Good day, Lured Ones! I gathered all of you here today not to walk you through another adventure into the distro realm, but to share an awesome piece of news I happened to stumble upon on the openSUSE news channel.
The gist of it? With the help of its sponsors, the openSUSE team gives out promotional openSUSE 11.3 DVDs (complete with fancy covers and all) for you to share wherever you go.
So, rather than spending money on blank DVDs and horrifying people with your sloppy permanent marker handwriting, fire up your email service, ask for a bunch of promo DVDs and the Lizard will ship them to you. Don't judge a book by its covers, they say, but a shiny, colorful packaging will surely attract a lot more attention and increase the operating system credibility.
But there must be a limit, right? Like 10, 15, 20? No, no, no. If you think you'll encounter 200 people that might be interested in freeing their computers, go ahead and ask for 200, the team will be more than happy to send them to you.
Now isn't this project pure awesomeness? Sure, I've never been a huge fan of openSUSE but it is a solid product that will undoubtedly do Linux justice. Also, shipping within a comfy DVD, the best open source applications will also be included by default, so the Live environment should be able to keep the curious busy for quite some time and properly introduce them to GNU/Linux.
I have yet to send in my order, but I will ask for a few and see if I will be able to at least find someone interested in computers inside my "influence area". :D And when the package arrives, I will take a bunch of pictures and post them here! YAY!
Oh, a piece of advice? Don't go door to door and ask people if their computers "have seen the light". Don't be too pushy about it, but do try to explain the advantages and joys of using a free OS.
Read more about the project here. If you're already convinced, order the DVDs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news, the snow is back. GO AWAY, WINTER!!!