Contributing to free software requires privilege. Even regular contributors might sometimes find themselves without it.

Time, focus and money. You might find yourself lacking in one of these at various points in your life.

While software projects from startups move like streams, most free software projects move like glaciers. They move slowly but they keep moving for decades.

Being away from a project doesn't mean you have to give it up. You can join back later.

#FreeSoftware #Privilege

@njoseph People throw the word ‘privilege’ around too liberally, in my opinion. I fail to see how having a little free time per week is a privilege.

I mean, I don’t have as much free time as I had when I was younger, and people who have families to take care of have even less time than I do, but that’s just normal, and each situation comes with their own perks to make up for the differences. When I was younger I had more time, but no money. Now I have money, but less time. There is no privilege involved. Just trade-offs.

@josemanuel @njoseph Not really sure what your point is. Like you say, a lot of people don't have free time, i.e. having free time is a privilege. Getting the education to learn how to program, or time to self-teach is also a privilege. That these differences are "just normal" doesn't make it not a privilege?
That this is about "just trade-offs" is just nonsense, unless you think we're all born equal with the same resources.


@josemanuel @njoseph The good thing is though that spending time on free software is an excellent way of undermining that privilege.

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