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Being a Free/Open Source Software Catalyst : Part I

Jan 18, 2011, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

"Catalyst: [1] A substance used in a chemical reaction that is part of a chain of events that result in the change, but are ultimately not consumed in the reaction itself.

"Being a Free/Open Source Software Catalyst

"Years of participation in the FOSS community have brought me into contact with a lot of dissatisfaction and discontent. A lot of organizations have indeed embraced FOSS -- but a larger landscape of proprietary software remains. This will be an article series for those of you in the trenches on the FOSS side of this battle. It will focus upon multiple aspects of the persuasion experience.

"If there's a common theme among the discontent it's this: A lot of proprietary software is horribly bad in quality. Complicating matters is the fact that there is a perception (real or imagined) that there is nothing to be done about it. That you're powerless. That the choices have been made and that things are simply going to be this way forever (or for 5 years -- essentially the same time frame). That you're doomed to a life with no FOSS joy."

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