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Ubuntu Community Considers a Crowd-Sourced Promo Video (ubuntu.com) 40

Slashdot reader Beacon11 writes that "Alan Pope, a community advocate for Ubuntu, has requested comments and ideas regarding the creation of a crowd-sourced promo video that, in 30 seconds, conveys that Ubuntu is for everyone." Alan Pope writes: So for example you might see a woman on a train typing an article, a guy in an office creating a presentation, a kid on the sofa playing a game with a controller on their TV, someone watching a film, someone developing code, kids playing with robots, a farmer planning animal feeding. You get the idea...

So I'd really like to do this as a shared community project, with video clips submitted by Ubuntu users from around the world, perhaps even taking in a landmark or two here and there. I'd expect the video to represent the diversity of users, and variety of activities people are able to do with Ubuntu.

Though they're currently just discussing its feasibility, Alan writes that "I think if we work together we could make something amazing."
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Ubuntu Community Considers a Crowd-Sourced Promo Video

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    A crowd sourced porno video with a Linux/Ubuntu theme would be wonderful!

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Saturday March 17, 2018 @12:54PM (#56275497)
    Light your hair on fire, jump off a roof, and somehow involve cute cats in the video. BOOM, 10 million views easy.
  • People looking for a printer driver, finding out their audio doesn't work, trying to figure out why system d has shat the bed again....

  • by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <rodrigogirao@@@hotmail...com> on Saturday March 17, 2018 @01:39PM (#56275651) Homepage

    So for example you might see a woman on a train typing an article, a guy in an office creating a presentation, a kid on the sofa playing a game with a controller on their TV, someone watching a film, someone developing code, kids playing with robots, a farmer planning animal feeding.

    Well, those are things Windows users can already do. Adopting a new system takes a lot of effort, so you better give people a good reason: how is your system better than Windows?

    • That's a good point. My first thought is that using Linux you can do all those things without paying for crashes and getting hacked. That doesn't make a great promo video, though.

      Open source definitely needs better marketing. Right now at work we're dealing with an issue where we need to switch vendors for certain software, but we can't get our data out of the old system and in to the new system. So we're a bit stuck; stuck with software that doesn't fit our needs and costs too much. With open source soft

      • Even then you can use LibreOffice on Windows - which is what comes installed on the vast majority of desktop and laptop computers - or Mac. There's not much you can do with Ubuntu that you can't with macOS or Windows.
  • A woman on a train typing an article, a guy in an office creating a presentation, a kid on the sofa playing a game with a controller on their TV, someone watching a film, someone developing code, kids playing with robots, a farmer planning animal feeding. HA!

    They can't be using Ubuntu seriously because of systemd, pulseaudio, "break of Unix philosophy", Firefox Quantum and other things that don't belong to 90's anymore.
  • I know 30 seconds ads have their place if you want to get people to eat a burger or drink a soda or to pick a particular brand of car or whatever. But it seems like an awfully short time to selling in a Linux distribution since what users really care about is applications and you'll just get one or two oddball use cases with no time to explain why. So I'd probably go with less is more here.

    Here's roughly what I think you'd have time for in a 30s ad:
    "Linux is used by billions of devices from cellphones to su

    • I dunno...

      I i wanted to sell a Linux distro to a non geek audience i would show people do fun stuff with it. Not useful things. Probably playing video games. And that is actually the weak point of Linux.

      That being said, even if i think Linux is very handy and easy to use, i do not believe it is for every person using a computer. And i do not believe computers are for everyone.

  • by rainer_d ( 115765 ) on Saturday March 17, 2018 @03:18PM (#56276131) Homepage

    Use the money to get the documentation in order.

    It's currently non-existent, as far as I can see.

  • ...someone using Ubunto on their smartphone. Oh no wait, you guys cancelled that one.
    How about a young guy going into the settings to check if telemetry is off.
    https://news.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]
    If you want more ideas, I'll be here all day.

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