[FredLUG] SFD 2010 Slogan
ego.alter at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 09:53:53 EDT 2010
I used to like those expressions but in the last year or so, I've grown
very vary of them. It's the cause of a lot of confusion to users and
driving the misconception that open-source means FREE as in "no charge"
doesn't serve the FOSS communities at all.
Instead I think we need to strive towards Free as in "freedom". The
non-lock-in; freedom to fix problems and not wait months for a vendor to
fix something; open standards and open source is how we progress with
the customer/user in focus and not the vendors.
The "free" as in "no charge" is really just for the geeks. If one thing
is clear to me from lots of support on IRC, lug meetings and mailing
lists problem solving, it is that very few outside the computer science
realm have the knowledge needed to take advantage of the free-source.
That's why I scuffle when I hear IT people talk about the fear of
loosing jobs; the IT jobs may be moving to new centers, but open source
by NO MEANS, is a way to get novice IT users in control.
So a parallel to me, is that open source is like the "revolutionary
war". We've won the right to our own land after a long fight and now we
have to find a way to trade with the outside world to survive. Unlike
the revolutionary war, we're not content with the space we have now.
We're ever growing taking away more and more space from the proprietary
and closed source countries.
Wise words of the day:
Remember: While root can do most everything, there are certain
privileges that only a partner can grant.
-- Telsa Gwynne
On Sun, 2010-08-01 at 10:58 -0700, Mark Walker wrote:
> At the past two FredLUG meetings, we've touched on discussing what
> might be our slogan for this year. With SFD 2010 coinciding with the
> local "Oktoberfest" on Caroline Street, the thinking was to capitalize
> in the concept of "Free as in Beer."
> Some ideas that have surfaced so far, that I can remember, are:
> "Free Software--Free Beer"
> "FREE <small>as in</small> BEER"
> So, have a sip of your favorite beverage, and let the ideas flow
> through your FOSS computer :-)
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