On 5/20/07, Simon Taylor <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: "Urias McCullough" <umccullough@xxxxxxxxx> > > In the case of a CD produced to demo at a single event, say SCaLE, the distro could be called "SCaLE 2007 Demo", and then lower down on the CD it could include the text: > > "This CD is based on pre-release Haiku code. The Haiku project will release an official distribution of the OS when it is ready. For information about the official Haiku project, please visit http://haiku-os.org. > > This software is work in progress and has missing functionality as well as many (known and unknown) bugs. Use at your own risk. > > We are not affiliated with Haiku, do not contact them for support." > > That's very interesting - marketing to developers and technical users > with a demo CD and then treating them like average users... That seems > like an effective way to turn away potential developers. Sorry, I just don't get that. I was demonstrating how the case Koki was talking about (pre-release CD for handing out at conferences) could be accommodated within the current guidelines. What do you mean by "treating them like average users" - just saying on the CD that it is pre-release code and won't necessarily be a good indication of the quality of the release? Surely that's a sensible thing to say, whether to developers or users?
I was mostly referring to that last line - it sounded harsh and unfriendly to me. Mostly just sounded like: "This is all we've got, it's not official, and don't bother contacting Haiku about it because they cant help you." In any case, sorry for the disturbance. This is just one of the things that has bothered me in the recent months. I may not have any truly valid points, but it seems like a more "pushing" of the OS out to the public might be a good strategy right now - and the act of doing this should primarily be to encourage developers and the like to join the cause. I highly doubt it's going to hurt the Haiku brand if a few tech-savvy people hit a KDL here and there - especially when they know it's pre-alpha software. - Urias