Your work is vital. We are raising funds to support it.
Why am I typing this on a laptop running GNU/Linux, the free software operating system, not an Apple or Windows machine? And why are my phones and tablets running a privacy-enhanced offshoot of Android called Cyanogenmod, not Apple’s iOS or standard Android?
Because, first of all, I can get my work done fine. I can play games. I can surf endlessly. The platform alternatives have reached a stage where they’re capable of handling just about everything I need.
More important, I’ve moved to these alternative platforms because I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use.
I keep hoping more hardware vendors will see the benefit of helping their customers free themselves of proprietary control.
From a piece by Dan Gillmor. It includes info on what tools he's using, where he finds resources, etc.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
I am a supporter of open source software, www.opensource.com have promoted me to their contributors club as I have written for them so often. However, the painful truth is that I could not pay the bills offering development services, software support and tuition if I limited myself to open source software as my customers call the tune.
I'm a user of OpenOffice - I dropped Microsoft several years ago. I haven't had any problem working with clients still using Microsoft - well, no problems regarding my office suite, anyway...
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