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[News] Explanations with Analogies of What GNU/Linux Really is

  • Subject: [News] Explanations with Analogies of What GNU/Linux Really is
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:37:36 +0000
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Telling the Linux Story

,----[ Quote ]
| So, this morning, I tried something new: with 
| a little video capture with RecordMyDesktop 
| and a little editing from kdenlive, I was able 
| to put together a (very) rough concept of what 
| one user's search for Linux just might look 
| like.
| It was a fun thing to do in just an hour's 
| time, and I may donate it as a demo video to 
| the Linux Foundation's new We're Linux video 
| contest, if they want it. (It's too long for 
| the contest, and I would recuse myself from 
| participating, anyway.)


Linux stays single while others are married. 

,----[ Quote ]
| Other operating systems are not so happy go 
| lucky as Linux is. They tend to make a 
| lifetime commitment to their installed home 
| and really do not like too much change. So 
| much so that these operating systems are 
| always calling back to their parents and 
| keeping them informed of their living 
| arrangements. They really are a stickler for 
| this and while these operating systems can be 
| commended for their loyalty and commitment, 
| they do tend to become rather a stick in the 
| mud when it comes to change. To keep these 
| operating systems from grumbling too much it 
| is advisable to keep it living in its home, 
| unchanged, for its natural lifetime. 



Promoting FOSS with Analogies: Ford vs BK

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| Now Open Source is entirely the opposite way.
| It very truly follows the BK mentality of
| "Have it your way."  You can share it,
| customize it, tweak, hack, and crack it, you
| can look at the source code (aka
| accountability) and so much more.  The only
| restrictions that a FOSS project might have
| are either technical (some technical
| limitation prevents you from doing something
| you want to) or legal (IE, the law prevents
| you from doing certain things).  Otherwise,
| you're free to do whatever, however,
| whenever, etc, etc, you want.
| Now when using this analogy, most people
| won't understand the technical or legal
| limitations that may exist naturally in the
| software (IE, the language it's written in
| may not support doing what you want, or what
| you're asking for is nearly impossible to
| code) unless they're complete tech heads.  So
| I recommend keeping the comparisons to the
| bare minimum.  Find something they like to
| do, or want to do, and use that as your base
| when using this analogy in the promotion of

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