How can I, a public university employee at the bottom of the totem pole, start working today to try and end the University's dependence (read: wholly ensnared state) on proprietary, corporate owned/backed software?

Anybody know of any orgs that work on this, or have any experience fighting this kind of thing?

It makes for a very depressing state of affairs, being so reliant on these capitalist structures.

@gabe I need this as well. My field has grown dependent on Wolfram Inc., and Wolfram knows it. In an extortion(-like?) scheme they increased the price of a license by 300% for Mathematica. We all need to get out from this.

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@gumcap Yeah, it's really an abusive relationship, ed institutions and corporate software outfits. My department shells out thousands upon thousands of dollars to companies like Adobe, Microsoft, and various other smaller companies to get access to what is almost always inferior software compared to FLOSS alternatives.

Frustratin' for sure.

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