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Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement (Sagar Acharya : 2)

From: Msavoritias
Subject: Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement (Sagar Acharya : 2)
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 18:59:14 +0200

   I think GNU/FSF has a problem with their approach for proffesionals in
   We can gather users and enthusiasts. But there is a real struggle
   trying to convince the majority of Software proffesionals why they need
   And also a serious lack of tools for other proffessional sectors like
   Cad and UI?UX design to name a few.
   We need to rethink our strategy towards approaching these groups.

   On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 17:28, Roberto Beltran
   <> wrote:

     I agree though with previous points Free Software has effectively
     won. Everybody chooses MIT license nowdays. The question about next
     steps for me is: Do we start promoting for a copyleft world now?
     Because as far as I have seens FSF and GNU has been mainly for Free
     Software goal up until now.

   Some things I think need to be worked on now: - free software should be
   more of a kitchen table issue like climate change or immigration. Not
   everyone will agree obviously, but everyone should know it's a thing.
   This takes a lot of awareness campaigning and putting out a distilled
   message that doesn't use off-putting words (like "control", I say this
   from experience). - Most tech professionals at least have some idea of
   open source, but there's also a lot of common misconceptions floating
   around. Having free software advocates around in borderline proprietary
   spaces helps a lot. You can be there in the conversation to say "you
   can't just release the source, it needs a license" or "no, the GPL
   isn't some scary virus" etc. a lot of stuff isn't malicious, just
   people not knowing better. - there's already a crazy amount of free
   software and information out there but it's all kind of scattered
   online in a way. most people don't enjoy spending a lot of time on the
   computer learning about things like we do. this is where I think local
   advocacy groups could be super effective, because they can consolidate
   the best information for their communities and hand-hold new users
   until they are walking on their own. they can also do outreach to other
   local organizations and local governments. - there are also critical
   areas that don't have particularly good free software. I'm not even
   talking about how GIMP doesn't have every little feature photoshop has.
   Like something I ran into was that I met a great UX/UI person that
   wanted to help out LibreMiami, but we realized there's not really a
   usable wire-framing tool. How are we going to have better interfaces
   for free software if I need to make excuses to UX/UI volunteers that
   the wire-framing software isn't even as good as something google puts
   out gratis? We can talk about the ideals all day, but if we can't
   thrive we just look pathetic to most people. There are other critical
   areas like this where we're not on solid ground. Each likely needs a
   unique solution. Roberto Beltran

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