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Re: [opensuse-marketing] How not to market free software
  • From: "Brent McConnell" <bmcconnell@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:29:12 -0600
  • Message-id: <4A965FF8020000B90000A088@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Do you mean premium or value? I think we have to pick something focused and
show exceptional value. That's one reason why I suggested netbooks. I may be
wrong here but the reasons people buy netbooks is to stay connected on the go
with a small set of applications. I don't think they're looking for a total
desktop solution (yet). If you look at most disruptive brands, brands that
dislodged a formidable competitor, they tend to start with low end products and
work there way up by consistently delivering more value at the low end.

I agree that Average Joe doesn't care about Free+Freedom when it comes to the
desktop and the reason is that he has very little choice when he buys his
computer. It's like payroll withholding tax in the US. I'd much rather pay my
taxes once a year but I can't. The government makes me do it every paycheck so
that I forget how much I'm paying in total. Same for a computer. If everyone
had a choice when they went into a store between laptop + MSFT = $599 or laptop
+ Linux = $499, you'd see alot more Linux :).


Brent McConnell
OSS Community Manager: Kablink, iFolder
Email: bmcconnell@xxxxxxxxxx

Bryen M Yunashko <suserocks@xxxxxxxxx> 8/27/2009 10:00 AM >>>
On Thu, 2009-08-27 at 07:43 -0600, Brent McConnell wrote:
Sorry about the ramble but my point is that we need 3 things and none
are easy

1) A better product ( in some ways we have this and in others we need

2) Routes to market (how can Average Joe get us&#63;)

3) A focused marketing campaign that builds passionate users in a
targeted market (not unlike iPod)


So how do we work on #3, building passionate users? In my opinion "Free
+ Freedom" hasn't worked too well. Sure it works well for those of us
who understand the underlying differences between platforms, but not for
the average joe. While the average joe loves and espouses freedom in
nearly every other aspect of society, he just doesn't equate it with
technology. In technology, they look for premium and top dollar. So
for us, I don't think its about just passion, but making Linux truly
look like a premium choice.

Bryen Yunashko
openSUSE Board Member
GNOME-A11y Team Member (Personal Blog) (Feed aggregator of the Accessibility Community)

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