Remember the first time you successfully generated a free LE certificate? Man, what a rush. It was even more satisfying if you had been stumbling with some issue or another before everything finally clicked. Then, you get another bump when you realize you can now
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It’s so empowering to not only be free from the oppression of for-profit CAs, but to have automated the whole process as well.
I’ve been an LE user and advocate for a long time now. When ACMEv2 and wildcard support came around, I even decided to try building an OSS client which was a terrifying, yet awesome experience. Learning the ins and outs of the crypto behind everything, while frustrating at first, has truly been one of the highlights of my career so far. What’s crazy is that people actually use it other than me. Obviously, that’s the point of making it open source. But it still sort of boggles my mind.
In any case, thanks to everyone who make this whole thing possible. LE devs and leadership. Community members who tirelessly answer all the newbie questions. Client devs who fill in the gaps and make LE more accessible to everyone. And everyone else who advocates for a more secure Internet.