[Ubuntu-ma] Fwd: maroc numéric 2013 et l 'opensource
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Jeu 17 Juin 09:18:28 BST 2010
On 17-6-2010 1:02, Shadow Xerox wrote:
> One other way to Promote Linux is to start with Schools, Cybercafés&
> in an arborical way (you Know: from one to his friends to his friends'
> friends ...)
I agree with you about that.
> Then we should be aware of the good and the bad ways to
> promote it.
> Many Windows users start with OpenOffice.org and Firefox.
> Consider this approach particularly if that's how you started.
That's a good start to use free software, including Skype.
So we have the most important apps: OpenOffice, Firefox and Skype. These
apps can run perfecty well on Linux too.
I just hope that Youtube videos can be watched in VP8 codec, so no more
problems with Flash.
> Choose a target user who can trust you and ask you for support
> and help if things go wrong. Don't give out Linux discs at random.
Well, Morocco has a lot of intelligent people, so that should not be a
problem, but I assume a few people know Linux, so we might need to work
> Before they try it, show them it working. Ideally this will be
> on your computer, otherwise a video or screenshots will do.
Yes, I agree with you. I think video is the best way, it should be
I think it's also important to demonstrate it on schools.
> Find out their system specifications and ensure their machine
> will meet the minimum specifications of the distro that you give them.
This part is so important! Motherboards need to have all the Linux
supported hardware. I think this should also be an import requirement.
> Consider your target user. If they love something that you know
> they won't be able to do on Linux such as certain Windows-only games,
> dial-up modem users, webcams, don't bother.
I think games are not an issue, maybe it's important that online games
are well supported, but to my experience games are not that important.
I do have my doubts about connecting with your internetprovider using
your dial-up modem or that wireless usb Wana is using. Are these
supported by Linux. If not, Linux can't have internet access, that's a
major issue I think.
> Know enough about Linux to know what you're talking about. The
> first question will probably be what is Linux?
Is an OS like Windows, but it's FREE!!! Better! Saver! For computer
geeks, it's opensource, so you can learn from it!
> Anticipate users expecting reasons to switch to Linux. The
> biggest strength of Linux for the average user is its resistance to
Yes it is, but if Linux is getting more popular, evil hackers get their
attention to try to hack Linux. For now, that's a good argument :)
> Know the answers to common myths and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).
If there are enough people to help each others, it should be ok.
> Don't give them old unsupported obscure software. Where possible
> give them new popular software.
Let them start first with the basic stable software, like: OpenOffice,
> First impressions count. Print a DVD cover for your distro
> before you distribute it.
I think Ubuntu is the best distro to start with, if people get more
comfortable with, they can always switch distros.
> Consider helping the Public Software Foundation to get Linux and
> Free Software into your local (school) library.
That is very important, it's free and very educational. Windows is
expensive man, I mean look at Windows 7, it's about 250 euro for one
license! Even I can't afford it.
> Organise a Software Freedom Day on 20th September.
Why not, just organise it!
The Moroccoan media should help also, like 2M.
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