[kde-community] finding a clear vision for KDE - second draft for discussion

Alexander Neundorf neundorf at kde.org
Mon Mar 7 20:43:38 UTC 2016


On Thursday, March 03, 2016 04:46:20 Jos Poortvliet wrote:
> replying on phone. blame faulty text completion/correction for any rudeness!
> On Feb 29, 2016 5:40 PM, "Alexander Neundorf" <neundorf at kde.org> wrote:
...
> > Can we express the "not be at the mercy of some company" clearer than
> > "have full control" ?
> 
> But then you have to spell it all out - it isn't just about companies but
> governments, heck even individuals or charities... 

<just thinking>
now that is an interesting point, being independent from governments.
More and more services of (local or national) governments are offered online.
Just as on example, assume that some documents would be only available as pdf.
You need at least a device, an operating system, a pdf reader.
Or other stuff, communicating only via some network service (email ?), sending 
in documents in some specific format, etc., etc.

So IMO it should be a goal of a government to enable their citizen to use 
those services using software which is free of cost (at least for their 
citizen), and without having to rely on some company. There are two obvious 
ways to achieve that: software development done by the government, and 
development of free software supported/paid for by  the government.
</just thinking>

I think "sustainability" describes the concept I have in mind: something which 
works at some point in time and you can rely on that it will also work in the 
future.
Don't know how to put that into a vision, maybe something like "a sustainable 
ecosystem of software/technology/... which gives everyone full control over 
their digital life" ?

Alex




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