[Mageia-marketing] Other ideas

Sebastian sebsebseb sebsebseb_mageia at gmx.com
Wed Apr 4 20:04:17 CEST 2012

On 03/04/12, Bradley D. Thornton typed:
> I don't get the whole "Planet" thing. never did. But really, anything 
> ewboontoo leaves a bad taste in my mouth anyway, and we're really 
> trying to set ourselves apart from others anyway. 

Loads of open source projects have planets and here are two more:
http://planet.gnome.org/ http://planetkde.org/

I guess Planets for opensource/freesoftware projects are fashionable at 
the moment. I mean something that by many people is expected at the 
moment for a opensource/freesoftware project to have.

I used to help a lot with Ubuntu in IRC in 2008, 2009, and 2010. I used 
to chat to loads of different people who were using or trying out Ubuntu 
in private message as well for example.  Also I have seen new users at 
the time put this kind of thing on IRC: How they think the Ubuntu 
community is really good, and that's what made them use Ubuntu.

I don't like the distro itself that much any more for various reasons 
since 9.04/9.10, however will still try it out at times. Oh I know, and 
I have seen it for myself a lot, they have a very good community for 
their distro and it's been like that for many years.

What I think as contributors of a new distribution, we should learn a 
lot from the other distro's such as Ubuntu when it comes to running a 
community and providing something for a community.  Do some of the same 
things like we do at the moment such  as, planets, and forums, and IRC  
channels and so on.  However we need to also think about doing something 
different as well communitywise that will attract new users to our 
distro, rather than the others, and try and do that as well. Well if the 
long term goal is to try and have Mageia being one of the most used 
distros.  If we don't do something different that attracts many new 
users to our community, well why should a new user pick Mageia over many 
other distro's really?

If we are going to have a rather big user base for Mageia, we need to 
keep on working on the community making it better and better, not just 
the distro itself!

 From Sebastian sebsebseb

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