Ah! A fresh issue of the “Linux Format” magazine. I rip off the plastic wrap and open up to a random article. This article is about the newest piece of proprietary Grubby Games software. I immediately realize something isn’t right. My eyes slowly make their way to the bottom right side of the page. There is an advertisement for the Free Software Foundation staring right back at me.

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Created by trombonechamp 13 years 49 weeks ago – Made popular 13 years 49 weeks ago
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Balzac's picture


13 years 49 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago


I'm working on this too.

I think they need smart young individuals like yourself to wear an FSF t-shirt for a start.

Any creative promotional efforts you can devise and deploy may be helpful, but it depends to some degree on your skills with symbolism.

I look forward to your efforts promoting the FSF with new styles.

motters's picture


13 years 49 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago


Good ideas

I agree with the suggestions in this article for better marketing the FSF, particularly trying to promote free software in schools.

There is widespread ignorance about what software freedom really means. I only really encountered these ideas myself when I first started putting source code onto my web site and wondering what kind of license I should attach to it in the late 1990s, then later reading the Richard Stallman biography. Thinking back I had actually used AI source code under a GPL licence as early as 1993, but hadn't taken the time to read the licence or investigate what it really meant. Thinking back even further I had actually used MicroEmacs on a Commodore Amiga in the late 1980s.

aboutblank's picture


13 years 48 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago


Convenience is King

The world has been indoctrinated that convenience is the most important thing to look out for in software. Convenience is what software proprietors aim to deliver (in exchange for freedom/money).

In my experience, some people feel affronted to being taught that software proprietors have a massive control over their life. These people would feel deprived (like a big chunk of their life would be taken away) when they reject all proprietary software. I have answers to many questions asked and my responses don't always reflect convenience and in fact, they often reflect a matter of heavy (and possibly painful) changes to their (computing) life.

While this plea for more education is a noble suggestion, we should be careful with what we know and say whenever trying to communicate freedom. My recommendation would be to obtain critical thinking skills.

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