My brain dump (i.e. our marketing plan)
ehemdal at townisp.com
Thu Jun 9 04:19:24 UTC 2005
If this post is out of place, please forgive me.
>> * Marketing via a LiveCD - developer's don't find this terribly
>> useful, but its a great marketing tool. Now, we need to leverage
>> pushing this towards being done.
>Oh, this is essential. Anyone who says it's not useful in many ways is
>not on this planet and should be ignored for this subject. ;-P
>I know there are technical hurdles and the like, and it must include a
>usable OO.o. Knoppix STD works great for me personally, but I *know* I
>could convert people if I could just boot Fedora Core on their machines
>in a non-destructive manner. At US$.015 a live CD, that's some cheap
I'd like to second Karsten's words on this one. I use Fedora in a
variety of classes, and I hit newbie questions all the time. Here are
some big issues:
-- Lack of time to download four or more CD images, burn them, and
resolve any IDE DMA false failures in mediacheck.
-- Fear of corrupting a work PC/laptop/home computer that would be hard
to do without.
-- Residual fear of "blowing up the monitor". A surprising number of
people I meet have heard such horror stories from long ago.
-- General inability to gain ground and sort through installation
issues. If you have never seen a UNIX system or Linux before, trying to
navigate through anaconda and (especially) Disk Druid is pretty baffling.
When I started out, I saw a lot of people who had some UNIX experience,
and who wanted to learn (basically) how close Linux comes to behaving
like their venerable OS. But now, more and more I find students who
have never ever seen a UNIX system. They want to learn Linux, but
without exposure to UNIX, many concepts are quite foreign.
A live CD for Fedora can help new users avoid a lot of complexity and
frustration while they learn the basics. I'd love it.
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