hot take but i wager that a significant part of why FOSS isnt more widely used by the average person when it comes to things like social media has a lot to do with programmer culture.
Loving the positive outlook!
I do think it's worth noting that FOSS is not a monolith, and there are plenty of progressive and inclusive communities.
Especially with new projects, it's common to see codes of conduct being enforced, and the ejection of toxic users complaining about the status quo being challenged.
Those siloes are going to take a while. The biggest thing for me is replacing G Suite - your average user isn't going to know how to administer NextCloud
@kara @Laurelai i feel like that view of Linux is outdated. a lot of projects are still like that but Ubuntu has had a big support community for years (that's how I got into Linux seven years ago), most distributions have much better support communities than they ever used to now, and then there's Stackexchange where the only thing anyone will ever get upset about is if you don't use the search feature
@kaniini @kittybecca @Laurelai coders should never ever be made to forget that, by and large, most of them still don't really know their asses from their ear-holes. they're not engineers, they're not "computer scientists", they're like alchemists who've just barely started to figure out how things actually work
@kaniini @kittybecca @Laurelai and another thing: the corporate software world won't care even if the AI does a shit job compared to a human. all the nerdrage of the programmers who regard themselves as superior artisans of bespoke code won't do a thing, nobody who actually controls the money will give a shit
just look at how much of the services we ALREADY use are more or less curated with shitty Python scripts or whatever
@Laurelai do tell more. It might help me introspect and see how much of those reasons are in my behavior too. On the other hand, I also like to listen and learn about how some random average person not from the field of computers talk about how they discovered foss software and why they feel so supportive of those projects. Maybe their reasons maybe more of supporting freeware kind, but should we rush to correct them about free software principles every time?
@Laurelai I'll be honest and admit that I haven't engaged with communities at all for years now especially since I've got my own interest in Foss that caught momentum enough for me to find and apply as much and whenever I need. Lost touch with any kind of networking and evangelising. So I'm not even the right person to tell anything but I can say that those poisonous elements need to be rooted out by everyone and let it not be a fight for Foss communities alone.