I rely on free software. My business, Creative Contingencies, totally depends on free software, and we earn income from supporting others using free software. I'm not a coder so finding other ways to participate in the community that creates free software and make a contribution is important to me.
"It is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future."
The call for participation for linux.conf.au 2011 in Brisbane from January 24-29 is open, so I submitted a proposal to run a 1.5 hr Inkscape Tutorial. Here's the abstract I provided.
Currently sitting in the drupalmel meetup - Drupal Users of Melbourne gather to share thoughts, discoveries and challenges. It's good fun. The new digs at publicity works are very spacious, so if you've been wondering where to find fellow Drupal folk in Melbourne, consider adding the 2nd Tuesday of the month to your calendar.