I want to promote Mint in some way, and I am looking for a place to purchase a bulk of 100-500 DVDs with Mint to hand out.
However, I can't find any web page for promotional stuff. Artwork for discs, and template for a paper sleeve with images where I can translate the text to Norwegian would be nice (although not really necessary).
So I was curious. How much effort would it be, and what would the gain be if it was possible to purchase bulks of DVDs somewhat like those in Ubuntu store.
How does the printing and cover for Discs purchased from OSdiscs look like?
And is there a place I can find artwork for what I am looking for?
Hi Olav and everyone else,
I'm sure there are a lot of Linux Mint users like you and me that really want to promote Linux Mint everywhere.
The artwork is everywhere if you "Google it", including on the Linux Mint sites, but I do not know if you need permission to use them, trademarks, copyrights, legal issues, etc...
Obviously, the cost and time needed to prepare the DVD's is not cheap whether you "job it out" to a company, (19000 Norwegian Krone = 2,339 US Dollar, 19000 NOK = 2,339 USD)
Or, by using a less expensive method to create your own by buying the DVD equipment yourself and creating and printing the DVD's yourself - see numbered items below. Then you have the decision of which Linux Mint editions to put on the DVD's, or to create multi-boot DVD's, because not everyone's computers can run Cinnamon, and Mate, KDE (my favorite), and Xfce (also 32 bit or 64 bit) and would require more than 1 DVD (4.7gb) to fit them all.
The least expensive way to get the "word out" on Linux Mint, is what the Linux Mint people are doing now, word of mouth, internet search, and let the prospective user download and install it themselves. They do not seem to advertise much and they should because their Linux Mint operating systems are world class and free. I think they should actively seek out more computer manufacturers too, maybe a TV commercial, or more, would increase the user base and thus advertising dollars. It may not be as effective, but It would be cheaper to prepare advertising "flyers" and or "business cards" with the needed Linux Mint information and hand those out. I have also been putting a link in my email signature mentioning Linux Mint and where to download it.
You could also buy "lots" of 16gb USB flash drives "relatively" inexpensively and put all current versions of Linux Mint on those. Of course, to put the Linux Mint logo on them increases their prices a little. And some older computers cannot even boot to USB drives easily.
http://www.premiumusb.com/catalog/bulk- ... ives_8.htm
Creating DVD's or DVD duplication
1. You could use a "Lightscribe" DVD burner and inexpensive Lightscribe DVD's to create a very nice monochrome lablelled DVD. But, to make 100-500 of them would take a long time.
2. You could buy an inkjet printer that can print beautiful color DVD's (appx: $150us) on reasonably priced "printable" DVD's. But, to make 100-500 of them would take a long time.
3. You could buy a DVD duplicator a stand alone device that can create 10 DVD's at once for $500 us (by ILY), but you still need to print labels on them. There are others that can duplicate 5 at a time for half that cost. Then there are more commercial versions Automated CD/DVD Duplicators which can print color labels directly on the discs too, see 3 b.
3 a). This series of ILY Express duplicators can work independently without need for PC or your attention. Just simply insert your master disc and put new discs into target drives with
easily functional touch to duplicate CDs/DVDs in a matter of minutes.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827236162
3 b.) Automated CD/DVD Duplicators
Epson Discproducer™ Series Epson Discproducer PP-100II only $2,695
It is designed to burn and print up to 100 customized CDs or DVDs on demand. And, with one set of high-capacity ink cartridges, you can create over 1,000 discs.
http://www.discmakers.com/duplicators/a ... oducer.asp
Primera 4100 Series New! Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publisher Now only $3,225
The Primera Bravo 4102 XRP has the same rugged, heavy-duty, rack-mountable chassis and cabinet as the Bravo XR.. It automatically burns and prints up to 100 discs at a time.
http://www.discmakers.com/duplicators/a ... 102xrp.asp
So, that's some of what I have been thinking regarding promoting Linux Mint ....