The Free Software hardliner, the corporation, and the shotgun wedding
Posted by: Anonymous
on January 19, 2008 03:12 PM
[[[ If we don't educate our users about the ideology behind Free Software, we not only cheapen Free Software, but lose everything that made it special in the first place. ]]]
I like that sentence. But the truth is, just like in politics, too, if you approach people with the ideology first people won't care at best. I tried it very often without any success at all. People just don't care and refuse to get ''converted''.
Thus, applications like the mentioned Firefox or OO.org, serve an important role for Free Software. They attract a new user base just by being as good as or better than their proprietary counter parts. People start using that software on their own, with noone preaching to them all day. This is very important. Becuase when people come by their own that is the moment when you can tell them, ''This is Free Software. It was written by people like you and me who believe in freedom.''