I try to uphold three values in everything I do: freedom, truth, and justice. I list them in that order purely because the words flow nicely when spoken out loud in English. Philosophically speaking, though, freedom and justice go together. After all, if society were to go overboard on freedom, people would abuse that freedom to commit grave injustices against each other. Go overboard on justice, and you will most likely end up depriving people of freedom (not to mention privacy *cough*NSA*cough*). Instead, I try to maintain a balance between them, although I do tend to favor freedom. In short, I believe that society works best if people (including the government) mind their own business unless someone is being harmed by someone else .
Truth is an important virtue. To me, "honesty is the best policy" is more than just an aphorism; it's a fact . How often have we seen bad things happen because of dishonesty? I prefer to stay on the safe side and be honest. I won't say it's easy. It's not. It is, though, a good goal to work toward. As with most things, going overboard is bad. Someone who relentlessly pursues truth to the exclusion of all else will probably dig up secrets that are best left buried. I try to be honest about myself and what I do, and I let other people have their secrets (unless, of couse, the need for justice compels me to do otherwise).
Why do I put forth so much effort to use and improve free software projects like KDE? Microsoft and Apple have repeatedly shown us that they don't care about our freedom. They use underhanded tactics and lack of disclosure to maintain their market positions. This is an affront to freedom, truth, and justice. Therefore, I choose to fight them by helping to produce a viable alternative operating system that is free for anyone to use for any purpose.