View Full Version : The Ubuntu Posters advertised on the front page - REPRINTED!!!

November 10th, 2006, 09:34 AM
UPDATE: Posters are back! Good news - I will always have posters, as many as you might want. Please check https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam/DIYWebsite/Get/PriceListJenda for details on prices.


Hello forum community,

You may have noticed that there is an 'ad' for Ubuntu Posters on the main page. Some people here might be opposed to ads, and it's a touchy subject because there is money involved... MY money :)

So, I'd like to describe this project a little bit.

I invested several hundred dollars into those posters, the artwork for which has been created by the forums' very own Hannes Pasqualini, or HanZo. Now, I'm selling them for $1 each plus shipping. Also, for every poster these forums sell, I'm donating another $1 to them, so in effect, the price here is $2 apiece. I want you all to know where your money is going, so I made this following taxative explanation.

--direct expenses--
1) $1 per poster is a donation to the forums. $98.44 donated altogether. This has paid for next year's vBulletin licence, and for our DNS hosting. Thank you very much, people.
2) 74 per poster is the production cost. $384 altogether.
3) 7.4 per poster is my cut :) (don't laugh, I have a good reason to
take a cut, even if it's symbolic) - this makes $38.4 in theory, in reality ended up at about $30. Thank you ;)

--other expenses--
1) Unpaid for shipments, other unexpected losses. (Unknown, presumably none)
2) My own expenses, such as packaging paper, accounting expenses etc. (This seems to be about $10 till now)

$220 Left over for these purposes. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
1) Used to fund marketing projects of my own, such as this one (if you
look around the forums, you will probably see it when I start something - so far, $60 has been spent on stickers, who's sales should make them up quite nicely)
2) Used to fund other marketing project which I deem worthwhile.
3) Once I decide I won't find a good way to use the earned cash, I will
start donating to Ubuntu, ubuntuforums.org, the Czech LoCo Team, other
LoCo Teams, etc, as I see fit (depending on how much each project has helped with this, and how much each needs the cash.

Now, on another note, if you'd like to order, I greatly prefer direct paypal payments to jenda@ubuntu.com. If you prefer credit/debit card payments, however, I can accept these, but on my premier account - jenda.vancura@gmail.com. Since a premier account charges me for the payments, I'll ask all that choose that method to send $26.20 instead of $25. Thank you very much :)

November 11th, 2006, 09:35 AM
One more thing. They will come in a tight roll - and will need some flattening before they can be hanged.
Please excuse that, it's impossible to ship them flat (unless you'd order like 200).

On a side note, I've only got 270 left.

November 11th, 2006, 08:31 PM
One more thing:

If you don't want to buy the posters, you can print them out yourself!

You can even translate/redraw/change to your liking. All the sources are available under the GPL licence or similar, here:


November 11th, 2006, 10:23 PM
I think it'd be okay for you to raise the price a little. Not just so that you get a bigger cut, but so that you have more money to work with in the future. I mean, if I read correctly you're selling them for $1? I would gladly spend between 5-10 bucks on a poster, if I was only buying one. Great job on these posters, I applaud your work.

November 11th, 2006, 11:00 PM
My cut is set at 10% of the poster's price. Now if you're willing to spend more - feel free to :) All extra cash will be used as described, and I expect some to come. In fact, most people give 'tips'.
The entire point is to offer accessible marketing material, and thus I try to keep the prices rock bottom. This is an exception, because ubuntu-geek very kindly offered the ad up there, so I charge more to donate to the forums.
This way, poorer people can help spread Ubuntu in their area too, and those who can afford more can give more to support the project :)

Thanks for the support, maniacmusician. It helps :)

Patrick K.
November 12th, 2006, 07:04 AM
I'd really love to buy one. The payment system however puts me off the idea.

Now if there was a checkout product setup with SSL or around those lines with paypal then it would be easy to go ahead and do such. Paypals security alone scares me a lot after those fraud incidents with Ebay last year.

Ebay had a security hole with the data tunnel that leaked credit card information to several hundred people.

You can see why I don't trust it.

November 12th, 2006, 08:30 AM
Jenda, when you meant "premium gmail account", where you talking about Google Checkout? I've heard that's quite reliable, and I'm sure users here like Patrick K. may be more comfortable with it.

