I’ve been working for and with Open Source projects for more than 8 years now, and I wanted to share with you guys some of my experiences so far. It has been such a rewarding journey that sometimes it goes unnoticed, mostly because it gets difficult to write a long blog post summing up the last 8 years. On this blog post I will be sharing some of my personal opinions about what things I love about Open Source communities, projects, organizations and the ecosystem in general. I will also try to share some advice about how to join and get involved with different communities if you are interested in doing so. After all the advantages that I will be describing here, i hope that you will gain some interest in it. I’m also adding here the the slides from our talk (Maciej and myself) at the @JBCNConf closing Keynote.