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Re: [opensuse-marketing] Re: more then 30 Ambassadors in India
  • From: "Sankar P" <psankar@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:27:00 -0600
  • Message-id: <4C2A6C2C020000E70000CE40@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 6/29/2010 at 05:31 PM, in message <201006291401.35013.aj@xxxxxxxxxx>,
Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Monday 28 June 2010 17:55:50 Sankar P wrote:
So, in short, my 2 cents: If we want more student participation from
India, we definitely cannot come up with a solution on a mailing list
discussion(1). We may have to sit on a FOSS conference stall with limited
number of stakeholders, and devise some plans and execute them. May be
come over for or in OSC10 (if someone from India comes) or GNOME
Asia summit or some such event and we can plan a solution for this. We
discussing in mailing list in my opinion will just cause long threads and
no results.

Novell has sponsored some FOSS events but this needs to be planned quite
time ahead. We have only a limited budget, so the question is which events
sponsor and how. We should not randomly sponsor events but define a plan on

which regions we want to grow the community first and how.

Even without sponsoring a lot of is possible as the German Linuxtag showed
where we had no sponsoring, a free booth, banners and a great program.
I've never been to India so don't know how e.g. looks like but hope
that similar stuff works as well.

From feedback of conference participants, I hear that sponsorship is not
really something that makes an effect - what makes an effect are
presentations, tutorials and conversations, e.g. at a booth.

So, let's not say, we need sponsorship money to this or that - let's discuss
what we can do with what we have to do.

I'm with Gnokii that Launch events can be very easy to do so wonder why so
do them,

Novell used to sponsor, during the early editions. Later this changed.
I will contact you off-list to see if we can plan and work better, in the
upcoming years. I was having some discussions about this to Zonker as well.

I agree that presentations, tutorials etc. make more impact. But there are some
other factors that affect such participation. Most of these are cultural issues
which are difficult to understand for a foreigner. Nuremberg employees
travelling to Linuxtag is not the same as, say Shayon Mukherjee travelling from
his place to Bangalore. India is a much bigger country geographically and we
dont have the excellent European railway system. Even then, last year there
was an openSUSE-edu booth in There are some activities done in bits
and piece like this, but not at a bigger scale to gain enough critical mass.

If you see the profile pages of ambassadors, most of them are "Students" and
all of them are from different states (places). There are not more than 2-3
people per state. It is close to impossible for all these 30 people to gather
and very expensive even for 2-3 of these to meet across neighboring states. A
student travelling to attend a release-party will be considered a
luxurios-waste-of-money in most places of India (even by his/her parents,
professors etc.)

Also, among the 30 or so ambassadors, if you count the official members (ones
with etc., packagers etc.) I believe it will be a lesser number.
Germany has far higher number of openSUSE members, even though there may not be
much ambassadors (on a relative scale)

There are a lot of other issues as well (type of job market, piracy etc.). So
to conclude the thread, as I said earlier, we cannot come with a strategy to
increase openSUSE release-parties-count/participation from India, on a mailing
list discussion. We can have a chat about it over lunch table, sometime. Also,
I use this opportunity to Welcome you to India ;-)


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