Thank you to the open source community

The open source thank you challenge

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A simple thank you goes a long way. That's why I would like to thank you, our readers and contributors, for making a vibrant community. We have experienced tremendous growth over the last year and much of that is because of you. Now, I'd like to challenge you to help us pay it forward—with just a simple thank you.

Over the next week, try to thank at least five people that have contributed to an open source project you care about.

Think about all the ways we help each other when we collaborate and are inspired by the spirit of open source and the open source way. Maybe someone contributed documentation, reported a bug, reviewed code, completed testing on your project or one of your favorite projects? Perhaps you're thankful for something as simple as the person who created a graphic, sent out an e-newsletter, or shared your project on social media? can help! We have free eCards. (And, all images are CC BY-SA!)

While you're considering the people in your life to thank, there are also some great organizations out there doing amazing things for open source. Be sure to consider these foundations and groups this year.

(Update: The e-card feature has been removed from the site.)

About the author

Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. His current role involves building community interest for #EnableSysadmin--a watering hole for system administrators. He is the author of The foundation for an open source city and has been with Red Hat since 2003. Follow him...