[ubuntu-us-ma] Inner City Ubuntu Hour 2

Dave Hunt ka1cey at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 14:13:01 UTC 2011


We should set minimum standards for such donations.  I work with another 
group that puts Ubuntu onto donated laptops.  We decided to have an 
unofficial minimum system requirement of 512 mb ram, ability to boot 
from cd and/or usb, working screen, keyboard, pointing device, drives.  
Even with this informal standard in place, we, sometimes, ended up with 
trash machines.  It's hard to say "no" to a donation, however.  How to 
be diplomatic about setting minimum requirements?



On 03/07/11 05:45, Jay Fulton wrote:
> Question for you...  Over the past few years, I have had the
> opportunity to convert 4 used PCs and 2  laptops to ubuntu - and then
> give the device to someone who lacks one.
> Can I bring the next one to the group for distribution?  Are there
> minimum standards for the components? Some of these PCs were mongrels
> with mismatched monitors...
> Thanks and let me know
> Jay
> On 7/2/11, Martin Owens<doctormo at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Hey Guys,
>> Today was the second Inner City Ubuntu Hour[1], myself, Dave Hunt and
>> Ralph DeGenero met at Winter Street and Tremont on this beautiful july
>> forth weekend to talk geek about Ubuntu.
>> First stop we went to Starbucks to get some drinks and use up Rio's free
>> drink card. Then onwards to have some food at Pho Pasture in Boston's
>> China Town. We talked about the etymology of language and lots of
>> various geeky subjects. The main event followed:
>> We took the T (train) to Andrew Sq. and walked over to the Mary Ellen
>> Community Center. I showed off the computer lab with full Ubuntu
>> machines and how the network was administered and kept in sync.
>> Particularly interesting was the way the package syncing worked and the
>> new user registration gdm[2]. You can see a video of me demonstrating
>> the user registration system here[3].
>> I also have a set of scripts to notify users and track their session
>> times using libnotify and app-indicators. You can check out the
>> client[4] and server scripts[5] here and the session manager here[6]
>> (unfinished).
>> We tested the Orca screen reader and attempted to upgrade it for the lab
>> to 3.1, but the new versions are having trouble with Maverick at the
>> moment. So they were quickly downgraded.
>> With that, we ended to Ubuntu Hour which was extended into over time to
>> show off some really cool stuff.
>> I hope more people can make it to the next Ubuntu Hour next month.
>> Special guest PaulTag! :-D
>> Best Regards, Martin Owens
>> 1. http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-us-ma/1027/detail/
>> 2. https://code.launchpad.net/~doctormo/gdm-commmunity-greeter/trunk
>> 3.
>> http://blip.tv/martin-owens/community-center-public-access-ubuntu-5210992
>> 4. https://code.launchpad.net/~doctormo/+junk/client-scripts
>> 5. https://code.launchpad.net/~doctormo/+junk/server-scripts
>> 6. https://code.launchpad.net/~doctormo/+junk/session-manager
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