[hackerspaces] Hackerspaces survey on Free/Libre Open Source Software

Mike Dupont jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
Sun Apr 6 17:07:40 CEST 2014

On Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Shirley Hicks <shirley at velochicdesign.com>wrote:

> On Apr 6, 2014, at 9:26 AM, Mike Dupont <jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com>
> wrote:
> Hello Fellow Hackers,
> I recently moved to Kansas and found hackerspaces that are not really what
> I would have expected from my experience with hackerspaces in Europe
> (cbase, matrax and others) .  I find much less FLOSS and very little
> knowledge or awareness of any of the issues that I feel are important.
> Could you list this issues?

Sure,  and not going to name names here and this is not directed at anyone.

general lack of knowledge of copyright issues.
acceptance of using illegal copies of proprietary software instead of
learning to use F/LOSS alternatives.
spending of hackerspace funds on software licenses.
for me the big one that hurt the most : was removing of linux from the
public terminals and replacing with windows.
holding courses teaching to use proprietary software  tools instead of
using F/LOSS alternatives.

I am not trying to judge people here but would like to at least try and
present alternatives and motivate people to explore what can be done using
free software.

In this context, does FLOSS stand for "Free/Libre/Open Source Software"? My
first search returned dental products.
yes it does

> Shirley Hicks
> Red Mountain Makers
> Birmingham, AL
>  something that is supported by many people. Ideally we can come up with a
> set of guiding principles that hackerspaces can freely adopt and identify
> with that will tell people that they support software freedom. If enough
> hackerspaces do this it would be attractive to new and budding hackerspaces
> as voluntary self identification.
> So I made a short survey to get peoples opinion on this :
> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9WYC6SY
> Thanks to  wannabe1987, gmc, Wil5on, Otter on irc for debugging this and
> providing constructive feedback
> Also I wanted to say that I am starting a free software association for
> Kansas http://flosokaks.thefr33.com/ and looking for support.
> thanks,
> mike
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James Michael DuPont
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