[ubuntu-uk] BBC and open formats??

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Fri Nov 3 13:47:24 GMT 2006

gord wrote:
> They kept putting these texts at the bottom of the screen and they kept
> spelling Linux, lynux. This leads me to believe that the BBC (news team
> at least) don't report on floss because they have absolutely no
> knowledge of it what so ever, the reporting team seemed to struggle with
> the term "open source" as well, asking their local magazine expert "so
> who gets the money?".
> perhaps what is really needed is education

Well said!

After a few years of serious but amateur use of linux-only I ventured
an idea to go and register as a Volunteer for Open Source  or Linux
tasks -  at the local Volunteer agency. Anyone can phone and ask for a
volunteer with such and such expertise. I knew of them because as (a
volunteer) creator and coordinator of a specialist (oldies) internet
training/cafe in a nearby town there was a continuing ready resource
of volunteers (over years) sufficient to always offer one to one help
for clients, week after week, ongoing.

The Agency were desperate for IT volunteers and I gave a demo of
(suse) Linux and OO, Firefox, etc etc. They did not know what open
source was, even though the IT person personally used firefox. The
office used ms word, and even after I wrote a half page item on open
source  and its advantages for the newsletter to their 'clients' as
requested, I did not get any further contact with them.

I can guarantee that apart from specialists, no one knows what we
would like them to know!

> something for a London based LUG maybe?

action all?
alan cocks
Linux registered user #360648

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