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ZA LUG Launches Operation FreeTux 17

Posted by michael
from the free-to-be-me dept.
David Son writes "On the celebration of Youth Day (June 16) in South Africa, a volunteer group of Linux enthusiasts (SLUG - Schools Linux Users Group), teachers, learners and community members set about installing 240 refurbished thin clients, 10 servers and 250 network cables at 10 schools in the Western Cape, in three hours. In a carefully co-ordinated effort called Operation FreeTux, SLUG members displayed their support for the Open Source movement by implementing Linux and K12 educational software at the 10 schools simultaneously, and at the same time transferring skills and knowledge to the school community."
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ZA LUG Launches Operation FreeTux

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  • Don't get me wrong, what the note says is great and I wish that more things like this happen. But does this note really belong in the Developers section? Does anything Linux-related automatically end up here?
    • I notice that your website refers to saving the rainforest (am I mistaken?). The hope here is that the youth will be saved from mediocre systems that are presumably given away freely by another OS company. The contention is that Linux and Open Source software is the preferred route in achieving true software Freedom, especially to communities that cannot afford the other OS and are disadvantaged as they do not have access to other forms of education-enhancing tools such as computers. The model that has be
      • The website is not mine, but it certainly is for saving the rainforest (disclaimer: I'm not a tree hugger or anything of the sort, but it's a problem that concerns me since I've seen the mindless and pointless devastation of forests and have lived its consequences).
        I happen to live in a so-called 'third-world' country myself. I use Linux everyday, and I'm an active developer in two open source projects (and not-so-active in another two). I think that the news posted here is pretty cool and Something Good, a
        • I would tend to agree with you on the category of posting. I was surprised that it appeared under Developers, when I had selected "Linux". Perhaps there should be an advocacy slot :-) Thanks for your comments.
  • ....500 armchair sysadmins compensated by doing a network install of Microsoft Windows XP Professional machines.
  • A perfect illustration of a new eco system at its formative stages.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Here's a microsoft and Sco version of this article:

    "On the celebration of Youth Day (June 16) in South Africa, a highly paid group of Microsoft consultants and SCO sponsored lawyers set about demanding licenses for 240 refurbished thin clients, 10 servers and copies of XP at 10 schools in the Western Cape, in three hours. In a carefully coordinated effort called Operation MoreCa$h, SCO members displayed their support for the Closed Source movement by implementing lawsuits at the 10 schools simultaneousl
  • ... To install thin-client GNU/Linux networks at TEN schools around Cape Town
    in ONE day. This is no easy task to accomplish, and much planning had to go into this project.
    Frankly speaking, I don't see the point of doing it all in one day if it then has to involve more people and new layers of administration ("A team leader for each tuXlab was selected "). Am I missing something? Why do Linux installations have to be 'fested'?

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