I just wanted to take some time to say thank you to all the people in the open-source world who make it possible for me to do so much with my little computer. Maintaining a project is a largely thankless task, with the greatest reward being to have what you want in the way that you want it. I respect your skill and appreciate your willingness to give it as a gift to everyone.
Here are projects that I use nearly daily that I would like to highlight. If you have worked on any of these projects, you have my deepest gratitude:
- Linux - This changed everything and let me escape the world that dictated how my computing must be.
- libreoffice - It's had many names, but the newest direction of this open office suite continues to be a great resource. I use it constantly and get a lot of work done.
- Firefox - It's not the only browser that I use, but I still enjoy Firefox a great deal. The plugability is just so extensible. I even have multiple profiles so I can flavor the configuration to the task.
- Pidgin - This little utility lets me keep up with multiple streams of communication in a single interface. It's so convenient!
- Thunderbird - Simply a wonderful email application that gets better and better as it goes.
- Audacity - An amazing audio editing application that let's me do some very interesting things with music and other sound editing. I get very professional results with this and I couldn't be more grateful.
- Cinelerra - Some day there may be a great multi-platform, nonlinear, video editing suite. It may be that when it arrives I will use it. In the mean time, I've been very impressed with what Cinelerra can do. It's Linux-only right now (without jumping through some major hoops), but, say! I run Linux, so that's not a problem!
- GIMP - I once used GIMP to repair a photo where a prominent member of a local group had his fly opened. I have been consistently impressed with what can be done with this amazing piece of software.
- Inkscape - When I do posters, signs and even business cards I use Inkscape. It's ability to scale everything and fit text exactly the way that I want it has made it so useful.
- Scribus - I haven't used Scribus as much, but when the project demands it, it sure makes a difference.
- Image Magick - A utility that lets me batch process graphics with ease. Wonderful!
- Android - I am writing to you now through the magic of Android, as it lets my laptop borrow its Internet connection.
- Joomla - A wonderful, PHP-based content manager that helps me maintain some web sites that I could otherwise never have the time.
- Wordpress - Likewise, a great way to help me get information up and out on the Internet in my free time.
These are by no means all of the only things that I use, but I will use almost all of these today. Thanks to all of you who make it possible, whether you are a developer, a tester or an evangelist.