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  4. <title>#ilovefs Report 2014</title>
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  6. <body class="press release">
  7. <h1>#ilovefs Report 2014</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">On February 14th, people all around the world expressed
  9. their gratitude and appreciation not only to their partner but also to Free
  10. Software and its contributors. With our yearly #ilovefs we asked you to
  11. thank your favourite developers and projects and were overwhelmed by the
  12. resonance in <a href="#id-more-blog-posts">blogs</a>, <a href=
  13. "">social networks</a>, and mailing
  14. lists.</p>
  15. <div class="captioned right" style="max-width: 600px; width: 30%;">
  16. <a href=""><img src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-cakes.jpg" alt="Delicious looking
  17. cakes with ilovefs flags" width="100%" /></a>
  18. </div>
  19. <p>Developers and contributors of Free Software projects work hard to ensure
  20. our freedom and on this day surely many of them gained new motivation. Thank
  21. you for participating in this year's #ilovefs campaign and enjoy some of the
  22. many love declarations we collected:</p>
  23. <p>Adrienne sees Free Software as an important part of her life and explains
  24. why <a href="
  25. ">even little steps in using Free Software are meaningful</a>:</p>
  26. <blockquote><p>I use it because it is written by people who care deeply
  27. about what they do, and who want to keep improving. It reminds me of the
  28. Hebrew phrase <em>tikkun olam</em>, which means repairing (or healing) the
  29. world. Free Software means you can read the code, which means you can
  30. improve it — and then pass it on for the better. Free Software repairs the
  31. world by advancing projects made with integrity to people who need them,
  32. free of charge. One day, I hope to contribute code to projects that people
  33. use every day.</p></blockquote>
  34. <div class="captioned right" style="max-width: 600px; width: 35%;">
  35. <a href=""><img
  36. src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-hug-a-gnu.png" alt="Roses are red, violets
  37. are blue, this valentine's day hug a gnu" width="100%" /></a>
  38. </div>
  39. <p>Tamara was an intern in a local hacklab and says that <a href=
  40. "">
  41. knowing and teaching the ideology and message of Free Software is
  42. crucial</a>:</p>
  43. <blockquote><p>What is really important is that they, while teaching me the
  44. purely technical stuff about Linux and helping me with programming, were
  45. insisting that I know and get familiar with the ideology and what stands
  46. behind Free Software, and why is it crucial to us. They gave me
  47. documentaries to watch, they talked, shared, repeated. And I thank them. I
  48. am a better person and hacker and have made friends for life.</p></blockquote>
  49. <p>For Anna, Free Software is especially interesting when <a href=
  50. "">mixed with other aspects of an open society
  51. </a>:</p>
  52. <blockquote><p>Today, February the 14th, is an international celebration of
  53. our love... for Free Software! People love it for all sorts of reasons, but
  54. for me, it's about the creative freedom that Free Software brings, with new
  55. software and new skills just a sudo yum install away. I feel especially
  56. blessed when Free Software meets Open Culture; then the party really gets
  57. started! </p></blockquote>
  58. <h3>#ilovefs is crossing borders</h3>
  59. <div class="captioned left" style="max-width: 650px; width: 40%;">
  60. <img src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-german-green.jpg" alt="German green
  61. parliamentary group with an ilovefs picture" width="100%" />
  62. </div>
  63. <p>One speciality of #ilovefs is the broadband of people expressing their
  64. love for Free Software. Year after year we recognise that Free Software is
  65. not only a topic for programmers and professional users but for many groups
  66. of people: the average computer users, artists, journalists, companies, and
  67. among them also politicians. This year the parliamentary group of the Green
  68. party in Germany <a href="">
  69. wrote how important Free Software is in times of global surveillance and in
  70. general</a>. And as a small extra they also sent a picture expressing their
  71. appreciation for the Free Software community, among them Katrin
  72. Göring-Eckardt, Toni Hofreiter, Britta Haßelmann, Claudia Roth, Jan Phillip
  73. Albrecht, Hans-Christian Stöbele, and Konstantin von Notz.</p>
  74. <div class="captioned center" style="max-width: 900px; width: 100%;">
  75. <a href=""><img
  76. src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-comic.jpg" alt="Comic expressing the love for
  77. Free Software" width="100%" /></a>
  78. </div>
  79. <p>There were also several events which focussed on "I Love Free Software
  80. Day". In Manchester, <a href=
  81. "">
  82. Free Software was even celebrated with a week-long festival</a> full of
  83. workshops about Bitcoin, encryption, Wordpress and Free Your Android. Anna
  84. and the other volunteers had a very busy week with co-organising it but it
  85. was worth it: More than 100 people were learning, teaching and having fun
  86. with Free Software!</p>
  87. <h3>Media coverage</h3>
