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Re: How could we give away Debian CDs/DVDs for free?

On Fri, Oct 13, 2006 at 09:59:47PM +0000, Jason Spiro wrote:
> On 2006-09-22, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> wrote on debian-devel:
> > Le jeudi 21 septembre 2006 =E0 10:57 -0700, Sammy Nzazi a =E9crit :
> >> Bonjour,
> >> Nous avons commenc=E9 une serie d'=E9tudes sur le lunix et nous voulons e=
> > n
> >> faire le syt=E8me le plus repandu dans notre pays R=E9publique
> >> D=E9mocratique du Congo. Aussi nous vous demandons de nous aider  en
> >> nous envoyant 20 cds de Linux d=E9bian car nous ne pourrons pas faire
> >> des t=E9l=E9chargements. Ces Cds seront recopi=E9s et distribu=E9s
> >> gratuitement avec un minimum d'encradement d'installation et
> >> utilisation.
> >> Car nous avons une =E9cole informatique dans notre organisation 'Eglise
> >> Chretienne' Victory Chapel.
> >> Merci d'avance pour votre concours.
> >> Notre Adresse :
> >> R=E9verend Samy Nzazi
> >> B.P. 498 Limete
> >> 00243 Kinshasa
> >> R=E9publique D=E9mocratique du CONGO
> >
> > For non-French speakers, this guy is trying to spread Linux and
> > especially Debian in Congo, but he cannot download our CD images. He's
> > looking for someone who would send him 20 Debian CDs, which will be
> > copied and distributed for free with some help for their installation.
> >
> This request reminds me of an idea I had:
> What if we found some way to give away Debian CDs/DVDs to whoever wanted
> them for free through the mail, like Ubuntu does?

Hi Jason,
I would expect the more affluent areas of the world to have easier
access to getting things and thus would think that if we were to send
out free cd's, it would be to less affluent areas like Africa. America,
France, Germany, etc. have a solid Debian community. Maybe Debian could
earmark a certain amount or percentage of its assets to send media to
far off places? Tithing/Alms for FLOSS?

> We could either ship them from some central CD duplication plant, or we could
> ship them from various places (this might also help cut down on customs fees).

It seems like an ideal arrangment for us to utilize the business resources of
Canonical for CD/DVD distrabution. Canonical already has a distribution
system in place to send out a Debian-derivitive. We should be able to
ask them to use their services at a reasonably similar cost both as a
favor to us and as a way to spread FLOSS. We would be increasing
business to whomever they use and thus should lead to a lower cost for
them as well?

just throwing an idea out into the ether. Hopefully the wind is not
going the wrong directions x-)
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