The FOSS world must understand “just install Linux” won’t cut it. We must make “the whole widget” as Jobs would say.
But don’t listen to me, let Stallman make the case:
Richard: I’ve never installed the GNU plus Linux system on a computer myself.
Richard: I always found someone who knew how to do that. Got someone to do it for me.
Me: So it was so difficult that you have not installed…
Richard: No, it's just that I was so busy, I didn’t wanna learn how.
I agree that more can be done in making these things accessible, but most Linux distributions aimed at average users has no learning curve for installing it.
Especially not for someone like RMS. Insert USB drive, boot, follow the prompts. I don't care how busy you are, that's only 2 short steps more than a new windows or mac PC.
@jeffalyanak @aral There is always a laptop-specific (I think) key you need to press in order to run the installer. And most don't want to go through it anyways. It's always best to have it preinstalled.
That said System76 and elementary have been working on some interesting improvements to these installers.
Quite some people do, they are part of the power users, the enthusiasts. The people who help others then understand the technology and help them make choices when they just want a device to share pictures. This is a group that gets ignored unjustly a lot imho.
I think it's also important to remember a lot of people use linux. On their phones, sometimes because it's cheaper, sometimes they prefer the UX of the device
There's a really strong inertia for most people, changing their OS means finding new software, adapting to a new UI and new terminology and a whole slew of other things.
How would you #PitchTheSwitch to Linux to an average person?
What works in my experience is they asking me how to speed up their very slow laptop, me trying a live debian that goes so fast they don't believe it, they beg me to install that damn thing because they usually have to wait 3 minutes for the browser to open and 1 hour for the updates when they shut down.
Oh, it was really meant to be a personal experience more than an approach advise.
I have the feeling that FOSS software, linux included, is getting more and more mature by the day actually... to the point that when I install it on people's machines they barely notice anything, beside the increased performance (and occasionally some game not working).
Just my perception though
@aral @jeffalyanak @alcinnz IT is now so ubiquitous exactly because people don't have to wake up to such questions anymore. The problem is that everything surrounding them is built as invisible surveillance infrastructure, and all the former safeguards (like regulation on the old telecomms) have been lost.
On a completely different level, we're also losing a lot of decentralized infrastructure in the form of small, local service providers, since no one develops to enable those anymore, either.
Most people don't even wakeup saying "I want a fair economy" or "I want a welcoming society" or "I want Peace"...
They have real stuff to do.
People will keep wanting what they are trained to want.
And if you give people what they want, they will never realize that they are... minions.
Hacking kids are our sole hope.
You are a good diplomatic. ;-)
My point is that surrogates are fundamental to capitalism justification. By giving people what they want, we will never free anyone: we could build a business, though!
Which is the entire point of #Capitalism: embrace, capitalize and extinguish any will.
So, don't cut promising options but don't feed the beast either.
@Shamar I think maybe increasing the ease of accessing knowledge will make general people more involved
If, say, we make #programming more accessible sure.
But just giving people cheap "ethical" surrogates to oppressive tools will not free anyone.
It's not a bad thing to do, don't get me wrong.
It will definitely help some doing the stuff they have to do more cheaply!
But it doesn't teach people to challenge their own assumptions, to ask "cui prodest?", to resist manipulations and so on.
Most people don't look for #freedom if they can't see their own chains.
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