suggestions for marketing....
dave at 1it.com.au
Fri Apr 28 04:49:53 BST 2006
I am president of the Stirling chapter of Toastmasters International and
an enthusiastic Open Source / Ubuntu supporter.
I gave a talk at my club regarding open source software "The best things
in life are free', talking about the power of O/S and the cost savings
that can be derived by using it. I used my own company as a sample,
quoting over 100k in savings. At the end of the speech there was a gap
for people to ask questions, and I had a lot of people asking me about
O/S software. If I'd had an Ubuntu live CDs to give away, I'd probably
have gotten rid of quite a few.
I would suggest that joining a local chapter provides an opportunity to
evangelise a little, but also provides a great forum for personal &
My understanding is that the Drake live CD will allow the live CD to be
tested and then installed (like the Mepis live CD). If this was
combined with a GParted CD to allow people to create a little Ubuntu
partition, we might have more luck converting people over.
I find the biggest obstacle to people adopting Linux is office, so
converting people to OO.o is a good start.
Paul Schulz wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> On 4/28/06, Peter baker <jellyware at gmail.com> wrote:
>> the sending out of the install cd's has slowed down a bit lately. I
>> had a
>> few people contact me from the post I put on the local wiki, and a
>> few more
>> from the bulletin board at my work. nothing in the last week. Seems
>> ubuntu will have a good presence at cebit in a couple of weeks.
> I have 300 which I will be giving away in Adelaide Monday,Tuesday next
> week at the Connecting Up 06 Conference... I'll let people know how it
>> I have tried distributing ubuntu through the student assoc of my local
>> university and was really surprised at the result. I was contacted
>> by their
>> marketing manager when I attempted to post on the classified section of
>> their website. its ok to sell a computer, fine to flog a desk. but
>> out open source software seems frowned apon. I had my integrity
>> grilled for
>> attempting to give out software for free! so much for university
>> associations promoting the interests of students!
> What was the outcome? Are you still able to place your ad? Would an
> informative phonecall from someone at Linux Australia to the
> marketing manager help? (I'm happy to raise it with them.)
>> anyone got any good ideas for sharing the love?
> Maybe we can encourage everyone to place an ad. in their local paper
> (simultainiously, Australia wide). I'd be interesed to see if it has
> a similar response.. how was your ad worded?
> Paul Schulz
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