What are they fighting for? They are fighting for a better future, filled with more choice for all of us.
"But Linux / Open Source Operating systems don't work as well"
Well, I know you wont believe me, but i will try. In 12 years with open source and linux, I've seen more success with Linux than with anything else. But I know where your coming from, so let me try to make an analogy here.
This is akin to you buying a car. Don't you just love it to be able to CHOOSE the car you want? what if there was only one car manufacturer, would their be so much choice?
That is exactly what has been happening in the IT industry.
You know how to drive don't you? Do you find it hard to change your vehicle? Do you have to learn driving all over again ? At most the challenge is automatic or geared shift.
The myths perpetuated by the forces working against choice have nurtured this very myth, that computing is hard, you cannot learn, you cannot change. Worse still, they fudge the meaning of the terms 'Freedom', 'Open source' . A simple test, ask yourself, how much freedom does it really give YOU.
Prove them wrong, Help us give you CHOICE.
*The term Free used here is Free as as in 'Free Speech'. That a lot of it is also also Free to download and use is another handy bonus.
A Handful of the more popular stuff out there, to get you started
Debian - Operating System
Redhat - Operating System
Fedora - Operating System
Ubuntu - Operating System
Firefox - Web Browser
Thunderbird - Email Client
Libre Office - Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations and more
GIMP - Advanced Graphics Software