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Date:      Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:05:39 -0400
From:      John Nielsen <lists@jnielsen.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Cc:        Adam Barrett <admin@utahcon.com>
Subject:   Re: Utah Open Source Conference
Message-ID:  <200907091005.39392.lists@jnielsen.net>
In-Reply-To: <543e75de0907082002i2262237bve00177a6c81727fe@mail.gmail.com>
References:  <543e75de0907082002i2262237bve00177a6c81727fe@mail.gmail.com>

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On Wednesday 08 July 2009 23:02:00 Adam Barrett wrote:
> Dear Sir:

That's your first misconception (of at least two, I'm afraid). 
freebsd-questions is a mailing list intended for users of FreeBSD to ask 
questions which can then be answered by other members of the community.

> My name is Adam Barrett and I am with the Utah Open Source
> Foundation.This coming October we are proud to present our Third
> Annual Utah Open Source Conference, the premier gathering of 600+
> Geeks, Nerds, and just plain folks interested in Open Source and
> Technology.

That's interesting. A link to http://utosc.com would have been helpful here. 
(I first landed at your blog via http://utahcon.com.)

> This year we would like to extend the opportunity to FreeBSD to
> sponsor our event.

Misconception number two. FreeBSD is an operating system, not a corporation or 
other human entity. The FreeBSD Project consists mostly of developers and 
other volunteers, and is likely to have neither motive nor means to sponsor 
your event.

> I have attached a break down of our Sponsorship 
> packages, which I think you will find are extremely generous. I would
> suggest that you go with a Diamond package. This will give you the
> best penetration you can get in our conference.

See above. While we (and I use the term as a member of the community only, I 
don't speak for the FreeBSD Project) would like to see the project grow, 
paying for marketing is probably not the way it is going to happen.

On the other hand, if you wanted to offer a "non-profit" booth (gratis) to the 
FreeBSD Foundation, that would certainly be appropriate and probably 
well-received. See http://freebsdfoundation.org for contact and other 
information.

> I look forward to seeing FreeBSD at the Utah Open Source Conference this
> fall!

Maybe someone will show up with a laptop running FreeBSD. Or you could use a 
FreeBSD box to provide network services for the conference..

JN



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