[ubuntu-za] Brainstorm on ideas to get Ubuntu to areas without internet (renamed from Release Party 10.10.10 ...)

Marco Gallotta marco at gallotta.co.za
Mon Sep 6 15:12:32 BST 2010

On a slightly related, but different topic entirely:

When I return to Cape Town next month, one of my main goals with our
Python course (see umonya.co.za) is to meet with some people to work
out how to reach out more to these disadvantaged areas. While it has
nothing to do with CD distribution, I still believe we can share a lot
of knowledge and experiences.

Let me know if you would be interested in working together on this.
Shared effort is better than going out their alone.


On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM, SHAWN REITSTEIN <shawnreit at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, thanks, since it is an energy issueI -  think I should speak to
> some people in the communities I'm considering will be interested in
> such networking. Specifically Guguletu, where I have some friends. I'm
> not actually sure what they're doing at the moment and whether there's
> enough support for the idea as a formal project. My car was stolen
> July and I havn't been visiting Gugs much. I'll research a little and
> get back to you. The Stellenbosch recycle? is that to the Cape Town
> area too? I like the idea of a day in the month to meet somewhere to
> share software and help with computer issues. What about people using
> Windows? - which I'm sure the majority do - being an issue with Ubuntu
> group and compatibilities?  -
>  Shawn
> On 9/5/10, maia grotepass <maiatoday at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Shawn I am forwarding your message to a new thread so we can try to
>> keep the release party planning more focussed and it will give people
>> a place to answer some of your questions without dilluting the other
>> discussions. Also this discussion is more open ended and ongoing.
>> Some good ideas. we are on this side of the digital divide and it is
>> always a challenge to even things out. Please feel free to start up
>> with any innitiative you have the energy to pursue.  Energy is
>> contagious so if you can get something going I am sure there will be
>> people who want to join in. I know Stellenbosch university has a
>> program where people donate old pc's and they get ubuntu installed and
>> then handed out to communities that would benefit. There may be others
>> that I don't know about.
>> What specific things do you have in mind?
>> Maia
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: SHAWN REITSTEIN <shawnreit at gmail.com>
>> Date: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 10:33 AM
>> Subject: Re: [ubuntu-za] Release Party 10.10.10 what shall we do?
>> To: Ubuntu South African Local Community <ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com>
>> From Shawn Reitstein: (I've been a bit out of the loop: my email was
>> blocking Ubuntu!?)
>> Hi, I'm using this 'reply to all" to suggest something not new, I
>> think deserves some attention: There are alot of people out there, on
>> the Flats for eg,(Cape), who arn't affording internet, yet many have
>> computers, or computers in the immediate environment, or could aquire
>> -  (like David Lewis's refurbish old computers project). If the Ubuntu
>> community were to copy downloads to disc and flash, wiki this and
>> that, there could be an ongoing stream of distribution of some good
>> stuff to many who otherwise are only going to get access in years
>> time. Or even more organised might be a network that could field
>> requests for specific info, interests, study...?  Is this old hat?
>> Impractical? Who's asking for it? Maybe I'm thinking of the/an
>> informal sector? has this been done ? is it happening? is there
>> interest? in others interests? I was just now considering the
>> affordability of an uncapped account, and wondered what I could do
>> with unlimited downloadability. I think that many deserving could
>> benefit from such a networking. There are free internet lobbies,
>> meanwhile, if it's not already set up, this old idea seems do-able?
>> Regards
>> Shawn
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