Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to promote Ubuntu in rural areas

So I've been thinking a lot over the last few days about different ways
to promote Ubuntu within rural areas. I live in a rural area and
I can tell you that Ubuntu (or even Linux in general) is hardly known
here at all. Just about *everything* is Windows and people look at you
like you're from another planet when you say you don't run Windows.

"Oooh, you're a Mac user, huh? My sister has one of those!" is the
response I commonly get. Then I go through the complicated explanation
that there are other operating systems besides Windows and Mac and the
next question is "So...it's a version of Windows? Like Windows Ubuntu Vista?"

Obviously, this is an education problem here. I worked in Walmart
electronics for a few years and I can't tell you the money I saw people
waste on Windows and Windows software. Money that I knew they couldn't
afford but needed the software to get school work done or finances, or
other 'must have's'.

So I'm trying to put together an initiative to help introduce people to
Ubuntu and I'm turning to the community for help.

What can we do to help introduce new people to Ubuntu? I'm talking more
than just "go download the iso and see what you think" or handing them a
CD and giving them a "good luck" smile. I want to get my hands dirty. I
want to really push the benefits of Ubuntu to rural communities,
municipalities, and businesses.

Ideas? Thoughts? Anyone wanna participate?

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