just met Jan Wildeboer at #evn #zvartnots #airport w/@{անկապ ; ach94er@spyurk.am}. he’s a #redhat guy. #free-software evangelist. we are really excited to have him at our event.

already discussed #wayland vs #xorg and other political and technical questions. (: i’ve heard some very interesting stories.

#barcampevn17 #barcampevn #yerevan

@{Antranig Vartanian ; antranigv@spyurk.am}, i guess you might enjoy some debates with him. (: @{utopianlab* ; utopeanlab@spyurk.am} he’s Dutch, you know. (:

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We all have seen those tables, which explain which free software can be a replacement for proprietary software.

When I was installing GNU/Linux to my friends, I was trying not to tell them - “this is replacement of that”, but show them some features that they did not even know about, something that exists only in GNU/Linux world.

I think, it’s not a very good sign, when we have many free software projects that tend to implement the same product as proprietary project.

In that case, it means that innovation first happens in proprietary world, then we try to copy and implement it, to not fall far behind. And very often our implementations are not good enough.

We need more “authentic” free projects, and let the proprietary software try to copy/implement it. In that case they will fall behind.

I think it’s not a coincidence that innovative ideas happen in proprietary thinking brains. This is because they think “what new thing can we do in order to earn?”. And we are too busy implementing free analogues of that proprietary software, often not good as original.

May be that’s because we are not used to think innovative enough. We ourselves tend to think more in terms of “repeating”, instead of “innovating”.

Sorry if I hurt your feelings. - may be I need to put it under every post I write.

#free_software #free-software #softwarelibre #proprietary_software #linux #gnu #software #innovation

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apparently today software in order to be competitive, must be not only good, but also free and / or open.

software for software developers.

microsoft and apple probably got wind of that, and opening c# and swift compilers followed.

however, developers differ from the “regular user” and they let’s say developed and obtained more needs than they realized ten years ago.

will come a day, when this “regular user” will have a need to use free and/or open software, therefore software producers in order to be more competitive will have to free/open their software? i don’t know. i don’t know.

i don’t know.

#free-software #free_software #need #market #economy #competition #c_sharp #swift #microsoft #apple #freedom

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in the wake of this post and comments.

i accept that free software is often far behind it’s proprietary analogues. we, the society must learn to not take it for granted.

we must pay to the creators to support their work. we must hire developers around us to contribute our desired patches. we must set up bounties for necessary features.

thus we will encourage development of free software.

because free doesn’t mean free-ware, it’s not as free beer but as free speech.

software requires investments like tree requires water.

#free_software #free-software #libresoftware #open-source #open_source #freeware #development #investment #bounty #software #freedom

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i have an idea: almost any software will eventually become free, because otherwise there would appear an analogue of that software which is free, and the first won’t survive competition with the second.

because free has an important property/quality - it’s free. and market will choose free software, it would prefer to pay for the free alternative and/or it’s support.

btw, this is about development, about progress, thanks to entrepreneurship and fair competition.

i would also like to add - free software is a way to measure democracy: if it exists in country, if it develops, it means that laws about equal possibilities to make business indeed work. moreover, if authorities choose free software over proprietary, it means that they are less corrupted, less dependent on already existing corporations that sell proprietary software. again, this means it is more about equal opportunities and working law and court, about society where companies must compete by qualities of their production, not by using law, authorities, brute force.

of course this is not binary, but scalar. countries have some value of democracy, it’s not true or false, it’s more or less.

and once the free software idea appeared, it’ll inevitably win. #free-software #free_software #democracy #market #law #court #entrepreneurship #competition

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