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Linux.com: Linux Kiosks Come to the Aid of Natural Disaster Victims

Aug 29, 2006, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"When faced with the aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or the Boxing Day tsunami, you might assume that having Internet access would be the last thing on victims' or rescuers' minds. But Steve Hargadon of TechnologyRescue.com found out that his public Web kiosks were an answer to prayers for people affected by Katrina, Rita, and most recently, Cyclone Larry.

"Hargadon specializes in Linux thin clients for small businesses and schools. He likes to transform aging Windows networks into high-speed, low-cost, virus-free workstations by using existing PCs, sans hard drives, that act as dumb terminals. Hargadon has discovered that that kind of technology translates easily into community outreach. He started thinking about that as he watched the world's response to the Asian tsunami in 2004. 'I wondered, what are people doing on those response teams and in the emergency shelters, and wouldn't it be nice if they could get Internet? I started playing around with some ideas and looking at different live CD versions of kiosk software...'"

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