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

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Feb 6 19:46:47 CST 2005

On Mon, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:04:29AM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:

> <quote who="Matt Zimmerman">
> > Installation is the single highest barrier to entry for Ubuntu and other
> > alternative operating systems.  Having Ubuntu preinstalled is a great way
> > to eliminate that barrier, and I think we should pursue such
> > opportunities.
> Can we get the OEM installer stuff up the priority stack for hoary+1? I have
> multiple opportunities for this stuff, and it would be a huge distinguishing
> feature.

It's on the list to discuss when hoary+1 opens, yes.

> > I agree.  In many parts of the US, 686-class systems (quite capable of
> > running Ubuntu) are candidates for recycling.  Are there any centralized
> > organizations which manage operations like these?  How do we get in touch
> > with them?
> We have a number of Computer Bank groups in Australia, and you'll often find
> recycling groups linked (or known) to other NGOs such as disability support
> and activist groups. I've been pursuing these locally - might be a good LoCo
> team project.

Definitely.  This would be a great area for Ubuntu volunteers to help spread
Ubuntu, and to benefit their local community at the same time.

 - mdz

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