London-based Charity gives 40, 000 PCs a fresh start .... (an Ubuntu opportunity?)

John Levin john at
Sun Feb 6 19:04:18 CST 2005

On 7 Feb 2005, at 00:53, Jeff Waugh wrote:

> <quote who="John Levin">
>> Not many (I was there a year or two back). There were a lot of
>> less-than-100mhz boxes, which were generally stripped for ram etc, a
>> decision having being made to supply 100mhz / 32mb ram boxes as 
>> minimum. A
>> lot of the machines are very (in computer terms) old, being cast-off 
>> from
>> large organisations (universities and companies) when upgrading en 
>> masse.
>> That's not done very often per organisation. Don't underestimate the
>> persistence of Windows95! (I got a machine today with win95/32mb - I'm
>> going to try an install on it, just to see what happens, but I know 
>> I'll
>> have to bump the ram up.)
> These are perfect, as-is, for thin clients. Most of the computer 
> recycling
> projects I've been involved with have set up old boxes as thin 
> clients, and
> had sponsorship (or a small amount of money to spend on) a big server 
> to run
> them all.
> I have the sneaking suspicion that LTSP style stuff will be a high 
> priority
> goal in the hoary+1 development branch. :-)
> - Jeff

Ooh, LTSP looks cool.
And they've already got an award for recycling:


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