“The fundamental act of friendship among programmers is the sharing of programs”
– GNU Manifesto
I’ve decided to detox from a lot of things in life recently. I have stopped drinking, stopped smoking and have moved to using open source software and moving at a gradual pace towards veganism daily. I have chosen to detox because anything else would be stealing. Stealing is a self-declaration of poverty and thus not Awesome.
Let me explain, I used to “borrow” software, books, and music liberally with some very good and reasonable justifications behind them. However, honesty and fair exchange are more important to me than even being “right”. My spirituality comes first. So I deleted all of my “borrowed” corporate software, books and music. I downloaded the free, open source alternatives, donated each company a few bucks, enrolled in my library’s free ebook lending program and coughed up the ten dollars for my first month of Spotify.
Funny enough, that day every restaurant or caffe I went to everyone gave me food and drink for free so on my shoestring budget paying for these things was made very easy.
As for my dietary choices, not listening to my inner Awesomeness guide (which has demanded that I be a straight edge vegan for a long time) is stealing from myself and the planet. Happily I’ve found kombucha to be the ultimate alcohol-replacement.
By making these changes I have found things that are much cooler than their alternatives.
kombucha and the open source software both have great communities around them in which ideas are exchanged and things are given away for free. Instructions on how to program in any language are readily available online as are Kombucha-brewing instructions.
Both Kombucha and opensource software are products that can be home-brewed and rival their corporate counterparts (seriously my first homemade kombucha seen in the picture above is superior to anything I’ve found in Whole Foods).
But the reason why they’re both awesome is that they’re cultures of Abundance. Every batch of kombucha creates a new mother-bacteria culture that can be used to make…more kombucha! But because every batch creates more and each culture is re-usable, kombucha brewers happily gift and trade their cultures with each other. Thus more creates more, for free and almost demands sharing.
With open source software, the only thing you’d ever have to pay for is tech support or a donation, if you’re like me. Because of this, instead of doing something that I don’t want to do in order to save the hundreds of dollars for the Microsoft Office suite or thousands of dollars for the adobe suite, I can dedicate my time to writing fascinating articles that at least amuse me but hopefully are interesting to others. And programmers around the world get to do what they love.
Kombucha and open source software are examples of true abundance at work. Communities and cultures of sharing and Awesomeness breeding more Awesomeness.
I’ve included a slew of links below on everything that I have mentioned in passing above. I hope that you enjoy!
I hope that you enjoyed the read!
Great, Open Source Software
Gimp (free photoshop)
Songbird (The firefox of media players-tons of customizable plug-ins, works with non-apple products and the awesomeness goes on.)
Ubuntu (think windows but free. And every version works-unlike windows where a version works about once per decade. Will alsorun well on that old laptop in the corner and will look gorgeous on that new desktop)
Open Office (Will do everything MS office does but for…FREE!)
And if you’re sick of stealing music but want that same all you can eat buffet there’s always Spotify