It's not often that the opportunity to get some real publicity comes your way. Heck, even if you decide to make it happen yourself, it's a crapshoot as to whether or not anyone is going to give you that publicity.
Larry Cafiero, Copy Editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and owner of HeliOS Solutions West has been busy putting together what may possibly be the biggest Linux/FOSS promotion ever.
Simply put, the FOSS Community has the opportunity to switch an entire California town to Linux.
Born from an idea at Tuxproject.com, LINdependence 2008 is a bold attempt to let the world know they have a choice in how they operate their computers. With the dismal failure that is Vista, and the growing public awareness of Trusted Computing and DRM, now would seem the time to make this sort of thing happen.
This event is going to receive national and international coverage. Ironically, a google search for LINdependence 2008 shows as much positive activity internationally as within our own borders or even in the Ubuntu LOCOs in California itself. In a recent google alert, it was amusing to see that several prominent Chinese blogs are watching the project closely. This is a golden 0pportunity for the leadership within Linux and FOSS to take control of their own destiny.
One would think.
Libervis.com published a comprehensive interview with Larry and myself, answering almost any question that anyone might have concerning LIN08. Carla Schroder, Author and Linux Guru also posted a widely-read announcement of LIN08. Blog of helios also posted a complete announcement and explanation of LINdependence 2008 about a month ago. Most any and all of these articles/announcements made the circulation of LXer and Linux Today. Most of them hit the newsvac of Linux.com. It's not that there wasn't circulation. Several articles were submitted to Slashdot but all were summarily rejected. There have been many complaints about Slashdot's refusal to cover this event. Quoted from an email received 9 days ago...
"...and it's ridiculous to think that a super news site like Slashdot would ignore this story..."
Well, there's your problem right there.
Referring to Slashdot as a legitimate news website is like referring to a whorehouse as a modeling agency.
Larry, in his excellent personal blog, comments on the lack of response from "the community" and it is well worth the click to read it yourself. He raises some points that need to be examined by everyone who honestly cares if the rest of the world can enjoy the computing freedom that we do.
I have grudgingly agreed to Larry's call for patience...a virtue I personally see as frivolious, but necessary at some point in time. Larry says this is one such point and I will defer to his cooler head.
Distro Leaders/Developers and Project Leaders...? This is a platinum-core opportunity to get what you do in front of the entire planet. It won't take much effort on your part to make it happen, in fact the mechanics are in place now to insure all you have to do is just show up.
Distro Users...? This is a good time to go onto the forums of your particular distro and ask why your distro isn't participating. Sure we can do it, and we have but the obstacle we run into is that some buffoon inveritably responds with stuff like "quit spamming our forums!" Obviously some people haven't learned the difference between legitimate news postings and spam. I'm sure they are quite popular in their respective workplaces.
About 40 emails have been sent out to key people in Linux/FOSS and to this point, there has been a dismal response. Patience helios...patience.
Ok...but for how long I can't even say....passions larger than myself await their release.