[ubuntu-us-mi] Computer recycling

Josh jpdreamcenter at comcast.net
Tue Jun 17 06:13:23 BST 2008

Hey folks. 

The "recycling" thing was an idea greg-g and I came up with when mi loco
was just a baby (I think we had 4 members at the time?). The idea was to
take older, out of date systems that people are junking, breath some
life into them with Ubuntu and give them away to folks who otherwise
could not get anything, schools, church, whatever could use and/or
appreciate them. I thought it was a great way to keep from feeding the
landfills, a great way to give a bit of a helping hand to some folks
that may need it, a good way to promote Ubuntu, linux, and FOSS in
general, a way to build some skills, and a bit of fun tinkering. 

I had some fun piecing together a bunch of older HP boxes, that's what
got me thinking.

I then got busy going back to school, getting married, and having a
personal life, so I didn't do anything with the idea at all. I'm glad to
see some interest in it. 

I would really like to be able to give away one decent system a month,
document it, and post success stories on the Ubuntu-MI pages. One decent
system, and however many "Oh my God that thing actually works" systems
that could be managed. That, at least was I was thinking for better or

If there is any momentum here, I am in (at least for the summer). I have
already given away/sold at ridiculously low prices ALL of my extra stuff
for my EEE pc mods, since I am a greedy jerk.

Anyway, happy hacking.


On Tue, 2008-06-17 at 00:35 -0400, Jeff Hanson wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:13 AM, Dan Leichtweis
> <dan at metroinnovations.com> wrote:
> > I a little behind on the conversation but I have a nice hook up currently on
> > some old (only 3 years) IBM Netvista 8306's P4 2.66ghz for about $35 buckets
> > a pop if they are not all gone yet I purchased 10 last week.  These are
> > basic machines but they keep up pretty well.
> I have two IntelliStation E Pro sytems.  They looked nice until I
> found RAMBUS memory (1 with a failed module) and a Matrox AGP video
> card in a non-standard form-factor.

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