How took over the world. While not entirely accurate (I'm sure RMS would have a fit on the spot about GNU and FSF), it does a good job of presenting this to the layperson.

cnbc.com/2019/12/14/how-open-s

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@claudiom the inconvenient truth is that open source has taken over the world because it is used by surveillance capitalists.

The dream of free personal computing is floundering, and only experienced today by a tiny percentage of the adult population.

A study released in 2016 about digital literacy rates in OECD countries makes for grim reading.

nngroup.com/articles/computer-

@trechnex I don't think it's just the capitalists. Even totalitarian regimes have used FOSS because it's freed them from the capitalists imposing sanctions. FOSS is a double edged sword because it is FOSS and has no proprietor (like proprietary software). Depending on the license, it is meant to be literally free software or more permissive without any restrictions. Like any tool, it can be used for good or for evil. It's just a nature of the beast.

@trechnex And I don't think truly free personal computing is floundering. I'd hate to think this was the case. If so, then FOSS would be doomed and I don't see that happening in the near (or not so near) future.

@claudiom I don't think it logically follows that FOSS is doomed.

The point I'm making is that only a relatively small portion of the adult population benefits, and an even smaller proportion fully exercise their rights to study/adapt code.

Not enough IMHO is being done to address the digital divide. The FOSS community also has a tendency of getting wrapped up in its own culture and often can't see the wood for the trees.

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> The point I'm making is that only a relatively small portion of the adult population benefits, and an even smaller proportion fully exercise their rights to study/adapt code.

Well, some of that is by choice by people because they don't want to relearn something when they already know how to do it a certain way. It's also because they don't have the interest as we do, just as we might not be interested in what interests them. It's a personal choice at times

@trechnex As for those that seem to not have the option, there are people, even here on Mastodon, that have set up groups to inform their community about FOSS and do what they can to promote these groups and solutions IRL. We just don't hear about them, much less on mainstream media unless $BigTech funds it.

@claudiom indeed. I spend a lot of time thinking about why people are choosing their existing tools instead of free software.

It concerns me that for some people the freedoms in and of themselves aren't enough, because they don't care about the underlying code and "pirating" a software package can yield similar benefits.

It is good to see though that file compatibility is much better these days than it used to be, so people have the freedom to make choices over which software they want to use.

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