Freedom Is Not Having To Ask Permission

Did you ever wonder why you're involved in the Free Software community? What makes you spend all this time on programming, patching, packaging, documenting, bug-fixing, and generally improving Free Software? What keeps you motivated?

Dave Neary of the GNOME project has a very good explanation: Freedom.

Free software taught me that I could learn and grow without someone telling me that I could.

Freedom is not having to ask permission.