London-based Charity gives 40,
000 PCs a fresh start .... (an Ubuntu opportunity?)
john at technolalia.org
Sun Feb 6 17:14:18 CST 2005
On 6 Feb 2005, at 22:34, David Cartwright wrote:
> The following CNET article discusses the work that London-based
> Aid International has done to refurbish PCs for schools, community
> projects and non-profits >
> It has a target of 100,000 PCs by 2007.
> It sounds like a great opportunity to have Ubuntu pre-installed.
> Perhaps someone living in London could follow-up Computer Aid
> International to discuss the advantages of pre-installing Ubuntu on all
> future PCs it supplies.
> cheers ... david
I'm familiar with Computer Aid - did a little work there some time
back. I believe their policy is to send computers without any operating
system, or possibly something very basic like FreeDOS. There are good
reasons for this - they don't know what the recipients will be using
the computer for, they don't know precisely what hardware will be
linked together, and the time involved in installing an OS.
Also, the boxes CA ship are very low spec, many with CPUs of around
100mhz, which Ubuntu would unduly tax
The way forward for Ubuntu is really to contact the people actually
using the computers - the many and varied projects in Africa, Asia and
This may sound a bit negative - I contacted them because of my interest
in free software and was initially disappointed that they weren't
shipping Tux around the globe, but do on reflection agree with their
I would like to see if there is some way Ubuntu and recycling projects
could work together; on our part, I think there has to be further
development of 'Ubuntu-lite' for lowend systems (which is being
discussed on the user list).
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