This is very ironic.

I've been working on an essay to explain to my family, friends, and colleagues what Free Software is and why I think it's important. It's been awkward because most of them are utterly oblivious to the whole topic (outside my family, that is), so it's challenging to even start a conversation.

I've found it very challenging to write. I think three times I completely threw away my draft; I finally completed the fourth.

As of September 16th I thought it possible I could complete the essay soon, the 17th or the 18th, and then I saw Georgia's message on the morning of the 17th announcing Software Freedom Day. I had no idea! Sadly, it's just after midnight in my time zone, so I didn't quite publish on SFD.

The essay can be found here: Perhaps you might see something that might help in discussing Free Software issues with others. Also, I would welcome any thoughts, comments, or factual corrections.

Please keep in mind that you are not the target audience. Furthermore I make no claim to explain the Free Software movement's positions (articulated by the FSF or anyone else) in my own words; rather, I'm giving my carefully-considered views, which align substantially with Free Software values, as I understand them. The purpose of this is to help me to be able to look people in the eye and tell them what I believe, and why..

Best regards,

Jim Garrett

Boston area, Massachusetts, USA

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