A user experience with FLOSS video conferencing:

"I've tried Jitsi Meet and found it to be smooth."

"Onboarding: Jitsi: Click a URL. No accounts. Hangouts: Google account. Need to individually invite other Google accounts.

Video Quality: Jitsi: Decent, slightly better than hangouts. Hangouts: Passable but grainy."

"Conclusion: Friends preferred Hangouts.

It's quite disheartening..."

I think we in the FLOSS community often think we just need to technically match/exceed proprietary software and people will switch, because of the added benefit of it being free software.

But there's often even a larger hurdle to overcome and that is instilled trust in big corp software and the buy in into their ecosystem. Because for every "de-Google" blog post you see, the sad reality is that many more people join their ecosystem daily and find it convenient enough not to care about FLOSS.

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@MatejLach You're so right! It's like people have been trained for years to think that unless you are some kind of super-nerd, you are in no way qualified to make any decision about technology. You must simply take the most popular, commercial choice. Anything not marketed by a giant west coast corporation is some kind of heresy. Conformity is a helluva drug.

The enterprise software world seems to slowly be coming round to the idea that vendor lock-in is bad news. So perhaps there's hope.

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