[Linux-aus] CD pressing/printing

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Mon Mar 10 05:52:30 UTC 2008

(resurrecting an old thread)

I'd be interested in forging a proper business relationship between LA and a 
particular CD replication vendor. This would provide us with the following 
benefits in the longer term:

* no need to go shopping each time we need to get discs
* we know the vendor is good as we've used them before
* both LA and the vendor will save time as we know each other
* we can negotiate better pricing, perhaps with a little cross-promotion
* business synergies leveraging economies of scale to achieve lower TCO... :p 

So my questions are as follows:

* what do people (and especially the Council) think of this?
* can anybody suggest disc replication companies to approach?

I don't mind doing some work on this, especially as I have to get discs 
printed for the Education Expo in June anyway.

These guys look pretty good: http://www.mediamovers.com.au/specials/ 


On Sun, 10 Feb 2008 at 21:01, Steve Walsh <steve at nerdvana.org.au> wrote:
> Hi Sridhar
> CD Production and Duplication costs for copies of the OpenCD and other
> disks were met by Linux Australia under the grants scheme a number of
> times last year, and I believe there is a long term project being led by
> a number of the Education Sector people for printing of 10,000+ disks
> for this exact reason.
> The biggest question from cost. From what I can remember from last year,
> disks were $1.58 ( printed in plastic) sleeves for 1,250 disks, for
> total of ~$2,000, or about the standard sort of figure for a grant
> allocation.
> So, probably the best way to move this forward is to get a quote
> together, then submit the request as per a standard grant request to the
> Council and the LA list. If you're after 10,000+ disks, then that might
> be a slightly different thing, and would need to be discussed separately
> to a grant proposal.
> Steve
> Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
> > I think this may have been proposed before, but I'll say it just in case
> > it hasn't.
> >
> > I would like to propose that LA covers expenses for CD pressing, with
> > labelling and sleeves. This will allow us to distribute
> > professional-looking CDs at shows like CeBIT and Software Freedom Day, so
> > that our software can be taken more seriously and not viewed as the work
> > of amateurs. It will also head off questions like, "does this have a
> > virus?" and "is this legal?".
> >
> > Examples of CDs that we can distribute in this manner include The
> > OpenDisc and Project Gutenberg.
> >
> > If we can do this at a national level, in collaboration with a CD
> > reproduction company, we could have an efficient service for all
> > community groups.
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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ownership.' I'm in favour of whatever works in the particular case."
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