[sf-lug] Computer Zombies

jim stockford jim at well.com
Thu Mar 6 17:51:13 PST 2008

    someone can definitely make use of them. you
wanna, give 'em to me and i promise i'll give 'em
to others (i have too many of my own to want
    if others respond, they come first, naturally.
    if anyone wants to build ubuntu on them, will
you consider sharing the experience with a new
member who wants to learn, too?

On Mar 6, 2008, at 5:35 PM, Charlie Wheeler wrote:

> Hi,
> My name is Charlie Wheeler and I work for a small group that was 
> purchased
> about three years ago by a large educational publishing company.
> I'm a Linux enthusiast, and I noticed that you did some install-fests, 
> so I am
>  writing you to see if you (or SF-LUG) might be able to help me, or 
> give me
> some advice on dealing with some of the computers at our office that 
> have
> been put out to pasture.
> Basically, they're just sitting there. It's true, of course, that some 
> of
>  them aren't in good shape and have been canibalized. But, 
> surprisingly (to
> me at least) most of them are fine, older P4, desktops, servers, 
> laptops
> with plenty of memory (256MB-2GB). I suggested that we donate them, but
>  because schools are our clients, it's a conflict of interest for us to
> donate these machines to schools. So, I'm looking for a 3rd party to
> donate them to. Also at issue is the hard drive, or rather what's on 
> it.
> I volunteered to do a proposal. My plan is to install Ubuntu on the 
> machines (mostly Dells)and
> find a non-school that takes donations, and recycle the ones that 
> aren't
> working. I could use some suggestions, in particular, who might be 
> interested in
>  these machines, and whether this will be an inordinate amount of work 
> for me.
> My co-workers kind of poo-poo'd the idea and suggested we pay a 
> company to
> recycle them. It seems weird to just let these computers rot when they 
> could
>  be useful to somebody.
> Regards,
> Charlie
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