Yesterday I received an email with the subject "Thank you for freemix", and it truly made me happy.
Every few months I get an email from a random project user, somebody I have never met, that wants to thank me for giving a piece of software away freely. These people appreciate the time and mind invested in a the work that is shared, and this appreciation is the most amazing remuneration ever.
I developed freemix while at College, to scratch a personal itch. Yet it is great to hear the stories from people who are using it for their live gigs. Who are being creative with it, and producing art for others to experience and enjoy. These were the reason I had to share it freely.
Free software developers share their code, a product of hard labor, and it is pushed, packaged and copied to the void. At the end of those tarballs, branches, distributions there are other people thankful for the amazing technology in their hands.
I proudly stand in both sides of the line, a user and a developer. Hugely thankful for everybody who has contributed to make my system possible, and happy to know there are people who are enjoying my code. So everytime I receive a thankful email, I send two of my own to awesome hackers of projects I admire and use extensively.
I suggest you send today a thankful email to a developer of a software project you really enjoy. I suggest this becomes a habit. I suggest everybody does this. I suggest this becomes common.