Let's face it, to the wider world open source has a bit of a PR problem. I know from personal experience. I've known about Linux for about 20 years and yet it's only in the last three months that I've started to seriously use it. What's taken me so long? There is so much understandable outrage at the moment about the likes of Facebook. Why aren't more people exploring the alternatives?

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@mikehow People hate change especially when it comes to tech. Just look how much outrage a company gets just by updating the UI. Many people will stick with the devil they know rather than change unless they have something that pushes them over the edge.

@omnipotens totally agree I get the feeling that all the stuff around Facebook at the moment is almost pushing people over the edge, but they are not quite ready to take the plunge. I think it's becoming clear that I'm maybe a bit too impatient. But I am genuinely in awe of what Linux and the FOSS community have achieved. And it's a real community as well. We need that at the moment ie real communities

@wolf480pl @mikehow I don't think PR is the issue. When you buy a laptop or phone you have proprietary software rammed down your throat. Most people are content with using this software. There is no avenue for the average person to have FOSS software shoved upon them.
When is the last time you seen an ad for Microsoft Office or similar products that's normally pushed on devices.

@omnipotens @mikehow I think shoving FOSS upon people would be bad and hypocritical.

@wolf480pl @mikehow disagree to a point. People don't really care if it's foss for proprietary as long as it works. People use open source software everyday and don't give it much thought. Android, chromebooks, even system76 sells hardware with opensource. The average person just don't really care.

@omnipotens @mikehow
yeah but they have a choice. iphone vs android, chromebook vs surface.

Also notice how Google's behaviour towards Android has more common with "I'm an evil corp selling a product to stoopid users" than with "I'm promoting free software to empower users"

@omnipotens @wolf480pl yes, it actually has to work, but for me, it has to be ethical, so that's where open source wins out. I'll even take works slightly less well if I think the spirit is right. One of the wonderful things about open source is that its actually developing fast. Hey I'm a massive user of google and youtube, that works, it's just I love it when something works that well without advertising. I'm all about letting people know about alternatives. It's up to them to make that choice @omnipotens I totally agree, It's not a case of shoving FOSS on people, it's more a case of letting them know that there is an alternative. There is a misconception that Linux is more difficult to use, or you have to be techy to use it. I think there are some brilliant techy brains that have made it just as easy to use as any software in a lot of cases

@omnipotens @wolf480pl may be pr is the wrong word here. I mean I agree it's great that FOSS is not shoved down people's throats. I suppose I'm really meaning how we communicate ideas. This is great thought I'm really up for this debate.

@mikehow I think the habits are difficult to change. Others don't want to look for something new and learn how to use that due to some reasons.

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