No individual person has to explain themselves for using proprietary software.
Organisations, companies, governments for sure! So let's stop blaming individuals for usage of proprietary software and let's focus on breaking organisations free. Trust me, when organisations are free, individuals will follow by themselves.
@sheogorath I agree 100%
@wyatwerp Only as long as you consider organisations that develop those applications not part of the "breaking organisations free".
@wyatwerp The problems are quite simple: Scale and victim blaming.
Most people out there never were aware that free software is a thing. Why? Because free software is primarily a developer goodie. So you basically blame someone for not having the same interests as you.
When you solve the issue at the source, the software forges, it's easier to apply market regulations (we already do it for other things) as well was not making an individual feel bad for their actions.
@wyatwerp No, the reason most individuals out there don't use only free software is because there are a ton of external factors that contribute towards using proprietary software. From governments requiring them, to shops only selling machines with Windows installed, to being locked up in data formats and application compatibility requirements that keep proprietary software alive.
Solve it at the source. Remove/reduce those external factors, then we can talk.
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