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NewsForge: Promoting OSS: Show, Don't Tell

Oct 10, 2006, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Recently I gave a professional development seminar on effective Internet searching to about 25 colleagues, most of whom have higher degrees in the humanities. The response was overwhelmingly positive and, although it was not the intent of the seminar, they are now enthusiastic about the use of Firefox over Internet Explorer to the point where a number of them asked for my notes to give to friends and family. As the presentation was focused specifically on increasing the productivity of online searching, it was a pleasant surprise to have my co-workers respond so positively to the use of Firefox, to the point where they were even promoting it themselves. There are some lessons for OSS advocacy that can be drawn from this.

"The audience for the seminar was test developers like myself who write questions for a range of tests at all levels of education, as well as for the private sector..."

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