>On Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 09:22:43PM -0500, Robert Fitzsimons mentioned:
>> > The only problem with accepting a donation like this is that I
>> > have no real idea what we could do with it.
>> What about using it to setup a stand at the next Internet World
>> <URL:http://www.internet-show.ie/>? We talked about doing this, but
>> nothing that I can remember came of it, and I can't find the archive
>> for last year. I think it would be a great opportunity to show off
>> Linux to the masses. What do you think?
>> Damn straight.
>> We'd have to have a huge amount of CDs ready to sell (or, Hare-Krishna
>style, give them away, and hope for donations).
>> Being a student, I've no problem taking a few days off to man a stand.
>It's not on till october, so we would have a while to get organised...
>> Stuff to do: Request we could put up a speaker
> Have a stand
> Have people to man it
> Have stuff to sell (profits go to ilug for more such stands)
>> Do people feel that this would be good use of the money ?
It would be interesting to liase with other relevant groups on this, such
as the Irish Netsocs and similar groups. Most of them could get
funding for such an event, which would multiply our available funds
Dunno if the RDS is a possibility : I would suspect that it's a couple
of orders of magnitude outside our range at the moment :-)
People to contact : All of the ISP's (Dublin), Dell (Dublin), Intel (Leixlip),
IBM (Dublin), HeaNET (Yo! Dave :-), and all of the major Linux vendors
such as RedHat, SuSE, Debian (not technically a vendor, afaik :-),
together with commercial crowds such as Applix and Star Division.
Any such show has to have commercial appeal, which requires showing
commercial grade stability and desktop apps. You also need to
demonstrate hardware availablity, scalability, and robustness, which
means that having demo hardware lent by Dell, Intel and IBM would be
a major, major plus, and each of the three is based in Ireland and
has publically committed to Linux support, so would quite possibly be
amenable to support, sponsorship, and hardware.
Sun might also be approached : several people in the various Netsocs
have already been in contact with various people, and I know Brian
Kennedy well enough to contact him, so that might be another option.
Basically, if this happens, it'll have to be a well-thought-out affair with
some big names behind it. If we can make it happen, it could be fairly
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