[nycbug-talk] Fw: Newsletter from O'Reilly

Dru dlavigne6
Fri Oct 1 16:04:41 EDT 2004

On Fri, 1 Oct 2004, michael wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 14:37:16 -0400
> Sunny Dubey <sunny-ml at opencurve.org> wrote:
>> On Friday 01 October 2004 14:31, michael wrote:
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>>> New Releases
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>>> ***Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop
>>> Publisher: O'Reilly
>>> ISBN: 0596007523
>> amazing, they managed to take the shittiest distro on the planet and
>> write a book about it .... truly amazing ....
>> I'm starting to disbelieve the statement of "there isn't enough market
>> for BSD books"
>> Sunny Dubey
> "market" is the key word.
> Can you imagine some marketing guy talking really fast, stringing
> together buzzwords, showing his pearly whites?  He knows what is hip.
> He knows what is flashy. He knows the huddled masses. He knows his
> market. He knows what sells. He does NOT have to know the technology.
> Right or wrong... Linux sells.  Even the shittiest ones.. The public is
> gobbling it up right now.
> BSD does not interest him.  He sees BSD is boring, backwater, and low
> market value.  There is no sizzle... no sales... no end-of-year bonus.

That being said, we're starting to see more media pieces showing that Linux
isn't quite as hip as it was a few years ago. There are more pieces 
showing migrations _away_ from Linux and instability issues and misgivings 
about the GPL. BSD advocacy should be taking advantage of this...

Speaking of advocacy, I posted a message requesting pointers to advocacy 
materials for an Open Source booth and a BSD talk to all 3 BSD mailing lists.
My results: 1 request that I scope out donations for a Canadian mirror and 
a private email asking me why I posted to the OpenBSD list. I'd say that BSD 
advocacy has a helluva long way to go.


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