[Ubuntu-SG] ideas for ubuntu-sg (was: ubuntu.sg contains spam posts)

Rui Boon ruiboon at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 18:29:12 BST 2008


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|>> From the archive of this mailing list, there are some good idea.
|>> 1) "have a small local wiki to post nice tips that we collect from the
|>> ubuntu forum." [1]
|>> -> Maybe this could be implemented with the forum idea by Chew
|> The social group feature in ubuntuforums are quite rudimentary at the
|> moment, quite similar to this mailing list, where having conversations
|> are ok, but it is not possible to create separate threads.  Only Loco
|> Team with their sub-groups have the full forum features.  But I do
|> feel the social group feature is more user friendly that the mailing
|> list.
|>
|> Expanding on the wiki idea, rather than collecting from ubuntu forums,
|> we could concentrate on issues with local context.  What I meant by
|> that is, e.g. the post in the ubuntu.sg: *HOWTO: Connect to Singapore
|> M1 Broadband with Huawei E220 USB Modem on Ubuntu Dapper*
It is a great idea to create howtos in the local context.
Some suggestions:
1) Connecting to internet via those wireless broadband plan
2) Setting up mail clients for local ISPs  (it may already be present at 
the ISPs' web but this howto will be specific to Ubuntu, or a link is 
provided for convenience sake)

Any other suggestions? or what is the most common thing you will do 
after getting your hands on Ubuntu? (it does need not be in the local 
context)
|> Unfortunately, I have no experience with creating a wiki.  But with a
|> small group, I don't see a problem with individual blogs, members with
|> a howto can post it and provide a link.
Hmm.. Being small can be to our advantage as well...
|>> 2) Printing and distributing free "Powered by ubuntu" stickers [2]
|>> 3) Hold school events/fairs [3]
|> I recently did an introduction presentation about ubuntu to my
|> colleagues.  The funny thing is most of the audience is only impressed
|> by Compiz Fusion, nevermind that I spend some effort advocating ubuntu
|> is free in many sense of the word.  I guess "free" MS Windows is still
|> prevalent. :-)
|>
|> Then again, these are "jaded" working people, they don't get excited
|> about cool software or OS.  Maybe could do better with a younger
|> crowd.
|
| I disagree with the point that they don't get excited because they are
| jaded. It is because they don't see the value. Imagine companies publish
| how much they pay for their software every year and how it prevents
| giving out bonuses, you will find your colleagues suddenly become
| interested in how to use Linux at work to save money.
Being concerned about their bottom line does not always affects their 
business decisions. This explanation does not seems to explain the rise 
of firefox in corp environment.
|
| Its always been like this in Singapore. Every decisions is controlled by
| managers who know shit about technology , whose aim is to cover their
| own ass and get bonus. So unless bonus are linked to budgets , they will
| forever use whatever is popular , never mind if it fits the problem at
| hand. Ask if any managers know more than Windows and Java and you be
| surprised.
Ubuntu, or for the matter, any other linux distro, is lacking in press 
coverage here. Although there is a weekly article on Ubuntu in DL, it is 
not enough if we want to push the adoption rate of Ubuntu higher. Ubuntu 
needs more publicity here. We could start by writing some articles to be 
published in companies'/schools'/polytechnics'/universities'... 
newsletter. Mozilla's marketing for firefox is a good model for this. 
(Side note: firefox 3 is on RC2 now)
|> Still waiting for a cool name.  My kiasu mentality thinks "Kiasu" for
|> a group name might come back and haunt us. lol
|> But "Kiasu Ubuntu Users", that sounds slightly better.
It seems good to me. Though of the following tag line, a bit long 
though:"Kiasu Ubuntu Users" where we only uses the best software


Cheers

Rui Boon
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