“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

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@aral Definitely this. We also also need to adopt a more "congratulator, not hater" attitude in the free software community. If somebody is making small steps towards free software, we shouldn't roll our eyes at the fact that not *every* part of their setup is fully free.

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