As you may have read in previous posts on this blog, the existence of free open-source software is a phenomenon that amazes me. To be quite honest, it is quite satisfying to work in a field where people love it so much , they are willing to do it for reasons other than financial reward. While I am sure this passion exists in other fields, it is rapidly growing in the software business. For desktop users, individuals can obtain the operating system pre-loaded with virtually all of the software needed for home and business. Many people believe they have to know a lot about operating systems and hacking etc. to take advantage of it. This was true at some point. However, today I would contest there are operating systems available for free that are as complete and easier to use than any commercially available solution.
Checkout Ubuntu Linux. If you take the time and install it you will find the experience delightful.
Straight from their website….
“Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.”
Its worth looking into. Then ask yourself, what drives them to do this and to do it so well?