Formation of a press release team

Paul O'Malley - gnu's not unix - ompaul at
Tue Mar 17 11:52:01 GMT 2009

Maciej Danielski wrote:
> It might be correct what you're both saying, but I think it doesn't change
> the fact that we should be more pro-active with ubuntu advocacy and FOSS in
> general.
> This is also a great resource:

do it like a POTD i.e. anyone can do it

but make sure anyone who speaks is supported in how to stay on message

the link above is a "training camp" for people who want to address it

so first up I ask you as a group this

Take one of these three items and write a piece.
Put it up in a pastebin / temp web page.
Then join irc have it reviewed.

Do this until the document is great, not good.

Remember 200 words is easier to sell than 5000.
A press release of 500 - 800 words is useful.
Create block of these.
You can't use them all at once so some of them should be timeless.

Double check your facts - if you have a fact find it from two sources 
who are not quoting each other!

Three topics:
In this difficult time why pay for software and services when services 
are what you are really paying for!

If you have access to one of those proprietary systems there is a talk 
on the iei web site in the webcast section (ohh the irony) about how 
doing Business with Floss.

Learning to stand up and make choices.

In this topic, the issue to be tackled is the you should at least 
understand the process of what the machine is doing if you want to use 
it. There are a lot of people out there who don't realise the level of 
threat to their data when they store it on a windows computer.

Take a trojan you have to lucky 100% of the time on windows. Can you be?

What are the odds with a GNU/Linux system?

- subtext you must say that all computers should be kept up to date, but 
can you be sure that the threats to you are being taken care of by 
proprietary software companies who seem to think that you should update 
bugs once a month


Five tips before you jump.
1) discover your hardware specs
2) backup your documents
3) why it is an alternative not a replacement
4) it is a community
5) how to find a mentor

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