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Re: [Ambassadors] Free Media Distribution

John, you have expressed the Free Media Distribution in a very nice way.

sunil datta

--- On Mon, 6/4/09, inode0 <inode0 gmail com> wrote:

> From: inode0 <inode0 gmail com>
> Subject: Re: [Ambassadors] Free Media Distribution
> To: fedora-ambassadors-list redhat com
> Date: Monday, 6 April, 2009, 7:16 PM
> On Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM,
> Hisham Abdel-Magid
> <himam fedoraproject org>
> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I'm a civil engineer currently in Doha, Qatar .. while
> promoting for fedora
> > i usually face a direct request for Fedora Live CDs
> from my colleagues ..
> > Currently, i'm handling it by burning CDs/DVDs on my
> own laptop, and i print
> > the Sleve cover using a coloured printer on normal A4
> paper and then crop it
> > where necessary ...
> > To be frank with you, i am not happy with the end
> result when it comes to
> > the CD it self (bcuz it still says "Sony CD-R" ^_^)
> ... anyhow, that's the
> > limit of my humble budget for now ...
> > and I did not join the FreeMadia Programme bcuz of
> this "poor" end-result
> Are the people who receive this free media from you
> unhappy? If they
> are happy and install and run Fedora as a result then I
> would say the
> end result is excellent. :)
> > Therefore, I would be much obliged if someone advise
> my about where/whom to
> > contact for requesting Fedora Live CDs in order to
> distribute them here in
> > Qatar.... or at least how can i get some decent-looking
> FedoraCD's Physical
> > Art?..
> As I understand it Fedora media distribution has really
> three sources.
> (1) The FreeMedia Program: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/FreeMedia
> This is designed to help Fedora contributors get Fedora
> into the hands
> of people who have either economic or network hardships
> that make it
> difficult for them to acquire media for themselves
> directly. Pretty
> packaging of the media isn't an objective, although each
> contributor
> can handle that however they choose. If volume is a problem
> in your
> area the best solution is to recruit more contributors to
> the program
> to ease the burden on each contributor and to get as many
> requests for
> media satisfied as possible.
> (2) The Sponsored Media Program:
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/SponsoredMedia
> This program gives one the opportunity to fund free Fedora
> media
> produced by a vendor to distribute through the Free Media
> Program.
> (3) Pressed Event Media: This is normally intended to be
> very high
> quality in terms of production value and is funded normally
> by the
> Fedora Project for use by Fedora contributors at events
> where they are
> representing/promoting Fedora. So if you are attending
> events where
> you are handing out Fedora media you can request a supply
> of these
> through whatever process exists in your region.
> Periodically the question comes up as to why we don't use
> this same
> media and packaging for the Free Media Program? Some people
> think we
> should, at one time I thought that way myself. There are a
> couple of
> things to think about here. The Free Media Program is a way
> for
> individual contributors to help others acquire Fedora. Part
> of this
> contribution is providing the media itself, the postage
> required, and
> the time to transfer the bits to the media. This is a very
> personal
> way to contribute and in a way that makes this a special
> program to me
> now. When you contribute some code to a package you
> generally don't
> know who you are helping. When you spend a few minutes
> preparing Free
> Media for Bob in Topeka, you know exactly who you are
> helping.
> It is pretty much logistically impossible to produce fancy
> pressed
> media and distribute it in small amounts to hundreds of
> people around
> the world so they can use it for the Free Media Program.
> This would be
> very expensive for the project.
> To everyone who recently burned a few CDs or DVDs that they
> could
> spare, wrote Fedora 10 on them with a Sharpie, and mailed
> them off to
> someone they have never met through the Free Media Program
> please do
> not feel uncomfortable with the "production value" of the
> media you
> shared with others. All contributions to this program are
> acts of
> generosity and kindness to others and I think it is one of
> the very
> best examples of why the Fedora community is so great to be
> a small
> part of.
> John
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