[CS-FSLUG] Switching Your Better Half to Linux

.mash re.mash at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 11:23:25 CST 2005

On 11/1/05, Ritchie, Josiah S. <jritchie at bible.edu> wrote:
<snip> She now occasionally chants "Gentoo, Gentoo, Gentoo" in
my ear when the printer or the Internet are acting up.

Sometimes I when I read comments like this my heart does a little jump,
and a broad smile stretches across my face.

Do you realize in 50 years from now, people are going to write about
Linux and FOSS not as a technological marvel (yet which it also is,) but
as an incredible social development. I do not recall EVER in my young life
growing up, hearing about life and computers joining so closely.
During the early OSes coming out on our PCs at home there was never a
bond between man and computer to the extent that we are bringing it
in so closely and more so in such respect as we have with Linux/FOSS.
It is incredible to think that we all have taken this product and have
lifted it up
with so much love. Maybe I am being over the top but for a husband to encourage
his spouse to use a type of operating system because he wants to share it
because he feels it will be better for her and because he believes in
it is, mind boggling. I would have never in a million years guessed
that we would value
software, technology to such a degree as to actually believe in it socially.

I just pray that Linux and FOSS will always remain for the people and be created
out of love for technology and community. If there can be something said
for this technology that will stand the test of time it is that no
matter how removed
a computer system will be from being human it will and can always, if
done correctly become part of and have a positive affect on our
families and our children.

I thank God that we have been given such a gift as FOSS it is an incredible
example of Human initiative, social development and joyous creativity in a world
so full of selfishness.


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