debian advocacy suggestions, anyone?
sorry for crossposting this to debian-project but a quick look at the
archive showed that the signal/noise ratio in debian-publicity, where
this mail should go to, is 0. sad btw.
i am currently working in vietnam, and me and some people here want to
start a bit of a linux advocacy campaign because open software is really
not very popular here.
it would be two parts actually, one series of linux flyers targeted at
anyone with a computer, and a debian-specific flyer for people in the it
business or people who have already been exposed to unix-like systems
before, and should show debians benefits relative to other linux
we did a bit of brainstorming and came up with the following outline,
and if anyone of you has additional ideas or comments i would be more
than happy to hear them.
DEBIAN FLYER OUTLINE
"debian gnu/linux -- the universal operating system"
/* this is an semi-official slogan and should not be translated but
* rather be kept in english */
- some basic facts about debian
/* this should be a bit of history, the realtion to the fsf, the dfsg,
* the social contract, and a bit about debian as an organization.
* also show off with the number of supported architectures and the
* number of developers here */
/* a list of reasons that speak for debian, also in contrast to other
* distributions */
- truly free
/* not a comemrcial vendor, everything gets pushed upstream, comitted
* to free software, transparency */
- massive package base
/* show off with the numbers, state trends */
- stable, maintained
/* we don't only pack the software, we maintain it. some packages
* differ much from the upstream sources. we prefer proven stable
* versions over cutting-edge features */
- package management system
/* we have a very sophisticated package management system, in-place
* upgrades, proper dependency tracking, server restarts on upgrade,
* automated checks for packages */
/* we have a very competent security team, packages with security
* flaws can easily be replaced, most of our users and developers are
* extremly security-sensitive so this has a very high priority */
- one "downside"
/* we take the point that most people criticize about debian and make
* it useless as an argument here. not such a "nice" setup and the
* like. but we are working on it, and most people install it only
* once anyway because after that everything works ^-^ */
/* debian.org, docs section, debianhelp */