[ubuntu-marketing] [ubuntu-us-ma] The Free Software, Open Source promise: what FOSS means for non-coders

Danny Piccirillo danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 10 05:33:04 GMT 2010

A description plus examples of software that does not fulfil these promises.
Basically to help a non-coder understand how the free software ideals
actually manifest themselves.

One promise could be, we will never restrict your ability to share this
Examples of stuff you can't share: Windows

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 21:19, Martin Owens <doctormo at gmail.com> wrote:

> You need to define if you mean examples, description or one liners.
> I'm confused.
> On Tue, 2010-03-09 at 19:18 -0500, Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> > Spreading the ideals of FOSS is a bit difficult when we have to
> > explain how our tools respect freedom and why peer-review and our
> > methods create better software. I propose that we put together a solid
> > list of Free Software (Open Source) promises that people can expect
> > from FOSS tools. That is, a list of things that would never happen
> > with FOSS with examples of where it has happened with major
> > proprietary software. Example: DRM
> >
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > --
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> >
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But the philosophy *is* very important, and the people who are here because
of it (don't underestimate that number) are the passionate ones.

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 21:53, James Gray <jamespgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> From my experience most users come to FOSS because they like the
> software and the community not because they like the philosophy.  Even
> a user friendly user interface takes time to learn and change usually
> comes with resistance.  Users need a motivation to change that they
> can get when they recognize the benefits and experience them directly
> rather then being presented in an abstract way.
> Target your audience - if you are speaking to arty types then present
> the multi-media compatibilities, if speaking to science folks then
> focus on the large amount of scientific software available.  Don't
> just talk about this software - show them.
> Just my two cents.


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