Free Computers for Local Schools

If you’re located in the Bay Area, take a bit of time out this weekend to help the community and the environment. On Saturday, March 1st, the Alameda County Computer Resource Center together with Untangle, are hosting an installfest in 4 locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, and Novato. They’ll be installing Ubuntu, Firefox, Open Office, and more on recycled machines and donating them to local schools. Based on a trial run, their goal is to set up 500 machines this weekend, diverting approximately 25,000 pounds of toxic e-waste from the landfill.

If you’re not located in the Bay Area, ask your local Linux user group if there’s a similar program in your city. It’s a growing trend, combining concern for the environment, equal access to technology for less advantaged children (and adults), and open source advocacy.

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  • Does anybody know if there’s a similar program in germany?

  • A quick search reveals ReUse-Computer, but there may be others.

  • That is special and I think more people and
    organizations should jump on the helping
    people bandwagon. Keep up the great work!


  • As we can see in this example, open source always lets people to reach information and technology with zero or very small cost. We should support them in every condition.