[ubuntu-uk] [Marketing] Software Freedom Day (Bracknell, Berkshire)

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sun Sep 2 17:52:27 BST 2007

Chris Rowson wrote:
> Hi Alan,
>> I have sent press releases to local newspapers and this has born some
>> fruit.
>> We have had a very good press mention in a local free paper - it goes
>> to all houses   :-)
> That's great but the bit reading:
>> organising local events to highlight the benefits of Free and Open
>> Source Software (FOSS), such as Windows.
> seems (to me at least) to read like Windows is free and open source
> software? Did you mean to do that, or is it a typo?

It is certainly *not* in my press release(!) which was much longer.

It is I believe a slightly hilarious result of a sub editor who had 
obviously not benefited from last year's software freedom day! A chunk 
of text was removed, probably to attain a word count.

I will ask them to correct the information of course.

However, The article is good because it is very visible for the SFD 
event and is the only one on the whole page which is entirely in bold 
type. It will help ensure a good attention in the town.

The great benefit is from the publicity for the event. The normal 
readership will not be bothered by such an error (or even notice it). 
I do not even remember the word 'software' ever being printed  before 
in this paper! This is new ground :-)

The error in apparently defining Windows as FOSS (LOL) is the sort of 
mistaken edit which I am sure happens commonly in new specialist areas 
when the subject detail is not fully appreciated by all (newspaper) 
personnel involved.
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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