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Tux Fleets of USB Keys to Boldly Go Where No Windows Has Gone Before

Mar 24, 2009, 17:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hung Chao-Kuei)

[ Thanks to Chao-Kuei Hung for this link. ]

"Our attempt failed, but it revealed that MS is really afraid of usb-booting. We shouldn't really care about what MS thinks. We should just mind our own business and boldly go where no windows has gone before. But that happens to be exactly what MS is afraid of anyway :-)

"Let's look away from the ICT community. Let's talk to people who care about digital divide. Labs with diskless computers can be set up in schools at remote villages. Linux-bootable usb keys loaded with scientific and educational software can be distributed to girls and boys. (No, we don't mean office apps, we mean apps offered by Freeduc-Science and the like.) School library is the place to restore the usb key if it gets messed up. Teachers will have much less hassle managing their labs. Newer versions of usb keys created by LUGs in the metropolitan can be delivered to the remote villages through snail mail. See full article in zh_TW Hello, UNESCO?

"Let's look away from the ICT community. Let's talk to organizers of international conferences or other international events such as sports and exhibitions. Diskless computers with internet connection can be set up at two or three sites such as the athletes' villages. Ask each foreign visitor to select her preferred language(s) and give her a linux-bootable usb key loaded with language(s) of her choice. Make them really feel at home in these events -- at least in terms of reading mails, instant messaging, and accessing the web. Let them marvel at the fact that the same computer that spoke Korean a few minutes ago now speaks Japanese. That's what I shall do with the EASTS academic conference in a few weeks."

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