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We want to reach to a million Windows users: help spread the news!

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Hello!

As we emerge from six months of rather un-rewarding, behind-the-scenes work, we have some rather big announcements to make. The next months are going to be exciting.

Quoting from our blog post:

GLM blog wrote:
  • Let's learn more languages. Help hundreds or thousands of daily visitors to learn about GNU/Linux by translating to your language.
  • Let's get linking seriously. With a great number of links towards our sites, we can make it to the first page of search engines, and be found by newcomers. The status of our link buttons could greatly be improved.
  • Let's get organized. We have started the development of Animador, a PHP application that will help us do what SpreadFirefox does, and more. Among our wish-list are:
    • Better tracking of link button usage, allowing the creation of referrer accounts;
    • Better tracking of visits on our websites, with public reports so everyone can track progress;
    • A variety of tools to build a vibrant multi-lingual community for on-line marketing.

We have a nicely-phrased press release, translated in 2 languages, to announce this. Please help us spread the news!

We would be extremely grateful if you could help spread the news, in free software communities of all languages - perhaps one or two mailing-lists or forums you know could be interested in the news?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Olivier.

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Well, I just added GGL to

Well, I just added GGL to my mail signature. Eye
Might be more efficient to reach Windows users than my forum signatures on GNU/Linux related forums. ^^

P.S: Once more, I have problems accessing some pages... :/
When trying to reach a translation page from here: http://translate.gnulinuxmatters.org/languages/
I get this:
[Errno 13] Permission denied: '/var/translations/pootle/de/pootle-pootle-de.prefs'

And this is even when logged in!

To circumvent it, I can currently enter URLs like this:
http://translate.gnulinuxmatters.org/de/ggl/index.html

Note: Going over the http://translate.gnulinuxmatters.org/projects/ggl/ page works too.

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And "Pas de réel choix" (http://www.passeralinux.fr/windows/pas_de_reel_choix/) sounds a bit strange to me. O.o
Shouldn't it be "pas de vrai choix", "pas de choix réel" or "pas vraiment de choix"?

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The digg article is now

The digg article is now online! If you can, have all your relatives push it up ;-)

ariadacapo's picture
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Hello KlAaze! Thanks for

Hello KlAaze!

Thanks for the signature. It's indeed a good idea - in GNU/Linux forums it's also a useful idea though, because it increases PageRank a little. And not everybody knows about our work.

KlAaze wrote:

Once more, I have problems accessing some pages... :/
When trying to reach a translation page from here: http://translate.gnulinuxmatters.org/languages/
I get this:
[Errno 13] Permission denied: '/var/translations/pootle/de/pootle-pootle-de.prefs'

Yes, we all have started having problems very recently, it was noticed only this afternoon. It's going to be worked out (though I can't make promises), thanks for the report.

Thanks for your continual patience ;-)

Olivier.

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Hey! It's just been fixed

Hey! It's just been fixed (thanks to the Pootle community).

Thanks for the report!

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ariadacapo wrote: It's
ariadacapo wrote:

It's going to be worked out (though I can't make promises)

Ah.. ladies and gentlelmen, I am being interrupted by the delivery of fresh news from the front... the problem is fixed. Gustavo solves these problems faster than I can type about them in this forum.

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I sadly missed the boat on

I sadly missed the boat on the digging.. But I think there will be more chances to spread the word, as for example the official launch of Animador powered campaign site.

Also there were ideas of pushing up the Freedomware campaign with videos (among other things) which should be done in the coming months (I am also slowly progressing on some things I planned on doing before moving on to that part). A Freedomware campaign may or may not be independent from the already laid out initiatives by GLM, but since Landy is in now and I would be involved as well it could be done anyway, in parallel to the officially planned GLM initiatives. The value of this is that, if Freedomware campaign is succesful, it will also divert a lot of people to GetGNULinux.org and other GLM sites.

Anyway, I'll make it part of my ongoing todo list to update all, small and big Libervis sites and pages with a nice button linking to GetGNULinux.org - like a badge that denotes that "this site is powered by GNU/Linux" linking to where the visitor can find more about it. I'll ask the bloggers we host to add a button as well. They're all GNU/Linux friendly. Eye As we grow so will the contribution we can make towards this campaign.

2008 will be a good year. We're all just getting started. Smiling

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It looks like it's not

It looks like it's not going to hit Digg's homepage.

Dropping "GNU" to the GNU/Linux system was not enough. We should've written:

Successful digger wrote:

BREAKING: Open Source non-profit wants 1,000,000 Windows users to know Ubuntu.

They're not this big, but they look well-prepared, and their websites are of fine quality. Not sure whether they'll succeed - but they could be doing FOSS marketing the right way.

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Hmm.. yeah.. I'm not sure,

Hmm.. yeah..

I'm not sure, to be honest, if talking about ourselves in third perspective is necessarily more effective though. Maybe something akin to "hey yo, we're gonna switch 1 000 000 users to Linux, are you with me?" would do. Sticking out tongue Of course, not exactly in those words. Eye

But then again it's hard to get dugg nowadays.. so it's not really defeat. There are plenty of ways to get promoted.

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It's been a success among Castilian speakers!

Who wants to spend the whole evening answering Castilian emails with me? Smiling

AFAIK/Among other things:

This is not it - it's just a summary.

Cheers!

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well done We're on LinuFR

well done ;-)

We're on LinuFR right now; it's raining clicks on passeralinux.fr =)

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About GetGNULinux.org

Thank you for this great initiative !
Just 2 things :
- There is no reference to gnulinuxmatters of the sites, no disclaimer. The site touts the quality of something, but the first question I would ask myself (if I weren't already a linux zealot, of course) is : where does it come from ? Is it serious ? Is it a kind of hoax to convince me of installing some trojan ? Telling who's gnulinuxmatters and why it promotes linux should make people more confident in the content of the site itself.

- I think the "switch to linux" section should mention LUGs and install parties. Many LUGs do a tremendeous job helping people to switch, and it shows that free software is not just about software, it's also community. Non-techies would be reassured it they could get help switching from a real human at a local club.

Just my 2 cents.

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Hello, McFly! (and sorry

Hello, McFly!

(and sorry for the delayed response)

1.- I think our footer, which reads "A project of the GNU/Linux Matters non-profit", and our more section are enough.
2.- I think it'd be a good addition to the site =)

Thanks for the suggestions!

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