Stephen Gran on Wed, 9 Jul 2003 22:01:05 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Community Service Project

On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 06:45:14PM -0700, Craig Brennan said:
> Jon Nelson <> wrote:
> > Fellow geeks,
> >
> > I need some volenteers to help me with a community service project.
> > To put a Linux computer in the home of every kid in a Chester
> > elementry school, which is 450 students. If this works, I will try
> > to do other schools as well.
> > 
> > Here is the basic plan:
> > 
> > There is a local non-profit that recycles computers
> > ( and sells them at low cost ($50-$150)
> > to economically challenged families. They currently have 2000
> > computers available. I also have a friend that is a grade school
> > teacher in Chester City who's students come from economically
> > challenged families. I would like to get the computers to the
> > school/children at no cost, but running Linux of course. The
> > computers are currently sold with win98. Putting Linux on the boxes
> > would give the kids and their families a better leg up and not have
> > to worry about being strapped with an antiquated, substandard OS. I
> > am currently working on corporate sponsors to pay for the computers
> > and Linux distros to provide the OS (and maybe some funds too).
> > 
> > This is where PLUG comes in...I was hoping to recruit as many people
> > as possible to install Linux on all the boxes. I'm hoping the
> > majority will have the same hardware, which would make this
> > decidedly less difficult.  As far as time frame, I don't have one.
> > I'm just trying to gauge the level of cooperation I can muster.
> >
> > Ideas and suggestions are welcome!

How about a second meeting some months, with the idea being an
installfest?  The computers that get installed go to the kids.  I'm
happy to do it, schedule permitting.

> If I had enough advance notice, I might be able to clear out some time
> to help do some installs.  Sounds like a worthwhile idea.
> Don't know what distros you're planning on using.  I have Mandrake 9.1
> and that has great auto hardware detection.

This is Debian's biggest failing, but if the boxes are all the same, the
quirks could be worked out on one, and then cloned onto the others.  I
have some Redhat disks around here somewhere, don't know what the
license agreement is though . . . 

Good luck with it,
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