“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

We are not going to compete with the mainstream car industry by promoting engine replacements. We are going to compete with the mainstream car industry by building better cars that are safer and more sustainable. But those cars aren’t going to grow on trees. We must fund the organisations that will create them from the commons for the common good.


@aral I disagree. We're not going to compete with the car industry with other cars. That's still just the car industry being in competition among themselves. The type of drive-train/motor is irrelevant to that.

What we really need is less individual transport using cars and subsequently less cars. Most cars are used by 1.2 persons when in use and most of the time they just occupy public space. That public space must be reclaimed for humas.
Transportation must be public/shared.


@MacLemon @aral so you're basically saying we should stop using computers and therefore don't need to care about free software at all? I think free software should be for everyone, not just us mechanics.

@aaron Sorry, I was explicitly referring to the car examples which are a separate topic. I was probably missing the metaphor part referring to “just switch to Linux”.

Also “just switch to X” is not equivalent to “use free/libre software”, they're very distinguished topics.

I never said one shouldn't care about free-software.
I agree that free-software *should* be for everyone, but we also must accept, that it's not and never will be for everyone and everything. No There's no 1-size fits all.

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