|Burned heater from Ikey's flat|
Sometimes they are complete apps that make our lives easier, and sometimes they are simple scripts that work to correct a system call or device.
Regardless of what they are, most of these lines of code are given freely, with little expectation of recompense or recognition. They make all of our lives easier.
But the spotlight does find some people, regardless of whether they want it or not.
Ikey Doherty is one such person.
Ikey is the author of the Linux Distro, SolusOS. Solus has caused quite a stir even in its infancy. Born from the immense dislike for Gnome 3 and Unity, Ikey has set his goals on creating a distro that uses Gnome 3 technology with full backwards compatibility with GTK2. In short, people are getting their old Gnome 2 Desktop back, with some great added function.
It's not been an easy feat, but Ikey forges ahead because people like his work. A lot of people.
Thousands use his work....some of them on mission-critical work stations and servers.
It's just that good.
But the whole thing almost went up in smoke 24 hours ago. No, I mean really up in smoke.
While working on his file manager, Athena; Ikey began choking on bitter, burning smoke. The electric heating unit in his flat had caught fire and the plastic coating on that unit was fully involved. Ikey physically ripped the unit from the wall and carried it to the bathroom, where he threw it into the bathtub and ran water on it until it was out.
If he had just gathered his girlfriend and fled the building, chances are the entire building could have burned.
Ikey is more than humble when recounting the incident. He claims he did what he did out of self preservation, not heroics....but actions speak louder than words and he deserves some recognition for doing what he did.
But here's the kick in the arse.....
His landlord is trying to turn the whole thing around on him. Even though the heating unit was wired incorrectly, even though the safety switch for the power wasn't functional....
Even though Ikey Doherty moves swiftly and surely to insure the fire did not spread.....
The landlord wants Ikey to take the blame for the incident.
Not only is he going to be denied his deposit of 800 Pounds British, he will not be allowed to return to his flat.
He's out of a place to live.
Sure there might be an investigation, and Ikey does have the evidence to back the claim that this was not his fault...but that could take months. Until then, I guess he's supposed to continue his work from the cover of a bus stop.
So far, the SolusOS community hasn't responded in a meaningful way. But that's the way it seems to be in the FOSS community. We are vocal in singing our praises, we speak freely in praising the work we readily use.
But 10 bucks or so seems to be just a bit too much to send at times. I guess there is a limit to how much we really appreciate someone's work.
Look, I've been in the fund raising game since 2005. It's not easy, in fact it's terribly humbling to ask people for help....but we've been fortunate in that we always get what we need. It just seems to work out that way. Ikey isn't going to ask for any help, although he needs it....maybe to find another place to live. That would be nice
This might be time for the SolusOS community to heed the call. I've got $312.41 in my account as we speak...with one more bill to pay before I am caught up for the month, but I will still send Ikey $50.00 just the same.
Ikey's donation page is here.
Sometimes, you just have to do the right thing.