Why Open Source Can Add Years to Your Life

Ixchel Ruiz, an Griffon engineer, loves coming to Silicon Valley Code Camp. Back home in Switzerland he also participates in Hacker Garden, a space where coders and developers work on open source projects and contribute to the community.

I asked her why she likes working on open source. She says it all comes out of feeling frustrated and needing to move beyond it. If you’re working on a project that’s not coming out the way it should, you can stop complaining and just connect with people who are having the same issue.

Ruiz sees three major benefits to working in open source:

  1. You solve a problem.
  2. You get your name out in a very open and public space.
  3. You give something back because the next person won’t have the same awful experience you just had.

Do you work in open source? Tell us about it below.

Comments

  1. BY RobS says:

    I personally haven’t found the payoff in Open Source at this point, so until my own finances get stabilized, it’s hard for me to justify giving to others for no benefit while my life is struggling financially.

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