A good thought experiment: is it actually harder to teach someone to use Ubuntu 20.04 than Windows 10 for general computing tasks like web browsing, email, word processing, and light photo editing?

If so - why?

Spoiler alert: yea, it is, but every instance of this is the fault of large tech companies.

Yes, installing Linux is a pain - as much of a pain as installing Windows. But users don't usually do that, because Microsoft makes deals with everyone under the sun.

Yes, some hardware (especially graphics hardware) is poorly supported under Linux, not because the kernel is technically incapable of supporting it but because Nvidia are a bunch of dickheads.

Yes, a lot of games don't run on Linux, but we see right at this moment that all it took to change that was a concerted effort by one medium-sized tech monopoly.

Adobe could port the whole CC suite to Linux if they wanted to. They could rewrite the audio plumbing at the same time and sell Adobe Studio OS with all their shit preinstalled and, for the people who run Adobe products, it would probably be awesome!

We could have easily configurable desktop experiences that are adaptive, lightweight, and GUI configurable. Imagine the XFCE project with real market penetration and funding!

But we never will because MS won't let them play in their playground.

Instead we have ad-ridden garbage _baked into the fucking operating system_, no standardization, an absolute joke of a "package manager" being deployed this week on the most popular platform on the planet.

Makes me want to fucking scream. Capitalism ruined computing just like it ruins everything and I'm so fucking tired of it. But at least people could stop pretending that it isn't happening.

@tindall I share your frustration at all of this. I think a *lot* about how to fix it. The key limitation for ethical tech seems to be resources. I'd say funding, but really, money is just a convenient means (when you have it) to achieve the desired ends. Freeing up skilled tech people to work fulltime on ethical tech, instead of just in their spare time, while they work for datafarms during the day to keep their heads above water financially.

@tindall Personally, I'd love to live on a rural community, doing outdoor work on the permaculture systems as the seasons require, and indoor tech work the rest of the time. Between the sales of food surplus and the income from tech consultany services, I imagine a dedicated group could pay off the land, and keep themselves fed, clothed, etc. One of the major obstacles to this is the poor quality of rural net connectivity is most places, but as with electricity supply, the solution is co-ops.

Enter discipleship

@strypey @tindall

:1000: ALL OF THIS

one of my many side quests is to collaborate with some folx to make something like this happen

co-op all the tech things, offer free tech training and access to equipment, etc.

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