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Re: Sharing your free software / quarantine success story

From: LM
Subject: Re: Sharing your free software / quarantine success story
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 08:58:32 -0400

I wrote:
>>> Trying to share OER or FLOSS alternatives is an uphill battle in
>>> these kinds of situations.

Jean Louis wrote:
>Ah come on.

>Define your presentation well, and get through. You can do it.

I hope members of this will try to stay positive and supportive during
these stressful times.  You really don't know what another person has
already tried or experienced.  You only know your own experiences.
What works for one in one case may not work in another case.  One may
be welcome to push for change in one situation and someone else may
lose their job in another situation.

It's great if we can share practical experience for what's worked for
us.  However, that doesn't mean it will be of use to someone in a
different situation.

Most businesses I've worked for have had no issue with my introducing
FLOSS as long as they didn't need to pay for it.  I've had many
successes using FLOSS in those cases.  However, I've found myself in
an unusual situation where money and security are not issues.  Status
quo seems to be paramount.

I think each person should use his/her own unique talents to promote
Free Software the way he/she is best able to.  One technique or method
does not fit all.  I personally prefer to try to reach out to
individuals who will actually be using the software on a grass roots
level rather than trying to take on large bureaucracies that are
resistant to change.  Helping someone discover and use even just one
new Libre program is a plus for me.

I'm currently very disappointed to find out that are nearest Linux
users group will be using Zoom for their next meeting.  I sent them
the information from the LibrePlanet wiki about Zoom issues and Free
software choices available.  They've decided to use Zoom anyway.  I'm
most disappointed since it's a Linux group and one would think they'd
care more about issues related to using Free Software.

If anyone knows of other Linux users groups that are having meetings
virtually using Free Software and wouldn't mind if people outside
their area joined in, would appreciate hearing about them.  It would
be great if there was an events page (something instead of meetup) or
mailing list where FLOSS related groups such as small users groups
could share their virtual meetings/events.

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