Re: Issue 19 Planning


 This are the questions I've sended to Ahead regarding this Nero
Article. I don't expect to have them all answered, but it's a good
 Like I said previously, this is not a product review.


  1. Can you share with us the story behind NeroLinux product?

  2. Nero uses GTK technology provided by GNOME. This decision was
supported due to licensing (as LGPL enables interaction is proprietary
licences) or was based on technological factors? What led Ahead to use
GNOME Technology?

  3. On we can find a huge banner advertising Nero
Linux. What opportunities is Ahead looking for within the Linux

  4. Could you unravel the mysteries behind NeroLinux Product Mix ?

  5. How would we position Nero in the Free Software universe ? And
regarding it's direct open source competitors?

  6. Nero for Windows got visibility not only by it's technology, but
also by establishing itself on the OEM markets. With the growth of Linux
pre-installed systems by OEM manufacturers could we expect to see a
similar strategy?

  7. Who is the main target for NeroLinux product?

  8. How would Ahead describe NeroLinux product life cycle?

  9. What is Ahead position towards "Proprietary Technology vs Open
Source Technology"? How could this benefit new comers to Linux?

10. Does Ahead want to share something with our readers? Please do so.



On Sun, 2010-02-07 at 16:18 -0600, Paul Cutler wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-02-07 at 19:51 +0000, Luis Medinas wrote:
> > On Sun, 2010-02-07 at 19:39 +0000, Nelson Marques wrote:
> > > Paul,
> > > 
> > >  I've contacted Mr. Jacob Volkner from AHEAD's office in Germany who is the 
> > > European Press contact from AHEAD to answer me some questions related to AHEAD 
> > > flagship product Nero (which also uses GTK2 Technology on it's Linux version).
> > > 
> > >  If they cooperate with me, I'm planning to write an article named "GNOME 
> > > Desktop, interaction with Proprietary Software".
> > > 
> > >  Once I get more developments from Ahead AG, I'll keep people informed. It 
> > > would be nice if they published a link in their webpage for the GNOME Journal 
> > > article aswel. 
> > > 
> > Sounds a little bad to me this kind of article. If GNOME is all about
> > Free Software why are you writing stuff from Proprietary Software ? We
> > should encourage our users to use Free Software instead of Proprietary
> > (Nero, vmware etc...).
> > Personally i would be very sad to see an article with Nero and not a
> > single article for Brasero which is a GNOME application.
> > 
> > Cheers
> > Luis
> > 
> Luis, thanks for the email.  I more than understand your concern about
> proprietary software, but at the same time a number of for-profit
> companies use GNOME technologies.  
> I've already emailed Nelson, and depending on the content of the
> interview, we can exercise editorial control in accepting the article.
> I think in some cases, doing an interview with companies that use GNOME,
> even to build proprietary software, can be ok.
> As far as Brasero, I think that's a different issue, and that's just a
> matter of having a volunteer to come forward to write an article about
> Brasero and it's features, and we would love to include it.
> Thanks.
> Paul

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