I get nervous when I think about how long it's taken community-oriented free software to have interfaces that resemble "could be comfortable on mobile" and how much more critical user freedom concerns will be when we're all wearing sensory-modifying wearable computing and how hard it will be for the FOSS world to adjust its software to comfortably work on augmented reality type systems
@rick_777 I'm a better leader by thinking / philosophy / hacking (and when I have to, community organizing) than I am by management / executive type things, so I don't think I'm a very good fit for that kind of stuff
@lain Indeed, we need to do better; everyone deserves user freedom, not just people who can figure out how to compile software at the command line.
@lain Obviously we want to leave that path open but not have it be you-must-be-this-tall-to-have-user-freedom :)
@lain @cwebber seems to me what your bemoaning is not aligned with the "scratch your own itch" ("enlightened self-interest") underpinnings of the whole thing. #FOSS provides an opportunity for individuals to grow and learn - it doesn't have any obligation to hand anyone a "product". That's for commercially motivated businesses to provide the scarce goods of one-on-one tutition and suport.
@cwebber It terrifies me every time I'm in a crowd and realize just how many people are face down in their phone absorbing Facebook-mediated or Google-mediated information.
@cwebber I think we need to be out in front instead of always chasing proprietary software on proprietary hardware. Focus on the use cases that are harder for proprietary software/hardware companies to make a business case for.
@cwebber one problem here is the overt and carefully engineered hostility of mobile platforms / systems to meaningful openness.
another is the general overall terribleness of mobile interfaces, which has led in turn to free software efforts at mobile-esque UI that are rife with bad imitations of an already-bad paradigm.
i'm pessimistic about all of this.
@cwebber We need Free/Libre/Open software and hardware devices. Writing FLOSS "apps" for closed platforms defeats the purpose.
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