GNOME deployments? We need to know about that...

March 28, 2006

One of the “ongoing” activities of the Marketing Team is Collect and document GNOME deployments. It seems the list of deployments we have today doesn’t correspond to reality. For example, I’m sure Brazil has much more than 4 cases. There lots of people using and loving GNOME right now and we just don’t know anything about them.

Based on a Jeff post about the The Red Phone, I had the idea of a big “institutional” campaign to gather more and better information about the successful GNOME deployment cases around the world.

This campaign (in practice) would involve:

  • A w.g.o front page banner
  • An official announcement (that local groups would spread around free software related websites and mailing lists in several languages)
  • A translatable web page with general information about the campaign with a form or list of contacts for deployment report submission. I thought about the following required information for each submission:
    • Title
    • Deployer type (company, education, digital inclusion, NGO, etc.)
    • Summary
    • Full description (organizations involved, background, human interest, personalities and hopes — as suggested by murraycWe want believable, compelling stories.)
    • Number of users/Number of computers
    • Technical information (distribution used, specific GNOME Desktop configuration details)
    • Photos (links)
    • Testimonials (from users, local authorities, IT people, etc.)

These deployment cases could be on Front Page as planned for the new w.g.o (Happy users enjoying GNOME in various cool ways). Also, they can provide initial contacts for future GNOME Journal articles.

Knowing who is using the software we develop is a very important step for the 10x10 goal because succesful deployments bring more respectability and trust on GNOME.


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