[ubuntu-uk] No, You Won't See Me on Facebook, Google Plus, nor Skype - Bradley M. Kuhn ( Brad ) ( bkuhn )

Kris Douglas krisdouglas at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 10:57:20 UTC 2011

On 12 December 2011 10:09, Jon Spriggs <jon at sprig.gs> wrote:
> (I'd have credited this comment, but I've not seen it in my mail
> stream aside from in someone else's reply, and I don't know who said
> it, as that person cropped the originators name out!)
>> What does "FaiF" stand for,  if we are to get anywhere with promotion we
>> need to use PLAIN ENGLISH its fine putting in acronyms as long as they are
>> explained for example
> FaiF was the name of Bradley's podcast (hence, he may not have seen
> the need to explain it, as it will be clearly documented elsewhere on
> his site) and stands for "Free as in Freedom", referring to the
> complications around the word "Free" in the English language where
> Free could refer to Free of Cost or Freedom, meaning, he is interested
> in the Freedom aspect of the word Free.

I will be honest here, I feel that what this person is saying is a
teensy bit hypocritical. He is probably sitting on a PC that is,
electronically speaking, more proprietary than the software he's
using. You can't just expect people not to use proprietary software
because it's not "free", that's like going to a restaurant and
demanding the chef explain exactly how his meal was made and then
never going back because he refused due to it being a "secret recipe".
I understand that that analogy is a pretty poor one, and this has been
debated to no end for years, but I can't help but feel someone like
that is just closed minded. These companies have to make money, and if
there is a free alternative then yes, by all means use it, but on the
flip side, there's no point demanding other people move away from what
they like. People use Facebook, G+, etc... because they like them, not
because they are tied in with a contract. I think if they didn't like
it they may well move to another platform, and that platform may well

Again, this is just my opinion, I did TL;DR the article because I'm at
work, but at the end of the day, nobody is free from proprietary
software (See what I did there?) and on the other side of it, everyone
at some point will use FLOSS software, to some extent.

Regards, Kris Douglas.

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