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<h1>#ilovefs Report 2014</h1>
<p>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 <a href="#id-more-blog-posts">blogs</a>, <a href=
"https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ilovefs">social networks</a>, and mailing
lists.</p>
<div class="captioned right" style="max-width: 600px; width: 30%;">
<a href="https://twitter.com/twago_de/status/434274647182286850"><img src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-cakes.jpg" alt="Delicious looking
cakes with ilovefs flags" width="100%" /></a>
</div>
<p>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:</p>
<p>Adrienne sees Free Software as an important part of her life and explains
why <a href="http://cracktheplates.com/2014/02/i-love-free-software/
">even little steps in using Free Software are meaningful</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>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 <em>tikkun olam</em>, 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.</p></blockquote>
<div class="captioned right" style="max-width: 600px; width: 35%;">
<a href="https://twitter.com/ossington/status/434342707624804352"><img
src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-hug-a-gnu.png" alt="Roses are red, violets
are blue, this valentine's day hug a gnu" width="100%" /></a>
</div>
<p>Tamara was an intern in a local hacklab and says that <a href=
"http://tamaraatanasoska.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/i-love-free-software/">
knowing and teaching the ideology and message of Free Software is
crucial</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>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.</p></blockquote>
<p>For Anna, Free Software is especially interesting when <a href=
"http://www.phplist.com/?lid=635">mixed with other aspects of an open society
</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>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! </p></blockquote>
<h3>#ilovefs is crossing borders</h3>
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<img src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-german-green.jpg" alt="German green
parliamentary group with an ilovefs picture" width="100%" />
</div>
<p>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 <a href="http://gruen-digital.de/2014/02/we-free-software/">
wrote how important Free Software is in times of global surveillance and in
general</a>. And as a small extra they also sent a picture expressing their
appreciation for the Free Software community, among them Katrin
Göring-Eckardt, Toni Hofreiter, Britta Haßelmann, Claudia Roth, Jan Phillip
Albrecht, Hans-Christian Stöbele, and Konstantin von Notz.</p>
<div class="captioned center" style="max-width: 900px; width: 100%;">
<a href="https://twitter.com/Damnit_Don/status/434373403235983360"><img
src="/news/2014/graphics/ilovefs-comic.jpg" alt="Comic expressing the love for
Free Software" width="100%" /></a>
</div>
<p>There were also several events which focussed on "I Love Free Software
Day". In Manchester, <a href=
"http://freeasinfreedom.org.uk/what-we-did-becase-we-love-free-software/">
Free Software was even celebrated with a week-long festival</a> 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!</p>
<h3>Media coverage</h3>
<p>The "I love Free Software Day" was also topic in several online news. For
example, the campaign was promoted in <a href=
"http://www.linux-journalist.com/2014/02/14/i-love-free-software/">
Linux-Journalist</a>, <a href=
"http://www.unwatched.org/20140214_Iilovefs_day_2014">Unwatched</a>, <a
href=
"http://www.linux-community.de/Internal/User-Blogs/Majestyx-Blog/Zeigen-Sie-Ih
re-Liebe-fuer-Freie-Software">Linux-Community</a>, <a href=
"http://www.heise.de/open/meldung/Freie-Software-zum-Valentinstag-ilovefs-2110959.html">heise.de</a>, <a href=
"http://www.linux-magazin.de/NEWS/Zum-Valentinstag-Zeigen-Sie-Ihre-Liebe-fuer-
freie-Software">Linux-Magazin</a>, <a href=
"http://ict-news-sampling.blogspot.de/2014/02/freie-software-zum-valentinstag-
ilovefs.html">ICT News</a>, <a href=
"http://www.dropnodes.de/webentwicklung/2014/ilovefs-zeig-deinem-entwickler-da
ss-du-ihn-liebst/">Dropnodes Magazin</a>, and <a href=
"http://netzpolitik.org/2014/i-%E2%9D%A4-free-software/">Netzpolitik</a>.</p>
<h3>More blog posts</h3>
<p>Beside the high participation in microblogs we also noticed a lot of blog
posts this year. Below you can find a selection of articles you should have a
look at:</p>
<p>Many authors dedicated their post to particular projects or developers, for example:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://amosk.info/blog/archives/1030/">Andreas Färber from SUSE</a>
thanked the QEMU developers, </li>
<li><a href="http://azapps.de/blog/2014/02/12/ilovefs-day/">Anatolij Zelenin</a>
wrote a small library for Android containing some information about #ilovefs, </li>
<li><a href="http://blog.drost-fromm.de/posts/i-love-fs-2014.html">Isabel</a>
says thank you to the contributors to Apache, Debian, Eclipse, Elasticsearch,
Linux, ZeroMQ, any all other useful Free Software projects, </li>
<li><a href="http://blog.max-mehl.com/2014/i-love-znc-because-ilovefs/">Max Mehl</a>
presented ZNC, an IRC bouncer with lots of functionalities, </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/eal/2014/02/14/i-love-free-software-osmand/">Erik Albers</a>
