Originally Published: Friday, 27 August 1999 Author: Deepak Saxena
Published to: news_interact_lugs/LUGs News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Last Minute to Join Linux Demo Day!

This is an official call for participation for the Linux Demo Days project (www.linuxdemo.org). The goal of the project is to coordinate a worldwide demonstration of Linux for the thousands of users who have heard of Linux due to the recent media coverage it's gotten, but have never seen Linux in action. In addition, the demonstrations will also help spread the word about Linux to the many users who are not even aware that there is an alternative to using a Microsoft product on their PC.

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This is an official call for participation for the Linux Demo Day project (www.linuxdemo.org). The goal of the project is to coordinate a worldwide demonstration of Linux for the thousands of users who have heard of Linux due to the recent media coverage it's gotten, but have never seen Linux in action. In addition, the demonstrations will also help spread the word about Linux to the many users who are not even aware that there is an alternative to using a Microsoft product on their PC.

Introduction

Over the eighteen months, Linux has been getting a very large ammount of press coverage. This enourmous coverage hasn't been limited to just computer industry publications such as Network Magazine or IEEE, but has also included more mainstream publications such as Time, Forbes, and CNN.

This means that the number of people who are aware of Linux's existence is much higher than ever before. While all this press coverage is wonderful, most of the readers of these article have probably never actually seen Linux in action. Some of the readers may not care, but there may be some that with a little more exposure to Linux and a support network would be willing to give Linux a try. Reading about Linux is a good way to pique someone's interest, but the best way to get the word out about Linux is to have people actually see it in action. This is the motivation behind the Linux Demo Day project.

Project Goals

To help expose more people to Linux and more of Linux to people, the Linux Demo Day projected was created. The goal of the project is to get LUGs to go into schools, malls, bookstores, or where ever else they can/want to and setup demonstrations of Linux. By demonstrations, I mean one of two things: * Setup a table ("booth") in a location where lots of people will walk past. At this booth, have a number of Linux machines running different applications such as office productivity, games, graphics, or whatever else your LUG has experience with. In addition, LUGs should have have some brochures about Linux and Linux products for people to take with them. Most importantly, have LUG members on hand to answer questions that visitors may have.

* Go into a small business, school, or other place that is heavily dependent on computers and budget-restricted and give a presentation/demonstration of Linux and why it may be viable alternative for them (as either a server or desktop platform).

Project Organization

The linuxdemo.org website will serve as the central coordination point for Linux Demo Day. On this page, the Linux Demo Day team has made available suggestions for LUGs to help them get their demos setup. This includes a list of different applications that might be good to demo, guidelines on what to do and not to do, and other issues pertaining to the demonstrating Linux to new users. The guidelines on the site are just that. They are not set in stone, and more ideas are welcome from all who are interested.

In addition, the site will also contain (when it's finished being written), a Linux information brochure that LUGs can download, print out, and handout to visitors. The brochure will be posted in english and will be translated into other languages as LUGs from non-english speaking countries get involved or when translators volunteer.

The web site has a sign up page where interested LUGs can sign up and share details of their demonstration with other LUGs, thus giving each other ideas on how to run the demos. As the project gets sponsors who are willing to provide brochures about their Linux products, these will be sent out to the participating LUGs or made available for download and print on the project web page.

When is Linux Demo Day?

Sometime between sept. 12 and 18. We have not picked one specific date so as to let LUGs have flexibility in scheduling. Again, like everything else about this project, these dates are not set in stone. If your LUG can only do this a week earlier or later, does not mean you can't participate! The reason this week was picked is because kernel v0.1 was released sometime in the middle of September, so we thought this would be a good way to celebrate Linux's birthday. :) Join Us!

We already have several big name sponsors such as VA Linux, Penguin Computing, and RedHat Software who willing provide materials to participating LUGs to help with their demonstrations. So please join us in celebrating Linux's birthday by making more people aware of it's existence! To sign up or learn more about the project, please visit the project's website at www.linuxdemo.org.





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