Mark Holmquist

The New Shape of Our Movement

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I posted a new blog post that I've been working on, today. It talks about how the Free Software movement is changing, and how we should adapt our perceptions of newcomers to be more welcoming. Your thoughts would be good to have. :)

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As much as I would like to say that I support free software for  "community benefit" reasons, I know that my reasons are more in the "personal freedom" sense.
This is probably because I don't contribute too much to free software development - I tend to just use it (and occasionally fix issues). I would like to be egalitarian in my reasons, but I can't claim that that is the case.
Hopefully my point here is discernable - I know that I didn't make it very clearly.

zach wick at 2014-08-22T19:00:12Z

"No matter what your motivation for building up free software, I welcome your contributions" is pretty accurate. Anyone should be free to contribute to make technical contributions to free software projects, regardless of the values they hold. Spreading free software means more than just spreading the software though. It means spreading the values so that people recognize proprietary software as something ethically wrong and rejecting it on that basis. I don't think we'll get rid of proprietary software (and do it in a permanent, lasting way) with anything less.

Jason Self at 2014-08-22T19:57:14Z

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I worry that too much of the free software movement has been trained to reject these groups, to be distrustful of corporations, to be dismissive of people who are utilitarian in their contributions. I hope we aren’t too far gone to rescue this movement that needs to be so much bigger than it currently is.
I'm pretty sympathetic to this, even while being rather distrustful...of everyone. :-)

Kind of funny that even as some (maybe on trajectory to many) within faif movements realize they ought not marginalize marginalized individuals and groups (which is indeed progress of which much more is needed), some (unclear to me extent) continue to self-marginalize from dominant institutions and mass markets.

Mike Linksvayer at 2014-08-24T21:46:46Z