Turning off Paid Adverts for Sponsored Media

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Wed May 3 01:10:52 UTC 2006


On Wed, 2006-05-03 at 08:31 +1200, Michael J. Knox wrote:
> 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
> 
> [snipped]
> 
> Might a naive question, but why doesn't RedHat offer some backing to 
> this effort then?
> 
> Michael

Shipping media internationally is very cost ineffective. The funds are
better put into improving important Free software projects.

Rahul




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