Re: poll : Advertising vs Linux Audio

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Le 23/04/2012 02:06, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano a écrit :
...Linuxaudio.org currently has (AFAIK) complete control of its brand, content and message. It is being kindly hosted by vt.edu and run by volunteers....If advertising is accepted I presume linuxaudio.org will have to be hosted somewhere else (out of the .edu domain). Then advertising becomes a requirement for the survival of linuxaudio.org. No advertising, no hosting money. The more linuxaudio.org depends on advertising to run, the more it will be subject to control of its message.
Fernando do have a pertinent point of view (of course!). Now, if we run the hypothesis to the paranoïac level : it could happened that LAO goes out of the .org domain, say to .com one. Then, people driving it could not find enough advertisers to pay the bills, and then LinuxAudio.com could just close. Of course it's a bit excessive as a description ! (Or not, viewing the financial health of the whole system ?)

Anyway, Patrick asked for feedback, and had most advices not centered in his way to see the situation. I think it's a good thing that LAO is driven by volunteers, and out of commercial circuits. And of course it doesn't forbid anybody to make money with his LA productions. Means, Libre software is the point at LAO (if I understand it correctly), not bussiness ! If you add advertising you go into the business world (not to say it's evil, but different)

Fred

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