It’s been a while since I was in primary school, and naturally things have changed quite a bit since then. In what seems like a world apart, computer coding is now being tutored as a foundational skill that the children of the next generation will find vital the future job market.
Without a doubt, we are producing a generation of individuals who are highly tech savvy, which is perhaps why the popularity of open source software is becoming exponential. Put simply, open source software is “available for the general public to use and modify from its original design free of charge”. Which, as an iOS user my entire life, I found incredibly mesmerising.
Thanks to the internet, we are a generation who wants and demands more. Freedom, flexibility and customisation. The way I see it, open sourcing is simply a natural progression. By this means, we are able to connect through innovation, fuelling our desire for community and personalisation.
If someone had told the 13 year old version of myself that I had the ability to learn the methods for completely customising my device, I think I would have shrugged and gone back to my Scoobie Strings. Perhaps the extent of my “open sourcing” experience was making up my own versions of the instructions for lego creations…