Software Freedom Day - September
Sat, Sep 16, 2023

Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day is dedicated to free software. 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 an 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 its free form. It also oversees the celebration.

Interesting facts

  • The first analytical engine, which became the prototype of future computers and computers, was created by Charles Babbage in 1822.
  • The first programming language 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 take part

During the celebration of Software Freedom Day, you can visit various computer exhibitions, take part in seminars, and listen to thematic lectures. The freely available software will allow you to improve your programming skills.

If there is a desire and certain abilities, you can try to develop your own program to perform some simple tasks.

When is Software Freedom Day celebrated in 2023?

Software Freedom Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 16 2023
Saturday September 21 2024
Saturday September 20 2025
Saturday September 19 2026

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