Baseball and Linux?

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June 8, 2009, 1:31 pm

Just got an email from someone doing Software Freedom Day planning, and wondering about giving out discs at a baseball game on Software Freedom Day.

I think this is a great idea, but I’m curious how many people would actually try openSUSE (or any Linux distro…) if they receive the disc at a sporting event?

Obviously, this would be a target-rich environment for people who hadn’t tried Linux yet. You could definitely meet and talk to a lot of people who aren’t familiar with openSUSE, Linux, or open source, and hand out a lot of openSUSE discs.

That’s great, but what about the downsides? Are baseball fans likely to hold on to the disc, take it home and give it a shot, or is it likely that they’ll discard the discs or just never get around to trying it out?

I love the idea of having openSUSE contributors converging on sporting events on Software Freedom Day and talking to people about Linux and openSUSE, but I wonder if giving out discs would be an efficient use of the discs.

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