Software Freedom Day is an annual observance that falls on September 15 this year. The celebration of the day aims in increasing awareness about Free Software, its virtues and thus encouraging its use. Software Freedom Day celebrates the Free Software.
“To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software.” – Richard M. Stallman
History of Software Freedom Day
Software Freedom Day (SFD) was first celebrated on 28th August 2004. About 12 teams had participated in the first Software Freedom Day. Since then it has grown in popularity. The day has been held on the third Saturday of September, since 2006. SFD is a worldwide annual celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The goal of the observance of this day is to educate the public globally about the advantages of using the high-quality FOSS in the areas of education, in government, at home, and in business. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues and encouraging its use.
Software Freedom International, a non-profit organization, coordinates the SFD at a global level. They provide support, giveaways and a point of collaboration. The volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their communities. Free Software is something that is free to use, study, modify, distribute, access and share. The objective of the Software Freedom Day includes celebrating software freedom and the people behind it, to be pragmatic, transparent, and responsible as an organization. Also, it aims at providing equal access to the opportunities through participatory technologies. It also promotes the constructive dialogue on obligations and rights in the information society.
Other Celebrations on September 15
September 15 is also celebrated as
- National Felt Hat Day
- National Greenpeace Day
- National Make a Hat Day
- International Dot Day
- International Day of Democracy
How to Celebrate Software Freedom Day
The best way to celebrate Software Freedom Day is to indulge yourself to participate in the events of FOSS. Encourage people to participate and promote awareness about the free software among the people. Post and share your free software day celebrations on the social media using the hashtag #SoftwareFreedomDay.