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The seven best Linux Foundation contest videos


Linux doesn’t have much in the way of advertising. While Apple’s wonderful “I’m a Mac” TV ad campaign is famous, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads are infamous, Linux really doesn’t have anything. Now, the Linux Foundation is trying to change that with it’s “We’re Linux” Video Contest.

The winning designer will get a free trip to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium in October 2009. The Linux Foundation doesn’t have the money for a major or even minor for that matter, television advertising campaign. But, at the very least, the winning ad will get some news and online exposure for both the winner and Linux.

I’m not a judge on the committee that will decide the winner, but I do know a little bit about both Linux and marketing. So, here are my seven favorite picks in the contest. I tried, I really did, to cut the list to five, but I couldn’t do it. It was hard enough to get to seven.

Whether the committee will like these is a mystery to me. We’ll all find out together at the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit in San Francisco on April 8, 2009.

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