I can sympathise with the issue, but I don't think begging apple to show mercy is the right solution. Why do you have to remain a consumer of such a company? Isn't giving a company like apple such powers the source of the problem?
@praveen cannot say that I don’t agree. But I’m more of a “solve one problem at a time” guy. Or at least raise awareness and set goals that can be achievable in the short term.
What makes you think changing apple's mind is achievable in short term? Great if they change their mind because of the letter, what next if they stick to their decision?
@praveen there is no solution. We have observed ourselves that people hardly care about privacy, even after Cambridge Analytica, the WhatsApp controversy etc.
People just want a polished product that does its job.
What we need to do as a community is to work on making free and open software as polished as Apple's, to try to raise funds for open projects on the dWeb and more. In general, try to show to the people that there is another way that is as-good-as Apple/Google/etc and even better.
If convincing people to care about privacy, building better Free Software solutions is the right but harder option, we still gotta go for it. I think the real problem is people choosing the easy option and under estimating their abilities. What we really need is remind people about their power and what they can do to walk towards the right goal, even if that takes years to reach.
@praveen never said that I expect people or anyone to change their ways through this letter.
Will it raise some awareness? Maybe.
If it helps 0.001% towards our goal, there is no reason to not share it, or discuss about it.
What I see at the end is that we are not disagreeing at all! :)
(PS: Thanks for this citing this wiki page, today I learned something new)
If you want Freedom and features and you start with features, you will never have both. But if you start with Freedom, you may not have all features on day one, but eventually we will have both when a lot of us choose freedom over features, because we can always add features to Free Software. We have been constantly adding features and improving usability of Free Software.
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