Share your free software story

  • Posted on: 19 January 2022
  • By: gregf
 
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What's your free software story?

Each of us has our own story to share about how we came to free software. For some, it might have been something as simple as learning about it from a friend. Others may have come to GNU/Linux through an article online or in a magazine, and at least a few lucky members of our community will have grown up with free software being used in the home. As part of our Freedom Ladder initiative, we want to take the time to highlight these stories, and distill what we can from them in order to help more and more people join the free software movement. Our stories may differ widely, but we're confident that we can learn something of value from each of them, and use them as tools to help lead others to freedom.

You're welcome to fill out as many or as little of these text fields as you would like. Any part of your story that you share will help us find commonalities between user experiences, so that we can tailor our introductory materials to software freedom.

We hope you'll take the time to share your experiences with us, so that we can learn from them -- and help bring others to freedom, too.

If you haven't already, you can take the time now to sign up to receive the Free Software Supporter, or become an associate member of the FSF.

You can leave this text field blank, or give us a pseudonym. When we share the free software stories, we will quote you with the name and country you leave here (if filled in).
You can leave this text field blank. When we share the free software stories, we will quote you with the name and country you leave here (if filled in).
You can leave this text field blank. When we share the free software stories, we will quote you with the name and country, and if you fill this in, the project you're related to.
This might be an Internet forum, GNU/Linux users group, student association, or something else, it can of course also be a single person who introduced you that was connected to a larger community.
This might be the moment you switched to a fully free system, submitted your first code or documentation patch, or something else.
Feel free to give examples of programs or corporations
Who would you like to thank for their work in free software?
If there's any part of your story that our questions didn't cover, or if you have any fun anecdotes to share, please feel free to use this space to share them with us.