Attention / Interest / Desire / Action,, or why marketing 'the Fedora project' is a bad idea.

seth vidal skvidal at
Sat Jun 18 12:02:56 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-06-18 at 21:19 +1000, Mike MacCana wrote:
> Hrishikesh Ballal wrote:
> >But if you have any suggestions,
> >comments brickbats on it please feel free to reply. 
> >
> My first post to the list.
> Basically, marketing the Fedora project is a bad idea. Or at least, not 
> an immediate concern.
> Very few people care about the project. Those that wish to contribute 
> are either part of the project already, or existing Fedora users that 
> have decided to contribute and know where to go.

Based on the questions I get from folks about how to contribute, I'm
fairly certain you're very wrong. Moreover, for various and sundry
reasons we need to make more interesting and
consistent website. If only b/c the project pages can have much more
flexibility than the pages.

> A good example of sucessful OSS marketing is Firefox. When you visit 
> or, what dop you see?
> Is the front page taken up by stuff about the mozilla project, and how 
> to contribute to it? Maybe even making no mention that it's a web 
> browser, like talks primarily describes fedora as an 
> 'OSS project' rather than an actual linux distro?

And that's fine - should be about
downloading/installing/using and could easily have a link to for developer information and additional community

Remember - fedora is not just about red hat.


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