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Why not? I know, what a cliché response right? The thing is, it really does apply. I’m going to have to make plugins, enhancements, and patches for WordPress for my customers anyway. By releasing these to the community, I can help other developers, companies, users, and even aspiring developers. So I repeat, “Why not?” Why not take the time to raise the quality of life for someone else, when it’s so easy to do. I would say to any developer that uses open source software and does not contribute, “Take stock of what you are doing, and think about the bigger picture, not of software but of humanity.”
How does Open Source raise someone’s quality of life?
It seems like an outrageous claim right? However, you don’t have to completely change someone’s life to raise the quality of it. I’m not claiming that my contributions to open source software are helping someone survive where they otherwise wouldn’t, but I do think that they make a difference.
I really wanted to talk about open source software, how it relates to Xavisys and specifically me, why I believe in it, and why I support it. I knew that before I did, I needed to address the issue of profiting from open source. Take the time to read that, it will give you a more accurate picture of my relationship with open source, as well as some tips on how you can benefit from a similar relationship.
I personally love open source, because I love the idea of benefiting others. I enjoy giving someone else an advantage that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Take WordPress for example. It benefits two sets of people, the users who get a better experience and better functionality, as well as the companies and developers who use it as a platform to build on. Sure, some of those companies are competitors, but I want them to succeed too. I certainly don’t want to move ahead in life at the expense of others, I’d much rather move ahead by helping others. In the end we can all benefit. Whenever I hear the saying “It’s lonely at the top,” I can’t help but think that maybe they did something wrong then. If they’d have worked