Free Software Foundation Turns 30

The Free Software Foundation was founded in 1985. In 2015, we’re celebrating thirty years of promoting and defending computer user freedom.

Most people interact with free software every day, but many of those people don’t know what free software is or why they should go out of their way to use it. We want to fix that (and we think you do too), so here is a short video that makes free software easy for everyone to understand.

Creative Commons License User Liberation by the Free Software Foundation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Please help us spread free software awareness by watching this video and sharing it with friends via email and social media. Urchin made the video using free software. People have been looking to the FSF for thirty years for explanations about the importance of free software.

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Other popular sites for sharing news are a problem for technology users — they are set up to lock users to their services and deny them basic privacy and autonomy. But it’s important that we let people everywhere know about the importance of free software, so if you have an account on these sites, please help spread the word.

**If you use Twitter, consider avoiding their use of proprietary JavaScript by using a free software client such as pidgin or gwibber (you can read more about it here).

Please don’t let sharing important news about free software lead to further use of these sites.

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  • User Liberation a short animated video about free software and the FSF, created for our thirtieth


Help make the FSF’s 30th anniversary great: we welcome sponsorship from organizations who want to share their commitment to free software with the international free software community. Read the sponsorship prospectus here, or contact [email protected] for more information.

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