The positive approach to FLISOL

Vítor Baptista listas en
Sab Ene 26 00:53:24 UTC 2008

There aren't many people that will hapily make a complete change this way,
from a Windows machine to one with an open source OS without proprietary

I think that it's better to have someone satisfied with the change, as he
could do what he did before, listening to his mp3 songs, watching his
movies, visiting his favorite flashy websites and talking to his mother over
skype, than having someone going back home and noticing that he can't do
this. At least not without googling for answers.

It shouldn't be a problem for most of us, but for not such technically
inclined users could suffer, and who he'll blame? Certainly it will not be
Macromedia or the proprietary codecs. It almost always will be the OS,
mostly Linux. He could keep trying and install what he needs or, as an
"easier" way, he'll format and reinstall Windows.

So, what is better? Telling them the advantages of open source, but helping
in making his PC the way he wants, or having someone frustrated because he
couldn't do easily what he did before? At least until now, I prefer the

I know that the people that goes to FLISOL isn't the average Joe, but if he
could install by himself, he would probably do it at home. At least I would.

I think that the main aim of FLISOL should be making the switch to an
opensource OS as painless as possible, and showing that there are
alternatives as good as, or even better, than the softwares they are

On 1/25/08, Dokuro <dario.soto em> wrote:
> I think that is true, you do feel very bad if you are trying to do
> something good and then some one trashes on you for some other thing,
> it could really turn you down....
> This approach would be a better way to deal with people, because we as
> free software spokesmen (persons) should be nicer to the people that
> is helping us, no matter what, we have to be the nice option vs
> private software.
> the problem here is that we might also feel like nice is not going to
> get us anywhere, it is hard to make that choice, when to be hard or
> when to be nice, the proposal is to be nice the most you can, in order
> to advance to a solution.
> On Jan 24, 2008 10:49 PM, rafael bonifaz <rafael.bonifaz em> wrote:
> > How about if we instead of attacking the people who install non free
> > software on FLISOL we can praise those people who only install free
> > software. I think this way the FSFLA would encourage the FLISOL people
> to do
> > the right thing. I think this way those that are not doing things 100%
> well
> > would learn from those that are doing things right.
> >
> >
> > How can we motivate them? I don't know, but anything is better than
> > attacking people that want to help. Remember that FLISOL is not only
> about
> > Free Software, but also about Latin America working together to help
> other
> > people.  Even if they install non free software, they are cooperating
> for
> > FLISOL because they want to help. Attacks like those that Alexandre made
> on
> > FLISOL mailing lists may desmotivate a lot of people that are only
> trying to
> > help.
> >
> > I know Alexandre is telling the true and he is doing it because he
> thinks is
> > the right thing. Attaking him for doing that is also wrong. Today I
> learn a
> > quote that I would like to share with all, but specially with Alexandre
> >
> > "La verdad puede compararse con una piedra preciosa: si la lanzamos
> contra
> > el rostro  , puede herer, pero si la envolvemos en un delicado paquete y
> la
> > ofrecemos con ternura, ciertamente será aceptada con agrado"
> >
> > So I think saying the true is a good thing, but we must do it in a
> delicate
> > way so that people can understand the importance of Freedom in cyber
> space.
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Rafael
> >
> >
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