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Advocacy 101: Don't Preach, Ask Questions

Aug 10, 2007, 00:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D.C. Parris)

"Ken Starks, a.k.a., Helios, over at Lobby4Linux.com, wrote something I thought was pretty interesting recently. He claims that many FOSS advocates have been going about trying to 'sell' GNU/Linux to the rest of the world, when they should be simply pointing out the obvious. He starts off with the notion that most non-techies actually don't even have a frame of reference to grasp the idea of freedoms 0-3. The truth is, they wouldn't understand freedoms 1-4; freedoms 0-3 would boggle their minds.

"I can actually relate to that. You know what led me to Free Software to begin with? It wasn't that I was deeply concerned about my Constitutional rights, my Civil rights, or even my Miranda rights. No, I was fumed about the fact my CD burner's accompanying 'lite' software had an installation time bomb that prevented the software from being re-installed after a certain date..."

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