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Linux and FOSS: Living A Conscious Life

May 12, 2009, 22:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"One way to keep decisions manageable is to consider two questions: one, do I want to influence other people? Or two, just not be part of the problem? We see this kind of comment in discussions all the time: "What difference does it make what I do, I'm just one person." Which is true, and nobody can possibly be an activist for every issue that affects them. But you don't have to be. There is power in following your own path, and the sums of small actions by individuals can grow to large and significant sizes. Think, be informed, and consider long-term consequences.

"For one example, a common decision these days is choosing between a new computer that comes with Windows because it costs less, or paying a bit more to avoid sending money to Redmond. The short-term gain is a few more dollars in your pocket. But what's the real cost to you over the long term? That one purchase is one more reinforcement of Microsoft's unhealthy control over hardware manufacturers and retail. On the other hand, making a purchase that does not benefit Microsoft strengthens the alternatives. After all these years of complaining the status quo has shifted only a little bit-- complaining doesn't do much, but voting with your money has clout."

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