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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I don't blame the FSF for losing the battle for education. First Microsoft and then later Apple and Google spent billions to get into that market, because they know most consumers that get accustomed to their products in schools will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I haven't seen the contracts, but I suspect the education discount for schools were huge because the companies viewed the project as a long term investment. A free software education system would be more costly because they couldn't subsidize the expenses from their other profits.

There has been an open war between IP and FOSS since the 1990s, and IP used permissive license software as their weapon - MIT, Apache, BSD, etc...

I don't think there's any parallel dimension with a capitalist world economy and a wildly successful FSF. There's too much money to be made by using DRM, invading privacy, and keeping trade secrets. I just suspect the FSF could be a lot more successful than they are now if they were run better - maybe have 2% of the global consumer market on FSF-approved hardware and devices instead of 0.00002%.


lautreamont wrote (edited )

First Microsoft and then later Apple and Google spent billions to get into that market,

Sure. You also forgot Facebook and Zoom more recently. Institutional support to tech products is a major factor in how they become mass spread. Especially for all the non-tech savvy people (who're notoriously Facebook's main crops). When you got the Facebook logo everywhere down to cereal boxes and people say "Google search it" all the time, but when "official" institutions like schools are also supporting it, you're pretty sure most people are gonna think these things cannot be avoided, ergo "there are no alternatives".

It's super fucked up now that students have been paying universities the same tuition fees for having classes on Zoom. Education system has totally bowed to Silicon Valley.