[sf-lug] Linux Kitchen?

David Reber morpheus2485 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 11:50:47 PST 2006

The primary goal would be to get computers into the hands of lower income

Using Linux would be a way to avoid licencing issues, and easier on the
older hardware the project would likely receive.

Beyond getting hardware into the hands of lower income families, the project
would serve as a space to help people with problems and nurture projects
like people creating their own alternatives to myspace (that sounds like a
really good idea by the way).


On 27 Mar 2006 19:00:52 GMT, David Sterry <david at sterryit.com> wrote:
> Hi David,
> I think the biggest problem with this idea is defining the goal of the
> project. Is it to get computers into the hands of lower income families? Is
> it to spread linux?
> If it's the latter I think you've really got to play into linux
> strengths...being that it's great if you want to run a web server or develop
> web apps and services. So who'd want to this kind of stuff? I'm thinking the
> head geeks in schools. They probably have all they want in terms of hardware
> so I think it's really just introducing them to a good starting linux
> project. Myspace is so popuular amongst kids that saying create your own
> myspace might be a cool project that would attract school kids attention.
> Just my 2 cents...
> Thanks,
> David Sterry
> david at sterryit.com
> ---- Original Message ----
> From: "David Reber" <morpheus2485 at gmail.com>
> Date: 3/26/06 4:41 pm
> To: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
> Subj: [sf-lug] Linux Kitchen?
> For several months now I've been kicking around the following idea in my
> head without ever getting the guts to go ahead with it:
> We all know that there's tons of computers being thrown in the garbage
> every
> day.  They're not the latest and greatest affairs, but they'll still do
> everything they did the day they were sold for $1000 or more. (In fact,
> they'll do more with your favorite distribution of linux installed).
> Also, there is, I assume, a fair number of lower income kids and
> teens  who
> would be more than happy to get their hands on a functional older moddle
> computer.
> So my idea is to bring the two togeather:  have a space, and one or more
> linux veterans to man the place at least one day a week.  The final
> ingreediants are the donated computers (which i'm not particularly worried
> about), invite the locals, and "wasta": linux learning goodness.  I
> envision
> it as being a place where people can learn about linux and get help with
> whatever project/problem they're experiencing.  Sort of a slightly
> expanded
> install fest.
> The biggest problem that this project has in terms of getting off the
> ground
> is space and leadership.  I can provide a good amount of leadership, but I
> have nill resources in terms of space.
> can you help?
> ~david
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