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Re: The Free Software hardliner, the corporation, and the shotgun wedding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.143.240.60] on January 21, 2008 10:28 PM
That's a very good point, Dennis. I just marked my 10th anniversary as a Linux user, but even back then, it was the software that attracted first, for many people. I didn't even know what the GPL was, prior to trying Linux. After learning about it, I became a believer in Free software, but an ideology-cart-before-the-software-horse approach might have been a lot less successful, especially because I was no then and am not now a programmer, so being able to view and modify the source is neither here nor there at any immediately practical level for me, because I do not have the skills to modify it myself. After learning about Free software, of course I "got" that at the abstractly practical level, since people who can do those things produce Linux distros and I use them. I think you're very right in saying that people need to first experience what Free software is and what it can do for them, then become educated about what Free software ideology is and how it is the ideology that makes the software available to them.

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