Turning off Paid Adverts for Sponsored Media

Michael J. Knox michael at knox.net.nz
Tue May 2 20:31:22 UTC 2006

Stephen Krenzel wrote:
>     I agree, but no one is going to give any money as long as Fedora is 
> perceived to be backed by Red Hat. I have to admit, Fedora *is* Red 
> Hat's baby, just as Ubuntu is Shuttleworth's baby, and OpenSuse is 
> Novell's baby. I don't think that a lot of people would donate to any of 
> these projects, except for a few exceptions. If OpenSuse started asking 
> for money, people would laugh, a similar outcome would result with 
> Fedora as well. I'm not sure what kind of resources it would take, but 
> getting Red Hat or some other organization to donate a chunk of cash to 
> Fedora so that we could give away free CDs ( similar to Ubuntu ) is the 
> only way I really see any of these media plans working. Ubuntu set the 
> "media distribution" bar high, and we aren't anywhere near it right now. 
> I don't think it is reasonable, nor wise, to ask someone to sit on a 
> waiting list, especially when they can just go to a different 
> distribution's site and be guaranteed a cd in a relatively short period 
> of time. We simply are not being competitive enough in this aspect of 
> marketing Fedora. This is not to put down the efforts that Fedora has 
> made thus far, but until someone finds a way to allow free CDs (or a 
> dvd) to be distributed for free upon request, our efforts will be 
> compared to Ubuntu's and claimed to be second rate at best.
> -Steve


Might a naive question, but why doesn't RedHat offer some backing to 
this effort then?


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