[ubuntu-uk] recommendations for dongle internet?

Kris Douglas krisdouglas at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 16:31:05 UTC 2012

On 7 August 2012 17:26, Paul Sladen <ubuntu at paul.sladen.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Aug 2012, Adam Funk wrote:
>> On 2012-08-04, Stuart Ward wrote:
>> > Please go into a shop and ask about Linux support.
> Or if what you are really after is Ubuntu support, then ask for
> "Ubuntu" support *by name*.  (Rather than asking for "Linux").
>> > support for Linux, but all my protestations fell on deaf ears.
>> > too many distributions and variations
>> Good for you!
> Yes, "too many variations [of Linux]" has historically been an issue
> and barrier in gaining Free software the mindshare/traction it
> deserves.
> Ubuntu is part of the answer to this;
> Focus people's attention on a single well-polished brand and OS.  Get
> consumers (such as you and I) used to using and asking for "Ubuntu",
> and also get the hardware and services vendors to support that the
> same Ubuntu that the users are asking for.
>         -Paul
> * NB. Once it's working on Ubuntu, it will work on all the distros:
> the key is to *focus* initially, rather than dilute and confuse.

I was about to comment on this saying that was a bit of a bad idea,
when I actually thought about it, it's quite frankly genius.

What's the point in confusing suppliers with jargon and options and
just say "Will this work with Ubuntu? Make it work, etc." It gives
them a name to hang on to, Linux is a very scary word to drop it

I have seen it smack the grin off many a PC World employee, god knows
what Orange, 3 or Voda must think when they hear the dreaded word
after they just sold a Dongle.

Kris Douglas MBCS

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