I was at an event this weekend. It was a non-technical event with a group of artists. One of them had designed something which could be customized and had a DVD showing exactly how to recreate what he was doing. On the DVD he included a PhotoShop template that would automatically remix an image into the necessary pattern. Then he said something remarkable. He said that he also had templates for GIMP, the open-source graphic program and that he could make those available to anyone who preferred the free software. The next run of the DVD will include the GIMP template as well.
This was not a group of techies who were all about open-source. This was just a guy, an artistic guy who used some technology to create his work. He had an open-source solution. This is one of the first times that I have encountered this in "the wild". That's really execellent! I bought a DVD just to show my enthusiasm. I'll probably even play with his technique.
Open source and Linux are spreading beyond their traditional boundaries. I don't get so much in the way of hostility when I announce myself as a Linux user anymore. Progress!
Himashu Arora has been contributing a lot to the Real World Linux and Open Source Communities here on developerWorks. The other day he contributed this commercial by Red Hat with an interesting message about how things that once seemed impossible happen over time if the are real.
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