[Linux-aus] LA's SFD CD Run
Jon 'maddog' Hall
maddog at li.org
Tue Aug 25 14:31:15 EST 2009
I like the idea of the pre-printed CD-R.
For those who argue that a lot of people have broadband, there are still
a lot of people who just have dial-up. And you can give the person a
choice of pulling it down themselves, or taking a CD-R.
For other events, you can ask for a donation for the CD-R. After all,
the software is "free", but the CD-R is not. This gets people to
understand and re-inforce the idea that they too can duplicate the CD-R
and "pass it forward", but they have the right to charge a modest amount
to cover costs.
Or you can offer a pre-printed CD-RW to the person, to allow them to
download the image you gave them, then replace that software later with
more up-to-date software.
Or you can offer a pre-printed DVD-R/RW to the person, putting multiple
distributions (albeit at more transfer time) on the DVD to give them
choice of distributions....and ask for a donation to cover the costs.
> Every year, LA is asked to do a run of varying numbers of Open CD's
> equivalent) for the SFD events as part of our yearly team assistance
> (along with provide PLI coverage, etc). However, it's always a bit of
> stab in the dark about the exact numbers needed for each team. An
> example was last year, where the initial figure of 50,000 CDs was
> raised, which was scaled back to 8,000 CDs, resulting in some teams
> having their initial request doubled (or in some cases quadrupled),
> getting far more than was needed for a SFD run.
> Some of these groups still have boxes of in various people's lounge
> rooms, garages, etc, which are branded for SFD 2008, which are now
> heading towards landfill, a not very ecologically sustainable
> The LA Council spent a fair bit of time discussing this issue at our
> Face to Face meeting earlier in the year, and came up with a
> which this email is outlining. Linux Australia will order up to 2500
> Blank, Professionally (ie - CMYK Silk Screen) printed CD's with a
> Generic(ish) artwork for use by each LUG *or* SFD teams to distribute
> open software to members of the public. I'll elaborate more on the
> artwork below.
> These CD's will be provided blank to LUGS for then to burn with
> or a pre-built ISO (opendisc, etc) of FOSS software for events as
> need. Whilst some people argue that a blank CD is next to useless as
> still needs to be burnt with data, taking time, a LUG or SFD team
> knock over burning 1500 Disks over the course of a planning meeting
> two (we are all having planning meetings, right?), and then burn more
> the day as they get mobbed and run low. As a LUG runs low, Linux
> Australia will order a "topup" run of CDs to allow these to be an "on
> going" resource for LUG's to use at things like Install/fix-fests,
> stalls, etc.
> I know at least one person in a LUGComms meeting has raised concerns
> that the artwork will be "Sharpie Quality" ( ie - each CD scrawled on
> with magic marker), but it is intended that the artwork will be
> professionally screen printed in CMYK onto the CD's by a
> duplication/printing firm, but with a generic title (ie - "The Open
> software disc", etc), meaning that the media can service a number of
> uses over the year, while still maintaining a polished and effective
> What we would like is you, the Linux Australia community, to send
> through some ideas or drafts for the CD artwork. Go wild, but keep in
> mind it needs to fit a normal 8cm CD, and contain a brief explanation
> what we're trying to do and achieve. For those who may not have seen
> artwork for last years SFD run, it can be seen at
> As always, we want to hear your feedback, so please let us know if
> think this is tha bomb, or is just bomb, if you'd all prefer year
> specific CD's run off each year with a fixed content, etc.
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