This week, and February in general, provides us a chance to look at life, culture, and in this case, technology, and see how we are moving toward the dreams of Martin Luther King, among so many others. In our case, we want to see if everyone possesses the same opportunities to use open source technologies, develop open source technologies, and of course, dream up open source technologies.
When I think about the future of open source, I think we definitely possess a real chance to eventually explode open source out into the mainstream. With all politically correctness aside, as of right now, the traditional view of the geeky, white kid developing are not far from the truth. Yes, you definitely see a large Asian influence, but where do you see females? What about people of color? People of poverty? Those groups together possess a huge part of the population. What happens to development? We are poised to see some great things.
What do we need to do? Get OSS out to these populations.
Look at things like Alice (programming developed for students by Carnegie Mellon) for an afterschool program or a Boys and Girls Club.
Donate time and money to programs that refurb computers and give them to less fortunate families. The Kramden Institute (http://www.kramden.org/) in Durham, NC is one such place.
Donate YOUR time to a program like Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Do not take it for granted how much being a mentor can help someone.
Get inspired for all the inspiring things others have done before us! Create a better world, a ‘free’ world for us all!