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From Ole Ersoy <ole.er...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Press] We need a minister of propaganda
Date Thu, 05 Apr 2007 16:34:30 GMT
I think if we had a "Help Wanted"
section on the website, where we could
"De-aggregate"/"Breakdown" requests such as this
it would help a lot too.

Cheers,
- Ole



Alex Karasulu wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> OK I'm joking a bit about the title but we need someone to keep and eye 
> out and start thinking about how to spread the word about Apache 
> Directory products.  We've got a lot of good stuff here and we don't 
> market our goods.  Other analogous products out there are being 
> plastered all over the place and many features are publicized when some 
> boast more about vaporware then existing software.  Of course we will do 
> no such thing but marketing what we do have is a good idea IMHO.
> 
> We're not in the business of competing with others but just about having 
> fun.  However I get a bit irritated when people put down our project.  
> Someone recently told me that a high level person at SUN involved with 
> OpenDS said at a major conference that they're going to plow right over 
> us because we have no marketing behind our product or no roadmap.  I 
> wonder why they made no mention of features instead to be the deciding 
> factor :).  The comments made were something to the effect of we're just 
> having fun building it: which is true in that respect.  The product of a 
> labor of love goes much further IMO than something you just get paid to 
> do.  Anyways it does not hurt to spread the word about ApacheDS, LS and 
> Triplesec.
> 
> We could post more on various mailing lists, forums like 
> freshmeat/slashdot, TSS, ldapguru, wikipedia and other sites not to 
> mention blogging about the features we introduce into these products.  I 
> think all of us in the community have something we can do.  No one 
> person can do it alone however it would be nice to have someone thinking 
> about and feeling out how we are doing it and keeping tabs on this 
> aspect of our project.  We don't really have this kind of role at Apache 
> however IMO I think it's a shortcoming.  Companies like SUN have 
> dedicated paid personal focused specifically on these aspects.  It's 
> time for the role to emerge here.
> 
> So is anyone interested in volunteering to help us in these capacities?
> 
> (1) keep an eye on the pulse of Apache Directory products out there on 
> the Internet
> (2) prodding us to blog more and spread the word more
> (3) coming up with new ideas on how to increase Directory product uptake
> (4) making sure every significant release has some press
> (5) keep an eye out for new features introduced by other products that 
> will be worth while in ours
> (6) tracking AD product uptake by users and getting their feedback
> 
> Thanks,
> Alex
> 
> 

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