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Pledge “linuxday”

"I will start ask for Linux at my local computer store, AND at August 25th 2007 but only if 10,000 people will do the same."

— Sunnz

Deadline to sign up by: 25th August 2007
37 people signed up, 9963 more were needed

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Have you ever asked for linux compatibility in a computer store when for example, buying a printer and ask if it will work on Linux?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you all know about it, Linux has been spreading rapidly on the desktop market but the reaction of vendors is simply too slow - yes there has been some work, like the nVidia driver, the n-seris opensource computers from Dell. However this isn't good enough. When you walk in to a computer store there you should simply ask the salesman and know if a device would actually work.

Anyway, the point of this pledge is to start asking for Linux compatibility at regular computer stores. This won't change anything in the near future but to get the word out there that any person could be using non-Windows computer and it is expected that the salesman at least know about the linux compatibility of the products they are selling.

This could potentially means that a linux compatible sticker is just as high demanded/expected as vista-ready stickers to be provided by Vendors in their products. (I have actually brought an ethernet card that has a Penguin on it saying it is linux-ready.)

So just ask for Linux compatibility, it doesn't cost anything. You can just ask then just go away and buy something else or you could maybe ask more questions like "when will X be linux compatible" if you feel like it. You can even go to an Apple store and in the genius bar, plug in an iPod into a Linux Laptop(MacBook or not) and ask 'where do I download iTunes?' Or call Dell and ask for a Linux(or OS-less) desktop without a floopy disk driver and modem.

Lastly, and most importantly, I like to ask you to do this at the August 25th 2007. It'll be great if computer stores all over the world, has customer coming in asking questions about linux all day. If it is just 1 person asking, your average salesman would think that guy is just a strange case... but otherwise, I think retail stores will start thinking differently, and (hopefully) start demanding more information from the vendors...

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  • "I will start ask?" At least spell check your pledge before you click OK. Unless, of course, english is not your first language, in which case, it should be "I will start asking..."
    Anonymous, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Ok...
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • May I just reinforce the point of the pledge here:

    The point of asking for Linux compatible products isn't really to so that a retailer actually fetch one for you, although that'll be the ultimate goal. But the point now shall be getting the word out there that the MASS are using Linux as a desktop.

    I have heard about that it is better to talk to the higher ups in the Vendors. While that is true, however, the masses doesn't usually talks to higher ups in companies, but rather interact with retail stores at most of the times.

    Getting every retail stores to start realise the number of current Linux user will be a really great start to get the word out.

    Think outside the box, you are not limited to go to retail stores. You can well call Dell and ask for a Linux Desktop; go to Walmart ask for Linux games, ask your ISP which plan is best for Linux, etc...

    So don't worry about higher ups yet, get the word out there, so when someone go talk to the bosses, they'll have real people and events to back it up!!!
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I happen to think it's a great Idea and even wrote about it on January 1, 2007
  • Nice it seems that you are a better writer than I am! (Sorry English isn't really my native language.)

    Any chance you can include a link to this pledge in your article?
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The link to the pledge has been added. - Click my name to go there
  • Very nice, will go spread the word, thanks!!!
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Link to pledge added to signature on forums.
    I think, I'll try buying a Linux distro or a Linux compatible webcam if I find them in a shop. :)
    Or a game if I can find one. :D
    Zohnny, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • We need translations of this pledge to increase the number of pledgers.
    I could translate into German and French.
    But where should I put the translations?
    Zohnny, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Well you could make translations of flyers from the links on the top of this page: "Print out customised flyers."

    And print them out and put them up. I have already put up posters in various places.

    As for the translation of the pledge itself I can put them on my web site if you like.
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • What a good idea. I was looking for a new computer recently and asked about linux and got weird looks, and that was from a pro shop makes me wonder what they do out the back.
    Tony, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Zohnny:
    TuxGames sells Linux versions of commercial games. They are sometimes higher priced than Windows versions, but these show up as Linux sales instead of Windows sales and if you get the Linux version it will be less hassle to get working.
  • Ok, I expect we won't be 10k to sing up but still, we need to be more !

    It's easy and has to be massive ...


    PS : Could we call it GNU/Linux day ?
    Samusz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • GNU/Linux day should be better, but linuxday is a good shorthand as well.

    Perhaps try posting this in mailing lists such as GNU advocate, badvista, etc??
    Sunnz, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • So if you do want to get the word out, why don't you submit this to some of the GNU/Linux news sites and see if it gets picked up.

    You could try newsforge, digg, and any other linux/foss news sites.
    Karlie, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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