[sf-lug] Today! fundraiser for Linux in schools!

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 11:21:00 PST 2010

Today is our fundraiser for Partimus.org, a non-profit dedicated to
increasing the use of Linux in schools.  If you have any questions, such as
how to find the funraiser or get into the building, pls phone or text
Christian Einfeldt @ 415-351-1300

Here is a link to our fundraiser page.  Please feel free to donate if you
can't make it.  Even $5.00 helps!


Thanks in advance for any interest that you might have in helping to get
Linux into poor public schools!

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>
> Hi,
> A number of volunteers for Partimus.org have been working very hard for
free for 6.5 years now in various public schools around the Bay Area to
place GNU-Linux machines in public schools.  We have established a good
foundation, and we now want to build on that foundation.  The teachers
appreciate Linux, are not afraid of it, and use it heavily for a wide
variety of functions,
> including some mission-critical functions such as reporting grades and so
forth, at least in some schools.  In some of the schools, Linux is the only
platform to which the kids have access for reaching the Internet.
> All of this is a marvelous accomplishment, and we want to extend that
achievement. But to do so, we are going to need to bring in funds.  We have
been running entirely on volunteer fumes.  If we are going to expand, we
will need to establish a financial foundation to build on the foundation of
goodwill we have achieved and technical prowess that we have demonstrated.
> Toward that end, we are holding an initial fundraiser to build a
fundraising committee on December 15, 2010, at 5 pm at 1601 Turk Street, at
the Creative Arts Charter School, in the Board Room.  The purpose of this
meeting is to create a group of dedicated volunteers who will focus on
fundraising for our Linux-schools efforts.  We will be providing modest
refreshments, and we
> will be asking for a suggested donation of $25.00 at the time of the
12/15/10 meeting to kick off our fundraising drive.
> Free open source software has created a lot of jobs and wealth, and now is
a great time for us to expand our efforts to bring the considerable benefits
of free software to those who really need it most, namely, public schools
whose budgets have been mercilessly slashed for more than a decade.
Supporting education fits very well with the FOSS culture of expanding
knowledge, transparency, and democracy.  Attending this fundraiser would be
a great way for the members of this list to make a commitment to supporting
our proven and very successful efforts to get FOSS ideals into the broader
> We will not be asking for too much of your time.  We will only be asking
you to share your contacts will us, and help us do outreach to get your
friends and neighbors to make small but meaningful financial contributions
to our efforts.
> One of the specific goals of the 12/15/10 fundraiser will be to prepare
for a larger fundraiser to be held in the spring at the Creative Arts
Charter School.  That fundraiser will be a large installfest and FOSS
festival.  We are planning to have booths for Bay Area FOSS-related groups,
such as local LUGs and local FOSS-related businesses, both large and small.
We will have
> barbeques and games for kids.  It will be a fun, family-oriented event
that will have the dual purpose of raising money and soliciting hardware
donations, which will be triaged on the spot and we will install GNU-Linux
on machines that are brought in, so that we can turn those machine right
around and install them in the 6 Bay Area Schools where we have a FOSS
> Also for the 12/15/10 event, we are asking people to bring working
laptops, printers, monitors, keyboards, and optical mice towers to donate.
Our minimum spec for donation is 512 MB of RAM and at least 1.8 Ghz chips or
the AMD equivalent.
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