Pay it forward - 'Giving' Ubuntu to Windows Users

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Dec 10 01:38:15 UTC 2008

On 12/09/2008 05:24 PM, David Fox wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 5:11 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>> Some of you may recall that last year about this time I cobbled together
>> a recycled system, loaded Ubuntu on it, and ended up giving it to a
>> local teenager for Christmas. Happily, the kid (and his family) are
> Do you have a county computer recycling center (or school district) in
> your area that might have use for them?
> More likely #2 than #1, but I live in the South Bay Area CA and
> there's the Alameda County Computer Recycling Center ( -
> they do this sort of thing all the time, and look for donated
> equipment to give to lower income families. Additionally from time to
> time there are events with shelters in the area to evangelize Linux in
> general (and sometimes Ubuntu) to lower-income families who don't want
> to or can't afford proprietary solutions.

Actually, I got the two systems that I've prepared from a recycled bunch
that was thrown out for trash. I'm aware of the Alameda center (I'm
about 40 miles south) & think that they are fantastic! However I think
that they load Windows on them, so starting last year I gave one with
Ubuntu & free support as my own 'personal' project. The kid I gave the
system to last year was in the 'very-low-income' category and they had
no computer at all. The systems for this year will be pretty much the
same. The experience has been so cool that I hope to make it an annual

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