[PLUG] FOSS Activity and Non-Technical People

Aditya Godbole aag.lists at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 04:56:03 PDT 2010


On Thu, 2010-09-30 at 18:02 +0530, Vinayak Kulkarni wrote:
> Hi Mayuresh
> 
> >>It's time we try and state some real differentiators that matter to
> >>people. Cost may be one of them but we need more substantial ones.
> 
> That is what the point I wanted to raise, 
> We really need to think about non-technical people.

Who is this 'we'? Have 'you' ever filed a bug report to a free software
project? Have 'you' ever contributed to the documentation of a free
software project? Have 'you' ever submitted a feature request? Have
'you' ever contributed code to a free software project?  If you have,
well, done; you have done your bit. Please continue doing it.
The only thing that any member of the community needs to do is try
his/her best to improve the software he/she uses. Free software give
him/her the freedom and tools to do that. That is all that free software
has ever promised really. The one thing proprietary software can never
do is give the user a satisfaction that comes from contributing. Those
inclined towards contributing to the greater good will adopt free
software. Others won't. 

-aditya




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