Mozilla Foundation Reaches Agreement with E-FLO to Begin Offering Mozilla CDs
Sunday August 10th, 2003
In a message to the Mozilla Marketing mailing list (subscribe by sending a blank email to email@example.com with 'subscribe' in the subject line), Bart Decrem has announced that the Mozilla Foundation is partnering with E-FLO to sell Mozilla CDs online. E-FLO is the company that currently handles the sale of Netscape 7.x on CD. When the discs begin shipping (around the time of the Mozilla 1.5 release), they will probably contain the latest stable Mozilla Application Suite milestone and hopefully also preview releases of Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. The CDs are likely to retail for under $10, including shipping and handling, with international orders costing a couple of dollars more. The Mozilla Foundation's agreement with E-FLO is exclusive in the regions that E-FLO will sell the discs, meaning that while others will be free to create and distribute Mozilla CDs, only the E-FLO product will be promoted on mozilla.org.
#2 Yes, source is important
Sunday August 10th, 2003 1:57 PM
I agree that source should be on the CD if it's feasible. A lot of people just can't download the tarballs using a modem because of their size.
I agree. I've a friend who's stayed w. NS 7.01 cuz he can't bother d/ling v7.1. (I'm trying, ok? ;-))
#3 Not sure this is the wisest right now
Sunday August 10th, 2003 2:53 PM
The vast majority of Moz users now are those who download it anyway.
How does *selling* CD's expose Joe User to Mozilla? If this does manage to generate any tangible income, moz.org should buy print ads in a few well respected mainstream newspapers/magazines.
Oh, and put Asa and Gerv on TechTV for a week straight.
#4 By all means
by jksteinhauer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunday August 10th, 2003 7:24 PM
I agree, this should turn out to be a good idea in promoting Mozilla and bringing it to those on dial up in a more convenient fashion. I agree with Dracos that suitable advertisement should accompany this move as well, much like the banner ads Netscape blitzkrieged us with. Such an advertising campaign for Netscape 6 which was unworthy of that sort of promotion, Mozilla IS worthy of such promotion and now that 'N' has been officially removed from the Netscape headquarters, why not assume the same approach with a very viable product - Mozilla milestones!
I'd rather see the money spent on development. If/when I get a credit card, a Moz CD is probably one of the things on the priority list. I mean, it's getting excellent word of mouth right now, and it doesn't need to be big. It would be nice, but it'll make inroads in its own time. IE's lack of standards support is too glaring to go on for too much longer.
Mozilla sorely needs any funds it can get to put into real, major and costly work such as layout and perfecting the GRE. While we need to advertise to end-users who have never heard of us, in the end it might be better to attract corporate sponsors by producing a superior product.
#7 Mozilla foundation should advertise
Monday August 11th, 2003 1:48 AM
I think the time is ripe for Mozilla to advertise, as a first class product. Even though the browser wars are long gone, the fact remains that Moz is a superior browser and when people know the truth they might be willing to pay for the browser and buy it. Instead of having a number of addins to IE, it would definitely appeal to the users that everything is bundled into one. So I think mozilla should advertise, may be not a big bash, but a controlled spending.
#13 Re: Mozilla foundation should advertise
Tuesday August 12th, 2003 5:54 AM
Most ppl r lazy. Just tell one of them to try a new browser and you'll see. What would get better bang for the buck is to work on things that'll attract corporate adoptions, now that NS is no longer there to do that job for mozilla.
I'd spend 10 bux if I could get a copy of Open Office, GIMP and plugins, Gnu Privacy Guard, and Audacity with plugins. Something info to use up the whole CD!
Hell, why not make a custom Knoppix distro? ;)
#9 Include Add-ons
by lostnihilist <email@example.com>
Monday August 11th, 2003 6:49 AM
It seems a large number of add-ons from mozdev should also be included, as a priority over other free projects. Part of what makes Moz so great is the add-ons. Perhaps loading a stripped down version of the mozdev site to the CD, which comes up at first with a positive response to a prompt in the installer, "Would you like to browse the many add-ons to the Mozilla Suite?"
#11 I'm going to be making Mozilla CDs
by netdemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday August 11th, 2003 11:18 AM
I'm going to be making a structure for Mozilla CDs that regular Mozilla people can burn on their own onto mini CDs to distribute them. It will be a mozdev project when it gets far along. The autorun program, etc is based on Gecko. I started it earlier this month.
#12 How about selling it in shops
Tuesday August 12th, 2003 4:52 AM
We could try!
Even though not many users will acquire Mozilla by CD, it's a good exercise in that it will force Mozilla to create a distribution that they know people will be using for a longer period of time than those who can keep downloading the never-ending iterations.
Yea, a great idea. Not only will Mozilla finally be tangible, but easily transferable - both across user's machines and among interested users who may not have a T1 line access :)
Don't just put the browser on, put T-bird, F-bird, and some of the validated 'accessories' from the Mozdev folks... like the lostninilist sez... Just DON'T offer "a thousand free minutes of AOL" or some whack-a-mole software pitch.... Keep it clean, professioal and def take some valuable funds and place some small ads in Rolling Stone, Popular Science, and maybe a few 'Computer" magazines.