hi <br><br>I met today with Kurt Robillard, the guy who is our contact person at St. Anthony's for the 12/15/07 event. More comments in line. Thanks againt to Kami and Karl for organizing this event. <br><br><div class="gmail_quote">
On Dec 5, 2007 8:56 AM, jim stockford <<a href="mailto:email@example.com" target="_blank">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<br> If you are planning to attend to help install linux<br>on machines to those in need</blockquote><div><br>Actually, Karl told me this evening that he sees that this event will include basic activities for us, if we want to do these things:
<br><br>1. train low-income individuals and non-profit org reps how to use various FOSS tools. This is not going to be an indepth training. It will be more of a get-acquainted-with-FOSS type of event;<br><br>2. handing out GNU Linux CDs to those interested;
<br><br>3. Installing Linux on boxes at they come in;<br><br>4. making contacts in the non-profit org community to gauge interest in FOSS migrations and adoptions;<br><br>5. Showing those attending the event how to get tech support for their distro of choice.
<br><br><u>Who will attend</u>: There will be two rooms, let's call them the small room and the big room. We will be in the big room (available space = 10 yards x 14 yards). In the small room will be a company that does Windows work for the clients. We probably won't have all that much direct contact with the Windows folks. They might be sending us a few clients if those clients can't make use of Windows on their machines, for whatever reason (viruses, licensing issues, etc.) About 30 people have signed up to get free troubleshooting on their hardware with the Windows folks.
<br><br>In addition to those 30, Karl thinks that there might be an additional 50 people or so who will be attending. He says that St. Anthony's has done significant community outreach to non-profit orgs and other community organizations to make them aware of this event.
<br><br><u>Hours</u>: 10 to 2 pm, but Jim Stockford has suggested that volunteers should arrive at 9 am on Saturday, Dec 15. I will be there all day, but everyone can, of course, feel free to come and go as they please, although it would be nice to know who is going to be there for how long.
<br><br><u>Big potential payoff for our LUG</u>: Making contacts with lots of other non-profit orgs in the tenderloin. Since there will be reps from other tenderloin non-profit orgs there, this will be a phenomenal opportunity for establishing relationships with people who might be interested in exploring FOSS adoptions and / or migrations for their orgs.
<br><br><u>What Karl thinks is probably *not* going to happen that day</u>: Karl said that it is rprobably *not* a good idea to be actually *giving out* boxes on that day, because he said that it would cause a commotion. The actual metaphor he used was "like Evita throwing cash to the multitudes." LOL. Instead, we will make a list of people who are interested, and Karl he would like to make arrangements to have those needs triaged. Instead, Karl suggests that we see this event as an opportunity to showcase FOSS.
<br><br><u>How the room is set up</u>: The room we will be using is really quite large. There are three outlets along the 14 yard wall, and two along the 10 yard wall. There are lots of tables and chairs to use.<br><br>
<u>A description of the boxes we will be showcasing</u>: Karl has received a donation of 8 working Dell Optiplex GX 150 machines, and a ninth box that just needs a power supply. Specs: 512 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, 1 ghz chip speed. The idea is that these boxes would eventually be given out after Karl and Kami and our team triage the crowds to see who is serious about getting a box and who the best fit would be. I believe that we could probably get a few more machines from James Burgett of the
ACCRC.org if we need them. People could also bring their own notebooks, but don't plan on walking away from the notebooks. This is the tenderloin, after all.<br><br><u>What will happen that day</u>: people will probably come into the room and mill around to just look at the FOSS boxes and ask questions. I am going to suggest that we have one or two stations set up where we can give 10 minute "lightning talks" approximately twice per hour on the basic "how-to's" of using GNU Linux on the desktop. We could hand out basic fliers as to how to get support from one or two popular forums. We would want to set up yet another work station or two for diagnosing hardware problems and installing.
<br><br><u>Giving out CDs</u>: Sameer Verma has a whole bunch of pressed Feisty CDs that he has been interested in giving out. He has given some, if not all, of them to Jim Stockford. We could have those available to give out to people who seem interested in trying them. I have a friend who is a big openSUSE fan, and he will probably bring a few openSUSE CDs to hand out as well.
<br><br><u>Stuff we will need to bring</u>: 9 monitors, 9 mice, 9 keyboards (as Karl only has the boxes themselves); at least 5 four port switches (one to split the room, the others to feed the individual boxes); at least 6 six-jack surge protectors; at least 18 AC power cables (9 boxes and monitors); at least 9 ethernet cables, preferably at least 20 feet each, plus one or two ethernet cables reaching, say, 50 feet (we are going to have to run an ethernet cable from the wall jack in a different room, because this room has no ethernet outlet); a spindle of say 25 CDs for on-the-spot burning of CDs. If anyone has some torchier lamps they could bring for lighting, that would be great. Also, everyone might want to consider bringing their own screwdrivers and pliers and whatever other diagnostic / building tools you think you will need.
<br></div></div><br><u>dress for video, please</u>: I am going to be videoing this event, so please try to wear solid colors, but not white, and not dark colors. Light blues and greens are best. I am probably going to be panning the room (shooting the whole room to show the attendance) on several occasions, so please take that into account in advance. If people are bothered by that proposal, please let me know, and I will try to confine my shooting accordingly.
<br><br><u>Software on the 9 boxes</u>: I have two of the 9 boxes, and I am currently in the process of installing Gutsy Ubuntu (7.10) on those boxes. We chose Gutsy because the Ubuntu community is simply amazing, and we want to have a good forum for these newbies to turn to. Of course, if someone wants to install another distro on those boxes, I personally am not opposed to you doing so; however, IMHO, you should be prepared to mentor that person, which probably should include writing up a short little one-page summary of how to get support for that distro, and maybe even giving them your email address for support questions.
<br><br>Thanks in advance for any interest you might have in coming to this event. I hope that it is well-attended and fun for everyone.<br>