[ubuntu-za] Karma vs Windows 7

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) ethnopunk at telkomsa.net
Sun Oct 25 13:56:42 GMT 2009

Hi Quintin,

To tell you the truth, I don't think cost is the issue in Windows 
upgrades. Sure its a factor, but telling Windows converts that Ubuntu is 
FOSS is like telling them, its Linux. There is a major perception 
problem, based on real issues to do with Linux being "too complicated" 
or "too geeky". Windows is selling itself as

1. Uncomplicated

2. Desktop which simply works, as in "Gee look at the window click".

We therefore need to rebut the above lowest common denominator arguments

Being virus free, and easier interface with Internet etc makes Ubuntu 
LESS complicated than Windows 7

We also know that the current Gnome desktop is infinitely superior. We 
should therefore be touting Ubuntu as the Gnome desktop of choice.

Unfortunately, we are all getting into the habit of overcomplicating the 
nuts and bolts of Ubuntu, first-time users want some kind of protection 
from all of that. Windows would never be able to impress if it started 
out telling everybody what was under the hood. Let's rather push the 
brand-new Karma design, it rocks.

In fact, its not cloud computing which is going to impress, but the damn 
screensavers and wallpaper.

An insert with ordinary people using Ubuntu in extraordinary ways would 
seriously rock, but we need some way to get the insert's done for gratis.

Which is why I am proposing some form of "I love Ubuntu" video competition.



Quintin Beukes wrote:
> How about cost-saving campaigns?
> So, instead of someone upgrading from their dreaded-Vista machines
> (something a lot of people want to do, since most think they can't go
> back to XP due to the SATA driver issues), offer them a less costly
> solution of Ubuntu. With this give free training on switching FROM
> Windows TO Ubuntu.
> So the idea would be, if you were to pay R2000 per a Windows 7
> machine. You could pay 40% (or less) for an Ubuntu machine. This
> machine then comes with everything you had on your WIndows machine
> (like office software, e-mail, sharing, etc.). And the price includes
> training.
> Many people are afraid of it, so if you offer training for their staff
> they could even see a bonus, as some of their staff could use training
> in the first place.
> These are just a few suggestions. If you want to make a campaign, you
> need to look at how advertising campaigns work.
> Why does an ad work? What does an ad DO? It tells you how to solve a
> problem. If it's an ad for knives, it tells you how the knives will
> make cutting easier... it solves a problem you have, which is the
> dreaded struggling to cut food.
> So, you need to keep an open mind, and think of how to solve problems.
> Don't tell the people it's better or nicer. Tell them what they want
> to hear, while telling the truth. They want to hear
> a) Save money on
> - i. Ubuntu costs less than Windows
> - ii. No need for expensive Anti virus software
> - iii. No need for expensive Anti spyware software
> - iv. No need for expensive Firewall software
> b) Better productivity
> c) NO virusses/spyware AT ALL, EVER
> d) NO GAMES on their office machines
> e) No Hackers
> And so on. Think like a sales person. But don't lie. And don't focus
> on doing it for free. Try and make money from it. Serious people will
> seriously laugh you off if you tell them it's free. Add a price tag,
> and justify the costs on the fact that it's a "better design",
> perhaps. Instead of paying RX for Windows, RY for antivirus, RZ for
> anti spyware, RV for firewall, RJ for this, and that, so you instead
> pay R(A) for something that was designed well. Use differences to you
> advantage. Windows has an update every now-and-then. Ubuntu has almost
> daily updates. Tell them this is because there are HUGE teams
> constantly working on improving the software.
> Tell them it was developed by a south african. Tell them Mark
> Shuttleworth - the first African in space. Make it sound awesome. Make
> it sound cool. Make it sound like the meaning of life. You can sell
> the anything to anyone if your marketing is done right.
> Finally, after you've sold it - don't leave them at their own fate,
> drowning. Be there for them. Show them OSS is about community and
> making life better. Visit them to see how their transition is going.
> Answer questions, help them out. Suggest some more ways on solving
> OTHER problems they have by using OSS.
> Once enough people experience Linux and OSS, and enough people Love
> it, the rest will come by itself. And every single person counts. Even
> if you just saved ONE person's soul, you did a magnificent job.
> If done right, you will get more people on Linux, and you will can
> even make some money for it. Cover your costs, go buy some KFC, eat
> and then donate the rest into more campaigns.
> Quintin Beukes
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM, David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk)
> <ethnopunk at telkomsa.net> wrote:
>> Windows 7 to tell the truth doesn't look like much of an advance when
>> compared to the latest Ubuntu desktop. Problem, is a lot of people will
>> be confronted with the inevitable - Should we upgrade? - issue. So my
>> question to the Ubuntu community is how can we generate some guerrilla
>> advertising to promote Ubuntu as a contender in the upgrade battle?
>> Is it too late to make an appeal for home-made "I love Ubuntu" videos? I
>> know linux foundation had a competition earlier this year, and it would
>> be nice to see some advert slots out there, instead of overly complex,
>> preaching to the converted press releases touting the geekier element.
>> Love, Live, Ubuntu
>> Perhaps a local ZA-Ubuntu competition?
>> First prize, dinner with Jonathan Carter, hahaha, sorry Jonothan.
>> Suggestions?
>> =DRL
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