Linux Ads on the Kim Komando Show

Ken over at the Helios Project, has arranged for Linux radio ads. Which is really neat. Let’s face it, if you don’t advertise, people won’t know that they have an option. So with the help of a professional voice, an ad was recorded, and they bought space on the Kim Komando show.

Kim apparently specializes in Windows, and refers to herself as America’s Digital Goddess. Since she specializes in Windows, I think that is a massive misrepresentation. So there is a bit of irony here, running a Linux ad, on a Windows oriented radio show.

Kim has some interesting listeners. When Ken wrote about the airing of the ad someone named Christopher posted a complaint:

I found your blog because I heard the radio spot today ( I listen to KLBJ during the week and hate their weekend programming for the most part ).

A couple pieces of it sounded like FUD and scare tactics to me. For example “Microsoft controls your data”. Give me a break.

At this point several people posted responses asking him if he’d ever read the Microsoft End User License Agreement – which you could tell he hadn’t or he wouldn’t have posted what he did. And then someone checked his profile.


* Age: 36
* Gender: Male
* Astrological Sign: Virgo
* Zodiac Year: Ox
* Industry: Technology
* Occupation: InstallShield / Windows Installer Consultant
* Location: Cedar Park : Texas : United States

About Me

I am a Generalizing Specialist with over 12 years of experience in nearly all aspects of Enterprise Engineering and Software Development with a heavy focus on Deployment Engineering related activities such as Build Automation and Application (Re)Packaging. Chances are if you can name it, I’ve done it for many organizations including: United States Marine Corps, EDS, McAdams Technologies, Robbins-Gioia, Continental Airlines, Austin Information Systems, Overwatch Systems, Textron, Triangle Technology, Hart InterCivic, Manatron, MultiMedia Games, NoMoreForms, RicherDevelopment, VistaSG, SouceSentry, SANtools and many other clients who prefer to remain annonymous. Please feel free to check out my LinkedIn Profile.

Ah, he’s a Windows professional. No wonder he’s worried!

Seriously though, Ken has put the Linux ads under a Creative Commons License. If you want copies, he has made them available on his blog in MP3 and OGG formats. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them, but I’ve already downloaded them, and maybe, just maybe, I can think of something.


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