Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Where there is a will, there is a way
by porcel on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:53 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

I have a very simple one. Get your hardware from local providers.

I live in a small city and there are literally tens of stores willing to set you up with a laptop or pc with completely fully functional floss software.

This is a simple choice to make and in doing so you support the local economy and send a crystal clear message to the pocketbook of proprietary software houses.

Get your friends onboard if you need to. Doesn´t anyone remember good all Linux User Groups (LUGs)? Although I do prefer Linux´s license and funcationality, I am using Linux as an example, any free software OS is cool with me (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD) if it gets the job done for you.

It´s never been easier to organize and find and support each other. Create small groups of free-software loving people in your street or neighborhood. It all adds up over time.

How do you think free software got to where it is? (The companies, with the exception of a few visionaries, only came when they saw great potential, but we needed to get there in the first place).

Of course, now many of them contribute if not out of the goodness of their heart, because the license makes them and the floss ecosystem and what it allows is too huge to ignore. Well, we should welcome those contributions too as eventually some will look for business models more atuned with the floss ethos.

Want to go further? Imagine if a small portion of the people who comment on this site voted on and decided to support financially the development of an application each month? It need not be a huge amount ($5), but it would make a difference in the life of many free software developers.

Edited 2012-01-02 19:58 UTC

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reez Member since:
2006-06-28

I have a very simple one. Get your hardware from local providers.

I live in a small city and there are literally tens of stores willing to set you up with a laptop or pc with completely fully functional floss software.

The problem with hardware is that in most cases you need to reverse engineer, have closed source firmware, etc.

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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Want to go further? Imagine if a small portion of the people who comment on this site voted on and decided to support financially the development of an application each month? It need not be a huge amount ($5), but it would make a difference in the life of many free software developers.

I would sign up to receive some of those donations.

But honestly, donations are hard work. You really need to promote that donation button and try to push your users to give you those five dollars. You're lucky if a small fraction of a percent actually does donate. Then, me being very much against begging for money and using ads doesn't make it any easier. Too bad the costs doesn't care about your ethics.

More people should donate to their favorite projects. Let that be your New Year's resolution: donate more money to your favorite free/open project (maybe Stoffi *caugh*).

Maybe Flattr is the way to go? Making it really easy to donate money. Anyone have any experience with that?

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bonchbonch Member since:
2011-12-29

"How do you think free software got to where it is?"

Commercial backers. Linux User Groups did nothing, and Linux on the desktop is deader than it's ever been since Linux's inception.

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skeezix Member since:
2006-02-06

Heck, I'd be down with that, if enough people were interested. I think I'd be most inclined to put my money towards GIMP, because it has such potential but needs a lot of love to do some of the work that they want to do -- 16 bits per channel, adjustment layers, etc.

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