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Dax Solomon Umaming knightlust at
Wed Mar 28 04:26:12 BST 2007

On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:49:44 am Scott Ledyard wrote:

> Having followed this thread for a bit, I am interested in the context since
> I've seen some pretty crazy things become of demos. I'd like to know what
> would make for a *great* Edubuntu / LTSP demo. Maybe others can chip in
> from their successes / failures like Uwe did.

Planning and Testing is the key. Always look out for Murphy's Law and don't do 
a public demo on an unfamiliar and untested machine, less you wanted to be 
like Bill Gates on the Conan O Brien show. Be very careful, and always do a 
last minute tests before presenting them to your audience. This would make or 
break Linux.... Remember that line: "First Impressions lasts!"

> Another thing that Uwe alludes to to predict expectations. His audience had
> positive responses that weren't ones I would have considered. (BTW, I'll
> have to try that unplug / replug trick!)

Regarding LTSP, the shock factor would always come from LTSP.... So where's 
the shock-factor? It's the "access your desktop anywhere" feature. Let them 
login to a PC and have them configure the desktop and urge them to download a 
file and save it on the desktop, then let them logout and ask them to log 
back in a computer in the other end of the room. Windows users are always 
surprised that their settings and files are still intact and can be accessed 
from anywhere within the network. They just can't get over the idea that even 
their desktop settings can be stored on a network.

> I'm wondering what is it that you want to demonstrate? Is this
> demonstration to decision makers and, if so, what are they looking for?
> Speed?
> Compatibility with MS systems? Student productivity? Security? Do they even
> care if it's Linux?

There's only one thing a businessman (Principal, Dean, President, or even a 
Janitor) would understand... money! If you show them a "cool" feature and top 
it off with a talk on how to get this feature and save lots and lots of money 
by reusing old computers instead of upgrading them to accomodate a newer and 
more expensive OS, a businessman would always buy it. It's their IT Dept. 
that you have to worry about, it's always the case, since they will be the 
ones who will resist (you can't help it, they're so used to Windows) and even 
get to the point of making up stories just so a company won't migrate to open 

Now, what really matters is how "not" to mess it all up. That is why planning 
and testing should always be on the top of your checklist.

Hope this helps out.

Dax Solomon Umaming
knightlust at
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