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

John Hofstetter hookedonlinux at
Thu Aug 6 01:46:00 BST 2009

My employer should have at least six Dell Optiplex 240's to give me 
shortly after I replace them with Optiplex 280's at various 
workstations.  There won't be any monitors available and at this point 
the availability of keyboards and mice are uncertain.  CRT monitors are 
fairly inexpensive at places like Goodwill and used computer stores.

I've got some storage space and would be able to set up three towers at 
once connecting to a four port KVM.

John Hofstetter
10 E 4th St #17
Frederick, MD 21701-5257
hookedonlinux at
honkytonk9876 at

christopher fletez-brant wrote:
> I spoke with my company's IT guy - he has one pc to throw out now but no
> monitor.  Any other thoughts?  Does anyone else know if their work is
> tossing out computers soon?  Or suggestions along the lines of companies I
> might reach out to? I can do computer storage, too, btw...
> Kipper Fletez-Brant
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 7:00 PM, Matt Burkhardt <mlb at>wrote:
>> 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
>>> 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>
>>>> Nate <omegamormegil at>
>>>>> Also, if anyone is interested in specifically helping
>>>>  with
>>>>> planning/organization of this project, feel free to speak
>>>> up.  :)
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