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A flag for the free software movement


On August 2016 I asked the subreddit /r/vexillology to create a flag for the free software movement, one of them stood out because I it was really well made and has good symbolism, this flag was made by reddit user /u/JonathanCrumpet and he was kind enough to provide the flag under the CC BY-SA 4.0 International license, he also provided me with a very high res version of the flag which I vectorized, I have also made a Spanish version, it would be great to see variations created by the community, so please, send them my way.

I don’t think we need a flag necessarily, but this one is really cool, so I shared it.

Here’s the original post by /u/JonathanCrumpet:

So symbolism: The points in the star signify the 4 freedoms

-The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). – The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. – The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2). – The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

The vertical stripes signify the original software designers, while the horizontal stripes signify the community

The globe is… well… the world… showing that software should be universal for everyone to enjoy.

Green represents the cooperation between designers and community. Blue represents hope and always advancing ideas towards being better than before. White represents the mindset of building upon a base idea to achieve the better product for everyone.


Flag vector

Spanish flag vector