November 12th, 2006, 08:32 AM
I also support the bank-note-in-an-envelope type of payment, if it suits you better :)
Ultimately, you can use bank account transfers. There are cheaper ways of doing that, but I don't know how it works, exactly. I know people who paid me that way, and paid less than a euro for it, and I know some that didn't, because they would have to pay about €10.

However, paypal has been working like a charm so far, and I see no reason not to trust it. It's $10-$30 we're talking about, not millions.

November 12th, 2006, 08:35 AM
maniacmusician, no, it's a premier paypal account. I don't use google checkout. I will only start if I really have to. ATM, I already have a lot of work to keep up with it all :)

November 12th, 2006, 08:39 AM
yeah, understandable :) I was just curious. And actually, I read somewhere that for the holiday season, google was offering the checkout service for free (i guess they usually charge the sellers) or at least at a really low price. It is definitely a pain to keep up with various modes of payment though. You already have, what 3?

question; you're planning on doing this again sometime in the future right? I'm unable to purchase one atm, but if you're doing it again sometime next year, I most likely will.

November 12th, 2006, 08:41 AM
Marketing is my primary interest for Ubuntu, so you can expect other stuff coming from me... however, my goal is to incite others to do similar projects.

November 14th, 2006, 04:52 AM
Marketing is my primary interest for Ubuntu, so you can expect other stuff coming from me... however, my goal is to incite others to do similar projects.

If I send you the spanish translation, can I buy 25 of them in spanish?

November 14th, 2006, 07:58 AM
I'm sorry, suribe, but the only reason I could get them so cheap is that there was 500 of them - and I couldn't sell 500 spanish ones, I'm sure. You are however very welcome to print them out yourself, if you get the chance. If you do, be sure to print more, and send them out to others who might want spanish posters.

November 14th, 2006, 11:36 AM
However, my goal is to incite others to do similar projects.

Hi Jenda,

I have an electronic-shop here in Denmark.

I would like high-resolution logos, etc...

Where do I obtain highres (maybe svg) logos (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc...)

November 14th, 2006, 12:51 PM
Hi Jenda,

are there still some of them posters left?
Would love to buy one...


November 14th, 2006, 02:52 PM
daller, mmm... after a bit of poking around,... these will be of interest to you:

aliyanage, of course - the thread title is reveals the current number of posters left. Please order by email at jenda at ubuntu dot com

November 16th, 2006, 12:04 AM
So... half the posters gone... and ATM, they have generated $28.72 donations to the ubuntuforums.org. This doesn't necessarily mean it's half the total donation - the first 150 or so posters did not generate any donations for the forums at all.

November 16th, 2006, 12:42 AM
Good luck in future. I hope I feel some inspiration by this, to put Ubuntu out there (and I have been doing!).

November 16th, 2006, 05:58 AM
Waow ! I'm surprised for the prices you have to pay to print those posters...

74 cents for 500 pieces ?

To reach this price here in Belgium, we need to print them in A1(600x840 mm) (and in fact it 0.7, not 0.74)

For this kind of operation you should maybe think to do the work in a cheaper company (or a cheaper country).

We are planning to make printouts of this poster in A2 format, but in French and in Dutch.


November 16th, 2006, 10:31 AM
Amazing... what are the numbers of prints you are doing, and what's the quality?
BTW, $0.74 ~= €0.59
Which makes it a bit less amazing. I would have trouble shipping A2 sized prints.

November 16th, 2006, 10:34 AM
Besides, it's great that you'll be printing translations. Please do print more French ones than you need, I'm sure there'll be demand.

Update: generated $37.44 for the forums

November 16th, 2006, 11:53 AM
...posters on the main page??
Could you be specific, i have to admit i've not noticed, so its good i found out about it this way, nearly... ;)

November 16th, 2006, 11:57 AM
load up ubuntuforums.org, and look at the green box at the top :) or use firefox to search for 'poster'.

November 17th, 2006, 04:13 PM
Would any of you be interested in ubuntu/kubuntu/xubuntu mousemats, notebook sleeves, etc...?

