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I have kind of a dilemma, generally I'm very hard core free software, but I've been advised that in order to have a career in the media industry I need to join a bunch of none free services and start using them to establish a presence, as well as use non-free software in the industry.

So I'm kinda wondering what do lol

@immychan honestly, I'd just join those services, now that I'm a bit older I don't see the point in keeping myself in a total open source bubble.

@stolas Yeah that's kind of where my heads at too, I'm getting older and starting to realise that by being a free software purist I'm making my life harder and depriving myself of quite a lot.

It'd just be easier to use the none free software and leave FOSS software as more of a hobby than a life style lol

@immychan yeah that's where I'm at now.

I still very much idealogically believe that FOSS is a good and cool thing that we need more of but I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot over it. I'll try to use open source stuff first but if everyone is on Discord then I can't just drag them all away.

@stolas @immychan It's noticeable that the folks who seem to successfully have a career while remaining "pure" in their use of FOSS stuff all have heaps of other privilege that offsets the downside. Mentioning no names *coughrmscough*

@petrichor @stolas That is very true, that and usually those people have a successful career before they switched to FOSS

@immychan @stolas On a practical note, I find my ability to live those ideals varies with the place I work. Right now I would be unable to work with my colleagues without most of the Microsoft Office stack. When I worked in a university computer science dept I barely had to touch anything non-free myself. But then that all still sat on top of non-free network infrastructure so 🤷🏻‍♂️

I think it boils down to this: you don't have to justify yourself to the techbros.

@stolas Yeah I get that too, philosophically FOSS software is great, the main problem is just lack of adoption.

The main trouble I have though is I'm having a hard time reconciling my Communist left leaning views with the usage of non-free commercial software

@immychan I have been told similar things by successful people and the ones who never tried it differently than what they suggested to me were kinda wrong. Even if they were just wrong about why sth is not a good idea, they were.

@immychan in your case I would try to search for the people who only/mostly use free software and ask them too, to get a better picture of what difficulties that entails.

@immychan imo, do what you need to to build the career you want. Keep advocating for free software and using it where you can, but I feel like the unfortunate reality is work requires using software you hate.

@cowwan @immychan 👆This. Use the tools you need to get the job done, if you’ve found something you want to do

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