|A||X||Buy the Nokia 6260 phone (2005.07.11 MoveToCanada)|
|A||X||Meet David Tang regarding SFD : E-Mail to David Tang (2005.07.11 sfd)|
|B||X||Reply about first column : E-Mail from Melba Jean Valdez-Bernad|
|B||X||Reply about scholium systems : E-Mail from Joe Corneli|
|B||X||Post IML overview : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.11 grad)|
1. Insights from the brainstorming session
It's great to have such great friends. Dominique Cimafranca, Charo, and Charlie Lopez were absolutely invaluable during the impromptu Software Freedom Day planning meeting we had earlier. We brainstormed for ways to bring SuSE users and enthusiasts out of the woodwork in order to address Novell's wants. It's a pity the Novell guy couldn't join us (he had to deal with a client's emergency), but I guess he can always get these people together himself.
Anyway. Back to the insights.
Although we had originally planned to hold the event in UP because UP offered us a venue for free, our ever so wonderful counselors suggested much better locations in Makati. The Glorietta Activity Center is the best place on our list: a central location with plenty of pass-thru traffic would result in great crowds during the actual event. Who can miss or resist a large banner inviting people to get free software there? We've also added AIM to our list. It's amazing how other people can jolt us out of our limiting assumptions...
I guess the key paradigm shift here is that we can plan with sponsorship in mind. The bigger we dare to plan, the bigger the possibilities are. And I _want_ to reach out to the casual user, the Windows-using non-geek who's missing out on all the wonderful free software out there. If we manage to convince them to switch to Linux, well and good. But if they don't feel comfortable doing that yet, there's still plenty of free software out there to make their lives better. Mozilla Firefox. Openoffice.org. Gaim. Stuff like that.
I'm coming to realize that my address book is more important than my source code. Having these insightful people on my team... wow!
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