Software Freedom Day is an international holiday dedicated to free software. Allows you to give people more opportunities to express themselves in programming. Celebrated every third Saturday in September. In 2022, it falls on September 17th.
The idea of distributing free software on the net belongs to Richard Stallman, the founder of the GNU Project, who made the announcement in 1983. In his opinion, if developers begin to spread various open source programs more often, this will allow everyone to study in more detail the principle of their functioning. In addition, other specialists will be able to use them as a basis on which they will create something new and useful.
In 2004, the Digital Freedom Foundation was created – an organization that regulates all issues of distribution of software in free form. She also oversees the celebration.
- The first analytical engine, which became the prototype of future computers and computers, was created by Charles Babbage in 1822.
- The first programming language created that could be used to write programs was developed in 1956 and was called FORTRAN.
- The massive development of software occurred in the 1970s when the first personal computers were created.
How to celebrate
During the celebration of Software Freedom Day, you can visit various computer exhibitions, take part in seminars, listen to thematic lectures. The freely available software will allow you to improve your programming skills.
If there is a desire and certain abilities, then you can try to develop your own program that can perform the simplest tasks.
When is Software Freedom Day celebrated in 2022?
Software Freedom Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.