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Re: Logo and text

> From: Bud Beckman <n7su@micron.net>
> Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 20:53:09 -0700
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> Jean,
> Have mad some corrections and changed text around  to try to make the
> meanings more clear.

I have some technical and non technical remarks to do.

The technical ones is that the <em> mark in not very goodfor
emphasizing so I guess it would be better to use the <bd> mark in
several places, particularly for the "we need YOU" part

Then there is the non-technical part.

I am not a good writer and in addition I am not writing in my native
language: the text could be improved in the form instead of just fixed

What are the ideas?  In order to expand Linux use we must make it
easier to use but also more adequate.  The biggest reservs of
potentail new Linux users are _outside_ traditional Unix world.
Present distributions still largely ignore the personal user, the user
who has to self teach, the small company, the workstation (giive a
couple of examples) that is precisely those kinds of users who are
crucial to Linux future.  Problem is distribution designers have got
"classical Unix training" so they largely envision Linux use as a
server in a large ornaization attended by people who got plenty of
training before having to take charge.  The result is that there are
users whse needs have been unattended for yers and that we are angry
about this (Well I am).  So it is time that the people of Linux take
charge.  We have to distinguish ourselves from the dozens of distribs
around so being "the people's distribution" is IMHO a good theme.
Also look at the logo: it is Liberty leading a mob against the
monarchy: the 1830 revolution depicted was not a bloody one but it is
obvious people had to be angry in order to risk being shot during the

I would like a real writer writing a text experessing these ideas (if
you find them good).  The text should be something of a revolutionnary
manifesto with elan and contained anger, not a clean PR work.  At
least this is my idea but I would like seeeing other ideas than mine
in the text.

> Bud
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