Re: poll : Advertising vs Linux Audio

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On Sunday, April 22, 2012 09:06:51 PM S. Massy did opine:

> On Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 04:10:55PM -0400, gene heskett wrote:
> > On Sunday, April 22, 2012 04:02:05 PM S. Massy did opine:
> > > On Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 10:28:34AM +0200, Robin Gareus wrote:
> > > > I'm not a member of the management-board; but my recommended reply
> > > > to potential commercial businesses would be: "We don't want your
> > > > money, we want your support, your cooperation and compliance. -
> > > > We're happy to link to your site if it offers useful information,
> > > > specs, software or supports linuxaudio - but we won't sell
> > > > links."
> > > 
> > > I join in with the chorus in agreeing here. I don't think
> > > advertising is particularly evil, but I do *not* think it belongs
> > > on the community centre corkboard.
> > > 
> > > Another point is, if a company is Linux-friendly, it shouldn't have
> > > to pay to be listed, it should pretty much be automatic.
> > 
> > Unforch, that doesn't pay the bills to run the server if its not 100%
> > donated.
> 
> My understanding is that it is, in this case.
> 
> > > If we want random
> > > "spots" on linuxaudio.org, why not compile a roster of friendly
> > > companies, useful projects and websites and display one randomly on
> > > every page load?
> > 
> > I would modify that by making the link to that list quite visible, but
> > the random display would be chosen to only show those companies or
> > vendors who have actually purchased a ticket to the show by actually
> > supporting the site with either money or materials.
> 
> Which would mean that a vendor with minimal Linux compatibility but
> money would get more visibility than a potentially more involved (say
> with GPL drivers), smaller vendor or a free software project (like
> Ardour, for instance). This could easily mislead newcomers to the Linux
> Audio world and IMHO should at the very least be counter-balanced by a
> community-based "pick of the month" or some such initiative with equal
> or greater visibility.
> 
> Cheers,
> S.M.

I certainly can't argue against that either.

Cheers, Gene
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