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[News] Report from Group of GNU/Linux Desktop Advocates

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Time to Face Some Facts

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| Being there means being there.
| *No child-related misconduct convictions. We must check to protect ourselves.
| *Absolute knowledge of Linux Distributions and networking procedures.
| *Installers are never alone in the home or the room without one of their 
| parents or guardians present. 
| Those are not tough things...I spent 6 hours in a large installfest with 50 
| local folks who easily matched them. 
| I don't mean to come off as authoritarian or being a jerk...these are just 
| the things that have to be in order to keep what we do alive. 



A Day of Discovery

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| The HeliOS Project works toward a noble cause, but it is not self sufficient.
| It relies upon the compassion, dedication and willing sacrifice of others.
| Not exactly an easy thing to lay hands upon these days...unless you are in
| Austin Texas.


Linux Against Poverty: putting old computers to good use

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| Weâve written about Ken Starks in this space before and the admirable work he
| does for the HeliOS Project.
| Itâs one of those amazing Austin organizations that puts a lump in my throat
| every time I write about it. Ken and his volunteers take computers that would
| otherwise go into landfills or get donated to Goodwill, get them operational
| and donate them to needy kids, families and non-profits that are happy to
| have functioning desktop and laptop computers.
| One thing I still hear a lot at this late date is why techies arenât spending
| less time Twittering and more time doing things for their community. Well,
| Austin, itâs time to put up or shut up. This Saturday, you have an
| opportunity to get computers in the hands of those who need them most. Starks
| hooked up with networking guru Lynn Bender of GeekAustin and they have
| organized Linux Against Poverty.


Linux Against Poverty Installfest - August 1st

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| What's even better than recycling your old computer? Donate it to a good
| cause!


the home desktop, the the work station and the school desktop, oh my!

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| The Linux home desktop. This is the coveted property that untold numbers go
| home to play video and music on. Create home made birthday cards and print
| their digital photos from.
| [...]
| So, start the schools using OpenSource software and Linux. The students will
| be trained and proficient on it. Workplaces will buy into it to accommodate
| to meet the capabilities and experience of the incoming generations of
| skilled new workers.


Linux Against Poverty - It is a GO

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| Quoting Helen Keller in a Linux blog may seem strange, but there are many
| parallels between this magnificent woman and Free Software/Linux. We both
| started way behind the competition with handicaps and hindrances that made it
| almost laughable that we would compete.
| First they Ignore you
| Then they laugh at you
| Then they fight you
| Then you win...
| Of course you can only win if you compete.
| Common sense. And not being afraid.


Linux Against Poverty: The Update.

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| The date is approaching, and weâre ready to kick Linux Against Poverty into
| high gear.
| For our friends in other cities, weâve made a few changes. The initial Linux
| Against Poverty event will be in Austin only.



How to Save the Amazon Forest by Sharing

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| Sharing this kind of info (a) costs *nothing* to the governments concerned
| and (b) could give this important project a big boost.


How Linux Can Help Reduce Poverty

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| Poverty is a global problem, which is not limited to third world developing
| countries. Even mature developed nations like United States has ~18% poverty
| rate. There are many reasons and causes of poverty, which includes but not
| limited to, natural disasters, war, disease, politics, religion, and
| over-population and so on and so forth. Some of these causes are beyond our
| control while others are beyond our means. There is no single factor that can
| totally eliminate poverty, even the almighty latest Linux Kernel release; but
| many ideas and anti-poverty initiative can come together to reduce the causes
| of poverty.

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