alive when we need hospital equipment or
  176. bio-medical devices like pacemakers. A world without Free Software
  177. means being held hostage by proprietary software authors that run our
  178. lives. I love Free Software because it can set us free."</em><br/>
  179. — <strong>Dr. Stefano Zacchiroli</strong>, Debian Project Leader, Scientist and Free Software Developer
  180. </p>
  181. </div>
  182. <!--11 ZUTHER Martin-->
  183. <div class="testimonial" style="margin-bottom:3em">
  184. <img src="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/mzuther_sm.jpg"/>
  185. <p><em>"I love free software because it's like a car that comes with complete service
  186. manual and every tool you might ever need -- I can repair it and even add new
  187. features myself! If I do, other users may benefit from my changes, and if
  188. I can't, there's always a community that is more than willing to help."</em><br/>
  189. — <strong>Martin Zuther</strong>
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