[sf-lug] March 1 St. Anthony's Foundation outreach

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 19:17:09 PST 2008


On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 4:27 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):
> > I would like to encourage people to consider signing up for the two
> March 1
> > events.
> I note without objection that the two events' timing conflict.
> Tenderloin Community Tech Support Day, 9am-2pm
> Installfest, 10am-6pm

Correct.  These two events do conflict.  That is why a number of us are
trying to drum up excitement, because we are going to need lots of
volunteers that day with FOSS skills.

> > Both of these events have common goals:  getting FOSS into the hands of
> > those who need it.
> Can you point out to me where the Tenderloin event's materials say
> anything at all about open source / free software?  I can't seem to find
> any such mention, and the bit about "installing and demonstrating"
> antivirus software suggests MS-Windows to me.

Yes, please watch this CNet video, which features a Tenderloin resident,
Paul Woods, failing to get help from the Microsoft Windows' side of the
event, and coming over to get Ubuntu Linux installed on his computer.  This
video features Ubuntu prominently.  Basically there will be some Windows
presence at the St. Anthony's Foundation (SAF) event, which is why it it
important for us to get a decent Free Software presence at the SAF event,

The point is that we are invading a traditionally Microsoft-oriented event.
We actually have gotten great cooperation from the Microsoft-oriented people
there, and in fact, those people are now starting to train people in using
Linux.  Jim Stockford and I just went to a presentation tonight by the group
that is going to be doing the Microsoft Windows side of the SAF event, and
it is really remarkable how well we are all doing at helping the Tenderloin
residents without rancor.  The Windows people are quietly doing their thing,
and we are quietly doing our FOSS thing.  As you will see in the video, it
is the Windows guy who sends Paul Woods over to the Linux guys (Kristian
Hermann) who then installs Ubuntu.

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