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<h1>Show your love for Free Software</h1>
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<p>Every year on 14th February, the Free Software Foundation Europe
asks all Free Software users to think about the hard-working
people in the Free Software community and to show them their
appreciation individually on this "I love Free Software"-Day.</p>
<p><a href="/news/2014/news-20140221-01.html">Like last year</a> the
campaign is dedicated to the people behind Free Software because they
enable us to use, study, share and improve the software which enables
us to work in freedom. This time the focus especially lies on the small
contributions to the big picture of the Free Software community.</p>
<blockquote><p>"When people think of the Free Software they need and
admire, many think of large well-known applications. These softwares and
the organisations behind it are very important indeed. But we should
also think of the countless developers who spend their free or work
time to write and improve the smaller bits of software we also rely
on." says Max Mehl, this year's <a href=
"http://ilovefs.org">#ilovefs</a> campaign manager. "Coders are no
machines and their contributions deserve our respect and
gratitude."</p></blockquote>
<p>For I love Free Software Day 2015 FSFE has several suggestions how
to show one's love to the people behind Free Software, for example:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Pictures</strong> A picture is worth thousand words. The
Free Software Foundation Europe already <a
href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">collected some
images</a> of people showing how they express their support for Free Software
developers in public. That's a very individual way to
participate.</li>
<li><strong>Postcards</strong> If you rather prefer to clothe your
thoughts in words the brand-new postcards enable you to do so. It's
either suitable for your valentine or for developers which software
you adore. The postcards <a
href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#ilovefs-campaign">can be
ordered</a> for free just like FSFE's other promotion material.</li>
<li><strong>#ilovefs</strong> always had great online impact so FSFE
is once again looking forward to seeing a lot of messages on
microblogs, social networks, mailing lists, and blogs in a variety of
languages.</li>
<li><strong>Donations</strong> to developers and organisations
dedicated to Free Software are another way how to declare one's
appreciation. Invite them for a drink or donate to their projects, <a
href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">to FSFE</a> or to <a
href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/DonateToFreeSoftwareProjects">other
supporters of Free Software</a>.</li>
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<blockquote><p>"Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives. It is
important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us.
Free Software contributors give everybody else the freedom to use,
understand, adapt and share the software they have written. This way
they help to support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of
speech, freedom of press and privacy." says Matthias Kirschner,
FSFE's Vice President. "We should not underestimate the power of a
simple "thank you" to motivate them in their important work for
society. So say thank you on 14th February!"</p></blockquote>
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<h2>More about #ilovefs</h2>
<ul>
<li><a href="/activities/ilovefs/">#ilovefs campaign 2015</a></li>
<li><a href="/news/2014/news-20140221-01.html">#ilovefs 2014 Report</a></li>
<li><a href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">Photo gallery of people loving Free Software</a></li>
<li><a href="/order/order.html">Order #ilovefs T-shirts</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>
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