[Dclug] Re: [Ma-linux] Linux and Congress and Free Beer
alan at patriot.net
Sat Jan 20 18:34:45 EST 2007
On Sat, Jan 20, 2007 at 06:23:42PM -0500, Rich Goodwin wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-01-20 at 18:04 -0500, Gene Gaines wrote:
> > Alan and all,
> > I'm gonna stick my head in where (mebbe) it is not wanted.
> > I'm really please that you have lined up a table at the
> > Congressional Internet Caucus Tech Fair. Great!
> > BUT (now shoot me)
> > I would not talk about Linux, or probably even mention it.
> > These are POLICY MAKERS, not techies.
<G> Gene, are you going to be there?
> > Feature Asterisk, not Linux. (Well, maybe Ubuntu and why it
> > is important.)
> > Heck, hell, damnfire, I would get an Asterisk salesman there
> > and demonstrate a couple of products using Open Source.
What is Asterisk?
> > Meke your table look commercially significant, not geeky.
I hope that the Tux Blow-up balloon will be there.
> > THAT IS HOW YOU SELL LINUX !!!
<G> (copy from earlier line) Gene, are you going to be there?
(it isn't that much of a slog from Sperling, is it?)
> Our "pitch" is going to be "Open Source, Open Standards, Opens Options."
> Linux will clearly be mentioned and demonstrated. But we will be
> emphasizing openness, interoperability and cost (clearly). This is
> equivalent to the 1 min elevator speach about our plans but we will be
> representing the community in solid light. My goal is to be extremely
> positive and take the higher of the roads (where available).
> Hope this answers some concerns (and ... yeah - I know likely raises
Let's by all means have this discussion; maybe some good ideas
will ensue, maybe even persuasive ideas will make their
But everyone writing should know that they are "herding cats", no? Try
to do it; it can't hurt, I guess. But it can make the would-be herder
look a little foolish.
My basic message: show up! Congresspeople, as well as others, are impressed
by numbers. And I don't think we should worry about being "on message",
because, as pointed out in the previous paragraph, we will all disagree
about what _exactly_ the message is, or should be. So since there is no
way of getting us felines coordinated, don't worry about it. Just show
up! (or did I say that alreacy?<G>)
P.S. _I_ can cc linux-pe, 'cause I'm a member. But those of you who
aren't(you all should be!) please remember to strip the linux-pe from
your cc line.
Alan McConnell : http://patriot.net/users/alan
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