Well hold the presses...
Somebody "gets" it...the way participation in LINdependence 2008 was designed to work.
Thank you Rolf Pedersen.
Oh, you haven't ever heard of Rolf Pedersen?
That's not a surprise.
If you don't frequent the Mandriva User Forums, chances are you haven't.
But Rolf Pedersen is going to do something pretty cool. He is going to do the work it takes to see that "his" distro is represented in LINdependence 2008. Fact is, he's already done it.
Now, why did I accentuate his? It isn't because he works for Mandriva, he doesn't. It isn't because he is on the Development Team, he isn't. In fact, Rolf Pedersen isn't "anyone" when it comes to Mandriva.
He's simply a Mandriva user that sees the value of getting his distro some fairly impressive media attention.
It's kind of what we're shooting for here.
I believe it is going to come as a surprise to many just who may cover this event. Fact is, I have recently received inquiries from my local Austin newspaper as well as those from NPR and the local Fox News affiliate here in Austin. The official press release, if it didn't go out today, (I've yet had a chance to speak with Larry) it will go out soon. Larry Cafiero, an editor for a real daily newspaper is writing the press release so those of you who are "rubbed the wrong way" by my hyperbole can relax.
No where in the release will it be stated that Linux will cure your gout, bad breath or get you un-audited by the IRS. It obviously doesn't do anything to alleviate ill-formed pre-conceived opinions.
God forbid if my efforts rub anyone the wrong way.
The idea is just to rub. Blogging is great...we've fairly well talked this thing to death.
Working the forums is time-consuming and a valuable service, but sometimes you just gotta get out there amongst them and do.
Like Rolf Pedersen is doing.
Now I know there are those of you who have attempted to minimize this effort as "just a few people in a small town trying Linux". "It's not like it's a big deal". You haven't been paying attention.
It is a big deal.
Admittedly, we've organized this to manipulate about every challenging human response one can imagine. Not the least of which is the David and Goliath metaphor/simile/comparison. And yes, it has been purposeful..some of you have a problem with that...mostly the ones that are content to sit behind their forums and let things just flow by.
Those news-types who have contacted me have all framed the same question in one way or another:
"Has Microsoft contacted you about this?"
No. Why should they? The last thing they want to do is acknowledge LIN08...but you can bet one thing above anything else. They are going to contact Microsoft about this. Most will seek a comment or opinion, others will use it to ask them how their flagship product Vista is doing. We have things in common us bloggers and the media. We keep a story in the news for as long as we can so we can generate more news to report.
Ya gotta love The Media.
If you want Linux to flourish, you better...they are the ones that are going to make this Linux thing happen. A decade of "word of mouth" has barely gotten us 5 percent market share world-wide. Is it growing? Probably, but with efforts like LIN08, it can grow a whole bunch faster.
We still need just everyday, ordinary distro folks to take part in this project. Even for a single day is going to be effective. You don't have to "be" anyone...just take the lead and do it. If you live in the vicinity of Felton, contact Larry or me and we will get you started in the right direction.
And no...we cannot or will not represent your distro. We can't. And we won't.
Look. This sort of thing can be repeated in small towns, villages and cities all over the world. All it takes is a few people who honestly give a flip . For the most part, we're mostly a bunch of digital welfare recipients waiting for the next freebie to come down the pike, but every now and then you get folks like Rolf who are tired of inertia weighing the GNU/Linux operating system down. They know we have the answer to computing freedom...or the keys to that freedom in our grasp.
It's just going to take a few people with a heart and a love of helping to give GNU Linux to this world. What LIN08 strives to do is bring people together in doing one thing and in accomplishing it, showing others how it can be done elsewhere. We've designed this effort to start at the very beginning and walk folks through the rough parts so they can pick it up and go the rest of the way on their own. Believe it or not, this has been thought out past "hey...I've got an idea...what if...?"
There are certainly a few hundred Linux Users within a 100 mile area of Felton. So far, we've managed to convince only a small fraction of them to give us a hand. If you can't come see us for LIN08, maybe you can get the word out to those who can. That would be appreciated.
Thanks Rolf. I am proud to be working with you in Felton.
editors note: for those who haven't figured it out, the "news clip" at the top of the page is a fake. Please don't run amok throughout the Internet and accuse me of manufacturing official news stories...there are some who would jump at the chance. Manufacture your own news by clicking this link.
Monday, June 02, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 8:18 PM