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Free Software Magazine: Low Cost Computing for Emerging Communities

Jun 01, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While many people have been working on the technical challenges of providing low cost computing to emerging communities, a couple of months back I had proposed a different and related challenge to my immediate friends and free software professionals from several organizations. This challenge was not based on how to deliver ever lower cost physical computing, but rather why and how such solutions can and should be delivered through free software. Further, in the project outline I started and others have helped with, I choose to focus on and challenge others to consider how we can make such technology serve communities, not just in traditional roles, but as vehicles for distance education, for enabling cultural participation, for entertainment, for global economic participation, for enabling digital libraries and shared forms of learning, for enabling communities to share and fully enjoy free culture and free knowledge. This ideal was embodied and expressed in my outline within the model of the Hipatia community telecenter project..."

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