[LACTTE] Re: [Linux-aus] About a User Conference (was...)
secretary at linux.org.au
Tue Mar 1 15:19:02 UTC 2005
Michael Still wrote:
>>>> - users are extremely price sensitive
>> Note anything more than $0 is too much.
> Perhaps. How do you fund an event without having any money though?
There're at least three ways:
* have people who present pay for it (tradeshow)
* finance it by sponsors (essentially advertising)
* run it at a loss (mistake ;)
The second two options are how the open source forums are run; but
they're pretty small and expected to stay that way, so the loss doesn't
matter so much.
> Absolutely. I was more thinking of Windows-centric ISV / bespoke
> programmers wanting to port their worlds to Linux / open source however.
* people who'd like to know if they can switch to Linux, and why they
would, and get some idea how to -- they don't want to devote too
much time (it's all wasted if the answer's "no they can't switch"),
and aren't too fussed if it's not too in-depth.
* people who've already decided they want to swich to Linux, and want
to get some real useful help in making the step -- they probably
want to actually devote a day or two in their entirety to seeing
tutorials, networking with consultants, and whatever else.
* people who're already using Linux and want to use it better --
they're not so interested in basics, and want in-depth tutorials and
a chance to talk to people in depth.
* people who're using Linux and want a chance to "give back" to the
community in some valuable way, but aren't able to hack on the
kernel or openoffice.org -- not sure what we might want to offer
these folks, but they're probably worth considering
Maybe we should try a user conference that caters variously to all the
sorts of people we can think of, then get feedback on how to do it right
next time -- more as a deliberate experiment, than a first actual run?
I guess the in-depth stuff would be hardest to do as a roadshow, and
also the most likely to be interesting enough to get people to actually
fly somewhere to attend.
> (I suspect the idea is going no where by the way. I don't sense a
> concensus happening on this list at the moment. There are approximately
> three competing visions for the event at the moment, and I don't think
> there is a clear winner.)
Well, hey, it has only been a couple of weeks; and your proposal was so
draft it had a request for "$xxx" :) There's not really much of a
definite idea to have a consensus on yet.
Anthony Towns <secretary at linux.org.au>
Secretary, Linux Australia Inc
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