March 21st, 2pm Face-2-Face

Andy Thornton andy.thornton at
Sun Mar 15 00:24:20 GMT 2009

Eric, did you used to work at Novient ?

On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Eric Weir <eeweir at> wrote:

> On Mar 14, 2009, at 10:51 AM, arxion wrote:
> > I would argue that the Emory Law School venue is hard to beat,
> > especially since we are fairly certain it is there for the asking
> > and it is a familiar location for a lot of the folks who support
> > or participate in these events.
> Agree totally.
> > Still, if you want to consider the Clarkston Community venue, I
> > have developed a rapport with Frederick Earl, the guy who techs
> > the place as a volunteer and who we met at the U-8.10 Install Fest.
> > James Kinney and I helped him get an LTSP server / client setup
> > going, though I'm not sure how well he's been able to maintain it
> > over the past few months on his own.  While the Community Center
> > IS fairly close to the 285 exit, it is "across the tracks" on side
> > streets and a little hard to find. The main lab space is about 30'
> > by 15' and has about 10 computer stations, mostly old dells -- we
> > would probably need to bring in a couple more tables.  They also
> > have other spaces we might use, though probably not wired with
> > inet -- I believe they have one Cable Modem line for access in
> > the building.
> >
> > Would need to fish to find any contacts into Georgia Perimeter
> > College, but that would be a good venue as well if someone
> > can get us in there.
> And I recognize all this, too. I didn't mean to be making a hard sell
> for the venue. The multiple complications aside, it is a nice
> facility, and it was primarily the advantages of open source to low-
> income populations, advantages of open source on its own aside, that I
> had in mind. I gather open-source/linux is a big deal in the
> developing world, possibly more so than in the developed world, where
> cost is less of a consideration. So why not promote it among low-
> income populations here?
> And I don't really think simply holding an Ubuntu install-fest at the
> site would have the kind of impact I envision. It would probably
> require a special event, something more than an install-fest.
> Something more like an ongoing initiative focused on collecting old
> machines, making sure the hardware's in working condition, installing
> linux on em, teaching people how to use it, giving them machines to
> take home, etc., etc. Pretty much what the Frederick's -- Earle, his
> son Jason, and Opal, his mother -- have been doing with XP.
> Possibly not enough people's "cup of tea" to make it feasible. It
> would require a commitment.
> [Now that I've gotten my juices flowing here, young people popped into
> my brain. Helping them learn about technology in a hands-on way with
> support from a community of tech savvy users and professionals. Down
> the road I could see tying it  to their formal education, and getting
> funders interested in supporting, which, depending on how it shaped
> up, would not be difficult. Lots of interest in STEM -- project-based
> learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.]
> Forgive my hyperactive, out-of-touch, impractical brain. Go ahead and
> have a great weekend.
> Sincerely,
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Eric Weir
> Decatur, GA  USA
> eeweir at
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