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Years ago, Carl Chenet and others had warned to avoid : another silo, a SPOF and its bug tracking software—one critical aspect to see the history of a piece of software—uses proprietary software.
Maybe that’s why liked it, after all…

Oops, there was a typo. I meant that we should have had to upgrade the *firmware* to get the sound working. The ROM was fine.
And he’s still using it.

This is to counteract the usual "Oh, .im / / / is too complicated, let’s just use Skype" statement. I want to show that convenience should be worth much less than surrending one’s freedom. Hence the methaphor with people prefering a dictatorship because democracy requires some degree of effort.
Any idea where I could find existing material?

I am looking for web resources or cartoons which I could use to explain why an alleged "inferior" UX or interface should not be an obstacle for over centralised and proprietary apps or services.
The idea is to show that democracy is not comfortable (going to the voting polls, being exposed to different viewpoints), yet is preferred over dictatorship.

Many people are persuaded that offers true end-to-end and that no-one can read private messages. If that were true, the US Government would repeatedly issue protests—on the contrary this is what they do about —because alleged terrorists would escape its supervision.

The best distro? For me, only the one that gets out of my way and does not annoy me with useless stuff. But most generally, when people ask, I always reply that every user is different and my tastes or needs are not the same as yours.

On my own phone I had been using for years. But for the average user, involves much fewer sacrifices in convenience, and it runs on many more—and more recent—phones. With proper configuration (PrivacyGuard), and especially user teaching of good methods (permissions, not installing proprietary APKs) it can be a good compromise between convenience and privacy/security. As long as the user keeps enough discipline.

A strange feeling yesterday when helping my neighbour’s son installing 15 on his phone. No sound, it would have required upgrading the ROM. We didn’t want to risk bricking his device, LineageOS 14.1 runs fine. At least one more happy user who’s now discovering free alternatives in -Droid.

Funny encounter: AlternativeTo is showing alternatives to popular proprietary apps or websites… and apparently even to itself: alternativeto.net/software/alt

I have been asked to rescue people who couldn’t transfer a 8 Gb video file. They tried to send it by email (didn’t work), then copy it onto a USB memory stick with a FAT32 system (didn’t work - file too large). We resorted to use mkfs.ntfs so that they could read it with their machine running W10. But with proper encoding, and for domestic use, such a video should never have been so large in the first place!

My experience is that young adults who talk about politics or are already engaged in social issues can be reached, and will hear arguments about privacy, GAFA, and other issues about free software. Maybe they could serve as role models—or thought leaders—for young "consumers" who are not ready to listen.

It’s getting increasingly tricky to teach students or teenagers about FLOSS. They largely value convenience more than they value security, they suck over popularity on popular social media, and they live by the "nothing to hide" myth. Old approaches do not work with them, we’ll need to rethink *how* to get the message across.

Install party starting tonight.