Re: Sharing information: About being believable!
Everytime reading again those phrase like "think big with free software". And everytime again it is the same answer I have in my mind. But this time I'll try to write the answer down because I have enough reading those phrases again and again. You know what, you "big"-thinkers? Free software should not intended to "rule them all" or to "conquer", or for "world domination" as to read fresh from the KDE-front (https://pointieststick.com/2021/11/13/b … o-win-big/). Have you even understand WHY so many stories in literature have warned about that parts? And yes: The choice "rule them all" was a choice from me within this text, because there is a prominent story using that and it is for sure NOT a friendly one. You think "world domination" of free software brings us nearer towards freedom, privacy and security?
Think again: That won't happen. Just you are using some parts of free soft- and hardware, brings you nowhere. Not even near towards your wildest phantasies or imaginations. Understanding better is just some possible way: Reflecting ourselves every day and ask if it is okay doing someting. Not asking for permission in the first place, asking for approval of rational argumentation. Otherwise you will have again people making arguments like having some unfree services won't change anything. Okay? Steam, Netflix, YouTube and so many more. What has changed therefore? And then looking onto desktop-environments like KDE or Gnome. They have paid a price for being what they call "flexible". Is that the way?
To quote some interesting sentence from Nietzsche:
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
Well, there is more to say especially about that phrase and sentence. It is not easy to use. But from the generic point: What do you think will become out of "free software" and the idea behind, when "world domination" is reached? The "free software" won't stay for sure that way we think it is for now. There will be a price to be paid. For pragmatism for example the integration of unfree services we now remove with much work here from packages for Hyperbola. Or do you think we do this just for the fun? Therefore to remember onto especially that point. In particular the mentioned "abyss" is a sort of monster, the monster of complete cynicism and true nihilism - the completely empty man without principles and values. You think this won't happen and "free software" will evolve? Perhaps? But until now you can see also the opposite: Companies like Purism on the rise with only illusions for sale and false promises. And projects like KDE with a stand in some way but more of the same on the other also. More of the known paradigm, just some "open-source" in the end and nothing more.
Personally I see the fight has been already lost for those environments and projects like Gnome and KDE, for projects like Blender also. Or do you think companies like Adobe grant financial support because of their interest within technical emancipation? Good joke then.
You want to "conquer"? Well, please do that only in your imaginations - and for the best keep it there. Think of "world domination"? You know that especially those words and phrases are the complete opposite of emancipation? You know WHY those imaginations being "allmighty" don't end good? Just have a look in the history as it tells us about archaic developments, because dominance is also about oppression. A quite fitting and good lesson: Copy known paradigm and you will become the same, the next unfree project then. Because the first thing to fall is the freedom of choice when you implement on the other hand ultimate flexibility and dream about your so-called "world domination", dear KDE. You can even learn that right now from the so-called "fediverse" and the corresponding implementations under that name. Perhaps a look onto "Diaspora"? Once an interesting project, but the search for MORE brought for sure that and just for the price of reflected discussions to leave and hatred going in. Look onto "Mastodon" or others. Same the way as those platforms live from the same souce the unfree services also at the same time. And you think you could do better, but at the same places as Microsoft, Apple and others? As I've said: Good joke as the more you think to fight against something, you can become that also.
The opposite way would be: Just don't copy only known parts. You think being in need for more than an INIT-system? A complete service-framework? And then? Being in need for a pragmatic approach for the desktop-communication? A network framework? Or just to use other ways being already there. Maybe they are not that kind of modern, not always pragmatic. But keep it free then and freedom of choice for the users. The best way would be: Hopefully this "desktop-dominant" Linux (without GNU) will NEVER happen. The more it is a system for masses the more it will need compromises to be done. I don't think big, I think about clear steps as principles and values are important.
Sidenote: Yes, I know, sharing that article above keeps getting attention for this. But attentions is not only working in one direction, you know? So the attention I want to make is the one being into the problems. So it is up to you, dear readers. And for sure: You can also disagree about my posting here. But time will tell us the direction and until now it shows a clear picture as more and more principles have already became only recommendations or even worse. And to get that clear: I don't compare KDE or Gnome to some monsters or monstrosities. If you think that's the case you should read again the whole work of Nietzsche and especially the book the quote was taken from. This is a clear metaphor as you have to pay in some way and the desktop-environments named here have made their choices long ago. There is always a chance they go for another way, but as growing bigger - and that's also the part of "dominance" - it will become even more complicated to change a course in a whole until it is irreversible.
Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices: For a life of every being full with peace and kindness, including diversity and freedom. Capitalism is destroying our minds, the planet itself and the universe in the end!