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Still waiting for approvals to get the LI Press Release out. Made a little progress... just waiting on one more step!

Worked on LPI stuff today. Got a Level 2 stats spreadsheet set up and requested a copy of the spreadsheet I set up for level 1 (lost it when my laptop was destroyed).

Working with ELC to help them announce their new initiatives at CeBit.

Did some contract work to try and get the family fed, since money is so terribly tight right now... Also tried to line up a second gig for contract work, but I keep winding up in voice mail on the second one. Just bad timing, I'm sure.

Booked my flights to CeBit. Built a list of things that need to be done before I go.

Whew!

Got the BADLY overdue ad done for CeBit, on the 4th iteration of the fourth major foundational idea/concept. As the relationships are cemented and the work gets done, things are changing rapidly. Its fun, but exhausting.

On the phone all day. Good stuff.

I swear there is something about trying to post to advogato that gives me bad karma or something...

I haven't posted anything for a while, but at least twice I've tried and something went badly awry to keep me from it.

Anyway...

Today I got the ad for CeBit together, met with OSDL folks to define the relationship, and caught up more on email (down to about 200 messages in my in-box).

Updated my Press database with LISA Press contacts.

This week, I made some progress on the LI Marketing plan, but it still needs a lot of work.

Frustration of the week: The biggest challenge to working remotely is that I'm a big team-player type of person. I build groups that focus on specific areas and get issues out on the table, but communication by email is bulky and s l o w. A conversation barely gets started in small chunks, which make it readable, but large, deeper, more meaningful email requires longer attention spans from participating team members, and tends to get way off topic too quickly to resolve the original issues. Teleconferencing is the more useful tool for remote work, but tends to be expensive and it is not reasonable to have an expensive teleconferencing solution installed in my house. Where did the day go??? I don't feel like I've been terribly productive, but I've been pretty focused and things are finally congealing into real, tactical programs.

Sent my weekly note to the LI members.

Approved artwork for Linux Journal and Linux Magazine ads through 2002. Will get I/O's in tommorrow when "Electric" Bill returns to the office.

Spoke briefly with Kit Cosper. It's amazing how the absence of one person can leave such a hole. Kit started Linux Hardware Solutions before Linux was such a hot commodity and then sold it to VA in '99 I think. He stayed on with VA until a big round of layoffs caught him. It's a terrible time to be unemployed, but he seems to be faring reasonably well.

Wrote a blurb for the Comdex website on IT Business issues.

Got an invitation to do a presentation at some high-dollar marketing conference in Chicago, so I put some thought into what I might say to them. Created an abstract and sent it about the importance of community building.

Worked on 2002 budgets some more. Trying to build programs without money sucks.

ahhhh... the long weekend is over, and there is so much to do!

Spent time this morning cleaning off my desk. I tend to put things there that I need to "get to", but don't have an urgent need. The clutter builds until I can't stand it any longer, and then I dig thru it all and either process or toss it all and the cycle starts again. This seems to be how I deal with life, actually.

In any case, I ran across an article I saved from Marketing News. It talked about how CIO's can maximize their IT dollars, but what really captured my attention was an organization called "Society for Information Management", which apprently serves execs. I browsed their website and found some interesting info. Wish I had time or knew volunteers (hint, hint) who were interested in writing or presenting to them..... (www.simnet.org)

Still cleaning off my desk: From CRN's Sept 10th issue, I found this snippet: "It seems as though the penguin has waddled its way into solution providers' hearts. A recent CRN survey shows solution providers' satisfaction with Linux vendor support is growing. A whopping 79% of respondents reported "adequate" or "good or very good" support from their Linux vendors."

Caught up part way on sending followup emails to potential LI member companies.

Participated in LI Board discussion on the marketing plan maddog and I have been working on.

Spent a very pleasant Thanksgiving day in the presence of my in-laws. I am truly blessed to have the benefit of their impact on my life. My mother in law particularly is delightful! She is silly as can be, and patient to boot. I have often found myself grateful for her.

Got a good night of sleep (even slept until 9:30 this morning!), and now it's time to get back to business I've been looking forward to that.

I've decided to take a modular approach to the LI marketing plan. There are several markets that we need to address, but many could benefit from a relatively small number of programs. Much like a C/C++ development model, I'm going to tackle this as a library of individual programs which are tied together by an intricate fabric. I just have to build that fabric and then "sell" it to the board of directors! Finished draft two of the marketing plan outlined and began working on the budgets. Ugh. Money is such a tough issue, and is so pervasive to getting things done!

Sent maddog draft 2.1 of the marketing plan at 6pm and decided to call it a day.

Read more /. than usual this morning, due to the posting about the Economic Slump. That is rather relevant to the LI marketing plan, so I thought it appropriate to see what /.'ers are saying. I found it interesting that the one group I think is most likely to make money isn't mentioned... resellers.

So, for what it's worth, here are my thoughts of what will happen in the next two years:

- OS developers are writing code like crazy, and will continue to develop highly functional (if ugly and difficult to implement) applications and to contribute to the function and security of the Linux kernel.

- Hardware companies will continue to sell powerful, complex implementation platforms that run increasingly complex applications in specialized markets.

- M$ will keep demanding more and more of their customers' private information, in exchange for money and ease of use (the major weakness of OSS is ease of use IMHO)

- ISVs will build vertical applications which function on Unix and Linux platforms, and will leverage the specialized skills of their channels for implementation

- Consultants (VARs) will be called upon to implement the Open Source alternatives that continue to evolve into more and more functional and secure alternatives to M$ products.

LI can help by building resources for developers and OEMs to connect with Open Source and Linux-compatible vertical market players. The players we target can be: ISVs, VARs, and users who are looking for solutions.

Spent the rest of my day cooking, baking, and cleaning, so not much else to say.....

Working on marketing plan for LI now. Not really much of interest to report yet.

The primary goal of LI is to promote Linux use in the changed world we now live on.... Where there aren't really any Linux companies anymore, and Linux is one of the OS' supported by software developers.

That means we'll need to develop a new strategy for growing Linux as we move into this more mature technical phase of adoption - one which addresses the unique needs of developers, vendors, and users.

Developers are being offerred standards by FSG, testing environment by OSDL, and source code sharing services by SourceForge.

Potential users are put off by the percieved lack of software (if it's not on a shelf, in a catalog, or in a box, it must not exist)

So, we're working on programs that will allow us to coordinate these groups and continue to build Linux use.

Just returned from Comdex. Yeesh, I really don't like Las Vegas! Not particularly happy with Key3Media for that matter, but this is not the place for that discussion.

Spent much of the weekend reading. Read my LI email, read some of LWN for the week, but have lots more of that to dig into. This morning, read my LPI email and responded where it seemed important. The biggest news of the day is that LPI Level 2 exams are live worldwide!!! It is amazing how much work goes into certification!

Another interesting tidbit is that cSAGE, the systems administration certification program, will beta at LISA in San Diego December 3-5. The final item review process has been completed, and it is an exciting time for SAGE (the Systems Administration Guild).

Working with a couple of media folks on a couple of continents to expand awareness of LI and Linux Mark Institute. Left my computer running while I went to a Dr appt this afternoon, and something has it pissed off, so I'm going to post and restart X. Then I'll be in the LPI staff meeting for the rest of the day, so it's been a pretty simple day.

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