I recently gave a presentation about the culture and values of open source at a local church
I roughly covered the following bullet points. I've linked to points to pages with further context.
- The Four Freedoms of Open Source Software
- Accountable and Accessible Leaders
- Open Source Is A Gift Culture: Status Increases Through Giving
- Open Source is Good for the Environment
- Better Support for Local Economies
- A Solution for Accurate, Accountable Voting Machines
- Better Access to Archived Digital Data is a key reason that Massachusetts is switching to open formats.
- Better Security, Less Viruses, Spyware, Adware...
- Weapons, Baby Milk Powder and...Proprietary Software This proposal details numerous values-based reasons that organizations such as Oxfam should use open source. Oxfam apparently listened
- How Can High Quality Software Be Free?
- Open Source Reduces Hardware Costs. Indeed, it often can reduce the Total Cost of Ownership.
- Supporting Global Diversity. While Iceland was left the mercy of Microsoft to have an Icelandic version of windows, (search for Microsoft vs Icelandic), users of open source systems can support a an additional language with minimal effort, as evidenced by this playful project to translate KDE into Klingon.
- Open Source is More Fun.