In Canada, this weekend has been all about Thanksgiving. So here’s what I’m thankful for when it comes to free/open source software and the community!
I’m thankful for:
- The Linux Kernel and the development team, for giving us a free/open source alternative to the dominant OSes
- The GNU Project, for giving us the core tools to build a free operating system and free/open source user applications
- The Free Software Foundation, for never ceasing to promote the ideals of free software
- The millions of people volunteering their time and skill to helping so many free/open source software and hardware projects get going and keep moving forward
I’m especially thankful for all the maintainers of our favourite software. From the one maintainer for a rarely used project to the team of maintainers for the biggest projects that are daily, it takes a lot of patience and hard work to deal with all the incoming patches, requests for features, bug reports and everything else. I’m thankful for the maintainer who takes a few minutes out of their day to do a code review.
I’m also thankful that so many people out there believe that free software ideals are the future and that the open source development model can and should be adopted by everyone.