Linux Super Bowl commercial 2014 - The Linux Foundation
First off, the Linux Foundation is Not doing this - Yet. But stay with me here.
Linux on the Desktop is ready for a larger market share but it has both advertising and image problems. A commercial or many commercials of high quality will solve this in part. I suggest and pitch to The Linux Foundation that they help the community produce such a commercial - or shoot for it at least.
Today's Linux on the desktop can compete with Microsoft and Apple computers. Even gaming on Linux is growing up thanks to Wine and Valve/Steam and devs coding for Open GL.
HP, Lenovo and Dell sells Linux certified computers. Most people don't know this. Why No advertising. HP claims the Linux certified systems they sell are one percent of their sales and that's mostly server systems. Why? No advertising. Most people buy the hardware then tailor a Linux server of their choice to it. Linux for the Desktop advertising simply hasn't been done before.
Where is the money going to come from? US The Community. Who benefits from the Linux Desktop growing? We Do. The users and the Disto devs.
I propose a joint venture between all of us (The Linux community) and The Linux Foundation, websites such as Linuxforums.org and all participating distros.
- using Kickstarter.com to raise the money. (as well as word of mouth advertising, advertising on forums for the Kickstarter project etc)
We could all donate as little as 1 dollar or as much as you like. I would want a way in place where if the project does not reach the goal, the money can be electronically refunded back to the giver. <-- Mandatory.
The design of the commercial will have to be unique because we would want it to accentuate all general Linux benefits while not being Distro specific - and yet accentuate the benefits of using the distro of your choice. In this manner all Linux Distros can benefit. Perhaps link to a website for the commercial giving other info on each distro like a mini DistroWatch for newbies as well as show this URL in the commercial.
( I propose something like LinuxNow.com - This URL is already taken but the point is it should be short and catchy.)
I haven't shot this idea to the Linux Foundation yet but wanted to see what the community thought of it first, but I believe -
It's time, Linux is ready. Lets do this.