I guess what I want to do is a "bait and switch" or "hide the vegetables in the casserole"
I subscribe to the four freedoms .... but to the casual user it's a lot to hit them with when all they want to do is use a word processor ..... understanding the four freedoms shouldn't be a prerequisite to using FLOSS.
However, I think as the casual user has some success with FLOSS maybe the deeper meaning will become evident.
I've tried to have this conversation with the "soccer Moms and Dads" I socialize with ..... first they don't get it .... then they think I'm nuts ..... or at the very least a deranged socialist
"why would anyone spend time writing software just to give it away?" I ask them why they give of their time to maintain soccer fields or coach teams? The usual answer is because their kids play ... and they do it for their benefit ... but then I ask about the kids that aren't theirs ... how come they don't send those parents a bill??? So then they say they do it because they enjoy it .... and the other kids appreciate it (well most of them any way
) Well I say ... now you understand why someone would write software and give it away .... usually there's an need .... then the fun of writing it ... then the joy of others using it.
The problem is ... thanks to the software mega-millionaires everyone thinks you get rich by writing software. So there is an irrational monetary value put on it ..... perpetuated by the outrageous prices software companies charge for their product. It's like breakfast cereal ... you're paying more for the package and the marketing then the contents of the box.
I assert that if we just looked at the programmer effort that goes into commercial software vs. the effort that goes into FLOSS and assign values to that effort .... the FLOSS software would cost more. We need to make this value evident.
I think they need to experience the value first ..... then hopefully they will become members of the community.
So .... I guess in summary ..... I want to promote FreeSoftware by using Free software