Zero Dollar Laptop Workshops

January 22, 2010

Week 2 Plan. DIY or DIWO (Doing It With Others)?

Filed under: Resources,Workshop plans — Tags: , , , , , , — olga @ 10:52 am

OVERVIEW – Getting Help, Sharing Knowledge, Technical Forums, Basic Hardware Maintenance
A tour of the installed Linux operating system and how to get help on-line. De-mystifying what is inside a laptop computer. Sharing the process with others through the blog. Download pdf version.
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January 21, 2010

Week 1. Breaking Windows. Installing Linux.

Filed under: The Workshops,What's happening? — Tags: , , , , , , — olga @ 4:21 pm

Zero Dollar Laptop workshop 1 took us through the installation of Linux on four of our recycled laptops. Twenty people got together in a busy room (18 participants and 2 tutors) and went through the first big step.

Almost there with the installation...
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January 15, 2010

Preparing for ZDLT workshops

Filed under: What's happening? — Tags: , — olga @ 5:23 pm

For ZDLT workshops to work the machines need to be tested by the tutors to understand if there are any special hardware issues ahead of workshops. This is to avoid lengthy, mystifying and discouraging delays that may arise when attempting to troubleshoot hardware in a workshop setting and so.

Jake preparing zero dollar laptops at Furtherfield

Today Jake spent 8 hours with 7 donated laptops checking that all the hardware worked, making them Internet ready with open operating systems and multimedia software. He has installed ubuntu studio and xubuntu operating systems on 6 computers.

One has wifi working, 2 of them need PCMCIA ethernet cards, all of the others have wired connection to the Internet.

One more has a recycled hard-drive in it and we are waiting for the power supply to arrive.

Tomorrow we expect another 3 donated laptops to arrive at the space.

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