Group: Freedom Ladder/Stories

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Freedom Ladder stories

Share your free software story.

We believe people's stories about the use cases of free software, and also on how they got into free software, as well as on the difficulties that sometimes need to be overcome, will help us better represent and address the multitude of audiences we want to speak to. It will show that free software really is for everyone, and for everyone there is a step forward.

How did you get into free software? What difficulties did you encounter adopting free software into your life? What successes, no matter how small, made a difference for your software freedom? You are invited to add to, spread and improve this important resource.

Fictional or real life experiences, it will be very helpful in the next phase of the freedom ladder campaign the FSF is developing!

Add yours!

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 * "X installed a freer OS because she had a graphic card
   that wasn't supported yet by fully free operating
   systems. She will try to get a RYF-compliant laptop later
 * "I got a relative to install LibreOffice and they loved it
   and told five of their friends who also did it."
 * "We refurbished an old computer too slow to run Windows, and
   installed a GNU/Linux distribution on it, avoiding its
   hardware obsolescence."
 * "X has just started activism and needs a software to
   publish a politically oriented fanzine and they used the
   Free Software Directory to help them find programs to be able to do that."
 * Llevo mi laptop llena de stickers de la FSF, los cuales han
 sido un apoyo para motivar a mis familiares en la adopción del
 software libre, (explicando las ideas de la libertad y dando el
 ejemplo). Incluso hoy mi hermano ya tiene GNU con linux en su
 máquina. ¡Todavía quedan pasos por dar en la Escala a la
 Libertad del software! También me he esforzado en llevar estas
 ideas a otros, fuera de mi grupo cercano y la experiencia me
 llevó a hacer mi propio Equipo de
 * Casey got a used "mini" desktop (HP ProDesk) from a friend,
 which was decomissioned at his work, and I now use it as my
 main computer to cut my electricity bill by a lot. I decided to
 install Manjaro, because it's very performant on lower-spec
 computers like this one, and also saves me even more
 electricity. Running Windows 10/11 on this computer wouldn't
 work that well, but using Manjaro instead works perfectly for
 both me and my little computer. (submitted 27 December)