Software Freedom Day 2009 in Palm Beach County: September 19, at FAU in Boca Raton. See the SFD Page: http://softwarefreedomday.org/teams/northamerica/FL/palmbeachcounty Continue reading Software Freedom Day again!
We sorted a lot of stuff that day. A lot of people unloaded a lot of electronics. About a third of it went to recycling (there is a recycling station near us that takes electronics). We built three awesome systems, and the rest was divvied up among whoever wanted it. Most of it ended up in my Mom’s garage. She had been ecstatic as we hauled things out of her garage that morning. We brought back about 2 to 3 times as much as we took. She only said, “That’s going to be gone when the guests arrive (for Christmas)?” Continue reading Frankenfest followup
It was Kevin’s idea. At a PBLUG meeting held at Nova Southeastern’s North County campus in Palm Beach Gardens, he suggested it. Frankenfest? What’s a Frankenfest? Kevin explained it’s when people bring whatever computers or computer parts they have laying around to an event where you (those attending the event) build whatever you can from what you have. Kevin had a motive. He had a garage full of computers and parts, and his wife was not happy about it, but he couldn’t bring himself to just pitch them. Of course we were intrigued by the idea. Especially me. I kept Continue reading Frankenfest
In between conferences and other fun stuff, I was persuaded to organize another Software Freedom Day locally. Last year’s event highlighted some of the disconnect between expectations and reality among the visitors. The expectation seemed to be that Linux could resurrect any machine: “Here’s my computer. It’s 18 years old, and I used to use DOS on it. Help me put Linux on it so I can use it again.” Needless to say, we were totally unprepared for that. But I have since found that there are a lot of people out there who think buying a computer should be Continue reading Software Freedom Day 2007!
I’ve been looking for something that will make an older machine more than just a print server. (I also happen to have an old Compaq which has only 32MB of RAM, so the search is somewhat self-serving). Continue reading Linux Distros for dinosaurs