[RULE] Proposal/Vision: The Rule Desktop

Eugene Wong disposable_eugene at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 27 08:22:04 EET 2004

>From: "Rodolfo J. Paiz" <rpaiz at simpaticus.com>
>Subject: Re: [RULE] Proposal/Vision: The Rule Desktop
>Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 12:13:53 -0600
>At 15:24 2/22/2004, you wrote:
>Would you mind if I sent you mail off-list discussing some specific 
>problems? The website on which I am working on is my first, and so there 
>are some CSS/PHP/MySQL things I am attempting to learn. I'd be grateful for 
>any help.

I don't mind. That should be fine. If anybody has any questions that they 
would like to ask off-list, then you are welcome to ask as well. Just be 
sure to give a good subject line to prevent your email from accidentally 
being deleted as spam.

>OK. RULE's disk quota has just been increased from 100MB (of which 73MB is 
>in use) to 1,000MB. Also, traffic graphs showed January usage to be just 
>under 1GB of traffic that month, so I have increased the traffic limit from 
>5GB/month to 50GB/month.

So, just to be sure that I understand you, you are interested in offering a 
customized copy of OOo?

Also, do you have to pay by the KB?

I was thinking that this could be an opportunity to sell OOo. Perhaps you 
could sell a cheaper version to people for only a few dollars [or whatever 
currency], because it would still be cheaper than downloading the entire 
software package. The idea is to help gather funds to support the cause & to 
get a little profit as well. The reason that I suggest that you do it, is 
because you are already offering web space, & because you are in Germany. 
Offering this from North America might make the download longer. I think 
that my company might offer web space 1 day. I don't know.

Another idea might be to have a link right beside the download link. This 
other link could be a way of placing an order for a CD ROM of OOo. This 
price should be cheaper in total [including shipping], than downloading. I 
don't know how easy or hard that is. It might be worth it for RULE to do 
this to raise funds.

To add to this idea, it might be interesting to try to install OOo to a CD 
ROM directory, so that when the user wants to run OOo, he would just insert 
the CD ROM, & mount it on a /opt subdirectory instead of the standard 
/mnt/cdrom. This way a user who has only 200-300 MB hard drive space can run 

I think that it would be worth trying to sell OOo, because there are few 
upgrades. Thus the CD ROM would stay "new" for quite some time.

Sincerely, & with thanks,
Eugene T.S. Wong

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