[Mageia-dev] Identifying Target Markets

andré andr55 at laposte.net
Sun Oct 3 08:11:58 CEST 2010

Kira a écrit :
> 在 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:18:08 +0800, Samuel Verschelde 
> <stormi at laposte.net>寫道:
>> Le jeudi 30 septembre 2010 16:05:26, Kira a écrit :
>>> So, what's the difference Mageia had toward other distribution?
>> "Simple to use yet powerful" :
>> - newbie-friendly (yes ubuntu is on this market, but to me Mandriva 
>> does it better)
>> - powerful
>> - comprehensive (many packages available in many fields)
>> Then nothing prevents from saying also, for example :
>> "Mageia, ideal for music making", with news, screenshots, people 
>> sharing their experience, howtos...
>> "Mageia, easy yet powerful on servers", ...
>> You said nothing about my concern that Mandriva may be seen only as, 
>> say, a distribution for education. What about that ?
> All purpose means no one knows what the distro wants to do.
> Making a specific version for education/small business or whatever
> won't makes the distro seems only focus on one thing, but a proof of
> full feature OS.
Don't agree.  A special version will create the impression that it is 
all that Mageia can do.
On the other hand, the possibility to select a special group of software 
(like "young family" or "education") to be installed from the DVD would 
be very useful.
> The point is: you have to emphasis something different, not something
> others also owns/easily achieved/already well-implemented/advertised.
> I don't agree with the way ubuntu flushing the whole board of different
> purpose but actually same thing strategy, but it does makes people knows
> what to choose to fit their need, which is important to makes people
> accept your product.
> We do have to find a place in the market slice, or no one would care
> about who you are. All-purpose is great, but not for people who is 
> unfamiliar
> to our distro:
> It's too vague and not attractive since no one knows your strength.
> ____
Strength, you ask ?
Ease of use -- without sacrificing power and security.
In my mind, Mandriva is even easier to use and maintain than Microsoft's 
version of windows, especially if you don't use their office suite.
And certainly it is easier to use and maintain than most distros.

That doesn't preclude talking about the various uses readily available, 
especially if there are special installation groups available on the DVD.

- André (andre999)

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