[okfn-discuss] Free Software tools for OKFN -- please contribute

adam adam at flossmanuals.net
Sun Dec 8 23:10:07 UTC 2013

Generally speaking I find people come to free software because they 
discover the idea, seldom because they discover functionality. So, on 
that level i think its good to put the idea in front of them whenever 
you can without making them feel bad for not using free software.

its not about walking gently with a big stick (as the FSF is sometimes 
prone to do) but just walking gently as a friend with a few sundry 
comments to awaken the slumbering...


On Wed 04 Dec 2013 06:51:44 AM PST, stef wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 11:27:41AM +0000, William Waites wrote:
>> I don't think that this is about encouraging people to use Free
>> Software -- even though I happen to think that is a good thing to
>> encourage. It's about not requiring people to use proprietary software
>> to participate in the OKF's activities and projects.
>> It doesn't bother me if somebody else prefers a proprietary email
>> program or text editor or voip client. I might think that their choice
>> is misguided but that isn't the core of the problem. It bothers me
>> when I cannot use a free one despite having made an ethical and moral
>> choice long ago to use Free Software.
>> As someone who has thought about this a lot and come to some reasoned
>> conclusions about it, I don't think it is right that an organisation
>> like the OKF asks me to make ethical and moral compromises in order to
>> participate. Especially since the subject matter is so closely related
>> to what the OKF does.
> i hate to lower the snr with this one line, but: wisely spoken.

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