Even if they don't care about governments,
they still care if people use their software. If not, what's the
purpose of writing a software that nobody uses? Even if it's free, you
still need to 'sell' it to the 'users'.
An advocate still has to convince a person to agree with his point of views.
You are arguing on the technical terms of sales.
I do not limit the scope of sales in areas where there're commercial/financial benefits.
Everything we do in our lives involve some form of sales.
to convince a girl why she should go out with you, why you're the
better person for her, and convincing her to be your wife eventually,
it's all sales. :-)
It's getting people to listen, agree and compromise so a mutual benefit can be achieved. It's a form of sales.
If one fail to see that point, then one is doomed to fail in advocacy, negotiation, etc.
movement needs, and probably has sales people, whether the movement
realizes it or not, whether the sales people are commercial or not, the
point is, you need to sell your opinion/believes why your movement is
the better option, or else there is no such thing as OSS advocacy.
We cannot run away from that fact. Disagree or agree, it does not change anything, as it involves 2 sides, buyer, and seller.
we do know is, a good salesperson is someone who listens to his
customers needs, instead of using only the hard-selling approach.
Agree with you on that but not all open
source movement really care about governments all over the world. For
example Apache Group ? do you think they really care ? but most of the
libraries are found in various commercial offering. For them, they just
want to create the libraries.
Are you are claiming religion teaching is a form a sales ? because the priest trying to advocate
the religion ? Sales
, or the activity of
, forms an integral part of commercial activity. Mastering sales is considered by many as some sort of
"art". On the contrary, the methodological approach of selling refers to it as a
process of repetitive and measurable milestones, by which a salesperson
relate his offering enabling the buyer to visualize how to achieve his
goal in an economic way
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selling
is one who speaks on behalf of another, especially in a legal context, and particularly in reference to the system of
They are distinct meaning between selling and advocating ...
Just my 2 cent opinion :) Hope I didn't hurt anyone here.