Just a quick update on preparations for GITEX 2007:
* Volunteers to man the booth are desperately needed. This is a
great opportunity to promote Fedora 7, meet lots of IT pros (and
future employers?), and, maybe, even play with the OLPC XO laptop.
* Support from Red Hat Europe and OpenNet MEA has been excellent. Thanks!
* We have a demo pod, courtesy of Red Hat
* We have an excellent design for a poster and flyer, in English
and Arabic. Terrific job!
* We now have 380 Fedora 7 DVDs
* Booking rooms for this event are a challenge. I'm staying with a friend.
* Red Hat Europe has confirmed we can use a portion of their booth space.
* The Fedora Project will have a purpose-built demo pod.
* Booth assignment is Stand A6-11 in Hall 6 - See exhibition hall
* Fedora 7 Demo Laptop with all the latest video effects
* Fedora 7 Bootable USB demo and possible installations for daring
* Fedora 7 DVDs (380 shipped)
* Fedora 7 Live CDs (open to suggestions on GNOME / KDE / i386 /
* One Laptop Per Child demo laptop (Confirmed)
* A dedicated demo pod in the booth with Red Hat (Thank you, RH),
OLPC XO laptop demo, and two Red Hat partners
Fedora Project - GITEX 2007 Sign and Brochure Design
* Red Hat is graciously providing a demo pod for Fedora and we
have been asked to provide a layout for a sign for the demo pod
consisting of a large title and 3-4 major points.
* The artwork has been realized by Hisham Abdel-Magid, based on
Fedora Art Team themes and design. Thanks, Hisham!
See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/GITEX for details.
Volunteer, Fedora Project
> From: "Markus McLaughlin" <hudsonman35(a)gmail.com>
> How to take on Ubuntu - Idea #1
> If each of us chip in on a small AD in the New York Times, The Boston Globe,
> and The Washington Post, with the Line : "What can Fedora do for you?
> http://fedoraproject.org" in blue bryant2 font lettering, more and more
> regular folks and frustrated Windoze Users will go there and find out how to
> download it. Also, where to purchase a Live CD or Installation DVD is also
> posted. It is very important to get MORE exposure so Ubuntu will want to
> compete on that level too. Save Our Fedora From Ubuntu!!!
> Mark McLaughlin - linuxglobe.wordpress.com
Huh??? Why do we need to "take on Ubuntu"??? Linux is Linux and what is good for Ubuntu is good for Fedora and other distros.
Fedora and Ubuntu are not even targeted at the same users. Ubuntu is going after the new Linux user with little or no Linux experience while Fedora is targeted towards developers, enthusiasts, the more experienced user. That is not to say a beginner could not pick it up but, why make things harder on a newbie by encouraging them to try and advanced distro? Frankly I don't want to see Ubuntu users here until they have are pretty comfortable with Ubuntu first. I think Fedora loses more potential users that try it and wind up frustrated because they lack the experience to deal with the issues that come up with a bleeding edge distro.
If you don't believe me here is an FAQ from RedHat regarding their target user for Fedora...
"The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project geared toward developers and highly technical enthusiasts using Linux in non-critical environments. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products and the open source code base. The goal of the Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software."
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Have to agree about Fedora(TM) and not side-by-side Red Hat(R).
There is a reason why Fedora(TM) exists,
and there should be no hinting of otherwise.
People who don't know Fedora have either:
1. Heard of it
2. Assume the name relates to Red Hat (at least select languages)
3. Won't assume or know anything
You don't need to put the Red Hat(R) logo next to Fedora(TM)
to add any value or other confusion or gesture that spirals in
countless different directions or mindshares.
In fact, I think the comment "like OpenSuSE" was a solid knock.
Just my $0.02 as an outsider looking in at Red Hat for a good 12 years.
Fedora(TM) has its own, standalone, reputation, and it is good.
Bryan J Smith - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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