> While I support FOSS, especially as a long term goal, I have found that it is hard to explain the advantages because most people simply lack the ability for abstract thinking required to comprehend it.
It's not that hard, if you use proprietary software, you are simply renting or borrowing it. Just like renting an apartment, you likely shouldn't reroute the plumbing if you don't like it. And like borrowing a friend's car (even if for free), you shouldn't modify it to go 200MPH if you can...
So when you "buy" an Ipad, you really aren't buying it; you are renting it by paying a lump sum up front. In some cases your lease can be terminated at any moment without reimbursement of that lump sum. Sounds like a great deal huh? :)
I think the fact that most people don't really care if it is a good deal is very similar to the fact the most people don't care if they have massive consumer debt and are paying 20%APR on their credit cards... I wonder what the correlation between apple products and consumer debt is (after all, most people likely underwent a credit check to purchase an iphone)?