This is a quick reminder that the Installfest for Schools in taking place on the expo floor at LinuxWorld next week (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). We've got an ambitious goal of refurbishing 1,000 older/discarded computers with GNU/Linux for schools and we need all the help we can get. Here's how you can lend a hand:
1)Help install GNU/Linux (Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu or gNewSense)
2)Help breakdown bad computers to identify reusable parts
3)Donate your old computer -- ACCRC will have a collection booth and can provide tax deductable receipts
4)Know a school that needs computers and is willing to try GNU/Linux desktops? Please tell us here:
Also, I'm pleased to announce a little help from our friends...
Mozilla and Canonical/Ubuntu are donating schwag for installfest volunteers. Creative commons has packaged CC licensed and Ogg formatted multi-media content that will be placed on each system. And No Starch Press has made another extremely cool donation of a PDF copy of "Ubuntu for non-Geeks" for EVERY computer... What a great resource for newbies!
Why the installfest is cool:
1)Digital Divide: Helps get computers to children/schools in need
2)F/OSS Outreach: Helps expose new users to Free & Open Source Software
3)Environment: Helps divert thousands of pounds of toxic electronic waste from the landfill
4)Community: Is a great cause to bring the community together around
Lastly, don't forget to register for the LinuxWorld Expo. The passes are free if you register in advance, but $50 onsite. Register here:
Learn more about the installfest here:
Thanks so much for your help!
References & Notes:
PIII and newer systems will be refurbished with Ubuntu for schools. Older systems will be recycled properly by the ACCRC.
Here is a writeup of the first event: http://lwn.net/Articles/273770/
and here are some pictures:
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