[sf-lug] "Educating Tux: case studies of Linux deployments in high schools around the world"

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 21:43:48 PDT 2008


On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Tyler Trafford <ttrafford at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> >
> > Have you been unable to visualize any sites with swfdec?
> I don't use many sites with flash, but YouTube works with the version in
> Debian sid.  There's a newer version out that is supposed to be better.

This is the real deal breaker for FOSS for many of the Windows newbies --
not being able to see YouTube and similar sites.  We really need to pressure
these sites to stop the Adobe addiction -- it's killing us in the FOSS
community almost as much as Microsoft.  It's amazing that with all of the
GNU Linux gurus inside Google, they can't get management to make their
videos compatible with Free Software.  Their argument is, of course, that
most of their customers are using Microsoft Windows and Adobe Flash -- the
same old chicken and egg question that has always been killing us.

And this is why I am willing to give out FOSS boxes with some non-Free
software; we need to break this cycle somewhere.  If we can at least start
with some really basic progress, like getting up the installbase for GNU
Linux and Firefox and OOo, then we might be able to leverage that progress
into other Microsoft business partners' networks that are currently
Microsoft-only.  If we can at least get them to go both ways -- FOSS and
non-Free -- so that consumers have more basic choices, then all of these
problems can start to go away.

Installbase, installbase, installbase.
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