Ideas into the future for GetGnuLinux.org
Ideas for the future...
I'd like to start by saying that the initial and primary objective of GetGnuLinux.org is to provide clear and good information for everyday people to switch to Linux. We are already good (IMHO) at that - It is foremost important to keep doing this well, and so these ideas are really secondary. They may or may not turn to reality, depending on how satisfied we are with the website and the way we are organised about it.
- A pdf booklet to download
In the About section, we could have a 4-5-page pdf file to download, that would cover all of the topics in the website. Could be useful for people to keep something from the website on their computer, print, send by email, etc.
- Page about Mac
We could have a small page about Mac computers in the Why not Windows section (to explain they're just the same). That's tricky business speaking to Mac users.
- Sattelite pages
We could have "sattelite pages", with different domain names, to handle more aggressive marketing. I am thinking of things like the excellent IownMyDvds.org by Linux Australia, or the Keep the Car and Get Legal campaigns by the OO.o community.
Specifically, I do not have precise ideas at the moment, but we could target things like unability to uninstall Internet Explorer, or MS Office formats.
These sattelite pages would point to GetGnuLinux.org with a simple and clear link at the bottom.
- Visit cards
I'd like to have a few GetGnuLinux.org visit cards so as to be able to hand them in easily. Just spelling the name out and never having the right piece of paper + pen makes things difficult.
If other people are interested, then this might be an interesting idea to pursue. I've even had someone ask me about T-shirts! But for this we would need many more people.
- Dumping SUSE Linux
I'd like to have a careful and well-balanced discussion about keeping or replacing SUSE Linux in the website.
To be very honest, I am only interested in Ubuntu Linux and not in chasing the ultimate Gnu/Linux distribution. I believe, however, that it's good proposing two different distributions. It's a good way to keep independent (not becoming a getubuntu.org), to not divide the community further (KDE vs. GNOME, etc), as well as to show newcommers some of the choice and variety Gnu/Linux is all about.
So why keep or dump SUSE ?
+ different from Ubuntu (graphically and technically)
+ popular and well supported
- not very insisting on freedom (unlike Ubuntu)
- Novell is unclear about the free-as-beer and free-as-speech status of its various products (confusing discerning and finding openSUSE, SUSE Enterprise, etc)
please, no flaming discussions about this! I am mentionning this as a way of keeping my ideas for long-term in the open. I promise I will bring up this discusson (in a specific thread), right now there are more urgent things we should work on. thanks!
- Better link buttons
We could get really serious about our linking buttons. Untill now, except a nice one from Pascal Klein, they are all (good-looking, but) quick amateur attempts. We could build a series of them with some more riguor.
A good thing would be to find a good gnu drawing (a gnu horn would be more accurate than a penguin paw, for example) and use it throuhgout the buttons, keeping a good level of "branding" or "corporate identity" ? To be discussed.
Feel free to add suggestions, to discuss these, or even to start working on anything you wish!