Hi, I'm a Free software activist and a LibreOffice contributor in term
of QA, bug report, "spread the world" since day 1.
I don't speak "non technical" English good enough, so forgive me if I
could sound "harsh" sometime but is due to the limitation of my
vocabulary and grammar.
Like you, I'm aware that our *goal* is not having people to use LiBo as
a cheap alternative of M$Office (and so use our time, effort and
dedication just to save money...), but people that care about their
freedom and so use LiBo as a consequence. Is not an opposition of two
"products", but two way of thinking the future, the freedom, the society.
You also know for sure that one of the most "enslavery" and against
Freedom firm is Apple, that produces devices strictly chained with their
proprietary software. When you see an apple iDevice, you immediately
recognize an ecosystem, a brand, and that "philosophy".
I'm writing here because I was really shocked when I saw the new home
page showing an iMac (http://www.apple.com/imac/ for a quick
comparison). It's not like showing a Dell or an HP monitor that is "just
hardware", showing an iMac is not showing a "neutral" hardware, but
enforcing and share an Apple proprietary vision of the world.
So I'm asking the designer of the site do replace the recognizable iMac
images with generic ones, because I consider promoting Apple products a
big damage to our cause and to the community.
When I explain people about the difference among LibreOffice and
M$Office, I value a lot the freedom part, because is the only unbeatable
point Libo has against it (price is not a big issue, they have M$Office
pre-installed/cracked/took on big discount for schools/students, etc).
I point out how M$ and Apple need to chain you to their products and
file formats, while LiBo is all the contrary.
But now if I point them to LiBo home all my arguments miserably fall
"see, also LiBo people show Apple products, so they also think is great
and all that crap you told me about freedom is pointless".
If today M$ will produce a very recognizable model of PC, would we use
it on our home as well?
One thing is have a program that runs ALSO on proprietary OS, one is put
"THE proprietary brand" on our home.
LibreOffice is one of the most important Free software project, so has
the moral duty to do the right things.
My favorite example is a site that promotes genuine biological food, and
their web designer found that putting a succulent Cheesburgher icon on
the home is a good idea. I do really thing that all volunteers that work
hard to make the message of "genuine food" spread are hurt.
I think that using a neutral image of a simple device like a monitor is
a little effort for our beloved web designers, but will remove the hurt
to our values and believes.
Thanks a lot for the attention
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