[kde-promo] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: WSJ Strikeout and TypeHeads [LONG]

Neil Stevens neil at qualityassistant.com
Fri Apr 11 08:57:41 BST 2003

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On Friday April 11, 2003 12:32, Andreas Pour wrote:
> Neil Stevens wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > > 1.) Boss reads about new product / technology and then asks the
> > > middle management to report if they are already doing an evaluation.
> >
> > Like I said, any company where the boss constantly has his people
> > jumping from one fad to the next isn't going to do KDE much good. :-)
> And you know anything about how corporations work from . . . what
> exactly?
> > > 2.) middle management wants tointroduce a technology and when they
> > > present their ideas to the boss it helps them a _lot_ if the boss
> > > can say: "Yeah I already know,... some hot stuff..... go for it...)
> >
> > This is true, but does require us to have already convinced the
> > technical managers.  Swaying the "lazy journalists" gets us nowhere on
> > that front.
> And you can make that statement based on . . . what exactly?

Will you please explain to me how KDE benefits from some fickle company 
deciding to install KDE when all its technical people are ignorant of or 
even hostile to KDE?

Do you really think we're going to get useful contributions from such a 

We're not Microsoft.  We don't gain *anything* because some company decides 
to use KDE.  Market share wins us nothing.  Only active volunteers keep 
this development effort alive.  Microsoft does well with gaining users 
because those users send money, which is what keeps the company going.  
With KDE, though, anything that doesn't get work done doesn't help.

I'm repeating myself, but it obviously bears repeating: KDE is not a 
business.  Choose your PR efforts accordingly.

- -- 
Neil Stevens - neil at qualityassistant.com
"The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the
sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him
for the same act as the destroyer of liberty." -- Abraham Lincoln
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