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Thanking open source developers

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States and I want to use the occasion to say "Thank you!" to open source developers.

I use open source every day of the week: my Apache web server runs on Solaris and uses both Perl and PHP along with Postgres and MySQL - all open source, all products that work.

I also regularly use much less widely known open source products including limesurvey (formerly phpsurvey) and apache cocoon along with more common stuff from webmin to the gimp.

And, of course, there are thousands of open source projects whose products I don't use, mostly don't know anything significant about, but count on being able to find when I need them.

So, bottom line? to all involved anywhere in making open source what it is today, whether you make a product I'll never even hear of or something I use every day, I want to say one thing; one deeply felt, sincere, thing: Thank you.

Paul Murphy wrote and published The Unix Guide to Defenestration. Murphy is a 25-year veteran of the I.T. consulting industry, specializing in Unix and Unix-related management issues.