YouTube is a wonderful tool for communication. Text does not carry the body-language/facial expressions that video does. On YouTube there are many fine pieces about FLOSS from OpenWorldForum:
- Roundtable: FLOSS: Successful implementations in the regions of Europe – four informed people including Florian Schiebl of Munich’s Limux project discuss the status and challenges of implementing FLOSS in governments. The consensus seems to be that all technical problems can be solved and everything is easier by converting to open standards first. Exit costs of selecting any technology should be considered. This accounts for lock-in and makes it real.
- The Brazilian Experience. 50000 developers and users share 30 projects.
- The State of Play in the UK (“The Sick Man of Europe in FLOSS”) – the government is seriously locked-in and spends $16 billion (UK) annually on IT and has some legacy cruft. The UK government has often sided with big business in IT. In spite of that there is lots of adoption in local governments, businesses and schools. All national political parties support FLOSS.
- Mark Shuttleworth’s keynote. He emphasizes that FLOSS sells itself to business but there is work to be done to make FLOSS attractive to ordinary people: regular short release schedules, long-term support releases every two years, quality (uniformity, automated testing and formal quality control), and better design for usability.
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- Guadalinux on hundreds of thousands of computers in schools and offices in Andalusia, Spain. A million downloads so far.