Open source technology

I love everything there is about open source technologies.  At University I really appreciated being able to use software which didn't cost me half my student loan to purchase, and having the ability to use these tools to help people recover their data, restore their computers, and provide basic security.  Nowadays, I appreciate the fact that I can kit out my entire office, from laptops and desktops to servers and smartphones, with open source technologies for very little up front cost.  I also appreciate the fact that if something doesn't work I can get in and figure out what the problem is, and fix it - often thanks to the great resources that are often shared by communities around open source projects.

I love the community which comes with most open source projects.  Sure, like any group, most communities will have some unsavory characters, but on the whole they are a positive, helpful and driven communities which exists for the benefit of others - something which echoes through from my own Buddhist ethics.

I see huge potential for industry to take up the benefits of open source technologies and make massive savings, if it weren't for the corporate tie-ins with money-guzzling closed source software alternatives.  Some are seeing the light, but so many others are not.  Our challenge is to remove the blinkers from the corporate world and help the ecosystems around open source projects grow, thrive and prosper. To present open source as not only a viable, but a first choice in the enterprise world.