[Mageia-dev] Identifying Target Markets
marc at marcpare.com
Sun Oct 3 08:33:01 CEST 2010
> Targeting the school boards makes a lot of sense.
> Note that Openoffice targeted various gov't organisations in France,
> some of which ended up migrating to Mandriva as well. Maybe that could
> work with school boards as well. I'm tempted to try something like that
> with mine, in banlieue of Montréal.
> Just out of curiosity, what is your school board ?
> For the server, if Mandriva management were a little more reasonable, it
> would be good to partner with them. (I'd like to see something like
> In any case, you can't go wrong with RedHat.
> André (andre999)
As an example, the official word from the Ontario Ministry of Education
is that if users cannot afford the use of MSOffice, that we are allowed
to promote the use of StarOffice. Here is the official link:
http://www.osapac.org/db/view_software.php?id=310 Sun had made
arrangements to provide support through their 1-800 ... telephone
service (unofficially, they had also said that they would have supported
OpenOffice user queries as well, although this policy may have changed
after this policy had been posted on the net). There are over 2 million
students being taught in Ontario where I teach. Quite a good market to
target. You can find the statistics on registered school student numbers
If we were to commit to an "Education based" install (this could be done
at the point of installation where you could tag the type of distro that
you would want installed) with SOLID alternatives for the most common
software packages used in educational institutions, then we could make a
convincing case for the installation of Mageia desktops in schools. Most
governmental agencies today are sensitive to ways of cutting down on
The only problem that I would see in doing such a promotion is that this
type of usage would require a server/client solution. This is where the
choice of server partnership would become important. RehHat and Suse are
well-known servers options in the business world. We could then partner
up with them and make sure that Mageia/RedHat or Mageia/Suse solutions
are rock solid. Unless we seek a partnership with MandrivaLinux server,
but in North American markets, Mandriva is really not a force to contend
with and is not really known.
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