[ubuntu-us-mi] recycling-donation project

Matt Arnold matt.mattarn at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 20:10:38 GMT 2009


When I read this, I thought of Dan Diebolt, who wants to create a
local community for DIY Makers and would like Penguicon to help. I'm
CC'ing him on this to see what you might want to do together since
your interests obviously intersect.

Dan is going to make signage and Penguicon is going to give him tables
on which to display identical Pentium 4 computers from Silicon Alley
Recyclers. All weekend the computers will be running basic
Do-It-Yourself open source projects that can run
on recycled computers. For instance, digital TV, jukebox, telephony,
BitTorrent, and various servers. These projects are kitted up with
resources and instructions on the web. The goal is that random Star
Wars fans with not much tech background will see Dan's signage, look
at the computers, and get hooked on Open Source.


On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Josh Panter <joshp at nousessence.com> wrote:
> Hello Ubuntu-mi!
> This is JoshP, aka alienseer23 on irc. I have been advertising for the
> recycling/donation project on craigslist and other local resources since
> Jono's post about open source and open learning here:
> http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/01/06/open-source-and-open-learning/
> That post kind of rekindled the fire under my butt for this.
> After about a week or two I have about 5 promised systems, pending
> pick-up and delivery! I think this is great! I would like to get a nice
> amount of working systems together (10-20) and then have some sort of
> give-away event. Perhaps piggy-backed on top of an install-fest?
> Ultimately, I would really like to make this a regular, reoccurring
> event.
> This is a call for your junk and your time! Do you have a system that
> will boot but you don't use? Then I want it to give away! Even if it's
> older, perhaps there are parts to be used, or an opportunity to put
> Xbuntu on that baby and give it away to someone that could use it for
> basic productivity, email, web-surfing, etc. I know the chances are good
> that I will get some true junk here, but this is ok.
> Do you live far away from me (Ann Arbor), since I plan on doing the give
> away somewhere locally, or perhaps Detroit, perhaps Flint, and you live
> maybe in Muskegon, or Petoskey, perhaps you could get something going
> where you  are, and we could co-ordinate a day where we could have
> multiple give-away events in Michigan? Or perhaps you collect systems,
> and I could arrange a beer for you when you bring your load to Ann
> Arbor? Hrm...?
> Let's get this going! I want to be able to put up stories and pictures
> of happy people getting good, working systems running Ubuntu on our
> wiki, and I want to show them how to use it, introduce a whole new
> people to F/OSS and Ubuntu, and what it can do for them, but I need your
> help to do it! I want to make a name for our Loco with this, and I want
> your input. Do you have any constructive ideas for co-ordinating the
> give-away? Do you have any creative ideas for co-ordinating a collection
> effort?
> What's up, Ubuntu-Mi, I'm doing this, will you join me?
> Josh Panter
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