Open-source is more of a complete philosophy than a mere notion. Whereas once the term was somehow applied only to open-source coders and programmers, it has far wider meaning now. In fact, it can be a lifestyle in itself. And that is precisely why, Sam Muirhead, is going to live one whole year in a very open-source way to show how the philosophy can translate into everyday life.
Muirhead lives in Berlin but is originally from New Zealand. Professionally, he is a film maker. But he now has plans to undertake a very ambitious project – living an open-source life for one year. But, what this will essentially entail?
This essentially means that he will try to fully live the philosophy of open-source in his every day life. From the toiler papers he will use to the clothes he will wear, Muirhead plans on adhering to the open-source philosophy.
Muirhead explained, “I’ll be testing just how far the open source idea can go in real life. I’m excited about exploring the different sides of open source with humor, clarity, and critical thinking, as I untangle myself from a world of consumerism and go from an open source outsider to a total DIYer and Linux nerd.”
He has launched the project on a crowdsourcing website, seeking funds to accomplish his ambition. So far, he has been able to raise about $3000 out of his estimated $20,000 cost for the project to run.
Muirhead also plans to point out the problems with the lack of productivity and wastage of time in our daily lives. He noted, “Every week you see Apple, Samsung, and Google throwing million-dollar lawsuits at each other, when technologically they all have shared goals. Whereas in the open source community there’s the adage that competitors stand on each others’ shoulders, not on each others’ toes.”
In this one year, Muirhead has plans to launch a whole lot of relevant products in collaboration with the ‘producers, hackers, makers, designers, dreamers, engineers, scientists, and artists’ in Berlin. Without a doubt this is a very interesting project. You can catch a glimpse of Muirhead in the video posted below.