Cleverest thing said in the conversation was said by Jeremy:
“We’ll turn that into a segment”
This will give everyone time to think. Think about what Free software (and a part of that, of course, GNU/Linux) does for people. It’s easy to take for granted when it’s been a part of your personal culture for years; It’s also easy to assume everyone is just like you. This is not a criticism, I’m just pointing out common errs of human nature
I took a selfie at work last night.
I graduated a shitty college with an even shittier paralegal diploma and I have what could be considered a shitty job. I’ve never wanted a career in IT/CS nor do I. So why on earth can you see emacs running behind me on the monitor I’ve commandeered for debian on my shitty lappy?
Because I believe more software should be written with the motivation to GPL it and simply that someone wants it; Not so the author can try and become the next Sergey Brin. Even though I don’t personally have a usage for most of it, I appreciate the vast amount of programs that are in the repositories that were obviously written simply because somebody…somebody (not hundreds of thousands of people willing to pay xyz based on market analysis)wanted it. Somebody loved that program while writing it too:) I can almost guarantee you that as I type this there is someone else in the world writing python code with love in their heart.
To be candid, there really is no definitive standard to understand why people run Free software and GNU/Linux. Sure, you know why from the people who join communities…but those are just the people willing to join communities. I could rant (HA HA! And boy have I long one! ;)) about social meritocracies, social enforcement of monoculture, etc. etc. but that’s not what I want to do in this post. I do have to point out that the Bad Voltage community is pretty awesome and doesn’t suffer any of those hostilities though For me, I’m here because the philosophies of Stallman and McLuhan spoke to me. I’m here because how we compute is how we communicate and I will be self directed in that. I will take that power back the best I can.
For me…and I exist.
I guess that’s my point.
Everyone has their own reasons and that’s O.K. :)…but Freedom sure worked on me!