thanked the developers of OsmAnd for making the planning of his bicycle tours
so much easier, </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/02/14/ilovefs-the-humble-downloader-that-could/">Karsten Gerloff</a>
said thank you to wget, a small, fast and efficient tool for downloading used
also by whistleblowers. </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2014/02/ilovefs-thank-you-to-carsten-dominic-and-bastien-guerry-developers-of-org-mode/">Guido Arnold</a>
appreciates org-mode for making his planning process much more easier, whereas </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/jens.lechtenboerger/2014/02/14/my-fairphone-and-i-love-free-software/">Jens Lechtenbörger</a>
lists a lot of usefull Free Software apps for his new Fairphone which respect
his privacy and </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/tobias_platen/2014/02/14/fairphone-kernel-released/">Tobias Platen</a>
also appreciates the release of the Fairphone kernel under GPL although there
are a lot of other things to improve. </li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/why-i-love-mpd-ncmpcpp-and-mpdroid/">Matthias Kirschner</a>
dedicated his post to the developers to his favourite music player programs, </li>
<li><a href="http://fedoraftw.com/today-february-14th-2014-i-love-free-software-day/">fedoraFTW</a>
highlights the importance of freedom for all people working on the fedora OS, </li>
<li><a href="http://hroy.eu/posts/ilovefs-mutt/">Hugo Roy</a>
explains why he probably will never use another email client than mutt, </li>
<li><a href="http://info.fairnopoly.de/fn-%E2%99%A5-free-software/">Konstantin and Paul</a>
from Fairnopoly present Blender, zsh, vim, and Tmux as essential parts of
their work, </li>
<li><a href="http://wordpress.martiningenhoven.de/archives/verschenkt-blumen-ilovefs/">Martin Ingenhoven</a>
thanks among others Gnome, ufraw, pinta, digikam, XFCE, and GIMP for their
work. </li>
<li><a href="http://www.gizlog.de/2014/robot-finds-kitten-ilovefs-yarfork/">Mirco Lang</a>
shows his readers why simple text adventures like "robot finds kitten" are
great and </li>
<li><a href="http://www.laemplein.de/index.php/blog/100-ilovefs14/">Sven Lamprecht</a>
dedicates his #ilovefs post to darktable, kdenlive, and ArchLinux.</li>
</ul>
<p>There were also a lot of articles about Free Software and its advantages in
general, for example from:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/the_unconventional/2014/02/14/i-love-free-software-because-it-allows-me-to-be-free-to-help-others/">Kevin Keijzer</a>
who helps other people by building computers from old hardware which only
runs with Free Software or from</li>
<li><a href="http://kreativeffekt.at/2014/02/14/i-love-free-software/">Siegrid</a>
who appreciates especially the independence gained by the usage of Free
Software. </li>
<li><a href="http://linuxundich.de/ubuntu/heute-ist-der-i-love-free-software-tag-2014/">Christoph Langner</a>
loves the political and democratical aspect of Free Software whereas</li>
<li><a href="http://oskar.twoday.net/stories/689714069/">Oskar Welzl</a>
used the #ilovefs day for telling interested co-workers about the importance of
Free Software. The</li>
<li><a href="http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/thank-you-for-the-software-that-makes-our-work-possible/">Free Software Foundation</a>
offers a long list of software they use on a regular basis for their tasks and</li>
<li><a href="http://totschka.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/ich-liebe-freie-software-tag-2014/">totschka</a>
likes the philosphy of community and freedom.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.lebsanft.org/?p=44/">Benjamin</a>
gains a lot of knowledge and fun by using Free Software and </li>
<li><a href="http://www.slwoods.co.uk/?p=3643/">Steve Woods</a>
would simply be lost without the Free Software he uses every day.</li>
</ul>
<p>There were also a lot of posts in other languages, for example from
<a href="http://databiblioteket.com/fri-programvara/298-i-love-free-software-day-2014/">Databiblioteket</a>
, <a href="http://emiliogil.com/todo-mi-carino-por-los-desarrolladores-de-software-libre/">Emilio Gil</a>
, <a href="http://geekstorming.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/confieso-que-ilovefs/comment-page-1/">Geekstorming</a>
, <a href="http://hup.hu/cikkek/20140214/ilovefs/">HUP</a>
, <a href="http://planetadiego.com/2014/02/14/hoy-14-de-febrero-expresa-tu-amor-por-el-software-libre/">Planeta Diego</a>
, <a href="http://victorhckinthefreeworld.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/muestra-tu-amor-por-el-software-libre/">Victorhck in the free world</a>
, <a href="http://www.greeklug.gr/index.php?option=com_content&amp;amp;view=article&amp;id=246">Association of Greek Users and Friends of FS / OSS</a>
, or <a href="http://www.modspil.dk/itpolitik/lumicall___gratis_krypterede_telefonsamtaler_fra_android_til_android.html/">Carsten Agger</a>
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<h2>More about #ilovefs</h2>
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<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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