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[News] Puppy Linux Saves PCs from Polluting the Earth

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Puppy Linux for Old PCs

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| As I’ll probably say here 100 times, it is much better to rescue an old 
| computer and make it useful than to simply toss it out into the garbage. 
| Linux makes this easy - er, well, kind of easy, depending on the distribution 
| and your tolerance for troubleshooting. While more and more Linux versions 
| are requiring more and more computing power, thankfully, not all of them 
| suffer from the never ending quest for software progress.     



Hands on: Revive an old PC with Linux

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| So what about computers more than just a few years old? Reader Graham Steel
| wrote to ask about his computer. He said: “I have an old IBM Thinkpad
| installed with Windows 98 and incapable of running newer versions of Windows,
| with just 96MB of Ram and a Pentium II CPU.
| "I investigated live editions of Linux and decided on Damn Small Linux. I was
| very pleased it recognised the PCMCIA network card and everything was up and
| running straight away.”


Free Software Community Project needs Hardware

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| Manchester Free Software recently set up a free software suite at the
| Marbella Café at 52 Newton Street in the Northern Quarter, using machines
| previously used by Free Space Manchester and originally from the Basement
| Social Centre.


Helping the Needy Get Nerdy

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| Linux Journal reader Kevin, from Portland, Oregon, tells us, "I've donated
| equipment and money to them (Free Geek). I love giving working computer gear
| to them knowing that someone will learn computer skills by refurbishing it,
| loading Linux on it, and passing it on to someone truly in need of a
| computer. After 24 hours of donated time the volunteer gets to take home a
| computer for their own."


British PC users fail to recycle PCs

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| The online research was carried out by TNS of 1,050 adults over a two day
| period in February. It found that a staggering 12.5 million unwanted PCs or
| laptops have not been re-used or recycled by their owners over the past five
| years.
| [...]
| The new findings also indicate a worrying level of apathy among the
| population with many people making no attempt to recycle their unwanted IT
| hardware. Over 1 million people said they had dumped their computer or laptop
| in their household rubbish (4 percent) or fly tipped it in the countryside (1
| percent).



Report: Linux, open source greener than Windows

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| A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open
| Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running
| Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last
| up to twice as long as machines running Windows.


True or False: E-Waste

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| True or False: Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a Linux-operated
| one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by 50%.
| The answer is: TRUE


Heroes of Linux and FOSS: Ken Starks, AKA Helios

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| This seems like a good time for a Ken Starks retrospective. This is the man
| who, despite some rather gnarly health problems churns out blog entries and
| interesting Linux projects by the truckload.


Avoiding a Computer Wasteland

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| Out with the old PC—companies should look to professional refurbishers to
| recycle wares in a safe, environmentally friendly, socially conscious way


Major Linux Hardware Donor Is a CNN "Hero"

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| Burgett's filmed interview is currently leading a CNN contest among videos
| of 'ordinary people' whom CNN considers everyday heroes, narrowly edging out
| the video of a man who is saving gorillas from extinction.
| [...]
| Reader stefanlasiewski posted a journal article describing how,
| bewilderingly, the state of California is threatening to shut down Burgett's


16,000 Linux computers delivered - for free

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| With his non-profit organization called Alameda County Computer Resource
| Center, he built up a volunteer organization, collects donated stuff from the
| companies who provide them, strips any proprietary OS and software off the
| drives, re-installs everything with Linux and free applications, and then
| gives them to schools or other not-for-profit organizations or individuals
| without too much cash.
| A great man with a great mission. CNN called him a hero already.

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