[Linux-aus] Software Freedom Day, Saturday, September 21st.
kim at hawtin.net.au
Fri Sep 13 11:59:20 EST 2013
On 12/09/13 16:09, Lev Lafayette wrote:
> So apart from Melbourne, Ballarat, Launceston, and Hobart, who else is
> hosting a Software Freedom Day event this year?
The good folks over at HackerSpace Adelaide are putting something
together too. I'm not sure of all the details.
> And if not, why not?
in the spirit of taking this seriously, and because i've been involved
in SFD here in Adelaide previously, some thoughts;
- finding and motivating people to be sociable to non-geeks is hard =P
- we network within out interest circles/clubs/tech groups/etc already
- finding a venue and PLI! is hard
- funding materials/printing/showbags/cds etc
- because peecees are irrelevant, the battleground for peoples minds has
moved to the smart phone, some time ago.
- the market seems desperate for ease of use and minimal knowledge and
skill required for the task as hand
- FLOSS isn't about dumbing down computing, its about learning and
building skills. convincing people to learn is hard
- its not just one day, its a couple of months planning, for one day
- some of us have been more active in other mediums, had better ROI
- advertising to the wider public is about repetitive brand awareness.
that means constantly in their face, one day isn't enough.
i don't want to be seen to be a road block, these issues need to be
thought about and worked through. some of these things are harder than
others. each community is different. some years you put a call out and
get loads of volunteers, some years just a handful. in order to get a
decent exposure you need a decent venue/location, sometimes that easy,
but seriously, information access, data retention and privacy is where
the hearts and mind of geeks/techs/FLOSS folks seem to be concerned
about at the moment. these issues are all too meta, the general public
would rather stay oblivious...
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