Distro corner exchange and give away, DVD, CD, Linux advocacy
I wonder whether LQ could have a corner exchange for DVD of distros to be given away.
The idea is that people would offer (against cost of post and packaging) DVD (or CDs) of:
- oldish, no longer used, distro
- unwanted distro (example: distros not suitable for newbee or expert)
- new or spare distro from cover of magazine
- no longer needed backup of distro
Should spread linux even further
Easy way to get a first distro for people not yet wanted to "buy online a distro"
We do not all have broadband yet, or are not all close to a good newsagent
Way of getting hold of older distros that people may want (to upgrade only slowly)
"Recycling of the DVD itself", I mean instead of throwing it in the bin
Possibly give more publicity to magazines and their cover distros
Getting hold of a CD boot-up distribution like Knoppix for disaster management or to try linux
Decrease income for distro distributors
Damaging impact of the advertisement / cover distro of magazine
LQ extra work, user not sending payement or not sending distro
Distros too old and putting off potential new linux users
Malicious code included with distros
Guidelines needed (for example):
Offer must be at cost (P&P + 20 to 40p for DVD), or entirely free, payment by cheque only?
Version must be indicated
Origin of the dvd must be stated (cover, bought, friends' copy etc.)
Country to which one would post would need to be indicated
LQ would have an info section with some advice:
- check the version is not to hold for your purpose
- link to LQ iso
- state the fact that one can/should buy distros in the longer term to help the community
Overall, on balance, I wonder if it would create more users and benefit the community.
It should make people want to try even further linux.
What do you think?