[Klug-general] Re: Kent Digest, Vol 82, Issue 1
danattwood at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 29 12:03:04 BST 2006
The idea of doing a showcase type thing is good but ther are a few problems.
Firstly, as has ben said, you need to show them something really
amazing or cool. People like my dad really like the fact that there
are no viruses and he won't have to shell out over £100 pounds on MS
office and i'm geussing that most of the windows using population is
the same. However none of these things are particlary sexy.
You could I suppose show them something that is sexy, such as mythtv
or xgl, unfortuently you'd also be forced to admit that it's a bitch
The second problem is the press. It would be really great to get them
to come along however you'd need to make sure it was very locally
bias. Press releasing as the Kent Linux user group would be no good,
you'd have to keep it spefic to a town. ie doing an install fest in
Maidstone, for the people of Maidstone in a maidstone kinda way.
You'd also have to make sure you gave them something good to
photograph, no offence to anyone but a room full of geeks staring at
their laptops just ain't gonna cut it. at the very least we'll need
someone in a penguin suit
On 29/08/06, Marco Bertaglia <marco.bertaglia at googlemail.com> wrote:
> All right.
> I was thinking that maybe most people are much the same as my wife.
> She was concerned that as I wanted only Linux on our PC she would not
> be able to do things and then she saw and was amazed: It's just as
> easy. She discovered she could browse the internet and launch open
> office writer or calc instead of MS word or excel. She just did not
> imagine she was that easy. Then people are not only unaware of this
> but they are also quite interested by lower cost... and after all
> this, they may as well appreciate the open philosophy ;-)
> Anyway, i do not want to go "Windows bashing" - just to show and if
> Windows is better fro somebody and some things, then all right, let
> the people choose, so long as they ca compare and understand and
> choose knowingly ;-)
> On 28/08/06, Kevin Groves <kgroves at ksoft-creative-projects.co.uk> wrote:
> > Marco Bertaglia wrote:
> > > One super thing at the kind of meeting you suggest:
> > >
> > > two identical PC, side by side, for hands-on demos
> > >
> > > one with all Windows-based OS + software
> > >
> > > one with all Linux-based OS + open source software
> > >
> > > comparable I mean
> > >
> > > and a tag with the total price of hardware + OS + software
> > >
> > > and then, let the people play and understand ;-))
> > >
> > I have a few issues with this kind of idea (even though it's a good one)...
> > Who do you aim the software selection for? If it's gaming then Windows
> > wins everytime. If it's home wp/spreadsheet then it's almost even but
> > Windows wins because it's simple for the novice to understand the deal
> > with. For music and graphics processing then Linux would nose into the
> > lead. Then for anything bizzare Linux will leap ahead.
> > I would suggest more than one setup and for the one to have *absolutly*
> > amazing and unique software selection that you won't find under Windows.
> > It's no good (and it's unprofesional) to goes Windows bashing. People
> > won't take that, even if it is true.
> > Kev,
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