My search for the Netizen’s defending the land of the internet, leads me to also seek out what lies at its source.
I want to know what sits at the centre of the web.
I visit many familiar beacons across the web, which bare names like: Firefox, WordPress and Android. At each of these I peel back the layer at its surface and peer at what’s underneath.
I tease another layer back deeper still, under databases and web servers. Under them all I find the same thing, not the grand design of an omnipotent web master, but a living organism built by the hands of many creators and I am awed.
Open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit.
Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.
This is innovation not directed by the drive of the corporate market or the prize of individual wealth. Here are hundreds and thousands of independent builders, each crafting a string of code, that contributes to a whole because their human nature drives them to through:
- The joy of learning
- The challenge of making it work
- The buzz of collaborating
- The chance to create something special
Through the desires and creativity of all these hands they mould their new creations and give them openly to the world. Through trial and error their creations grow and the most successful of them, enrich the web immeasurably.
Quest Objective: Contribute to an Open Source Project