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Re: German press release sent via mail

Lalo Martins wrote:
> On Jul 24, Martin Schulze decided to present us with:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > this is a progress report of the PR work that I've done tonight after
> > hamm finally got released.  I've sent the german translation of our
> > press release that can be found at http://www.debian.org/~joey/pr/2.0/press.de.txt
> > via mail to the following magazines:
> [...]
> > Note to the translators:  Please don't hesitate and submit the
> > press release to appropriate news papers and online magazines
> > you are aware of.
> Too bad I was away from the net yesterday and only saw the PR
> when it was ready. This PR isn't bad, but it's somewhat targeted
> at GNU/Linux users. Mentioning "GIMP, gcc, egcs", "all the
> favourites", "libc5" and "libc6", and lots of other things, is
> too cryptic for the average reader of such magazines and papers.
> And therefore, it won't make it to the news sections.

You're quite right.  This is always a problem with technical
press releases.  You have to think carefully about to who you
want to direct it.  I for myself partially release more than
one press release in order to be understood by several parties.

Concerning this press release I have fixed it in the fax version
that I have distributed yesterday.  I have prepended the pr with
a one page letttter explaining what Linux is and what debian
is and why I think they should mention this.

For the pr I've sent via mail right after the release it was
far too late to modify the pr or to release my own one.  I
apologize for not having had enough time during it's creation.

I agree, that the pr is only understandable by people who
alread know Linux and know how it works.  I think it is good
formulated for them and with the addition I've made it can also
be sent to non-technical magazines.



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