[ubuntu-uk] Pledgebank - ask for Linux support in computer stores

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Mon Jan 29 15:27:45 GMT 2007

On Mon, 2007-01-29 at 14:35 +0000, Neil Greenwood wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just seen the following pledge, which is a rather good idea IMO.
> http://www.en-gb.pledgebank.com/linuxday

I have mixed feelings about this. They are proposing people go into
computer stores and effectively hassle retailers about Linux supported
devices. Whilst I can see their reasoning, I feel it's deeply flawed on
a number of levels.

* It focuses on Linux only - the stores should be aware of all free
software - Linux and non-linux, e.g. Firefox, OpenOffice.org, GAIM etc.
They should be aware of DRM, licensing and freedom. Talking about Linux
isn't enough.

* We already have Software Freedom Day which is only one month after
this proposed event. Perhaps these people should focus their attention
on an already internationally recognised and well publicised event?

* It seems to me to be deliberately antagonistic towards stores - these
are people just trying to make a living like everyone else. Trolling
them in the store for Linux drivers is only going to irritate them. They
don't write the drivers, we should focus our attention on the
manufacturers, not the retailers.

> Can't hurt, might do a lot of good.

It can hurt. It could make retailers think "pesky Linux zealots wasting
my time with these stupid questions". 

Fact is the people who would likely take up this challenge and go to
store probably already know the answers to the questions they are
asking. Why not flip it around and instead of asking the stores the
third degree, *give* them the answers! Make leaflets and information
packs, hand them CDs (which they can duplicate) and spend time to get to
know the store owner, don't bitch at them to fix something they had very
little hand in breaking in the first place.

All IMO.

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
Url : https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-uk/attachments/20070129/514f7b3a/attachment-0001.pgp 

More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list