[ubuntu-us-ma] [Fwd: [FSF] Launching the Windows7sins Campaign - Join us Wednesday in Boston]

Drascus enchantedvisionsband at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 23 23:50:41 BST 2009

Well software freedom day is no big mystery it's september 19th
http://softwarefreedomday.org/ . I am perhaps one of the few that think
proprietary software is a social injustice. It's hard to point out an
injustice without talking about why it is wrong. Some people see that as
being negative I see it as being informative. After all Windows, MacOS
and just about every other proprietary vendor has no problem with trying
to persuade people into believing that FOSS is bad. So why should we not
counter and point out why we are good and why they are doing wrong. I
understand the whole two wrongs don't make a right philosophy. But one
wrong with no rebuttal doesn't make right either. if you look where the
proprietary giants are taking things if they own the future a scary
future it will be. We need to maintain if nothing else a counter

Mike C.  

On Sun, 2009-08-23 at 15:01 -0400, Martin Owens wrote:
> Mike,
> The Free Software principles are _the_ rationale for implementing open
> source methodologies for the vast proportion of people. They understand
> that it is about control, not about how good the tools are. If you can't
> control your software it really doesn't matter how good it is.
> Now, it may be that as well as accepting people's choice to use non-free
> software, we should also accept other people's rationales for promoting
> Free Software alternatives.
> I know having political and social rationales aren't comfortable to
> practicalists. But we have to accept them as valid and try not to
> rubbish ideas about legal, political and social interactions that happen
> outside of the purely technical scope.
> Of course I don't think event is very good, it's still fairly negative
> instead of focusing on the positives of the message they want to
> communicate. But then again when was the FSF ever good at positive
> social events, we can't even get them to tell us when the Software
> Freedom Day will be in Boston.
> Martin,
> On Sun, 2009-08-23 at 12:33 -0400, leftyfb wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> > 
> > "as we conduct a ceremonial trashing of proprietary software."
> > 
> > Do we really need to be part of such things? I generally try to stay
> > away from trashing other OS's and any other technologies as a means to
> > promote my personal preference. I look at the ubuntu community as being
> > above such below the belt tactics to promote the OS and OSS in general.
> > Focus on the positives of what you're promoting instead of the negatives
> > of your competitor and you'll be more respected by the general public.

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