Open Source Should Be Open To All
Sep 16, 2009, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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
"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."