Ubuntu demo laptop at Umi Cafe - Ottawa

Ralph Pichie thevillagegeek at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 03:05:09 UTC 2010

Last Friday morning, I managed to get over to the Umi Cafe at Somerset
and Percy to check on the condition of the laptop that I helped to
deploy there last summer. After nearly a year without updates, it was
running strong. (Guess which family of OS it isn't running....) There
was no time to upgrade from Jaunty to Lucid, but I did do an update to
the system before heading out of town.

While it runs fine, from an operating system and software perspective,
I discovered that five keys are missing from the keyboard, something
that makes typing more of a challenge than it should be. I did
recommend covering the keys with something when I did the setup, but
the cafe staff did not go for that at the time. A rubber keyboard
would have been another excellent choice, being relatively
invulnerable to such petty vandalism and easy to sanitize.

Anybody have a surplus roll-up keyboard that they could securely
attach? If so, that would make the experience much nicer for the
potential new users of free software that the laptop attracts.


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