[Trisquel-users] Best way to present Trisquel to people
andrew at andrewlindley.co.uk
Fri Sep 23 18:33:34 CEST 2011
Agreed. But I would also like to suggest people don't get drawn into
the trap of letting others compare 'all potential function loss'
against their freedoms. In the days of yore M$ tried to make the
functionality argument against GNU/Linux. I've recently had the same
argument made [Nth-hand] by 'consumer grade users' about a switch from
W$. The same method applies 'What do you actually use the computer
for?' then intelligently go into detail.
Speaking personally from my experience of changing to Trisquel two
things I do regularly have become slightly less convenient, that is
all. The 'consumer grade user' friend's I help/support have noticed
nothing but a change in the GUI cosmetics. I knew they wouldn't
because I know their useage profile.
Maybe a 'function-head' won't go for the freedom choices when it is
against all the possible loss in function, but if it comes down to
'those last few things you actually do or your freedoms' they'll be
more inclined to make a freedom choice. Afterwards - well it is
always harder to give up freedoms you have chosen, making the decision
once for freedom makes it easier to make the same decision again when
there is more pressure.
Leny / Andrew
On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:18:56 -0500
Quiliro Ordóñez <quiliro at congresolibre.org> wrote:
> On 22/09/11 23:16, akirashinigami at gmail.com wrote:
> > Part of the challenge of presenting free software to people is
> > trying to get them to care about the social and ethical issues
> > behind it, things they've probably never thought about before.
> I think this is the best answer. If you convince people based on the
> functionality issues. They will change when they get more
> functionality on a privative distro.
> If you use the freedom issue to justify the functionality and price,
> then it might be good but if you do not put the freedom issue up
> front, you might loose them somehow.
> My personal experience for good sales is to be a good profesional and
> never accept to install non-free software unless you are absolutely
> sure that they will move to 100% free software if you install that
> nonfree bit. This is seldom true so doubt about it always.
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