Often maligned and misunderstood, the GNU movement offers clarity in a confounded space.
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This being my first post here, decided to start right where I started from. Professionally, my particular area of experience probably lies more in getting organisations & industry to embrace the benefits of Linux, Open Source and side step any pitfalls.
It is fun, action packed, fast paced stuff. Today’s IT Industry, has an ever growing need for constant innovation pitted against being commercially viable. The challenge is just that.
Balance out delivery vs cutting edge.
Balance out "Act first, then think" vs "Think first, then act ".
As always, answers can be found somewhere in the middle.
The freedictionary defines "Openness" amongst others as:
Accessible to all; unrestricted as to participants: an open competition. Free from limitations, boundaries, or restrictions: open registration.
On Openness, It is very encouraging, to anyone eager. The rules, by and large, are simple. "Roll up your sleeves and join us in getting stuff done". It is available to everyone.
It is also tough-love, in a nice way.
A high degree of quality is expected. When your name is against your code, and publicly visible, you learn very quickly, to code to the required standard. This "quality" goes beyond just code, extending to interactions with people. Community members, hail from every walk of life, and from every corner of the globe.