Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

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Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by Pigeon » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:39 pm

It's hard to distinguish which software is proprietary (can hurt user's freedom) and which is not. Even more, software manager shows proprietary software as a cool thing, that you should install and there is flathub, where free/libre apps are mixed with non-free. I think proprietary software should be visibly marked in software manager, so users can be aware what software are they using, and know the consequences, for example loss of privacy.
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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by orschiro » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:32 am

I think that if you mark them explicitly as proprietary, you should also clearly state alternatives. Otherwise, what's the merit of knowing that they are proprietary if the manager doesn't tell me about alternatives.

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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by Schallaven » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:45 am

Maybe it could implement the osalt.com lists or so:
[softwarename] is proprietary software, i.e. it does not make its source available under a FOSS license (GPL3, MIT, ...). Using proprietary software has some disadvantages such as [...]. Click here if you need more information. There might be free alternatives to [softwarename] such as:
Be aware that using non-FOSS software not automatically results in "loss of privacy" but that there is a considerable risk due to the lack of assessability.
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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by thx-1138 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:30 pm

Otherwise, what's the merit of knowing that they are proprietary if the manager doesn't tell me about alternatives.
That they possibly derive your freedom?
Not everyone considers the existence (or not) of so-called 'alternatives' as much important as you do.

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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by ArtGirl » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:33 pm

+1 for marking as proprietary and displaying alternatives.
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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by catweazel » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:55 pm

thx-1138 wrote: Not everyone considers the existence (or not) of so-called 'alternatives' as much important as you do.
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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by Pigeon » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:23 pm

Displaying alternatives is also a good idea! +1

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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by Moem » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:38 pm

I think it's a great idea to make it clearer which software is proprietary, and I don't think it's necessary per se to point out alternatives. It would be nice, for sure, but in my eyes the first thing does not hinge on the second.
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Re: Software Manager should warn users about proprietary software

Post by MintBean » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:39 pm

I suspect very few users care if a piece of software is proprietary, and those that do are well informed on which few of the apps in the store are as such.

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