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

christopher fletez-brant cafletezbrant at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 14:28:58 BST 2009


That's great!  We are up to 1 computer, 2 CRTs and "at least six Dell
Optiplex 240's".  The optiplexes will probably be better than what I can
get, as my IT department informed me that the pc they're getting rid of has
a P3 and 256 MB ram.
Kipper Fletez-Brant


On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Ron Swift <rswift at swiftstaffing.com> wrote:

> I have 2 crt monitors that are in good working condition to contribute.
> Thanks
>
> Nate wrote:
> > Here is an order for two computers.  Not quite worthy of a big install
> fest,
> > but if we had two computers to give away, I'm sure we could get a small
> > group together to get them ready.
> >
> > Do we have two computers?
> >
> > Nate (Omegamormegil)
> >
> > On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:55 PM, christopher fletez-brant<
> > cafletezbrant at gmail.com>  wrote:
> >
> >
> >> So, I just spoke with my gf.  She would like 2 PC's in her classroom,
> and
> >> depending on her conversation with her boss there may be a 5-7 PC lab
> for
> >> the high school.  We are definitely on for 2 PC's however.  Per my
> >> conversation, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a call out for
> >> volunteer speakers as well:
> >> *we are always looking for people to mentor, speak or offer brief
> >> apprenticeships or classes.*
> >> *
> >> *
> >> *You can reply to me specifically if you are interested in any volunteer
> >> capacity.  Per Craig's list (ha!) of duties, I can handle #3 and some of
> #1
> >> if we have a list of vendors (I'm assuming we're not calling Best Buy,
> for
> >> example).*
> >> *
> >> *Kipper Fletez-Brant
> >>
> >>
> >> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Craig Younkins<cyounkins at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>> "i vote to give them to schools."
> >>>>
> >>> Public schools won't take them. There's just no chance because they
> don't
> >>> integrate into the county's infrastructure. And find me a poor private
> >>> school.
> >>>
> >>> Craig
> >>>
> >>> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:23 PM, Dave Fine<finerrecliner at gmail.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>> i vote to give them to schools.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM, christopher fletez-brant<
> >>>> cafletezbrant at gmail.com>  wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> The biggest question I have is how do we go about pitching these
> >>>>>
> >>>> computers
> >>>>
> >>>>> to people?  Even if we offer a free new (or newer) computer, there is
> >>>>> usually some reluctance to be overcome about using a non-Windows
> >>>>>
> >>> solution
> >>>
> >>>>> (i.e., how do I put iTunes on it?  or what's Flash and why doesn't
> >>>>>
> >> this
> >>
> >>>>> computer have it?).  I'm just asking how we plan on coming up with a
> >>>>>
> >>>> donor
> >>>>
> >>>>> list before we get started jamming out pc's...
> >>>>> Kipper Fletez-Brant
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Dave Fine<finerrecliner at gmail.com>
> >>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> do we want to set up a wiki page or something to help organize
> >>>>>>
> >> this?
> >>
> >>>>> there
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> we can start making a list of available hardware to be donated, and
> >>>>>>
> >>> set
> >>>
> >>>>>> dates for the install parties, etc
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:57 PM, Craig Younkins<
> >>>>>>
> >> cyounkins at gmail.com
> >>
> >>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Sounds like there is plenty of interest. We need managers to
> >>>>>>>
> >>>> facilitate
> >>>>
> >>>>>>> receiving computers, organize the installation parties, and
> >>>>>>>
> >>>> facilitate
> >>>>
> >>>>>> the
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> export of the computers to those in need. Perhaps that's too much
> >>>>>>>
> >>> for
> >>>
> >>>>> one
> >>>>>
> >>>>>>> person to handle. Anyone willing to take a role?
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> * Communicate with organizations and other places to get old
> >>>>>>>
> >>>> computers
> >>>>
> >>>>>>> * Manage the installation of linux on the machines we receieve
> >>>>>>> * Control the export of completed computers to places that need
> >>>>>>>
> >>> them
> >>>
> >>>>>>> As with any "extra" project, having multiple people do less is
> >>>>>>>
> >>> often
> >>>
> >>>>>> better
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> than having one person do more. Unfortunately, I cannot volunteer
> >>>>>>>
> >>> for
> >>>
> >>>>> any
> >>>>>
> >>>>>>> role.
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Craig Younkins
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:47 PM, John Alan Hastings<
> >>>>>>>
> >>> jah1066 at aol.com
> >>>
> >>>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> Sounds wonderful.
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> A couple of years ago I approached the Lazarus Foundation and
> >>>>>>>>
> >>> asked
> >>>
> >>>>>>>> about their use of Linux.  They don't use Linux at all; they
> >>>>>>>>
> >> are
> >>
> >>>> 100%
> >>>>
> >>>>>>>> Microsoft.  They do, however, need to specify minimum standards
> >>>>>>>>
> >>> for
> >>>
> >>>>>>>> donated equipment since they are installing Microsoft systems.
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> It might be possible to get the equipment that they have
> >>>>>>>>
> >> received
> >>
> >>>> in
> >>>>
> >>>>>>>> donation which cannot support Microsoft but which could support
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>> Linux.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>>>> Alan
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> Nate wrote:
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> http://linuxagainstpoverty.org/linux-against-poverty
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> I think it would be great.  Thoughts?
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Nate (Omegamormegil)
> >>>>>>>>>
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