  88. <p>The "I love Free Software Day" was also topic in several online news. For
  89. example, the campaign was promoted in <a href=
  90. "">
  91. Linux-Journalist</a>, <a href=
  92. "">Unwatched</a>, <a
  93. href=
  94. "
  95. re-Liebe-fuer-Freie-Software">Linux-Community</a>, <a href=
  96. ""></a>, <a href=
  97. "
  98. freie-Software">Linux-Magazin</a>, <a href=
  99. "
  100. ilovefs.html">ICT News</a>, <a href=
  101. "
  102. ss-du-ihn-liebst/">Dropnodes Magazin</a>, and <a href=
  103. "">Netzpolitik</a>.</p>
  104. <h3>More blog posts</h3>
  105. <p>Beside the high participation in microblogs we also noticed a lot of blog
  106. posts this year. Below you can find a selection of articles you should have a
  107. look at:</p>
  108. <p>Many authors dedicated their post to particular projects or developers, for example:</p>
  109. <ul>
  110. <li><a href="">Andreas Färber from SUSE</a>
  111. thanked the QEMU developers, </li>
  112. <li><a href="">Anatolij Zelenin</a>
  113. wrote a small library for Android containing some information about #ilovefs, </li>
  114. <li><a href="">Isabel</a>
  115. says thank you to the contributors to Apache, Debian, Eclipse, Elasticsearch,
  116. Linux, ZeroMQ, any all other useful Free Software projects, </li>
  117. <li><a href="">Max Mehl</a>
  118. presented ZNC, an IRC bouncer with lots of functionalities, </li>
  119. <li><a href="">Erik Albers</a>
  120. thanked the developers of OsmAnd for making the planning of his bicycle tours
  121. so much easier, </li>
  122. <li><a href="">Karsten Gerloff</a>
  123. said thank you to wget, a small, fast and efficient tool for downloading used
  124. also by whistleblowers. </li>
  125. <li><a href="">Guido Arnold</a>
  126. appreciates org-mode for making his planning process much more easier, whereas </li>
  127. <li><a href="">Jens Lechtenbörger</a>
  128. lists a lot of usefull Free Software apps for his new Fairphone which respect
  129. his privacy and </li>
  130. <li><a href="">Tobias Platen</a>
  131. also appreciates the release of the Fairphone kernel under GPL although there
  132. are a lot of other things to improve. </li>
  133. <li><a href="">Matthias Kirschner</a>
  134. dedicated his post to the developers to his favourite music player programs, </li>
  135. <li><a href="">fedoraFTW</a>
  136. highlights the importance of freedom for all people working on the fedora OS, </li>
  137. <li><a href="">Hugo Roy</a>
  138. explains why he probably will never use another email client than mutt, </li>
  139. <li><a href="">Konstantin and Paul</a>
  140. from Fairnopoly present Blender, zsh, vim, and Tmux as essential parts of
  141. their work, </li>
  142. <li><a href="">Martin Ingenhoven</a>
  143. thanks among others Gnome, ufraw, pinta, digikam, XFCE, and GIMP for their
  144. work. </li>
  145. <li><a href="">Mirco Lang</a>
  146. shows his readers why simple text adventures like "robot finds kitten" are
  147. great and </li>
  148. <li><a href="">Sven Lamprecht</a>
  149. dedicates his #ilovefs post to darktable, kdenlive, and ArchLinux.</li>
  150. </ul>
  151. <p>There were also a lot of articles about Free Software and its advantages in
  152. general, for example from:</p>
  153. <ul>
  154. <li><a href="">Kevin Keijzer</a>
  155. who helps other people by building computers from old hardware which only
  156. runs with Free Software or from</li>
  157. <li><a href="">Siegrid</a>
  158. who appreciates especially the independence gained by the usage of Free
  159. Software. </li>
  160. <li><a href="">Christoph Langner</a>
  161. loves the political and democratical aspect of Free Software whereas</li>
  162. <li><a href="">Oskar Welzl</a>
  163. used the #ilovefs day for telling interested co-workers about the importance of
  164. Free Software. The</li>
  165. <li><a href="">Free Software Foundation</a>
  166. offers a long list of software they use on a regular basis for their tasks and</li>
  167. <li><a href="">totschka</a>
  168. likes the philosphy of community and freedom.</li>
  169. <li><a href="">Benjamin</a>
  170. gains a lot of knowledge and fun by using Free Software and </li>
  171. <li><a href="">Steve Woods</a>
  172. would simply be lost without the Free Software he uses every day.</li>
  173. </ul>
  174. <p>There were also a lot of posts in other languages, for example from
  175. <a href="">Databiblioteket</a>
  176. , <a href="">Emilio Gil</a>
  177. , <a href="">Geekstorming</a>
  178. , <a href="">HUP</a>
  179. , <a href="">Planeta Diego</a>
  180. , <a href="">Victorhck in the free world</a>
  181. , <a href=";amp;view=article&amp;id=246">Association of Greek Users and Friends of FS / OSS</a>
  182. , or <a href="">Carsten Agger</a>
  183. </p>
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  186. <h2>More about #ilovefs</h2>
  187. <ul>
  188. <li><a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/ilovefs.html">#ilovefs campaign 2014</a></li>
  189. <li><a href="/news/2013/news-20130221-01.html">#ilovefs 2013 Report</a></li>
  190. <li><a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/whylovefs.html">Why people love Free Software</a></li>
  191. <li><a href="/campaigns/ilovefs/artwork/artwork.html">Graphics to include on your website</a></li>
  192. <li><a href="/order/order.html">Get #ilovefs T-shirts</a></li>
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