The Community is the Company

loic at loic at
Thu May 24 13:48:13 UTC 2001

 > Since this is a real Kuhn paradigm shift, it requires a lot of effort to 
 > break free of old ways of understanding the world. The structure will never 
 > make sense looking at it with old eyes and there are a lot of issues that 
 > intersect with it. Going back to first principles and going slow is the only 
 > way to make sense of it. 

	I fully agree with you. When first looking at people think it's a joke. They read around during
ten minutes and leave.  I can't analyze exactly why. I had the same
reaction to be honest. Only I read the web site during two hours and
finaly figured out it's a nice dream to have and it's worth trying to
make it reality.

	I very much see it as Free Software vs proprietary software. When
people first heard about Free Software they laughed and left. 15 years ago
they would not even give it a second look. Now we stand on more solid
grounds but it tooks ages and most people are still very confused by
the philosophy of Free Software.

	It needs a lot of patience and talking to spread a new idea.
Regarding FreeDevelopers I'm in a similar position as I was 13 years
ago when I discovered Free Software. I find it very appealing and I
support the idea. However I do not understand enough of it to advocate
it myself.  It took me years to actually understand Free Software and
become able to talk about it in a sensible way. I expect it will
take me some time for FreeDevelopers as well.

	That's why I asked you to dialog with us on
discussions at and fsfe-france at It will help
improve my level of understanding of FreeDevelopers and at the same
time it will give a chance to people who are still skeptical to change
their mind.


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