[DC LoCo] FOSS Marketing (was DC computer refurbishing and open sourcesoftware)

Sanjay Jain oss.cleveland at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 17 15:22:48 GMT 2008

Craig Wiggins <craigwiggins at gmail.com> wrote:  We'll get there, but we can't (not to mention shouldn't) pretend that those issues -- the same issues that Sanjay raised in relation to ESL and other disadvantaged user groups -- don't have weight.
To clarify; I don't think disadvantaged groups should not be introduced to FOSS, I said they shouldn't be targeted. 

Disadvantaged groups are easier targets, as they will take up whatever's on offer. But, IMO, this effort is not very effective. The target audience needs to be those that influence society. The aspiring classes are looking to be like the affluent (however questionable that may be), so changing the views of the affluent will automatically impact the aspiring, there's no need to target them...

As for "helping" those people, there has to be a better way, than providing meaningless "jobs" in a environmentally destructive economy. The rich/affluent are the bigger problem in the world, lets get our own act together.....


Intellectual property can stimulate innovation, so can war... in both cases the negatives don't justify the 'progress'.... In recent times, humanity has spent more effort in producing smaller mp3 players and cell-phones than clean water and sanitation for everybody... isn't it time to reevaluate how we motivate people? 
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