I thought this would be a good question to ask the general community. I'd like to know your opinion on free and open source software! I'd like to see what everyone has to say about the subject and why its important to them, what it means to have open source software, even make a discernment of the different licenses if wished! I can expand on my own post later but for me.. I didn't really make too much of a fuss over free vs open source until recently. At the very start, I just thought an alternative operating system was cool. More recently I'd been more interested in the implications of free software as it pertains to the rest of the world. I may never have picked up 3D modeling if it weren't for Blender, and I may never have become a programmer if it hadn't been for open source compilers. While I've never been all that averse to for-pay options, like Visual Studio, or Maya, and even see the value in them- I can't deny that sometimes I've gone the more difficult route either out of principle, or compatibility.