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<title>Show your love for Free Software</title>
<h1>Show your love for Free Software</h1>
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<p>On 14th February, the Free Software Foundation Europe
asks all Free Software users to think about the dedicated hard-working
people in the Free Software community and to show them their appreciation <a
href="/news/2013/news-20130221-01.html">like last year</a>.</p>
<blockquote><p>"Every day, we use Free Software and often take it for
granted. We write bug reports, tell others how they should improve their
software, or ask them for new features. Often we are not shy about
criticising. So, to let the people in Free Software receive a positive
feedback once a year, there is the 'I love Free Software day'."
says FSFE's vice president Matthias Kirschner, who initiated the <a href=
"">#ilovefs campaign</a> in 2010.</p></blockquote>
<p>For the <a href="">"I love Free Software Day"</a> the
FSFE has several suggestions how to show your love creatively to the people
behind Free Software, including:</p>
<li>Write an e-mail or letter to contributors expressing how much you like
what they are doing.</li>
<li>Share your feelings about Free Software in social networks and
microblogs using <a href="">#ilovefs
</a>. Or write a blog post about your favourite Free Software application.
<li>Buy your favourite contributor a drink. Or buy someone else a drink
and while enjoying it, tell her/him about your favourite Free Software
<li>Give a contributor a hug (ask for permission first). You might wonder
how many Free Software developers live in your area!</li>
<li>Help us collecting quotes for our <a href=
"/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/whylovefs.html">testimonials of people loving
Free Software</a>. Ask developers, artists, politicians, or other users to
send their quote to <email></email>.</li>
<li>Take a picture of yourself showing your feelings for Free Software,
and post them online.</li>
<li>Donate to <a href="">Free Software initiatives</a>
or <a href= "">to FSFE</a>
to express your gratitude. They depend on your contribution to continue
their work. So check out your favourite organisation and make a donation.
You can be sure they will love you back.</li>
<li>Finally you can help spread the love by sharing the <a href="/activities/ilovefs/artwork/artwork.html">campaign banners</a>, by e-mail,
(micro)blog or by spreading through any social network (please use the
hashtag #ilovefs for this).</li>
<blockquote><p>"Free Software gains its strenghts by the community and
the ability to work together and join forces." says Matthias Kirschner. "We should not underestimate
the power of a simple "thank you" for people who are easing our everyday
work. So say thank you on 14th
<h2>More about #ilovefs</h2>
<li><a href="/activities/ilovefs/">#ilovefs campaign 2014</a></li>
<li><a href="/news/2013/news-20130221-01.html">#ilovefs 2013 Report</a></li>
<li><a href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/whylovefs.html">Why people love Free Software</a></li>
<li><a href="/activities/ilovefs/artwork/artwork.html">Graphics to include on your website</a></li>
<li><a href="/order/order.html">Get #ilovefs T-shirts</a></li>
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