Re: [Builder] Developer experience (DX) hackfest 2016

The problem is that we already have an existing method that uses non free software that is easy and does not require expert help to host or join. What we were asking for is an alternative free software service that provides a similar setup experience to the non free solution.

Telling us that you have experts who can help set it up does not instill confidence in your solution.

If there is no free solution that has a similar easy setup experience, perhaps the GNU project should invest in building such a service.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 1:47 AM Richard Stallman <rms gnu org> wrote:
  > > It is easy to do streaming with free software, in a way that lets
  > > everyone watch with free software,

  > Incorrect. It is possible, but it is not easy...

That is a somewhat harsh way to say that you disagree.

I have never done video streaming myself, by any method, but the
people who give advice say they can guide non-wizards.

(I would post the email address here, but it seems unkind
to post someone's email address publicly without asking.
I asked them if it is ok.)

  > > and I know people who would be glad
  > > to help you do this.

  > ... and this is why. ;)

I can't make sense of that statement.  Surely the ease of streaming is
not a function of how I wrote the message.

  > You could have made it easier, than it is now, by pointing to an URL
  > which tells us how to do it

I have doubts about that.  A URL might be better for a wizard, who
could read it immediately rather than waiting for a response.
However, for someone who is not a wizard, personal guidance from an
expert is likely to be more helpful.  You can ask the expert to
explain any point that you don't understand -- something that you
can't do with a URL.

Let's suppose, for the sake of argument, that the URL is more helpful
than offering to put you in touch with an expert.  What's the right
way to respond to something that is helpful but could have been more
so?  "Why didn't you do it the other way?" seems ungrateful and

I will ask them for a URL I could post.

Dr Richard Stallman
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