Does going Full Stallman isolate a person?

Watch on YouTube

Show annotations




Genre: Science & Technology

Family friendly? Yes

Wilson score: 0.9561

Rating: 4.9136 / 5

Engagement: 3.83%

Bryan Lunduke

Subscribe | 65K

Shared May 25, 2019

Question from the audience: My dear FOSS guru, I have a dilemma: I love FOSS and ethical services, but if I decided to go near-stallman with them I will be more isolated than a monk, because everyone around here is hesitant to go outside of it's privacy-invasive comfort zone.

More info, MP3 RSS Feed, & how to support the show:

Get this episode, DRM free, on LBRY ( at: lbry://@Lunduke

== Made possible by ==

Amazing servers and workstations, powered by Linux.
Pogo Linux:

Amazing 3D Printers.
LulzBot 3D Printers:

Amazing Hosting:


Whatever we think, one thing is for sure. We need people like Stallman. Even if we don't fully agree with them. We need them.

1 month ago | [YT] | 47

Mitchel Valentino

The irony is that Stallman is not isolated whatsoever. He’s constantly traveling, meeting new people, talking to anyone and everyone.

1 month ago | [YT] | 18

Mitchel Valentino

Why is this still a thing? Don’t overthink it. Either go full Stallman and enjoy the zen. Or just do your best and don’t sweat it. Lunduke is right: it’s not an “all-or-nothing” dichotomy. Even Stallman doesn’t expect or insist that people use technology the same way he does. Stallman is surprisingly practical. He simply set a very high standard that others may strive for. He shows what’s possible, even if it’s less convenient. But using more free/libre software isn’t as hard as you might think. You may actually gain more than you sacrifice. It’s more of a mental hurdle than a technological hurdle.

1 month ago | [YT] | 17


Hei, whatever happened to that Linux Suks series that got uncancelled last year?

1 month ago | [YT] | 12


Second time Lunduke-senpai notices me ha!. Thanks for asnwering my question. I doo indeed try to push fordward people to ethical services, but also people around here are extreme comfyzone-ists. We know tech is a double-edge sword, but here they don't even knew that it has an edge to start. A good example happened to me recently: I could not convince a single sould in a 40 science college student's class to make the classroo'ms chat to be on telegram. All wanted whatsapp, and even 70% of them didn't knew about telegram, and of those 70%, 30% were even afraid of that little paper plane.

1 month ago | [YT] | 6

Raffels Videoblog

become a Monk? My friend, you'd be very surprised to see modern Monks pull out smartphones when not in public.
I personaly don't use Smartphones (never did), don't use Windows, try to prevent all sorts of tracking in my browser, and I reduced my Google and my "social media" to a bare minimum.
Not using smartphones did make me a bit of a Hermit but I'm a "loner" anyway, I enjoy the silence and the peace of mind.
So.. you gotta find some balance. I think 100% full Stallman isn't even possible.

1 month ago | [YT] | 6

Horatio Pugwash

But Stallman isn't isolated. It's quite the opposite, IMO; Gated and isolated islands of non-free systems in a huge ocean of freedom. 😕

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 4


Good day Mr. Lunduke. Thank you for your show.

1 month ago | [YT] | 7


I imagine it's isolating in many of the same ways going vegan in the 90's was. You'll still have your house parties and special restaurants, but don't expect to be able to meet your normie friends in public and be able to eat a meal with them.

1 month ago | [YT] | 3


Going Full RMS is the equivalent of imposing economic sanctions on oneself. I must admit I'm personally almost 100% RMS but not quite there.

1 month ago | [YT] | 2

Live the truth

Thanks man, this was super encouraging. Just keep moving forward and make whatever difference you can!

1 month ago | [YT] | 4

Franz Lyonheart

Catholic Monks are great!. Your point?

1 month ago | [YT] | 0


Save your families, get them off Facebook! Another great show Sir Lunduke!

1 month ago | [YT] | 0

Lars Px

heh we need ssh bbs's with modern social networking features

1 month ago | [YT] | 1


fb purity gives you some control over your facebook feed

1 month ago | [YT] | 0

Grendel _

Crazy idea - if you want to keep connection with people, visit them? Facebook is not the place to have social interactions in any meaningful way. I deleted all of my 'social' accounts apart from YT which in all honesty I treat as a TV replacement (I never owned a TV!). And I don't miss those 'social' 'media' at tall - I would rather spend time with real people in a real world. And if I would connect though internet with people, that would be a specific medium for specific kind of connection (e.g. strava for runners).

1 month ago | [YT] | 1

Nathan Dehnel

I would need a social life in the first place to be able to answer this question.

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 2

Chris Dolan

The only monk I know uses Ubuntu. Think I need to get him on Triskel?

1 month ago | [YT] | 3

Zak Singer

Who tf is disliking this?!?

1 month ago | [YT] | 1

Matt Muchowski

I always tell people "we need a movement." Yes having software that protects your privacy is nice, yes I encourage people to use FOSS as often as possible. Harm Reduction is important. But we need to build a movement to create a society that values FOSS, privacy, etc. That means supporting organizations like EFF, ACLU, etc, educating people about issues, being involved in politics and passing necessary regulation. It's not going to be as simple as 'just follow me to xyz website' or installing xyz software. Software, like the web, is social. We live in a society, and have to work within it to make it better.

1 month ago | [YT] | 0