Ubuntu-us-ma Digest, Vol 4, Issue 12
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Sat Jun 30 17:09:59 BST 2007
If we could go toward the evening on the weekdays or anytime during the
weekend, I'd be will to make the trip and help out anyway I can.
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> 1. Re: Computer refurbishing-- Ubuntu, networking, pppoe
> (Martin Owens)
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> Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 07:15:14 -0400
> From: "Martin Owens" <doctormo at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Computer refurbishing-- Ubuntu, networking, pppoe
> To: "Stephen Ronan" <sronan at panix.com>
> Cc: Ubuntu MA <ubuntu-us-ma at lists.ubuntu.com>
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> Good morning,
> I'm available most times, most days; Give me a day time and I'll just
> make sure I'm not doing any interviews of job related things and be
> right down to have such a meeting.
> Others in the group are further out and have more commitments at the
> moment I'm sure; but if any of them are interested no doubt you'll
> have a reply pretty soon.
> Best Regards, Martin Owens.
> On 25/06/07, Stephen Ronan <sronan at panix.com> wrote:
>> Martin, what would tend to be the best time of day or evening for
>> you to come by the South End Technology Center? It'd be much
>> appreciated. Are there other members of the Ubuntu MA list who
>> also might care to join a meeting with Mr. King and others who
>> might be involved in trying to shift to use of Ubuntu Linux on
>> machines refurbished at the Tech Center? - Stephen
>> On Fri, 22 Jun 2007, Martin Owens wrote:
>>> First thing, most broadband connections should work correctly. modem
>>> connections might be a little more problematic or where you have a usb
>>> router instead of an Ethernet connection.
>>> Second, Columbus Ave where these guys are based is but a short walk
>>> away from me on broadway; if they need any gratis help let me know and
>>> I'll have a wander down there. It'd be great to promote ubuntu in this
>>> way as the ubuntu-ma group has been looking for such opontunities to
>>> help out (I've CC'ed the ubuntu-ma group)
>>> Do let me know if I can be of assistance.
>>> Best Regards, Martin Owens
>>> On 22/06/07, Stephen Ronan <sronan at panix.com> wrote:
>>>> The South End Technology Center @ Tent City (where at least one
>>>> BLU installfest has occurred) has over the years, refurbished
>>>> quite a few donated machines, and then made them available free
>>>> or at low-cost to Tent City residents and other community
>>>> members, with follow-up assistance including classes and tech.
>>>> I was over there today, and Mel King, who directs the center on a
>>>> pro bono basis, told me that they'd like to switch from use of
>>>> Windows to Ubuntu Linux on many or most of the machines. But
>>>> there's a lot of concern about people's ability to get up and
>>>> running, particularly on the Internet, once they get the machines
>>>> home. He wondered what variety of problems people might run into
>>>> and whether it might be possible to find or develop some handouts
>>>> that would help get people over the initial hurdles, esp. in
>>>> regard to getting online.
>>>> I'm not at all expert in these issues, but told him I thought the
>>>> most difficulty might come with DSL connections that used PPPOe
>>>> requirinmg computer configuration. Since I didn't really know
>>>> much of anything about that or how Ubuntu Linux handles it, I
>>>> offered to send a message to this list.
>>>> Do any of you have any advice on how Mr. King and colleagues
>>>> might best proceed? Is there already a set of handout type
>>>> materials that might do the trick. I'd guess that the
>>>> overwhelming number of users would be dealing with Comcast or RCN
>>>> cable Internet service or Verizon DSL. Any advice on this list,
>>>> or in person at South End Technology Center in Boston (around the
>>>> corner from the Back Bay station), would be gratefully
>>>> Stephen Ronan
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