As the stock market plunges you might lose sight of the technical transitions happening, technology companies buying other companies as Microsoft bought LinkedIn and GitHub, and generally lose yourself in stock transactions.
But there are much more wonderful things happening with technology, the various open source developer-led projects, like Blender, Linux Mint, the GNU Image Manipulation application and many others that are largely unaffected by the economy as they are run collaboratively and globally.
Montreal Tech Writer runs in a Docker container, pictured here.
GitHub being bought by Microsoft poses a problem for projects that do not want to be housed by such a tech titan, but there are other open source code repositories that are not GitHub that provide more open alternatives. I found some on this site.
My simple point is not to say all commercial software is somehow “evil” only that for some people and communities open source, often free alternatives should be available. What’s more they largely are if you only do some digging and experimentation. This often involves looking past borders at some of the wickedest developers on the planet in places like Sweden, Romania, Poland, and in pockets of the USA, Canada, and other places.
For example, on the Fediverse, Dansup is creating a great distributed version to Instagram called Pixelfed, and he is a fellow Canadian. My two cents is to keep these valuable developers housed and fed, such as through their Patreon accounts.