They say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. But the part they don’t tell you is that the direction that first step is taken in will have a drastic impact on the path you take. That’s why I’m glad that, back in 1992, the first step in my career journey was pointed toward the Open Source community.
I became interested in the Open Source for a pretty simple reason – I could get Unix-type technology at home with Linux. The technology appealed to my curious mind. Sure, systems were a little rough at times, but for the first time I could sit down and make a piece of software do what I wanted it to do – whether it was changing a keyboard layout, configuring a modem, adding support for something new, or any other customisation. Combined with community’s white-hat appeal to my youthful idealism, I was officially hooked on Open Source. This was going to be my career.