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From "Bernt M. Johnsen" <Bernt.John...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Beta Announcement and encouraging user testing
Date Tue, 08 Aug 2006 08:35:17 GMT
Andrew McIntyre wrote:
> On 8/7/06, Kathey Marsden <kmarsdenderby@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>
>> How can we make a big splash with the Beta Announcement and follow-up to
>> get users pounding on 10.2 to make sure this is a quality release?
>> I am interested in ideas from the community.

My small contribution: I have a blog on Java.net and I will announce the
beta there. A pointer to a "press release" would be a nice thing to have.

(BTW: Hi all, I'm back from vacation and trying to catch up here ;-)

> 
> Well, apparently posting to derby-user is not enough. So, if we want
> additional uptake in the number of testers for a beta release, there's
> going to have to be some proactive promotion of that beta release. Off
> the top of my head, getting a beta announcement posted to the
> following sites came to mind as good avenues for promotion:
> 
> http://www.apachenews.org/
> http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/
> http://www.java.net/ - but where?
> http://www.onjava.com/ (or osdir.com)
> http://www.theserverside.com/
> 
> What would be best is to somehow get it into a venue that feeds into
> other news channels. For official releases, posting to
> announce@www.apache.org does the trick. Is that appropriate for a beta
> announcement? I'm not sure. Incubator projects often announce
> milestone releases on that list. Is a beta that different?
> 
> Getting something posted to one of the above-mentioned venues may
> require a bit of effort on the part of the poster. Ideally, we would
> want to post in the places most travelled by current derby-users. But,
> other than derby-user, we don't have any clues on that*. But, that's
> what I thought of off the top of my head, so I thought I'd throw it
> out there...
> 
> andrew
> 
> * just for fun, i thought of this:
> http://www.google.com/trends?q=apache+derby


-- 
Bernt Marius Johnsen, Database Technology Group,
Staff Engineer, Technical Lead Derby/Java DB
Sun Microsystems, Trondheim, Norway


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