I’m a huge fan of Open Source Software. The premise of which is so simple, its hard to understand why people don’t embrace it:
By opening up your work for others to see and use, they can help you improve upon it.
It’s something we learnt as children years ago, when you turned to the person sitting next to you in class and said, “um, is this right?”. I wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box back then, so I used to ask a lot; and you’ll be glad to know nothing’s changed there!!
I have stood on the shoulder of giants for the last 15 years.
I believe that the web has only been able to flourish thanks to the generosity of people who have given up their time to document and support their code so that others may learn.
I believe that in order for us to continue that growth, we need to support people spreading that help to their local community.
I believe that I need to help facilitate that.
I want to give back.
This year I’ve already Sponsored WordUp Scotland, and I’m now very pleased to announce a few more:
Joomla‘s UK event isn’t until September so we’ve no specific information on it yet, and DrupalCampScotland is a secretive shadowy organisation who have yet to send us their sponsor pack… but I look forward to sponsoring both events.
J and Beyond, the huge 3 days Joomla event, is one that I couldn’t afford to sponsor – so I’m talking at it instead!
Hopefully, I’ll see you at one of these events.
My Open Source Manifesto from 2003
We’re not better people because we’re fans of Open Source Software;
We’re fans of Open Source Software because we’re trying to make things better for people.
Kevinjohn Gallagher – 2003