[wplug-board] Software Freedom Day
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Wed Aug 15 19:53:25 EDT 2012
I can do research tomorrow evening. Tonight, I have too much to do.
On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM, Terence J. Golightly <
terencejgolightly at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 08/15/2012 05:09 PM, Pat Barron wrote:
> > I keep meaning to call Monroeville Mall to see if we can use a kiosk
> > there - though in that environment, I doubt we'd be able to do any
> > actual installs (it's not like people are going to bring their gear into
> > the mall....), it'd be more of a PR / awareness thing, being able to
> > give away distros so people can tinker with them, show them "Big Buck
> > Bunny"
> Jim Harris had that running intermittently on his laptop last year.
> Last year worked okay for us.
> and such (or other things that were made using Linux that we can
> > trot out), etc. I haven't gotten a chance during the work day so far
> > this week, unfortunately. I'm still sort of at a loss for what other
> > venues we might chase after that would have a good amount of "random
> > traffic", people who would not otherwise be aware of free software.
> > Plus also, the mall (like many other larger venues we might pursue that
> > would have a lot of people, I'm sure...) would not have network access
> > for us - so people wouldn't really be able to do installs on-site unless
> > they were satisfied with whatever comes off of our distribution media
> > and did their updates at home (unless someone wanted to bring a MiFi -
> > but I don't know who'd volunteer to pay for the data usage that would
> > incur).
> > Not trying to be discouraging of the idea of a "mini-installfest" or
> > anything - I just think that a lot of the value of our Software Freedom
> > Day activity (whatever it turns out to be) is going to be in catching
> > the interest of people who aren't familiar with FOSS at all (which is
> > why I think it's helpful to do it in a place where people are already
> > gathered for some other reason, like shopping - so Pittsburgh Public
> > Market is good on that score, too), so the people we talk to aren't
> > going to have their equipment and such with them - they won't have been
> > expecting to come across our Software Freedom Day activity, but
> > hopefully it'll be a happy coincidence for them. ;-)
> True, actually if they have there hardware in the car, we could help
> them use the media we hand out :-).
> > What is the actual date you have in mind?
> How about the next to last or last Saturday in September.
> > --Pat.
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