I'm having this conversation right now.
Or rather, I'm talking to people who are in poverty due to a lack of education, and can't get an education due to a lack of free time, as a result of being in poverty.
I grew up in a very poor community, and I pulled myself out of it by chance and luck and so many of the people around me didn't.
I'm trying to help, but it's a difficult problem to approach from the ground.
Man, that e-waste/restore disk story has me *shook*.
This is why I only use & support Free & Open Source Software in my personal life. This man is going to prison. Prison.
"A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore disks” he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000."
@colelyman User's should never be required to do anything that is not strictly necessary, but should always be given the option and an explanation as to the impact of the actions that they are taking.
So, should users set up their own OS? If they want to, I guess. If it will deliver value to them, rather than just making things harder for them.
@colelyman Glad you enjoyed it.
Wrote it up in blogpost form here: http://ajroach42.com/observations-on-modern-computing-the-last-10-years-were-a-misstep/: