As a teacher and a parent, I have often had to guide young people about how to make choices. A recurring theme in my teaching is that although things are complex, if you see a choice that makes the world a better place, you should take it. That’s about what this video from the Linux Foundation says. Enjoy. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
FLOSS really does make the world a better place. Millions of developers and thousands of organizations exist to do just that. Changes that have made the world a better place in 2013 included:
- a raft of small cheap computers allowed to be smaller and cheaper thanks to FLOSS and making IT affordable to another billion people
- OEMs and retailers making FLOSS available on retail shelves as they never have before
- merging the Android kernel with the mainline Linux kernel reducing even further barriers to entry for Android/Linux
- Canonical, Dell and others finally pushing GNU/Linux onto retail shelves in thousands of stores open to the public
- Governments on every continent either promoting or adopting FLOSS to better serve citizens and to do the work of government more efficiently
- computers everywhere now have a longer life-cycle, permitting better use of Earth’s resources, because FLOSS does not waste IT resources in order to make sales
- thin clients and virtual hardware became widely accepted putting more servers toward 100% utilization and saving untold material and energy on the client side of IT
None of these things would have been possible had the world clung to that other OS and what M$’s “partners” had to offer, over-priced and designed to sell ever more units rather than to do great IT.