[opensource] We Need a Linux Install Fest!

Aaron Joseph bonesawosu at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 22:09:14 EDT 2009

Scott, I like your idea. We need to walk before we run. Almost everyone will
know what firefox is... and given that Windows 7 won't come with any office
programs it might be a good time to promote open office... then we can
mention other things like Linux while we have peoples attention.

--Aaron Joseph

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net> wrote:

> I would suggest a broader message: one that has immediate appeal to
> everyone: "get some free software for your Windows system!"
> Give out CDs with OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, various games (ioquake3,
> etc), Pidgin, etc etc etc.
> If we focus on Linux, we won't draw as much of a crowd. Free (as in beer!)
> software is easy to explain, and provides immediate value to the recipient.
> We can then take a moment to explain free-as-in-freedom, and invite people
> to attend an open source club meeting.
> Cheers,
> Scott
> On Oct 28, 2009, at 9:09 PM, Paul Betts <paul at paulbetts.org> wrote:
>  I do think this is possible we just need to start talking to people. I
>>> think
>>> getting a room in the basement of the SEL right next to the Microsoft
>>> room
>>> would be a great idea and a great way to spread the word. Also Brian
>>> Swaney
>>> suggested that we could advertise or mention that we could keep their
>>> Windows installation alone and install Linux side by side and let the
>>> user
>>> have the option via the Grub bootloader.
>> Make sure that you don't install Linux on people with Bitlocker enabled,
>> it will
>> hose their bootloader - most people won't have it, but you *really*
>> don't want any
>> cries of "You broke my computer!!"
>> --
>> Paul Betts <paul at paulbetts.org>
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