[ubuntu-uk] Capitalising on XP's demise

Craig craig at zygoid.co.uk
Tue Mar 25 16:19:59 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-03-25 at 15:54 +0000, Paul Mellors wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:44:48 +0000
> Josh Blacker <jkblacker at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > 
> > As you may or may not be aware, XP will no longer be sold quite soon
> -
> > you won't be able to buy an XP computer after June, and retail
> copies
> > won't be sold after next January [1], meaning Vista is the 'only'
> > choice for new computers.
> > 
> > This is, I think, something we should try and capitalise on, since
> > there has been something of a reaction to Vista that's not quite a
> > backlash but certainly apprehension, with negative perceptions in
> the
> > public eye.
> > 
> This type of stuff really gets on my tits, no offence Josh :)  But stop
> fricking MS bashing, if you don't want to use MS products don't, but
> there are people out there that do so let em.....
> MooDoo

I don't think the point is 'vista sucks make them all use ubuntu', it is
more awareness. I know several people who are very reluctant to be
making the switch, but as far as they're concerned, there is know
alternative. I think the way forward is to show them the alternative,
tell them the advantages and let them decide what they want - vista or
Hard choice there... ;)
The idea has a lot of potential - it is something we can capitalise on
and if we are going to do it, now is a good time. I like the  'you don't
have to' thing as well, as I think that is exactly the message we should
be trying to get across. Newspapers would definitely be a good idea,
maybe the Ubuntu Demo day in Swindon could be photographed and someone
could contact a newspaper? MPs, in my opinion, are worth a go, but
usually don't make as much difference as people think they do (don't
quote me on that one, it's just from what I have heard.) Again, the Demo
day in Swindon would have been a good chance to invite one along, but it
is too late now.

Sorry if that doesn't make sense...


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