Today it's fifteen years from my first contribution to free software. I've changed several jobs since that time, all of them involved quite a lot of free software and now I'm fully working on free software.
The first contribution happened to be on phpMyAdmin and did consist of Czech translation:
Subject: Updated Czech translation of phpMyAdmin From: Michal Cihar <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 11:23:36 +0200 X-Mailer: KMail [version 1.2] Hi I've updated (translated few added messages) Czech translation of phpMyAdmin. I send it to you in two encodings, because I thing that in distribution should be included version in ISO-8859-2 which is more standard than Windows 1250. Regards Michal Cihar
Many other contributions came afterwards, several projects died on the way, but it has been a great ride so far. To see some of these you can look at my software page which contains both current and past projects and also includes later opensourced tools I've created earlier (mostly for Windows).