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Open Source Should Be Open To All

Sep 16, 2009, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Let's talk about elitism.

"Specifically, let's talk about operating system elitism. How many of you only run Linux and push everyone you meet to do the same?

"That's elitism. Elitism causes people to think they're better than others, and causes others to feel belittled.

"You don't convince someone that your way is right by telling them they're wrong or stupid. You show them what a difference can be made.

"Not everyone who uses a vendor-OS is doing so because they like it. Sometimes you're stuck with software for your job. And even if they do like their vendor-OS, people are resistant to change.

"Often the way is baby steps. If today you can convince someone to use some Open-Source software package – a document creator, a presentation tool, a web browser, or even a web server – you give yourself the wedge to start pushing for an Open Source operating system."

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