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The next FLOSS philosophy 

The next FLOSS philosophy 

The next FLOSS philosophy 

@cj Haven't the four freedoms always been about the end-user not necessarily only developers? Perhaps the modify freedom could be rephrased as "right to change it or ask someone to do so".

@softmetz It's all been derived under the assumption that there is no distinction between end user and developer, which is why tech literacy is traditionally super important.

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long as fuck wierd analogy comparing medicine to software 

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@cj If you don't mind me reawakening this thread, I think this is a great layer to put on top of the lower free software layer. The lower layer provides the foundation of the four freedoms through the license and through community practices.

The next layer of user freedom involves #userops, #userdev and giving greater recognition to contributions outside code, i.e. documentation, evangelism, support and giving users a say in the development of the software in terms of priorities. I think "those who do, decide" is still an inevitable and necessary component, but you can foster a project culture where those who do (and therefore in practice decide) find it in their interest to develop the features user want, need and deserve, and which provide user autonomy.

@clacke That's kind of the status quo today though, right? Based on the last X years of FLOSS.

Looking at the state of the world as it is, I'm not sure such a proposal leads to a noticeable difference.

I don't have any new insights myself, though. :/

@cj I don't know there's any One Weird Trick that gets us there. Some projects do it better, some don't care, some sneer at it. I think we're in a better place than a decade ago, like with The Document Foundation and the way they run LibreOffice, as mentioned above.

But I think for any given project, the only way it happens is volunteer programmers with a passion for this aspect make it happen, or a company, foundation or a user coop pool money to hire someone to make it happen. Just like how free software itself happens in the first place.
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