Linux Against Poverty: Any interest in doing something like this around here?

Matt Burkhardt mlb at imparisystems.com
Tue Aug 4 00:00:57 BST 2009


I'm working with several volunteer organizations in Frederick - let me
check with them and I'll also update the information.  I'm willing to
organize and work on this - my problem is that I have no place to
store / manage PC's.  

On Mon, 2009-08-03 at 17:08 -0400, Craig Younkins wrote:
> If this project was able to get some amount of funding, putting the
> installations on USB flash drives may be a good option, provided the BIOS
> can boot off the flash drive. The flash drive will provide much better
> reliability than the aging hard drives we will be receiving.
> 
> Craig
> 
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Robert Eisenzopf <deitai at closecall.com>wrote:
> 
> > I'll help in whatever way you need. As mentioned
> > previously, I've been refurbishing
> > PIII's with at least 800MHz and 256MB RAM or low end PIV's,
> > loading them with Linux
> > that has G Compris such as Edubuntu(Debian base) or
> > K12LTSP(Fedora base) and
> > with a decent video card the kids can have fun with Tux
> > Kart or Tux Racer. Kids are
> > not concerned about proper(proprietary) tools or OS and
> > they drag resisting adults
> > along with their enthusiasm. The parents don't care if
> > their children are learning something
> > and their own children convert them to open source when
> > cost analysis and functionality
> > dawns upon doubtful minds. I'm not a techie but an educator
> > - but I do whatever it
> > takes to get there!
> > I have followed online several successful projects such as
> > you mention. They have found
> > that they need a warehouse, committed volunteers, strict
> > donation criteria(so as not to
> > become an electronic dumping ground), a scheduled
> > publicized donation event, and
> > scheduled training time(s) and place for the donees.
> > Colleges and larger church congregations
> > are willing to become involved in helping in many ways.
> > With most schools it takes time....
> > We are training the generation after us with new tools and
> > the new attitudes that open
> > source provides. Linux is a more natural extension of a
> > man's talents. We have gone within
> > a few short years from texting to X-Windows to Live CD's to
> > USB Flash Drive Linux sticks
> > to Linux Remixes, etc. Some of these new users(even
> > children) are figuring out how to do
> > what they want and we need to encourage them to do what we
> > do. Linux is more than just
> > computers and that is part of what we need to teach and
> > instill in our donees.
> > And so, since you are the designated project manager, what
> > next??
> > BobE
> > "Robert Eisenzopf" <deitai at closecall.com>
> >
> > Nate <omegamormegil at gmail.com>
> > > Also, if anyone is interested in specifically helping
> >  with
> > > planning/organization of this project, feel free to speak
> > up.  :)
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