On Tue, 6 Jan 2004, Robert Watson wrote:

> On Tue, 6 Jan 2004, David Schwartz wrote:
> > FreeBSD does need more advocacy if it wants to get the kind of
> > visibility and credibility that Linux has in the public perception.
> > Frankly, I'm kind of baffled that it doesn't. I've always found the two
> > OSes more or less interchangeable and tend to install whichever one
> > whose CD I can find first.

> The best advocacy FreeBSD can get is to have happy users explain to the
> rest of the world how much they like our cool aid. Or rather, one of the
> greatest contributions end-users can make to FreeBSD is to tell their
> friends (and then help them get up and going :-). It's also one of the
> greatest compliments you can give. Developers are typically fairly bad at
> advocacy, and perhaps it's better that the developers work on what they're
> good at (since it always seems a few more hands can help). So if you (in
> the general sense, not you specifically) like FreeBSD, and feel like
> documentation or code aren't your fortes, go out and give a talk at your
> local Linux user group about FreeBSD. Or explain to the people at your
> company that they could go out and buy Windows, Solaris, or Linux with
> support, or they could rely on your own expertise in-house and get the job
> done at a fraction of the cost.

i'm not quite sure this is a replacement for a postgersql / gnome /
openoffice style marketing team though.

> Robert N M Watson FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
> robert@fledge.watson.org Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research

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