Boys and Girls Club

Chuck Peters cp at
Sun Apr 26 22:08:38 BST 2009

A few weeks ago I read about the local boys and girls club having a computer
lab and they invited people to stop by and check it out.  One of the things
I noticed on my first visit was they were requesting software to edit videos
and photos and I thought ubuntustudio might be good and made an appt to meet
with the director. Given past experience I expected them to be resistant to
Linux and perhaps the Live CD's would be a way to get them to try it. While
meeting with the director I was a bit surprised that he requested that I
install Ubuntu on 3-6 of the 20 or so computers in the lab. He mentioned
that the Richmond VA club was using Ubuntu and they have the systems setup
such that it autologins with a clean profile, aka any saved files are
removed any time it does the autologin.  A little scripting in an an
appropriate /etc/gdm/ file will take care of that...  One other thing we
discussed was what if any child protection type software they had.  And
coincididently Linux Journal is running a series using a proxy server to do
that sort of thing, so thats on the todo list as well.

The ages of the boys and girls ranges from 8-18 and Edubuntu could also be
very useful.  Although I have been running Debian and Ubuntu for years I
have no experience with Ubuntu Studio or Edubuntu.  I'll install the
software soon to get started familizing myself with it.  What tips or
recommendations do you all have for the boys and girls club?

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