Editor-in-chief of @linuxjournal Doc Searls on a sort-of erosion of principles within the broader (as commonly named) and Software community: We Need to Save What Made Linux and FOSS Possible 👉🏻 linuxjournal.com/content/we-ne

A thread running through the article is the use of non-Free tools to develop our software and community:

‘We collaborate inside proprietary environments, such as Slack and Google Hangouts. Most of the chat and messaging systems in use today are also proprietary and closed. So are most video-conferencing systems and the codecs they use.’


This echoes @mako’s thoughts:

‘These decisions to embrace nonfree and private development tools undermine our credibility in advocating for software freedom and compromise our freedom, and that of our users, in ways that we should reject.’

— Free Software Needs Free Tools 👉🏻 mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tool

There’s some good discussion about a range of Free Software adoption issues happening on the 🍊 orange site. 👉🏻 news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

These comments by user ‘wrs’ stood out to me:

‘… Software freedom is fundamentally valuable only for developers, because only developers can use the freedom it gives.’

‘Free Software originated in the hacker community—which is a community of developers developing for developers.’

👉🏻 news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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