Kuliax, what to do?

Kuliax, what to do?

As what we can cite from its Wiki:

Kuliax adalah sebuah distribusi Linux yang bebas dan lengkap, dioptimasi ke penggunaan desktop, riset, dan pengembangan khususnya di universitas atau pendidikan tinggi.

As I no longer have decent time to directly involve with Kuliax codes, I think I can contribute something else for Kuliax. Marketing is what I’ve been learning lately, so why not talking about Kuliax marketing?

One weak point about Kuliax is lack of developers. Many may have lead to this lack of resource, but I can be sure about one thing. It didn’t have enough buzz. Is it because there are not many people using it? Well, if you search Kuliax on Google you’ll found some news dated back in 2006. It is when Kuliax was still fresh. People were buzzing about it, But only in a handful of location. University of Gadjah Mada is one place, and also some other universities abroad. And then the buzz is gone.

Kuliax serves an exact niche: academic institution. Kuliax has been developed with college education in mind. It was Kuliax strong point. So, what happen?

Kuliax graduated. Yes, detaching from college community may have taken Kuliax soul. Developed in, and along its current user has been the secret of many project. “Eat your own dog food” is the key. Not only eating your own dog food, you need to live in your dog house. Kuliax developers had graduated. leaving the original Kuliax environment. Even if they are eating their own dog food,the development activity won’t be as guided as when they were using it during under-grad.

Okay. So, that is one point. It is obvious that Kuliax need to find more user base and developer tosupport its life. It’s always about scrathing our own itch right? If no one is itching, what to scratch? To gather developers and users, we need marketing.

Kuliax need to generate BUZZ. When you are blogging, blogwalking is one way to spread buzz manually. But distro is another animal. It needs different treatment and strategy.

I’m thinking of providing things not available in other distro. No need to provide many things. Just do one package right. Many are still hesitate to compile source. Kuliax can reach this users by providing bleeding edge software of specific hardware support. However, basic requirement must be met. Kuliax need to be stable enough for daily activity. This may hurt developers’ heart. They may need to resort back to their root flavour: standar Debian bell and whistles. No need to provide completely new installer. Only custom the original installer to give Kuliax look and feel.

Can you thing of something else? How do you gather users around your distro? Start something simpler?


  • Tidak masalah kan sesekali berbahasa Inggris? 😉
  • This is just my two cents. It  can be entirely different from what other may think. In the end, this is my form of contribution to Kuliax: writing.
  • By saying “learning marketing” I am implying that I’m no marketing expert.
  • Do you think NavinoT should interview Kuliax founder? 😉

8 thoughts on “Kuliax, what to do?

  1. Harusnya bisa re-generasi, jadi meskipun developernya udah pada cabut junior2 bisa lanjutin.

    Makanya, OSPEK itu jangan ditabokin. Suru bikin code sama kernel hack dalam semalam atau ditelanjangin sambil diarak keliling kampus! Getoh! ROFL.

  2. Hmmm.. iya.. buzz nya ilang setelah para “ksatria” nya pada lulus. Saya rasa yang perlu dilakukan adalah mencari dukungan. Misal bisa pegang satu kampus yang mau menjadikan Kuliax sebagai standar “tool” nya dalam pengajaran.

    Gak usah satu kampus sih, satu prodi di dalam kampus itu sudah cukup.

    Dan satu lagi, perkembangan Kuliax tidak terlihat (*atau tidak terliput ya?). Jadi orang yang mau pake juga ragu – ragu.. “Jangan – jangan nanti Kuliax gak dikembangin lagi?”

    Wawancara aja Bung Iwan.. Itung – itung marketing Kuliax lagi 🙂

  3. Once, mas stwn said that one reason why people use Linux is “support”. I’m sure stwn has a great influence in his boarding house, makes most of his friends to use Kuliax. His friends are sure they’ll not meet any big problems when using Kuliax, since the jedi is parked nearby.

    I’ll be a Slackwarer, Mandriver, Gentooer, Ubuntero, Knoppixer, or Archer, when the developer lives just two doors away from me. IMO, people are just ‘pragmatic’.

    > Do you think NavinoT should interview Kuliax founder?

  4. @sangprabo
    People are just “pragmatic”. It’s interesting. Do todays’s people still worry about support? I think it has shifted already. Support may still be a factor, but I don’t think it’s the dominant factor anymore.

    Today’s general activities is just quite different with ours a few years back. It’s all now about web/internet, and less about desktop. Web activities don not need as much support as desktop one. Further, Linux has been so much mature than before. Even in the desktop areas.

    Anyone has any data about this issue?

  5. gosonX (remember the lower case ‘g’ and capital ‘X’) said, not all people are like us, geeks who live in a console and sucks screen more than 10 hours a day. Pakde Mardjo, Bulek Surti, Ibu Marni, Pak Sudopo, are out there. How mature Linux is, they still need us to just even tell them how to print a doc or surf in Linux.

    You’re right. I’m saying that support only one of billions reasons. I think there was a poll in jogja.loi, “what is your reason using Linux/particular distro?”. Imo, the best way to know this is by summoning the founder.. *incensus*

  6. @sangprabo
    LOL. Pardon me, I forgot about the biggest slice in computer users, the joe users who can’t tell the difference between computer and a magician box.

    Cuould you persuade gosonX to write more about these joe users? I can recall he once wrote about this some time ago. Hmm, when was that. I guess some time after Gutsy Release Party.

    Stwn is hard to summon. He’s busy researchign and lecturing his students.

  7. *ndak kesambet jin Nginggris lagi*

    Owh, jadi dirimu yang mbikin gosonX bikin tulisan yang “kita harus makan nasi” itu ya? Hehehe.. Sip sip sip tuh idenya.

    > Stwn is hard to summon. He’s busy researchign and lecturing his students
    Artikel yang paling aku tunggu dari NavinoT itu yg kategori interview. Jadi, kita tunggu Mas Stwn agak senggang kali ya? Yuukk…

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