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Re: [gNewSense-users] Promoting gNewSense to GNU/Linux newbies

From: Ringo Kamens
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Promoting gNewSense to GNU/Linux newbies
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:10:09 -0800

I am in the same situation as you. I used to be a huge ubuntu fan (and still suggest it for linux newbies) but I think ubuntu is not the solution. We need truly open software and I would love to help promote gnewsense but I don't feel it's ready yet. The main problem I see is incompatibility with hardware. Are there any legal hurdles to writing drivers or is it just time?
Ringo Kamens

On 1/16/07, Michael Fötsch <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi all,

On January 6, Brian Brazil wrote, in a thread titled "The name":

> For some reason I doubt many newcomers will be using this distro
> [gNewSense]

I don't think it has to be this way. Up to now, I used to hand out
Ubuntu CDs to anyone who asked me for an alternative to Windows (and
sometimes even to those who didn't ask ;-). I wouldn't hesitate to do
the same with gNewSense.

But maybe I'd also tell them to go to for support, because is still in need of (at least) some polish. Just to give
you an example, when was promoted as an alternative to
Windows Vista at, someone commented saying (I'll
paraphrase), "you call this an alternative to Windows? I visited the web
site and it says I need 35GB disk space for gNewSense." (A
misinterpretation of the Builder discussion, of course.)

This shows that the web site is not accessible to (potential) GNU/Linux
newbies yet, although gNewSense itself has real potential, being
user-friendly and offering practical advantages, and at the same time
having "plenty of freedom talk too" (as RMS said in an essay).

And I'd like to contribute in order to change this.

I'm thinking about having material to showcase gNewSense's capabilities
(many people wrongly assume that it's as ugly as the web site; my
apologies to the designer of the site! :-); to rebut GNU/Linux myths; to
offer help with switching from Windows or the Mac; to provide pointers
to the free software philosophy; etc.

But before I start writing material, I'd like to hear your opinions:
* Do you think the time would be well spent?
* How should we go about this, technically?
* Who'd like to help me?
* Any opinions welcome

Kind Regards,

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