Anyone in on the design part?

And what about the pricing, what would you like to pay for a mousemat or notebook sleeve?

Update: I work in a computer-store here in denmark - All the materiels will be offered for our suppliers prices.

Im thinking something like this:

Mousemat: €5 (including a €1 donation to the forum)

Notebook sleeve: €10 (including a €2 donation to the forum)

Any ideas?

November 18th, 2006, 05:56 PM
Nice, daller. I would even consider buying such a mouse mat.

November 18th, 2006, 06:49 PM
I would too -- or three or four.

I'm at a loss though ... what's a notebook sleeve? Is that a binder?

November 18th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Yeah, what is it??

November 18th, 2006, 07:30 PM
Update, donation now amounts to $46.12 - keep in mind this is a donation from buyers, not from the seller :)

November 18th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Nice to see, that I'm not the only one interested! :D

A notebook-sleeve is a "bag" or cover for your notebook/laptop to keep it safe when travelling without a computer-bag.

Many MAC users have them, if that ring any bells.

About the donations! - It not only for the forum!

It's a guarantee that I don't loose money on this, and the leftovers will be dispersed within the ubuntu-circle.

What do you think about the pricing?

I can also deliver a gel-mousepad, for €10 (€2)

November 18th, 2006, 10:01 PM
But the main thing!

I need some graphics to put on these things!

Are you interested in the ubuntu logo, or something more fancy?

If you favour "fancy" - I will not be the artist!

Anyone with a helping hand here?

November 18th, 2006, 10:12 PM
I'd like one with Dappers default wallpaper and an Ubuntu logo in the middle.

November 19th, 2006, 07:07 AM
A notebook-sleeve is a "bag" or cover for your notebook/laptop to keep it safe when travelling without a computer-bag.
Oh, for crying out loud. I knew that. For some reason, when you said notebook, I was thinking of a pad of paper. ](*,) Sorry about that.

November 19th, 2006, 07:07 AM
I'd like one with Dappers default wallpaper and an Ubuntu logo in the middle.
+1 (or three or four, really)

November 20th, 2006, 12:41 PM
Concerning payment, shipment, etc.

Where are you guys from?

November 20th, 2006, 01:46 PM
Czech Republic - paypal works great.

November 20th, 2006, 03:17 PM
I never used Paypal before... Do they take a fee (percentage, or what?), or how does it work?

November 20th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Most operations are free. You pay for:
Accepting credit card payments
Converting currencies (2.5%)
Withdrawing less than €100 to your bank account (€1)

Everything else, fro what i've tried, is free.

November 23rd, 2006, 04:20 PM
Paypal coughed up the money I got paid so far, so the business works great ;)

A few more posters and I won't even be in the red any more :)

November 24th, 2006, 01:45 PM
The day has come - expenses have been covered, the remaing 150 posters will be sold for UBuntu's benefit :)

(detail: I still have to pay a few pieces worth of shipping, so it might sink into the red for a bit again, but you get the picture ツ)

November 24th, 2006, 03:44 PM
thats very cool but I'm moving house so I'll hold off until I'm settled.

November 24th, 2006, 04:05 PM
I can hold a reservation, if you wish.

November 25th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Yay, only 165 posters left, and the donation to the forums up to $63.56

November 26th, 2006, 05:25 PM
Any plans on making a new batch when you run out of these (with possibly new artwork as well)? :)

November 26th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Dunno... the market seems saturated :)

Just kidding. I think I might well be doing another batch, but I'll do other things before.

peanut butter
November 27th, 2006, 12:38 AM
what size are these?

November 27th, 2006, 01:32 AM

November 27th, 2006, 07:17 AM
How would i go about buying just 1 poster? I see the photo through the site...few problems
2.Not enough ink in my printer to support that.

Any help would be appreciated :) I like the design btw :)

November 29th, 2006, 12:15 PM
speeddemon, I prefer to ship 5 posters at a time, because 1 poster is likely to be damaged and makes 80% of he price be shipping. This would cost you $10. If you absolutely insist, however, I can send you a single poster, and it'll cost you $6. I can't guarantee that it won't get bent on the way (I send them rolled up, and a roll of 5 posters is more sturdy. You can pay me an extra $2 and I'll get you a cardboard roll, though.

