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Sadly I don't have that hopeful view of people anymore, they already know, they just don't care; years ago with: Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning, etc. I thought people would wake up, govs would take action; corporation would peddle back with intrusions on privacy; later with Cambridge Analytica and the US and UK elections still had some hope, but nothing; FB still strong, doing exactly as before, Win10 steals even more data than Win7, people don't complain about it, just on how updates are annoying; MS probably just bought Github to appeal to devs that didn't had MS as "dev friendly" anymore; .NET was dying so they had no choice than making it FOSS. Google still collects data, probably even more than before. People just don't care, the negative effects are just too complicated, to complex or too long term. If doesn't take money of their banks tomorrow it doesn't matter to them. I would bet that over 70% of people reading this right now, are doing it from Windows. If users don't care, why would companies do?, if people will play my game even if run only on Win10, why would I spend money and time to making it work in Linux?, who has ever abstain to play a game because is not FOSS?, now people loves Office360 SaaS, and nobody cares, just a few of us do.

But is not all gloomy either, corporations are starting to see the perils of not owning, of the loss of control, govs too. That's why I'm not sure if Linux will ever take the desktop, most people don't care, but some do, and because of those few Linux and BSD are alive and well, not sure how well BSD anyway. I think we as FOSS people will have to settle for being the underground, the backend, the backbone, not the ones they deserve but what they need; but unlike Batman, they don't deserve more, because they don't care!, and we will keep doing maybe not because they need it but because it's too goddamn fun :)

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Paul Gadi Author

For sure we need to be vigilant. Platform lock-ins happen because corporations are incentivized to do so, and the larger ones will have the resources to affect legislature. We need organizations like the EFF now more than ever.

It may be disheartening when most people don't care, but I think It's more important to reach out to those few who will actually listen and try to do something about it.

It also helps to connect with other people who are also trying to effect change. I was at EthDenver, a Web 3.0 conference, and was energized seeing all of the activists, entrepreneurs and developers. There are actually a lot of people looking at the underlying economics of industries and collaborating together on how they can fix them. That might be something worth looking into to bring back some of the hope! :D