Don't worry, I'm not going to post anything about wallpapers or graphic elements, Elav y Gaara they are ordered to do for that (XD)… This time I touch on a more reflective topic than anything else, that of giving something back to the community that has given us so much in a selfless way, I don't want to sound corny or exaggerated, but I feel like It is worth mentioning that Free Software, beyond GNU / Linux, has changed the life of more than one, including myself.
Do not get me wrong, it is not that this is like a religion for me, but it has changed my university life and has shaped my path forward, it has shown me that there is something beyond working for others and that you can work alongside others and that I do not necessarily need to sell my software to earn money, but good software will speak for me more than a fat resume full of references ... Anyway, this was something that I was discussing with a friend, he works directly packaging things in format .deb, its goal is to make it easier for people who use distributions based on Debian the packages, games, programs that he or other friends create and allow him to expand, he is one of those users who really cares about giving something in exchange for what he receives, and being Venezuelan it is very difficult to contribute dollars to any project, thus that is always offered to pack, test, test and a long list of things (use the branch as usual channel sid de Debian and frequently report every bug it finds). And of course, that is the personal case of my friend (who I do not mention by name since I do not know if I do, excuse me that) who feels moved by their convictions to do what they do, but not all of us can or want to install ourselves Debian and change the source.list to use sid, some of us use Mint, Ubuntu, Arch, Slackware, Suse, etc, etc, etc ... Within a conversation, a very simple but profound question arises regarding the subject:
“What can we do to give back to the community that has given us so much? What would you do?
I did not take it as an ailment on my face from "I do and you don't"But as a wake-up call, something more aimed at thinking of some alternative to help those who have helped me and this is where the enormous range of things we can do comes in. In my case, free software and GNU / Linux They are literally my university, I learn directly from other people's projects, from their shared tutorials, from their videos, from their mistakes, advice on mailing lists, events and more. My way of giving back to all this is by releasing the code of my exercises, I myself have been making a list of exercises to do in Python, with examples and others. I also work on tutorials and I am putting things together piece by piece and then releasing them (in the forum of this community, by the way), I write here, voluntarily and with my perspective so that everyone can give themselves ideas of what they can do (if they want to) to help the whole community. I intend to create software for my favorite desktop environment and thus complement it, and who knows what else I can think of. The only thing I cannot do, or it is very difficult for me, is to donate money, not because I don't want to, but because it really costs me and it costs me a lot.
But of course, not everyone can donate money or not everyone has programming knowledge, some are designers, others writers, others simply anything else of the thousands of things that exist in this world, but we all have SWL in common and that we all can give something, even if it's small, but we can.
If you are a designer, then create designs in free formats, both complete and layers, etc., so that others can take advantage of them. Create desktop decoration packages, work on designs for projects, for whatever.
If you write then join a blog, write your work and release it, teach others to use the tools you use, learn more and teach more ...
Try the alpha, beta, RC versions. Send bugs to developers.
If you know about something, pass on that knowledge, that's what this whole world is about, learning, sharing and growing. What I do today will serve someone else tomorrow, and so on.
People, the possibilities are limited only by our desire to do something and it is that simple, I am born to do what I do and I enjoy it, that is not why I am a Taliban, hippie, dreamer or pauper; I live my life and take steps forward as a future computer professional, but the beauty of this is that it is not only for computer scientists, but for anyone who wants to enjoy something different, what others do not have, contact human that is inside all this that surrounds us and that feeling that nobody is going to leave you in a bad way, that everyone is going to try to help you as much as they can, that you are not obliged to do or undo something.
I think there is no more to say, it is simply worth trying.