|Subject:||[libreplanet-discuss] Software Freedom Day|
|Date:||Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:52:30 -0400|
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This is very ironic.
I've been working on an essay to explain to my family, friends, and colleagues what Free Software is and why I think it's important. It's been awkward because most of them are utterly oblivious to the whole topic (outside my family, that is), so it's challenging to even start a conversation.
I've found it very challenging to write. I think three times I completely threw away my draft; I finally completed the fourth.
As of September 16th I thought
it possible I could complete the essay soon, the 17th or the
18th, and then I saw Georgia's message on the morning of the
17th announcing Software Freedom Day. I had no idea! Sadly,
it's just after midnight in my time zone, so I didn't quite
publish on SFD.
Please keep in mind that you
are not the target audience. Furthermore I make no claim to
explain the Free Software movement's positions (articulated by
the FSF or anyone else) in my own words; rather, I'm giving my
carefully-considered views, which align substantially with
Free Software values, as I understand them. The purpose of
this is to help me to be able to look people in the eye and
tell them what I believe, and why..
Boston area, Massachusetts,
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