The real solution
Posted Jun 6, 2006 16:31 UTC (Tue) by wilck
In reply to: The real solution
Parent article: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
They're slower, but if that matters to you more than freedom, you're part of the wrong community.
In other words: Linux will appeal to noone except those who value Software Freedom more than anything else, aka "religious" Linux users.
I'd buy an Intel graphics solution any day (if I can find one) but what about my girl friend, my mom, my friends who want their computers to "just work" with all their features? Are they all part of the wrong community? What is the right community, after all?
Even open minded, critically thinking people are often hard to convince that the 4 freedoms of the GPL are worth sacrificing the convenience of prorietary software. It takes some positive personal experience to learn about the benefits of free software. Once that experience has been made, people start realizing that freedom actually is worth some inconvenience.
I have convinced some non-technical people to use Linux. But I doubt I would have been able to do so if I had been restricted to Debian main and contrib.
Without the ability to attract new users, especially young users and non-technical users, Linux won't survive the current hacker generation.
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