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The $100 Computer Lab


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The $100 Computer Lab

  1. 1. The $100 Computer Lab Edubuntu for Libraries Jim Mann Technology Coordinator GCPL [email_address]
  2. 2. Setting the Record Straight <ul><li>I’m an Open Source Evangelist not a “guru” </li></ul><ul><li>GCPL has not implemented an Edubuntu solution </li></ul><ul><li>We have only just begun to work with Goodwill/Easter Seals TRC to change the recycling paradigm in the Miami Valley to repurpose donated computers with an Open Source solution </li></ul>
  3. 3. Three Goals <ul><li>Offer an “aaah” moment </li></ul><ul><li>Use “repurpose” in a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with the F.U.D. factor </li></ul>
  4. 4. The $100 Lab Project <ul><li>It all began with an article on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>How could GCPL repurpose our Gates-granted equipment and some 100 seven-year-old OPACS </li></ul><ul><li>You think you got problems…what is being donated to Goodwill vs. ODOE grant requirements </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Simple Plan <ul><li>Evaluate consumer needs i.e. a browser, word processor, educational software, multi-media capability </li></ul><ul><li>Use an Open Source solution to match these needs with computer equipment available i.e. Pentium III </li></ul><ul><li>The solution Edubuntu </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Equipment we Used <ul><li>Edubuntu Distro </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom server add-ons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workstation (PC & Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gates computer for server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 NICs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>500mb RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>80-gig hard drive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dell Optiplex GX 110 as workstations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No hard drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3-com PXE NICs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>17” Gates monitors </li></ul><ul><li>Misc keyboards, mice, cat-5 cable </li></ul><ul><li>D-Link 10/100 ethernet switch </li></ul>
  7. 7. What it Would Have Cost <ul><li>3-com NICs x@ $10 </li></ul><ul><li>D-Link switch $39 </li></ul><ul><li>80gig + hard drive $50 </li></ul><ul><li>Having a big junk pile Priceless </li></ul>
  8. 8. Useful Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Electric </li></ul><ul><li>Jim’s YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati/edubuntu </li></ul><ul><li>Google/ edubuntu and schools </li></ul>
  9. 9. F.U.D. No one ever got fired for choosing Microsoft <ul><li>Fear Uncertainty Doubt </li></ul><ul><li>I’m afraid I can’t do it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a new learning curve </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What if the things we need don’t work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not everything will work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things may be different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office vs. Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What if our patrons (staff) are confused? </li></ul><ul><li>What if it works too well? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What You Can Do <ul><li>Play with the “Live CD” </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>United Way and other agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goodwill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for a use in your library </li></ul>