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Linux: Lean, clean, and green

May 27, 2009, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Orloff)

"Limiting disposal with GNU/Linux
Limiting the disposal of computers seems like an easy solution to the problem of e-waste. After all, although most organizations refresh computers every three years or so, many families, schools, and non-profit organizations benefit from recycled computers. Companies like Free Geek (see Resources) have recycled roughly 500 tons of computer-related scrap by refurbishing old computers and donating them to schools and charities. To run these computers, Free Geek installs GNU/Linux as the operating system. This choice not only stems from the organization's philosophical view to support Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) programs but also out of necessity. GNU/Linux can theoretically be installed on computers running the bare minimum when it comes to hardware, as Table 1 shows."

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