Linux Computers for CyberChallenged

Hi CINLUG Fans

I just spoke with some local (Indy) folks who've had a lot of "old" computers "donated". They are looking for a way to redistribute any usable ones to eligible groups and individuals.

The first thought that came to mind is that the best ones could become Terminal Servers, and the less capable could become Linux Terminals. The middle range could become standalone desktop / browser stations. With schools budgets strapped even worse than the general economy, this could put a bunch of computer labs into places that wouldn't have them for a long time.

It would take a bunch of talented Linux gurus to pull this off with a very spotty stack of aging boxes, but who better than the CINLUG gang to take a crack at it? If this doesn't happen, the whole pile could end up as salvage even sooner than necessary.

I may even know some folks who could donate a bunch of NICs with bootroms.

If there's any interest, post here, or get back to me by E-Mail.

Thanks in advance!
Jerry S.
jerry@spicklemire.com

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Re: Linux Computers for CyberChallenged

[quote="JerryS"]Hi CINLUG Fans

I just spoke with some local (Indy) folks who've had a lot of "old" computers "donated". They are looking for a way to redistribute any usable ones to eligible groups and individuals.
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You might want to put them in contact with [url=http://www.vscavengers.org/]Virtual Scavengers[/url]

[quote="JerryS"]
The first thought that came to mind is that the best ones could become Terminal Servers, and the less capable could become Linux Terminals. The middle range could become standalone desktop / browser stations. With schools budgets strapped even worse than the general economy, this could put a bunch of computer labs into places that wouldn't have them for a long time.

It would take a bunch of talented Linux gurus to pull this off with a very spotty stack of aging boxes, but who better than the CINLUG gang to take a crack at it? If this doesn't happen, the whole pile could end up as salvage even sooner than necessary.

I may even know some folks who could donate a bunch of NICs with bootroms.

If there's any interest, post here, or get back to me by E-Mail.

Thanks in advance!
Jerry S.
jerry@spicklemire.com[/quote]

Sounds like a good idea if there were enough volunteers. If not, Virtual Scavengers could probably do something with the boxes.