Third KDE 4 Development Snapshot Released: 'Kludge' (KDE.News)
Posted Feb 26, 2007 9:07 UTC (Mon) by aseigo
In reply to: Third KDE 4 Development Snapshot Released: 'Kludge' (KDE.News)
Parent article: Third KDE 4 Development Snapshot Released: 'Kludge' (KDE.News)
> never alienate your standing base
i assume you read the -rest- of what i wrote explaining exactly
this? =) we agree on that point, which is good.
realize, however, that by asking for some imagined purity what you are
asking is to restrain who we can effectively talk to and what we can
effectively accomplish. if we are only allowed to speak the language of
the free software world we will not reach other areas that we really need
fortunately, it's not an exclusive, binary sort of being. but realize that
your taking offense over something that doesn't affect you in the least
will lead only to you having less of what you want in the future.
free software is for more than just you and me.
and it isn't just sophism. at least not what we're doing. it's explaining
what we have in terms that are understandable to others. we're throwing
bridges across communication gaps that others (primarily, the proprietary
competition) would sooner see remain.
what would be sophism is to try and fool people with half-truths and lies.
there are those who do this in the open source world, sadly, but i don't
think we're (KDE) one of those communities.
we -started- by asking ourselves: what do we want to focus our messaging
around? what should everything we talk about resonate on? our answer was:
1) freedom, 2) technological prowess. in that order.
we're looking for effective, and even new, ways of communicating our core
values in ways that will allow them to be heard by more people.
and if that offends you, i'll see your claim of "sophism" and raise it
with an "elitist behaviour" right back.
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