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[libreplanet-discuss] Software Freedom Day

From: Jim Garrett
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] Software Freedom Day
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:52:30 -0400
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This is very ironic.

I've been working on an essay to explain to my family, friends, and colleagues what Free Software is and why I think it's important.  It's been awkward because most of them are utterly oblivious to the whole topic (outside my family, that is), so it's challenging to even start a conversation.

I've found it very challenging to write.  I think three times I completely threw away my draft; I finally completed the fourth.

As of September 16th I thought it possible I could complete the essay soon, the 17th or the 18th, and then I saw Georgia's message on the morning of the 17th announcing Software Freedom Day.  I had no idea!  Sadly, it's just after midnight in my time zone, so I didn't quite publish on SFD.

The essay can be found here:  Perhaps you might see something that might help in discussing Free Software issues with others.  Also, I would welcome any thoughts, comments, or factual corrections.

Please keep in mind that you are not the target audience.  Furthermore I make no claim to explain the Free Software movement's positions (articulated by the FSF or anyone else) in my own words; rather, I'm giving my carefully-considered views, which align substantially with Free Software values, as I understand them.  The purpose of this is to help me to be able to look people in the eye and tell them what I believe, and why..

Best regards,

Jim Garrett

Boston area, Massachusetts, USA

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