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<title>#ilovefs Report 2015</title>
<h1>#ilovefs Report 2015</h1>
<div class="captioned right" style="max-width: 600px; width: 50%;">
<a href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html"><img src="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/photos/gallery/ilovefs-gallery-thumb-39.jpg" alt="Someone expressing her love for TOR, because it saves lives in Turkey." width="100%" /></a>
<p>Someone expressing her love for TOR, because it saves lives in Turkey.</p>
<p>On Saturday, 14 February 2015, people all over the world
showed Free Software contributors their appreciation. It was the fifth year the
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) asked people to participate in the “I
Love Free Software” day. This report shows a variety of love declarations that
happened this day, including blog posts, pictures, comics, poems, and an
#ilovefs Android library. The FSFE thanks everybody who motivated Free Software
contributors this year, and ask everybody to mark 14 February in their
calendars for next year's “I love Free Software” day.</p>
<h2>Your cryptovalentine and our defenders of privacy</h2>
<p>This year many people focused their activities on -- <a
FSFE's president Karsten Gerloff described as</a> -- “powerful tools that help
us defend and regain the freedoms we’ve lost, and the ones we’ve given up”: Our
sister organisation encouraged people to ask someone they like -- romantically
or otherwise -- <a
href="">to be
their “cryptovalentine”</a>. <a
Ockers</a>, <a
vice president Matthias Kirschner</a>, and many people in our <a href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">photo gallery</a> expressed their
appreciation to all the hardworking Free Software contributors who work for our
privacy like GnuPG, Tor, Tails, Chatsecure and many others.</p>
<p>In their <a
EFF explained why they love Free Software</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>“Without the freedom to fix security holes and share these
changes with others, nonfree software leaves computer users to fend for
themselves. Free software reintroduces a sense of solidarity amongst computer
users. Rather than developing a dependency on a single vendor, users are free 
to collaborate with others to add features and fix bugs. In contrast, changes
to proprietary programs depend on the whim of a program's
<div class="captioned left" style="max-width: 300px; width: 50%;">
<a href="">
alt="Maurice Verheesen expressing his love for GnuPG" width="100%" />
<p>Maurice Verheesen expressing his love for GnuPG</p>
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<a href="">
alt="Cryptie expressing her love for Chatsecure" width="100%" />
<p>Cryptie expressing her love for Chatsecure</p>
<h2>Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.</h2>
<p>There were also many people who praised the value of working
together in the huge amount of communities Free Software brought into the world.
For example, <a
Tryon</a>, who already is a very active part in some projects and urges
others to acknowledge the people behind Free Software. Similar messages
come from successful Free Software communities themselves who build
upon the shoulders of giants. <a href="">Debian</a>,
<a href="">KDE</a>,
<a href="">MegaGlest</a>,
<a href="">OpenSUSE</a>, <a
href="">OwnCloud</a>, and others
appreciate the many projects around them from which they can learn and
give back to, but also the vast number of individuals who participate
by coding, translating, writing documentation, and spending valuable time in general.
FSFE's <a
href="">Matija Šuklje takes the
same line</a> when saying that there are a lot of (not only) Free
Software projects which inspire and impress him every day. And <a
href="">Silke Meyer</a>
also looks at the Free Software movement from a political viewpoint
when stating that it is crucial for free communication between people
and that we do not only need code but also the people who fight as
activists for a free society:</p>
<blockquote><p>"Thanks to all those who do not contribute to free
software projects but who work on this by political intervention,
campaigning, activism! We can’t win this by just developing free
software. But we can’t win it without free software
<h2>Love poems</h2>
<p><a href="">Framasoft
published two beautiful but unfortunately untranslatable poems in French</a>
and in <a href="">Nico Rikken wrote a
love poem</a> dedicated to the diagramming software “Dia”:</p>
Roses are red. Handles are green.<br />
You’re the finest diagramming software I have ever seen.<br />
Always there to help me out. And you ask nothing in return.<br />
Creating things together is all I really yearn.<br />
Dia I know we will be a great team.<br />
We can work together even upstream.<br />
So let this be my tag line:<br />
Would you be my Valentine?<br />
<h2>What else happened?</h2>
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<a href=""><img src="/news/2015/graphics/robo-romeo.jpg" alt="hackerspace with #ilovefs posters, postcard, robot saying Romeo, oh Romeo" width="100%" /></a>
<p>Hackerspace themed with #ilovefs, CC-BY 4.0 Matija Šuklje</p>
<p>There was a huge amount of messages in social networks, people expressed
their love in pictures (e.g. <a
href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">in our gallery</a>, or by <a
href="">members of the Vignate GNU/Linux user
group</a>), posters were created (e.g. <a
href="">by Linda
Martinez)</a>, the <a
Foundation themed their bug tracker</a>, and Anatolij Zelenin wrote an <a
href="">Android I love Free Software
Day library</a> which is already included in the Android app Mirakel.</p>
<p>Like in the last years we had many organisations and individuals thanking
Free Software contributors in articles. Beside the others mentioned before, for
example <a href="">Dario Tordoni
thanked the F-Droid developers</a>, <a
Leuchtenbörger wrote why he loves learning vocabulary with AnkiDroid in
combination with QuickDi</a>, and <a
Mehl thanked the contributors of Taskwarrior</a>, command-line task-management
<p>We were happy to see many organisations expressing their love in other
languages than English, for example: <a
href="">Framasoft (in
French)</a>, <a
Germany (in German)</a>, <a
href="">KDE Spain (in
<a href="">the German Green
Party (in German)</a>, which also announced that they will soon hand in a
parliamentary enquiry about Free Software.</p>
<h2>Mark the date for next year!</h2>
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<a href=""><img src="/news/2015/graphics/ilovefs-comic-jaime-le-logiciel-libre-thumb.png" alt="Part of the comic strip" width="100%" /></a>
<p><a href="">Comic strip “J’aime le logiciel libre” in French by Grise Bouille</a>.</p>
<p>We hope all Free Software contributors out there were motivated by this
year's #ilovefs day. But maybe all the people, who participated this year,
missed to thank <strong>your</strong> favourite Free Software program's
contributors. That is not a bug, it is a feature! Add a reminder to your
calendar for 14 February and thank those who have been forgotten this year. (Of
course you can also show your appreciation for Free Software contributors
during the rest of the year, too.)</p>
<h2>More about #ilovefs</h2>
<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="/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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