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Re: [vox] [fwd] Computers for Hurricane Katrina update

Dave and Bill:

I am also intrigued by DSL, having tried it myself once.  Is there a way we could modify it to include Open Office and Sound MultiMedia?  Right now I want to emulate your basic DHCP Winders XP home or 200 PC with that we do. Each machine is locked at user level but would have Root enabled with the CRRS lead person hold the password. I understand the first 50 computers arrive at the Bargain Barn today or tomorrow.

The Air Force guy said his request has cleared local chain of command and is at the upper levels of command now for review (I'd assume DC).  Keep your fingers crossed.


Bill Kendrick wrote:
----- Forwarded message from dmezee <djdavemezee@earthlink.net> -----

Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 16:25:08 -0500
From: dmezee <djdavemezee@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [PenLUG] [fwd] Computers for Hurricane Katrina update
To: Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net>
Cc: penlug-members@penlug.org

I know I'm a little late responding but....

very small complete live-cd distribution (50mb) with extremely minimal hardware requirements. I've been using this for a couple years. It works on every old, dusty, out of date computer that is able to boot from CD that I have tried. Even as minimal as P1 (99mhz) 64mb RAM. Firefox is included in the base iso (although runs pretty slow on a 99mhz). 

Although I have not tried, it's what its name implies. An internet kiosk (Firefox I believe).

Hope I'm not too late :)


On Fri, 21 Oct 2005 01:05:02 -0700
Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> wrote:

(For those unfamiliar, some folks at UC Davis are rounding up some
spare computers to be used as web kiosks at shelters for Katrina victims,
so they can get in touch with family/etc.  They're hoping the LUGs can help,
and are currently looking for a distro or bootable CD that could be used
to quickly turn blank PCs into usable systems.)

Ben Timmons wrote in:
I met with Dave at the [UC Davis] Bargain Barn and we are still go
on the first 50 systems.  This will be our pilot run and get the
kinks out.  Once we do that we can work on more.  We do have
monitors as well as CPU's, the reason being is that mold will wreck
units above water line even if no damage is visible.  Kind of like
smelly electroplating then ZZZZT!

I am ready to get the LUGOD folks in line in the next week or so 
to load these up.  Some kind of custom CD-Bootable Distro would be great.
I've asked Ben if he's planning on an 'event' where people can volunteer
to help put systems together, and if so, when and where.

In the meantime, any recommendations on a Linux distro that could be
suitable for this kind of purpose?  I can't think of much else being
needed beyond a browser.

Any comments, suggestions?

[For a little more reference, see:
http://www.lugod.org/mailinglists/archives/vox/2005-10/msg00008.html ]

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