Hey, I am Markus Hatvan, a freelance Full Stack Web Developer from Vienna, Austria. Nice to meet you!
Why open source?
I like open source software because the smartest people can join together and collaborate to provide software for everyone! Also, I tend to use mainly open source software myself in my day-to-day use to preserve privacy and just love to give back.
I am such a passionate believer in open source software that I also wrote a blog post about why everyone should contribute to open source software: https://markushatvan.com/blog/why-you-should-start-contributing-to-open-source-software-right-now
How did you get to contribute to Ferdi?
I started using Franz about five years ago, then Rambox and really enjoyed having all my services neatly presented in a single window.
As a freelancer, it is not unusual to switch between multiple Slack/Discord/Teams servers rapidly. This way, I can always stay ahead of notifications.
Since both projects lacked maintenance which led to long-lasting bugs and security vulnerabilities, I discovered Ferdi and almost immediately felt the desire to start contributing to the repository!
It is a complex project due to the fact that we support all major OS and different distributions, but it is a great learning experience and a lot of fun!
Other projects/work promotion
Although I have multiple project ideas to get started on, I am fully occupied with freelance projects and Ferdi.
Apart from Ferdi, I can recommend everyone to take a look at amazing open-source projects like Svelte, pnpm, KeePassXC and Joplin.