As you may have gathered, I am a supporter of the open source movement. I see it as my way of giving back my own contribution of knowledge to the worldwide community that has taught me all I know. Hence, all that I write/do I try to publish under a free license, such as the GNU GPL.
"Free" software is not defined as free of price. A way it is best explained is that it is not free as in "free cookies", but rather free as in "free speech". Software libre. It guarantees the user the right to examine how it is written, and the right to modify and republish an improved product, without depriving the original creator of credit.
In this spirit, I am also promoting software that furthers this community thinking.
The first and foremost is the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
While Linux has many other free distributions, such as Debian, Fedora, and Gentoo, Ubuntu spearheads the movement toward a more friendly free operating system for the every dayuser. In doing this, it opens up new pathways for innovation from any source - from the experienced main kernel developer, to the smalltime scripter. And what about the regular, non-expert user? He or she gets excellent customer support from the community, and more specialized attention to problems or requests.
All of this, at no charge, a promise Ubuntu has pledged to uphold.
The sole disadvantage is that, due to only a minor percent of the desktop computer market running Linux, hardware drivers can be lacking, and some popular software and games can not run natively on Linux. However, this is already beginning to be remedied as the user base grows.
If you would like to know more about Ubuntu, open source, or other related developments, check up on my blog. I may have written something relevant lately.
More software will be added here when I feel like it