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

paul sutton zleap at zleap.net
Mon Dec 12 11:10:35 UTC 2011

On 12/12/11 10:57, Kris Douglas wrote:
> 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

to add a bit of humour to this,   Unless that person is a gentoo user,
so  not only do you want to know what is in it, you ask for all the
ingredients and want to cook it your self.  :D
> 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
> be FLOSS.
> 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.

I do agree with you,  we need to educate users on freedom,  the back end
of Facebook is still free software eh,   if users are educated on
freedom they can be more aware of issues and hopefully demand proper
respect for their privacy on line and if that fails demand laws that
force people to protect privacy.




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