South African living in the Netherlands
I am in love with programming because it makes me happy and it excites me. I love Perl, Linux, regular expressions.
I like open source because it makes sense to me. The barrier to entry is low, and anyone can contribute, even a beginner. This is the only way to build self-sustaining and scalable communities.
I am a strong proponent of the Unix philosophy: Do one thing and do it well. This holds for Unix command line tools as much as for other software components. Basically: keep things as simple as possible.