Yes, I had been using GNU/Linux systems for a while and never really
understood any of the philosophy behind Free or Open Source software
until I looked I took a course in ethics. In that course I decided
I wanted to write a position paper on the ethics of free software.
It is then I started to realize what free software was all about
and the differences between that and open source (which was the
buzz word at the time). Since then I have taken other philosophy
based courses and have written a lot more on Free software. Eventually,
I am going to put these essays up on the web.
The thing that convinced me was that it just seemed that free software
was the way things ought to be. I was drawn to it's sense of community,
cooperation, and sharing. I myself have never fit much into the
corporate world. I enjoy doing things and pursuing things that help
other people. Money is not as important to me as freedom and making
a difference in other people's lives and the world.