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[Fwd: Other projects]

With John Kiewiet's permission I am posting this to the
list for your information.

In addition John also has these comments -

>  II. Dr. Loots is interested in anything that can keep the cost on 
>          hardware/software down to an affordable range. Linux, I think is a 
>          very appropriate OS to consider, because of the built in 
>          networking capabilities etc.(I use it myself). 
>      III. The main considerations (as I see them) are:
>         1. He is working with donated hardware/software and it needs to 
>            run on that configuration (which could vary a great deal).
>         2. The software he already has (CD-ROM collection) may be designed 
>            to run on other OS's (i.e.. MS DOS/Win3.1x/Win95/98). So he 
>            needs the capability to either emulate or convert.
>         3. It needs to be easy to use (limited training for end users).
>         4. It (hardware/software) need to be reliable (limited repair and
>            troubleshooting capabilities).
>         5. There are other environmental considerations (heat, humidity, 
>            poor power quality etc.) that need to be allowed for.
>         6. It would be nice to have a collection of Lesson plans etc., in 
>            various subjects for teachers (public domain/low cost). There  
>            are tutorial's and other "howto" documents already in existence
>            for the Linux requirements.
>         7. Volunteers, to do all this work.
>         8. The unknown (yet to be discovered considerations).

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     Having looked at your Website (Project Computer Bank). I was prompted 
     to write to you about some other projects going on.
     I have written to Dr. Michel Loots, MD in Antwerp Belgium, regarding 
     the creation of a free software setup (i.e.. Linux, Freedos, DRDOS). 
     For utilization in free or low cost computers, for uses you also 
     describe. He (Dr. Loots) is involved in the "Humanity CD-ROM Project" 
     This is a Collection of many types of information and software, that 
     are of benefit to third world countries and school children. I think 
     we seem to have some common goals, and thus may be able to coordinate 
     some work on these areas.
     There is another site you may find of interest at:
     This is the site of the BURKS CD-ROM, (Brighton University Resource 
     Kit for Students). A collection of information and programs for 
     "students". It's creator John English, can be contacted at :
     I hope this information has been of use to you, and that we may have 
     further discussions on this matter.
                                                  John Kiewiet
                                                  US DOC NOAA NMFS
                                                  Computer Specialist
                                                  9721 Executive Center Dr.
                                                  St. Petersburg, FL 33702
                                                  727-570-5333 WP (9-5:30
                                                  PM EST)

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