For the holidays, you could say thank you to some of the people who write free software you use, especially software that isn't hugely popular.

Those of us who write little-known software may go for months without hearing from a user, and it can be a little de-motivating.

Hearing from someone who actually uses one's software gives an energising jolt that can carry one through several weeks of darkness and cold and wet.

@liw
I was a satisfied user of obnam until a while after it was discontinued!

Thanks for making it!

@liw You seem to have a warm heart for coders indeed! Yes, it's sadly true. You find some software and use it daily but you forget the people behind it. To be honest: for most of the software I use, I don't even know who wrote it. I will keep this in mind over Christmas.

@liw how would I know? F-droid doesn't tell how often an app is downloaded.

@liw I should look through my software and find the ones I'm using heavily which are little-known. A couple come to mind but there are probably some more.

@liw I've been trying to get my employer to make donations to the little guys whose tools make my job easier. I got a "yes" but still working on actually getting money into hands. I'll get there, though.

@liw Whilst I've not used your spamfilter procmail recipes for years, I appreciated the, at the time!

@liw I've had your sysadm book for decades and learned a lot from it back in the day :)

Like many of my friends, your book helped us launch careers

Thanks!

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