[sf-lug] sf-lug news update

Kenneth Starks helios at fixedbylinux.com
Wed Jun 4 04:25:57 PDT 2008


This is the type of project I live for.  Unfortunately, financial situation
does not allow me to come out and help with this project...but I can
publicize it heavily.  I am gone most of the day but will be back this
evening and will start an article on your efforts.  I will send you drafts
for your blue pencil.  This is too critical to let it go now.


On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 11:13 PM, Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 4:46 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>>   if you have a little time and want to screw
>> screws and get down with sheet metal, help ACCRC
>> and/or christian einsfeldt rebuild computers.
>> christian might welcome help with other problems
>> he has at the KIPP school, though i'm just guessing.
> Yeah, that's true.  There is lots and lots of work at our public middle
> school project, and it really needs someone with greater sys admin knowledge
> to be the lead, because I am sure that I am not doing as good a job as I
> could if I could be just a gopher there, rather than a lead organizer, which
> is the role that I have just sort of fallen into.  I have learned a lot
> along the way, but I have probably blundered quite badly, too.
> And just today I met with the music teacher, who is planning to increase
> her use of the Edubuntu lab next year.  Plus, lots of the teachers are
> asking for audio to be able to play across the network.  Drew Hess has been
> gracious enough to volunteer to provide some real high level sys admin work
> to make this happen, but he will need good support.  I can be a second pair
> of hands for him, but I am guessing that this job will be quite big, and the
> school is being forced to cut its budget by 10%, which means that it will
> need to fundraise 50% of its budget next year, up from 40% this year.  They
> have no money for technology, which is potentially a real advantage for us,
> because it means that we have less competition from Microsoft-partnered
> vendors.
> On the other hand, the lack of funds also means that we, the SF-LUG
> community (along with the other Bay Area LUGs) are going to need to do a lot
> of work in getting YouTube-type video and audio to run across this network.
> We have made lots and lots of progress at this school over the 4 years that
> we have been supporting the school.  We are getting lots of eyeballs into
> the Edubuntu lab, including several SF supervisors.  We have given boxes out
> to students, and we now actually have a waiting list of students and orgs
> that are waiting for Linux boxes!!  That is a really nice change for me from
> the beginning of this project, when I found that it was hard to even give
> away Linux boxes.  We are slowly but surely winning a brand-name-recognition
> contest with Microsoft in our small little corner of the world.
> I remember when I first started doing this work, and I still hadn't found
> out about this list or the SVLUG list, and it seemed as if the few Tuxheads
> that I knew were so alone and that we were isolated and not making much
> headway.  Now it seems that we have newbies coming to us for GNU Linux
> boxes, and that is a nice change.  We are now really at the point where the
> main thing holding us back is not enough volunteers, which is a nice change
> from the beginning, when we had more volunteers than interested newbies.
> c u
> --
> Christian Einfeldt,
> Producer, The Digital Tipping Point
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