[sf-lug] Fwd: Help Linux Flourish

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Apr 17 15:44:10 PDT 2007

i like straight-talking opinions, thanks.

On Apr 17, 2007, at 3:31 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting Jim Stockford (jim.stockford at gmail.com):
>> i get things like this from time to time. What do you all think?
> In my first reply, I took the lazy way out, and referred people to the
> list of worthwhile (Linux-relevant) donation causes that I maintain
> inside the LDP's Linux User Group HOWTO.
> I call that course of action "lazy" because it ducked your implied
> question about whether I consider the referenced "Tux500" cause, the  
> one
> at these sites, to likewise merit financial support:
>     http://tux500.com/
>     http://www.tux500.com/goal.php
>     http://lobby4linux.com/
> http://linux-blog.org/index.php?/archives/198-Indy-500-and-Linux-Not- 
> Newsworthy.html
> Here in California, local culture dictates that we must never be
> judgemental -- doing which is considered Bad and Wrong.  I was born  
> here
> but raised elsewhere, so y'all are welcome to regard me as an uncouth
> auslander:  I'm about to be judgemental, Bad and Wrong.
> In short:  no.
>> This is the same approach that Mozilla Foundation used to publicize
>> and advance FireFox and has proven to be effective and worth the
>> effort in increasing its rate of adoption.
> Mozilla Foundation was not, and is not, a bunch of  
> often-juvenile-acting
> OS-advocacy people.  They had and have a realistic and long-term plan
> for publicity.  They have names, rather than just pseudonymous handles
> like "helios".  They took the trouble to set up an actual foundation
> with accountability to the public.
> If you read a sampling of Lobby4Linux's materials, you may or may not
> have the same impression, but I recomment at minimum considering
> carefully whether you want to rely on their projects' longevity or give
> them money.
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