If you think of free software as a developers' rights issue, it's a solved problem. Developers can use free stacks everywhere, and they are free to fix anything. Nobody is legally restricted from learning to be a developer. There's a pretty good live ecosystem. Mission accomplished.

If you think of free software as a human rights issue, you need to think about how all people can actually use and benefit, and usability and accessibility and localisation all become integral parts of the problem.



free software has, from the beginning, been about the rights of /users/. people mostly think of it in terms of devs because most of the users of software that know enough about how software works and is made to care are themselves involved in that making

@wren I mean, yes and no. The standard account of the free software movement was about someone with the know-how to patch their own printer driver not being allowed to do so. To a large extent, that's still the target audience. If you don't want to become a skilled computer toucher, it's not for you. You're welcome to try it (it's Free) but don't come in with stupid questions unless you're willing to Put the Work In.

Free software was about the rights of /computer/ users, back when most of those were in universities. That's not where we are now. Someone with no intention of becoming a skilled computer user still has a right to use software that doesn't collude against him on behalf of megacorps, but that guy is out of luck at present, in my opinion.

There are people trying to change that, particularly on here, but they get pushback from people that consider themselves to be politically Free Software.

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