The 3 I's

Last Saturday I went along to KLUG, my local Linux Users Group, to say hello and to talk about setting a FOSS-based digital arts project, which would double up as a focal point for local FOSS groups, plus it could also facilitate a way of persuading public institutions to use and invest in FOSS.Along the way, I came up with the "3 I's" that impede the take-up of FOSS:1.

Last Saturday I went along to KLUG, my local Linux Users Group, to say hello and to talk about setting a FOSS-based digital arts project, which would double up as a focal point for local FOSS groups, plus it could also facilitate a way of persuading public institutions to use and invest in FOSS.

Along the way, I came up with the "3 I's" that impede the take-up of FOSS:

1. Inertia: it's a lot of effort to change systems, at any level
2. Ignorance: people just don't know about FOSS
3.Indifference: people just don't care, and why should they?

I'll be posting more about these issues, and about investment in FOSS. In the meantime, I came across a post entitled UK Government: Starts The Push For FOSS? by the Open Sourcerer, plus an article from Tom Watson, the Minister for Digital Engagement entitled Open Source, Open Standards and Re-use in the UK.