A Different Kind of Install Fest

cgregan at aptenix.com cgregan at aptenix.com
Tue Feb 26 15:54:25 GMT 2008

Thanks for the link Ron! This is similar to an effort I am sponsoring over at Thomas Johnson Middle in Frederick. The tech club has been taking donated computers and installing Gutsy. They are then given to select students in the district who are in need. I built a closed network with an apt-mirror and DHCP so the systems could be built without access to the school's infrastructure. 
Here is the News-Post article:

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Swift <rswift at swiftstaffing.com>

Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:36:41 
To:Ubuntu Maryland Loco Team <ubuntu-us-md at lists.ubuntu.com>
Subject: A Different Kind of Install Fest

I read this article today about a San Francisco non-profit that 
refurbish  donated computers, put Ubuntu on it and then donate them to 
schools and other organizations. What a wonderful way to spread the 
benefits of Ubuntu and other FOSS.
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  *Untangle Organizes Open Source Installfest for Bay Area Schools*

<http://www.businesswire.com/>)--Untangle and the Alameda County 
Computer Resource Center (ACCRC) have partnered to donate hundreds of 
open source computers to Bay Area schools through an installfest on 
March 1, 2008.

Untangle is organizing volunteers from the Bay Area Linux community to 
install open source software (Ubuntu, Firefox, OpenOffice & more) on 
recycled computers provided by the ACCRC in four locations: San 
Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo and Marin County. After being 
refurbished, the computers will be donated to local schools with the 
greatest need. Some of the schools participating include:

    * Ascend School (Oakland)
    * Bella Vista Elementary (Oakland)
    * Lockwood School (Oakland)
    * Whittier Elementary School (Oakland)
    * Casa Grande High School (Petaluma)
    * Woodside Elementary School (Concord)
    * KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (San Francisco)
    * Mission High School (San Francisco)

Schools looking for computers should fill out the ACCRC's application here:


"Throwing away computers that could be used in schools is plain dumb," 
said James Burgett, founder and executive director of the ACCRC. 
"Untangle has recognized this and decided to help fight the waste. For 
this we can only applaud and hope that others learn from their example."

"132 million computers were bought in the year 2000 alone.^1 They're all 
on the verge of being thrown out and none of them can run Windows 
Vista," said Andrew Fife, Marketing Manager of Untangle. "But older 
hardware works really well with Linux so recycling is a great way to 
ensure that kids in all school districts have the same technology access 
as those in the rich districts."

"The Installfest is a terrific way to share the benefits of the Internet 
that many of us in the technology industry take for granted," said Paul 
Kim, VP of Marketing, Mozilla. "Protecting the environment and providing 
schools with quality free and open source software is an important 
effort and we're very proud to be a part of it."

*Four Installfest Locations*:

  	San Francisco - The San Francisco Bay Academy

	1430 Scott, San Francisco, CA 94115


	Berkeley - Alameda County Computer Resource Center

	150 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710


	San Mateo - Untangle

	2800 Campus Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403


	Novato - Marin Computer Resource Center (ACCRC's sister organization)

	42 Digital Drive #3, Novato, CA 94949

To sign up and volunteer for the installfest please visit: 

*About ACCRC*

The Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC) is a 501(c)(3) 
non-profit electronics recycler (Tax ID 68-0395504) with a two part 

1. Keeping toxic electronic waste from landfills

2. Helping bridge the digital divide through free and open source software.

In order to achieve these goals, the ACCRC collects electronic waste 
from the public without charging any fees and refurbishes discarded 
computer equipment with Ubuntu in order to be donated to schools, 
non-profits and economically and/or physically disadvantaged 
individuals. The ACCRC's sister organization, the Marin Computer 
Resource Center, operates out of Novato, California.

*About Untangle*

Untangle was founded with the vision of untangling the complexities of 
technology, initially targeting network security and control for small 
and medium size businesses. The company follows Open Source development 
practices to create better code and make it widely available. The 
Untangle Gateway Platform, the world's first commercial-grade open 
source solution for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted 
content on the network, provides a free and better alternative to 
costly, inflexible proprietary appliances. Untangle's applications are 
currently being used in thousands of businesses in a variety of 
industries, including financial services, real estate, education, 
bio-science, and professional services. Untangle is located in San 
Mateo, California. For more information, visit www.untangle.com 
<http://www.untangle.com> or call (866) 233-2296.

Untangle and the Untangle logo are trademarks or registered trademarks 
of Untangle, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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