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Re: Turning off Paid Adverts for Sponsored Media

Just a quick thought, feel free to knock it down if you so desire. What about a "pass along" kind of setup. Where receivers of free media can opt in to pass the media along when they are done installing it. For example, I request a free media dvd and when signing up click "Yes, I'd like to pass it along". I get added to a queue of free media distributors. When my time comes up in the queue, I get a little e-mail saying "such and such has requested free media, please pass it along to Address here, etc...". After I confirm that I've passed it a long, I can be removed from the queue. With a little logic to try and keep the sending of media fairly local I think this could work out pretty well. Any thoughts? The full logistics behind it would still need to be worked out, but I think I outlined the premise good enough. The main thing I think this would help with is keeping costs for everyone low, and keeping a constant stream of free media distributors flowing. It'd also allow people to feel more involved with the community, as they've now become a link in a chain of possibly many people who will receive the media and who have already received it. My main concern would be quality control, but that is nothing that can't be overcome :)

On 5/2/06, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram fedoraproject org> wrote:
On Wed, 2006-05-03 at 15:02 +1200, Michael J. Knox wrote:
> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> [snip]
> >> Is the DVD distribution feeding the free media project?
> >
> > DVD distribution is feeding the events currently. There isnt value in it
> > though. The budget is better spend on other things that Red Hat is
> > strategically better placed to do rather than get into the media
> > distribution model again. Thats Red Hat Linux all over.
> So that's a no to RH helping free media?

If you mean free media project specifically, I am trying to help it out
through regional offices where possible rather than the US office
distributing media from a central location. Again, the cost of
distribution is much more producing stuff.

I dont think its Red Hat involved in free media is a scalable model and
I would want others to get involved in it more than RH. We are multiple
ways to address the distribution problem effectively.


Online vendors
Local vendors
Free media
sponsored media
Books and magazines

For any amount of finite budget, we are trying to spend it where it
makes better sense. How many people think Red Hat should be spending the
money on free media distribution? Let me see a show of hands.

> > How about buying media?
> >
> http://www.copyleft.co.nz/fedora.html ($35 NZD per DVD)
> and
> http://www.dse.co.nz - the only have FC3 AFAIK

I see others more updated here.



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