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Show your love for free software on Valentine’s Day

The whiff of romance is in the air as restaurants, the cards business and florist gird their loins for Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is asking all free software romantics to do something different on Valentine’s Day: use the day as an opportunity to say “thank you” to one of the dedicated hard-working people in the free software community.

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Love free software? Show it on February 14th

“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 – and often we are not shy about criticising. So, to let the people in Free Software receive a positive feedback at least once a year, there is the ‘I love Free Software day’.” says Matthias Kirschner, who initiated the FSFE’s #ilovefs campaign.

For the”I love Free Software Day” the FSFE has several suggestions for showing your love to the people behind Free Software, including:

  • write an e-mail/letter, (micro-)blog post, to contributors expressing how much you like what they are doing;
  • buying your favourite contributor a drink. Or buy someone else a drink and while enjoying it, tell her/him about your favourite free software application;
  • give a contributor a hug (ask for permission first!);
  • take a picture of yourself showing your feelings for free software and post them online;
  • making a donation to the FSFE or another free software initiative to express your gratitude. They depend on your contributions to continue their work;
  • Finally, you can help spread the love by sharing the campaign banners, by e-mail, (micro)blog or by spreading through any social network using the hashtag #ilovefs.

    “We want you to help us, to make this day the day where everybody says ‘thank you’ to the people behind free software”, adds Matthias Kirschner.