sunewbie wrote:DVD should contain a small booklets which has mint manual, link to forum, a small articles of advantage of Linux and the Advantage of Live DVD. Booklet could also advise user to install it inside Vitualbox. A small intro of Virtualbox would be handy. Again explaining License and liberty to copy and distribute would be beneficial too. - This will gain their confidence and remove / reduce fear.
sunewbie wrote:1. Give Live DVD with popular Magazine related to computer technology. The collaboration can be worked out. Either offer very cheap DVDs or include to cost of DVD in the magazine. Then publishers would give some percentage to mint foundation.
sunewbie wrote:2. Offer DVDs at cheap price in Retail shops – stationary shops keeping computer items like pen drive, cords, computer hardware stores etc. Retails shore owners generally do not demand extra money, if they are assured of some credit if we are ready to take back sold DVDs.Malls can also be approached too.
sunewbie wrote:3. Free giveaways. Give a free laptop pre-configured with Dual Boot of Win 7 and Linux Mint or just Mint. Run a contest or a lucky draw. Participant will have to donate minimum amount say, USD $ 5. After you get double amount of the the item to be given free, you do a lucky draw and offer lucky participant a laptop.
4. You can also collaborate about lucky draw with hardware vendors, Laptop vendors and let them do the marketing.
5. Tech Geeks can approach Schools, Colleges to educate mint and offer free DVDs to Teachers and DVDs at a nominal price to students.
6. Tech Geeks can approach Computer training institutes to teach / introduce linux or mint. Make students aware of virtual machines like virtualbox, so that they can toy with any Guest OS. (I was not aware of Virtualbox till I came across the name in forums).
I know this can be very demanding Job. It also requires one to be technically sound. Just wished to share my thoughts.
xenopeek wrote: Are you starting work on the booklets?
Vincent Vermeulen wrote:I think the Linux Mint User Guide is quite good, but you address some additional topics that could be covered for Linux newbies. And do you mean a physical booklet? That will drive the price up quite a lot I think.
xenopeek wrote:Perhaps a alternative approach would then be to do an "Official Linux Mint" book, like The Official Ubuntu Book. This is aimed at people new to Linux and Ubuntu, and includes a Ubuntu Live DVD with the book. Target price of 25 USD / 18.30 EUR / 1233 INR is not bad either, I think.
As an End user, very new to linux world, even if I get a DVD, I am unaware of
1. Live DVD
2. Virtualization software
3. It can be installed inside windows
4. Software center and repos.
5. Great community and support for FREE
6. OS is is FREE to use and distribute even in offices .i.e for commercial use.
kurok wrote:Why not just include a pdf file instead of a booklet, that would help keep the price down and give them what they need to get started. Also if needed they could print those parts needed for reference while installing the system and then copy it to their install for further reference. sorry if this isnt making sense been a long day.
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