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Hi, I'm Jared Smith, and I'm an open source geek.
I was first introduced to the world of open source software by a friend in college, and I've been hooked ever since.
I've been very fortunate to use and share my knowledge of open source software in my career as a programmer, systems administrator, author, consultant and technical trainer. Over the past several years, I've really focused on growing and nourishing open source communities.
Many people, especially those who are naïve about open source, assume that open source is all about the cost of software, or about licensing or about the flexibility of being able to make changes to code. For me, the most interesting aspect of open source is the communities that form around it, and the way those communities grow and develop. In many ways, great open source software is just a byproduct of the communities that work together to make the world a better place.
Many open source contributors participate in these communities because they take pride in being able to be part of something bigger than themselves, and they enjoy being part of a team of peers that values their contribution and pushes them to do more.
I'm thrilled that Endurance International Group gives me the chance to make meaningful impact in the world of open source, and I'll be sharing some of my thoughts and insights on this website over the coming months and years.
As I do, I hope you too catch the vision of changing the world one open source program at a time.
Jared Smith, Open Source Advocate