[Linux-aus] LA's SFD CD Run

Silvia Pfeiffer silvia at silvia-pfeiffer.de
Tue Aug 25 15:32:35 EST 2009

I would support the notion of a gold coin fee for the CD-R. It helps that it
is not just thrown away as worthless, but because people paid $1, there is
additional incentive to actually use it. Free CDs usually end up in the bin.


On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM, Jon 'maddog' Hall <maddog at li.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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.
> Warmest regards,
> maddog
> > Every year, LA is asked to do a run of varying numbers of Open CD's
> > (or
> > 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
> > a
> > 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),
> > and
> > 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
> > practice.
> >
> > 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
> > solution,
> > 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
> > software
> > or a pre-built ISO (opendisc, etc) of FOSS software for events as
> > they
> > need. Whilst some people argue that a blank CD is next to useless as
> > it
> > still needs to be burnt with data, taking time, a LUG or SFD team
> > could
> > knock over burning 1500 Disks over the course of a planning meeting
> > or
> > two (we are all having planning meetings, right?), and then burn more
> > on
> > 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,
> > cake
> > 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
> > appearance.
> >
> > 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
> > of
> > what we're trying to do and achieve. For those who may not have seen
> > the
> > artwork for last years SFD run, it can be seen at
> > http://mabula.net/sfd-2008-cd-label.png
> >
> > As always, we want to hear your feedback, so please let us know if
> > you
> > 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.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Steve
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