Eddy Dean
November 30th, 2006, 07:23 PM
I'd love to buy three, what would be the price?

total wormage
November 30th, 2006, 09:03 PM
go buy people! it's worth it!

/me pets his 'pile' of posters :'] :D

December 1st, 2006, 12:44 AM
I'd love to buy three, what would be the price?

$8, including shipping. I recommend however either buying 5 or a tube for the 3, in order to protect them, either of which would cost $10 instead.

go buy people! it's worth it!

/me pets his 'pile' of posters :'] :D

That's what I call brand recognition :) Thanks, total wormage.

December 1st, 2006, 06:10 AM
i bought a poster at $8.00 for 1 poster and a cardboard roll. how long does it take to make it to the usa ?

December 1st, 2006, 09:13 AM
cokie, normally 4-8 business days, but since you are the first to have ordered a tube, I'll have to go buy it first :)
Three weeks maximum, though.

December 4th, 2006, 04:57 AM
Got mine ;) 68 left ...

December 4th, 2006, 12:12 PM
Yep... I'm officially not accepting orders any more :)
But good news, everyone - there might be a printer doing this commercially soon.

December 4th, 2006, 03:21 PM
I updated the OP with all my financial info. Will publish complete chart soon :)

December 4th, 2006, 06:42 PM
Anyone made some artwork for the mousemats?

BTW: They are 18x22cm

The original artwork needs to be GPL (or similar), in order for me to do this without getting any legal issues!

December 4th, 2006, 07:43 PM
/me doesn't do much artwork, but this should be rather simple, no? take a background, and add the Ubuntu lozenge, and you're done :)

BTW - 200 A2 Posters coming!
Will cost $3 apiece plus shipping.

December 10th, 2006, 02:05 PM
I got my posters 2 days ago and they're great. Thanks Jenda for making these.
I will try to give them as much visibility as possible.



December 10th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Thanks, Gert :)

BTW, the A2s will be a bit later.

March 23rd, 2007, 09:17 AM
Ooook, no A2 posters, but unlimited amounts of A3 ones are available ;)
Details here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam/DIYWebsite/Get/PriceListJenda

April 3rd, 2007, 05:07 PM
Not that I was insisting on just one budd, just wanted to see the price is all :) I can and probably will buy at least 3.

April 3rd, 2007, 05:58 PM
hehe, no problem ;)

April 11th, 2007, 09:22 PM
I might miss something but I haven't found a picture about the poster. Could you give a working link?


April 11th, 2007, 09:51 PM


(added to the OP, thanks for letting me know)

September 28th, 2007, 09:14 PM
I'd really love to buy one. The payment system however puts me off the idea.

Now if there was a checkout product setup with SSL or around those lines with paypal then it would be easy to go ahead and do such. Paypals security alone scares me a lot after those fraud incidents with Ebay last year.

Ebay had a security hole with the data tunnel that leaked credit card information to several hundred people.

You can see why I don't trust it.

I can find you the source later, but no one's CC info was actually leaked... the person behind it was a hoaxster set on getting some attention. Also, FYI: an SSL payment cart system would be exactly the same security as paying through paypal's website. In fact, I could make a reasonable argument for it being less secure.

Regarding the posters, they really look great, and I encourage any LoCo teams to not just order some, but support your local businesses (especially any you can find running Linux!) and have some printed off where you live.

April 18th, 2008, 12:42 PM
Are posters still available?

If so, where is the link?

Or..., is there a HIGH resolution file that I can download (a working link) and get a poster printer here?

Thanks & sorry if these has been previously posted.

April 18th, 2008, 01:01 PM
you know what i think would be a good product?
ubuntu logo stickers which you can put on your keyboard's window logo.
where could i order those????

May 14th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Hey quinnten83, the stickers are available from System76 at http://system76.com/article_info.php?articles_id=9

July 24th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Could anyone point me to the poster sources (vectorial)?
All the links seem to be 404'd :(

Thanks a lot!

- Trib'

August 6th, 2008, 06:59 PM
I really want to purchase that Ubuntu poster as well. Anyone know where I can buy it?