Posted May 24, 2007 21:39 UTC (Thu) by proski
In reply to: Registration
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
When I download software:
1) I want to try it. Chances are that I won't like it. I don't want to subscribe to anything yet.
2) I want to install it on another computer. Changes are I have already subscribed to everything I want.
3) I want to try the latest version (as opposed to the version that comes with my distro). Even in this case, it's likely that I just check the changelog and the mailing list archives.
Besides, I really don't want to give my contact information to any commercial entity that may have a stupid marketing department or may be forced to sell its e-mail lists in case of bankruptcy.
Even legitimate companies could misuse e-mail eventually. I got spammed by MontaVista recently. Apparently their marketing department just paid some spammers for the service. My position was strengthened by the fact that I hadn't subscribed to any of their mailings. If I had, they would have an excuse.
to post comments)