"In our work-from-home world, #Jitsi provides video conferencing. Open source may not be for everyone but these open source projects just might be perfect for your organization." https://www.infoworld.com/article/3533999/zeek-and-jitsi-2-open-source-projects-we-need-now.html

@schestowitz WTF? "Open source may not be for everyone". Er, that's precisely who it's made for. Everyone.

@lightweight I think people who say things like that have a picture in their head that looks like IRC clients and 1990s era GNU/Linux desktops ;) They're using "open source" to mean "hobby software with bad UX". If you pointed out that apps like Firefox and Wire are open source, they'd probably be surprised.

@strypey @lightweight @schestowitz Who it's made for and who it manages to be made for are two different things.

Let's not pretend there are *no* issues with free software UX. It's not *only* marketing that drives people into the embrace of proprietary software.

There is free software out there where the UX is up to par or even beyond proprietary software. And there is free software that is ... just not.

There's hobby software with bad UX for sure, but there's also enterprise software with bad UX. On the proprietary side too, but it's easier for proprietary software to find the money to file down the sharp edges of the UX.

@clacke @lightweight @schestowitz @strypey

this is hilarious

suggesting that the man whose tootstream is a veritable firehose of free software advocacy is a little soft on his promotion of it

the "not for everybody" looks like nothing so much as an attempt at the soft-sell, like "I know you might get tired of me mansplaing this to you 24/7/365 and that's ok"


> the "not for everybody" looks like nothing so much as an attempt at the soft-sell

For those of us who care about as a issue, not an optional extra, it comes across as a bit like "being free to express yourself is not for everybody". As points out, not caring about a fundamental right because you're not personally using it rights now, is short-sighted and anti-social.

@deejoe @clacke @lightweight @schestowitz

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