Open source software has helped accelerated the development of information technology, generating opportunities never seen before. Just think about startups and small businesses using free CMS such as Drupal or WordPress, or desktop environments provided by Linux distros that we can use for free.
Open source software we can download from places such as Sourceforge, GitHub, or the WordPress Plugin Repository are usually written and maintained by volunteer developers in their free time. If we’ve ever used an open source software, we are not just simply an end user, but also a member of the Open Source Community.
As the success of the movement highly depends on its users, it’s important to think of open source as our own project, and ponder about what we can do to help improve open source products (software, plugins, themes, code snippets, blogging platforms, operating systems, etc.) that we use.