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Old 05-19-2008, 03:08 PM
Samuel Bächler
 
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Hi everyone

I am using debian etch for everyday task since 2005. As more
as I learn about computer I realize that one can do all the things
on e can do with the other proprietary systems. The only drawback
of FOSS is that it is sometimes harder to configure. The idea which
came to my mind some time ago was to establish a marketplace
where "geeks" meet "normal" users.
On the marketplace people could ask: "Who can set up a mythTV
media center for me?" Questions like this aren't asked on lists
(e.g. debian-users) which brought myself to the idea that maybe
there is a market for such problems.
Such a marketplace would help to promote FOSS. A drawback of it
is that money is going to be involved but probably this kind of
drawback will be reduced by an intelligent control structures.
Does something like this already exist in the FOSS world? Do you
consider this as a rather sound or a rather stupid idea?

Cheers

Sam


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Old 05-19-2008, 04:13 PM
"Martin Marcher"
 
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Hi,

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 5:08 PM, Samuel Bächler <linux@boeser.ch> wrote:
> On the marketplace people could ask: "Who can set up a mythTV
> media center for me?" Questions like this aren't asked on lists
> (e.g. debian-users) which brought myself to the idea that maybe
> there is a market for such problems.

http://rentacoder.com contrary to what the name indicates there are
also a couple of jobs there that have exactly the requirements you are
suggesting.

hth
martin

(at least it's an example of what it could look like)


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Old 05-19-2008, 06:00 PM
"Paul Johnson"
 
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On Monday 19 May 2008 08:08:57 am Samuel Bächler wrote:
> I am using debian etch for everyday task since 2005. As more
> as I learn about computer I realize that one can do all the things
> on e can do with the other proprietary systems. The only drawback
> of FOSS is that it is sometimes harder to configure.

I suspect this is a patently false postulation and a good mind-set to get out
of. Proprietary software is just as often harder to configure than free
software, proprietary software has everything to lose if they don't lie about
this up front.

> The idea which came to my mind some time ago was to establish a marketplace
> where "geeks" meet "normal" users.

You invented the mailing list?

> On the marketplace people could ask: "Who can set up a mythTV
> media center for me?" Questions like this aren't asked on lists
> (e.g. debian-users) which brought myself to the idea that maybe
> there is a market for such problems.

This kind of idea has been pitched before and largely rejected as:

1) Redundant. We already have mailing lists, as well as consultants to do
this already.

2) Stupid. Who would be willing to sit through that many RTFM questions all
day every day to make such an idea actually work? If the proprietary
software world is any indication, you'll have a hard time paying people to do
this for very long, or quickly run out of money trying to keep quality people
who can help on board.

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Old 05-19-2008, 07:08 PM
Kevin Mark
 
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On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 05:08:57PM +0200, Samuel Bächler wrote:
> Hi everyone
>
> I am using debian etch for everyday task since 2005. As more
> as I learn about computer I realize that one can do all the things
> on e can do with the other proprietary systems. The only drawback
> of FOSS is that it is sometimes harder to configure. The idea which
> came to my mind some time ago was to establish a marketplace
> where "geeks" meet "normal" users.
> On the marketplace people could ask: "Who can set up a mythTV
> media center for me?" Questions like this aren't asked on lists
> (e.g. debian-users) which brought myself to the idea that maybe
> there is a market for such problems.
> Such a marketplace would help to promote FOSS. A drawback of it
> is that money is going to be involved but probably this kind of
> drawback will be reduced by an intelligent control structures.
> Does something like this already exist in the FOSS world? Do you
> consider this as a rather sound or a rather stupid idea?
>
> Cheers

One of the mainstays of the FLOSS world is the installfest. These are
used to help new users install a free operating system. But it has also
included other things:
- help a user solve an existing problem
- mull over the latest in FLOSS developments over a (root)beer.
- ask for advice about hardware
- expand and reinforce the community aspect of FLOSS
- etc.

Since supposedly every family uses Vista and has some relative to
'support' the family PC, it has always been part of the mission to have
some local community to support those folks who use FLOSS. Sometimes its
an installfest, a LUG, or SIG.

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Old 05-20-2008, 01:26 PM
Samuel Bächler
 
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The idea which came to my mind some time ago was to establish a marketplace
where "geeks" meet "normal" users.


You invented the mailing list?


That' s not what I meant. By the term "normal" user I am thinking of
someone who sees some advantages of using a computer but does not
want to make his living out of it. Therefore that person maybe is willing
to spend some of his wage to the other person who loves computers and
therefore will solve tasks somewhat faster than others.
And one last point: Think as well of small companies as customers rather
than of yourself who of course is embedded in a network of friends who know
a lot about IT to.

Sam


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Old 05-20-2008, 04:43 PM
"Steve Lamb"
 
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On Tue, May 20, 2008 6:26 am, Samuel Bächler wrote:
> That' s not what I meant. By the term "normal" user I am thinking of
> someone who sees some advantages of using a computer but does not
> want to make his living out of it. Therefore that person maybe is willing
> to spend some of his wage to the other person who loves computers and
> therefore will solve tasks somewhat faster than others.

You mean guru.com?


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Old 05-21-2008, 12:21 AM
Samuel Bächler
 
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You mean guru.com?


Thanks for the input Steve. Guru.com is interesting to see if it
works and how it works. But of course I would like to see it
implemented in a FOSS way.

s.







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Old 05-28-2008, 07:12 PM
"Paul Johnson"
 
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On Tuesday 20 May 2008 05:21:41 pm Samuel Bächler wrote:
> > You mean guru.com?
>
> Thanks for the input Steve. Guru.com is interesting to see if it
> works and how it works. But of course I would like to see it
> implemented in a FOSS way.

Ooooh. You mean, like this mailing list?

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