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Austin Group Prepares for Linux Against Poverty

May 03, 2010, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Starks)

[ Thanks to helios for this link. ]

"For those that do not know, Linux Against Poverty is an annual event organized by Lynn Bender that gathers some of the top tech people in the area and assembles them to evaluate, triage, repair and then install the Linux Operating System on those computers. The computers are donated by local businesses and individuals. The repaired and refurbished computers are then given to disadvantaged kids in the Central Texas area via The HeliOS Project.

"Last year's efforts netted The HeliOS Project 219 usable machines. Those machines were received in July of 2009 and were gone by November. You can see some of the pictures of the 2009 effort by clicking the above link.

"Now I am going to be honest with you here...despite Lynn's best efforts, most of the local media fairly ignored us last year. With the exception of KUT radio and Omar Gallaga, this event was pretty much blacked out. This year however, there are some publicity possibilities looming that will bode well for us. While I cannot say until they happen, we have reason to believe that our mostly-unaided success last year will draw some good media interest."

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