Monday, October 22, 2012

[TechTuesday] The spiritual side of Linux

In this blog for TechTuesday, I'll be talking about my experiences so far contributing to the community for Linux, or more specifically, Xubuntu, and how they pertain to some interesting spiritual views.

What you will find is that by using something that I find to be both lots of fun, and highly frustrating, can in turn means that many other people will have something stable and productive when it comes their turn to download the stable long-term supported version, in essence providing a selfless and yet beneficial relationship between users...

For many people, this is the identifying factor for anyone who have been labeled a "Nerd." You will often find these people trying to break apart the problem for the simple fact of trying to put it back together, and then modify it to fit their needs.

Linux, as such, is very much a "nerds" paradise. The system is completely open, and we can take it ALL apart and put it back together. But, that doesn't always jive with the regular Joe, who just wants it to work so they can focus on things that are more important to them.

Now here is the wonderful thing, since Linux is Open Source, we can look at the software itself as a Tool that anybody could benefit from. The nerds can expand on this tool to fit their needs, and push it further into something that other people could use. But if we don't know what we need to use the tool for, what benefit is it to anyone but the person piecing it apart?

This is, to some extent, where I can say that there is a selfless, almost (dare I say) spiritual element to Linux. I am compassionate about helping others, and I am very devoted to furthering this mentality to the world at large in such a way that people can benefit from my adventurous nature and I benefit by learning a lot more about the system itself. People who benefit from my experiences are able to live happier and easier lives, and I will be a bigger asset to society as a whole.

Toss in the fact that each of the Unix developers have ways of letting people collaborate with each other, I can quickly learn how to access information and become one of the many "specialists" out there.

In this case, regardless if it is indeed spiritual or not, it is a Win-Win situation, and in that case, makes it a lot better than limiting the access to the resource to people who do not have the money to do so. Instead, the only reason people should not have access to these free resources is because they choose NOT to do it, or that they choose NOT to learn about the material.

And with the likes of the Raspberry Pi on the market right now, enabling people to have computers for as low of a cost as $50... people are having less and less of a reason to have to rely on highly bloated, closed sourced, extremely limited pieces of software that require tons of money to operate.

Instead, the person in front of the computer has the power, and that power alone can take you anywhere! And assuming you DO have the money to spend, you can invest it into further research into the community, that will then be returned back to you, because the software itself, down to it's core, is YOURS. That my friend is a very powerful thing...

So blogosphere, what is some of your reasons of why you like open source software (aside from the software being free)?