[sf-lug] "Educating Tux: case studies of Linux deployments in high schools around the world"

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Mar 12 16:38:46 PDT 2008

Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):

> That's why the use of FOSS on the San Francisco _Linux_ Users
> Group is consistent with our culture.

I disagree with your implicit assumption that SF-LUG is wilfully
incompetent at marketing.  I hope and expect that the group in general
is clueful enough to realise that adopting a deliberately obscure
acronym ("FOSS") that cannot be comprehended without first understanding
_two_ abstract, complex, related concepts is a big step backward, and
not forward at all.

I _do_ have experience at helping Linux users avoiding self-imposed
marketing disasters, as a reminder.  Just ask Matt Jensen:

Anyhow, no, it's not honest, not right, and not good marketing to refer
to machines you've deliberately loaded proprietary software onto as
"FOSS boxes" -- even leaving aside the underlying marketing incompetence
of the term "FOSS" itself.

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