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

Sarah Mei sarahmei at gmail.com
Sun Mar 2 13:41:44 PST 2008

I was at the Novato location from 2-4 and was impressed by the
turnout. I think 6 people signed up on the wiki, but about 20 had
shown up by 2. Because of the low anticipated turnout, the organizers
had sent a truckload of boxes from Novato down to San Francisco, so we
were short on both hardware and stations. Plus, we had a breaker blow
at 3:55 which meant all the boxes in the process of getting their
install had to start over from the beginning. Argh...

Still, Peter and I managed to upgrade the RAM on half a dozen old IBM
boxes, swap out one dead drive, connect several disconnected CD
drives, and finish the Ubuntu install on one machine. We left 2 other
machines in the process of installing. It was very personally
rewarding and I am hopeful that the boxes will find good homes.

Jen (?), the organizer, mentioned that they do this every Thursday
night (at the Novato location) and it's open to the public to come on
down and help. I actually live in the city (but I was up in Marin all
day yesterday) and getting up to Novato on a weeknight after work is
pretty tough. I'd like to find something similar closer to home.

TL;DR version: anyone know of a volunteer place in the city where I
can go regularly to do this kind of thing?

2008/3/2 Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>:
> hi
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 2:46 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> >
> > Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):
> >
> >
> > > Maybe we could look at it as 5 installfest locations, rather than four.
> > > ;-)    Just imagine that we had 5 installfest locations.  We would need
> to
> > > populate all five of them.
> >
> > Two of them in close geographic proximity.  Not a good problem to have
> > to solve, in my experience.
> >
> As it turns out, we had so many people attend the KIPP San Francisco Bay
> Academy site of the ACCRC - Untangle installfest that two of them left the
> KIPP school and went to the St. Anthony's Foundation (SAF) event.
> The ACCRC - Untangle installfest installed hundreds of boxes at 4 locations,
> and the SAF event introduced about 20 people or so to FOSS.  The 20 people
> were both volunteers for the Windows side of the SAF event, as well as new
> users, two of whom will be getting FOSS boxes.  One of those people has
> already picked up his box.  i thought that it was particularly cool that
> Matt Price (one of the two to whom I referred above) left from the ACCRC -
> Untangle site at the KIPP school and went to the SAF event.  He actually
> guided the SAF recipient back to the KIPP school, which allowed the
> recipient to drive off with a small desktop box in a bag dangling from the
> handlebars of his bicycle.
> This was a very rewarding event for me personally, so thanks to all of you
> for making it happen.  There was a lot of really positive energy in the air
> at the KIPP event, as I am sure was the case at the other four locations.
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