As technology and software usage grows in world, the need for software libre is being felt more than ever. We see new services everyday and software libre contributors and developers try to make a service/software like the proprietary one to make sure nobody is forced to use any proprietary software.
Some foundations such as FSF and EFF are trying their best to spread knowledge about people’s digital rights. However, getting people to avoid proprietary software and only using software libre is not an easy job to do.
We need more than possibility of using software libre to get people respecting their freedom and rights over their computing. There should be benefits for people in using software libre. For example, whenever I ask people to leave Google services and use software libre tools such as Nextcloud, I tell them how more efficient and useful Nextcloud is comparing to proprietary services such as Google.
Another example is telling them how tech giants are violating his privacy and they control their way of life and their current way of thinking by controlling the flow of information they get. I tell them how using software libre benefits them and gives them back their control over their digital and non-digital life by giving them back their rights.
Another thing which can attract people is that I treat them with respect. I tell them they have rights over what’s theirs and and I answer their questions with patience. Unlike most proprietary software that treats people as “customers” or “money machines”, I try to treat people with kindness and patience. This way, they understand that software libre is more humane. GNU Kind Communications Guidelines can be a good document regarding this.
Another thing that I always have in mind is to teach people how freedom of software can lead us to a free society. I teach them how their rights is being violated everyday and how governments are benefiting tech giants instead of people. For example, I tell people how governments spend millions of people’s taxes in buying license of Microsoft Windows when they can use GNU+Linux for free.
Many of times, I try to teach people about about their privacy and security. I teach them how software libre is generally more secure than proprietary software because we can study and/or change it while proprietary software forces us to obey its every rule and do what it says. I teach them how using software libre can free them from being a digital slave.
Finally, I teach companies and projects/individuals about how they can make money from their project by publishing it under a free (as in freedom) license and receive help from a large community to make their software better and more efficient, so they can attract more people into buying it. I teach them how they can benefit from the software libre communities worldwide and how they can be mutually beneficial.
I teach people how software libre generally costs less than proprietary software and how software libre projects are more economical for them.