Computer programming is an art form. The best artists have always used their skills to benefit humanity.
Open Source projects are pervasive these days. If you visit a website, chances are the webserver being used is Apache, the operating system for that machine is Linux, and there are web programs written in Perl.
Without projects like these, some of the more successful and ruthless companies would have an even tighter stranglehold on how we all use computers.
These are photos of some of the people who attended the 5th Annual O'Reilly Open Source conference. Many of these people have helped to create computer languages, programs, or companies that have had far reaching effects.
Even if you're not a geek, the work done by the Open Source community has probably benefitted you in more ways then you know.
Thanks to O'Reilly for sponsoring these photographs!
Cory Bennett did half the work at the event (and lots afterwords). He did a complete rewrite of the Spider Eyeballs image gallery program. It's now a fully viable kick ass open source XML based Image Gallery tool (written in perl). It can create flat HTML files or be fully cgi driven. It has database support and it's template based. If you're intrested in trying it out, click here.