A simple and straight forward meaning of open source is ‘there is no concept of copyright ‘. Any developer from any part of the world can sneak in, make some useful contributions or invent something new from the existing and share it to the entire community.
When i came to know about open source, i was easily attracted to it since coding and debugging is my hobby and thought of giving it a try.
I thank all the mentors of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Moznet server who got me started. Prime amongst them are: David Rajchenbach-Teller [:Yoric], Mark Capella [:capella], Scott Johnson [:jwir3], Ms2ger and Josh Matthews [:jdm].