[GLLUG] Recycling computers with Linux
marcusjharriott at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Nov 10 08:13:23 UTC 2016
On 10 Nov 2016, at 02:10, DL Neil via GLLUG wrote:
> Is there a way to offer recycled computers for sale to 'Joe Public',
> which takes care of relative ignorance (of Linux) and embodies both
> realism/common sense and ethically-sound principles?
> I give my 20% time to the local Hospice who raise funds through
> 'OpShops" and by holding a weekly yard-sale of items generously
> donated by locals for locals... The funds-raised approximately
> double the number of nurses and counsellors 'provided' by government
> funding, to provide palliative care of patients and their families.
> The donated computers have all been WinXP or Vista driven, and of
> that vintage. Clearing the HDD is a requirement. Re-installing the
> OpSys is the easiest way to do this, but with WinXP being loyally-
> unsupported, seems unsound - to say nothing of time-consuming. A
> Linux installation has the potential, both to give the machine a new
> life and to provide a secure and capable computing environment.
> Do you think that members of the public (cf 'us' computer
> enthusiasts and professionals) might be perfectly happy to purchase
> a machine they know to have only modest capabilities, running a
> familiar-looking web browser, email client, word processor, etc?
> Thereafter, expecting such people to understand the implications of
> Linux cf MS-Win is but a fantasy - even the garage sales manager who
> suffered through the COBOL and FORTRAN 101 courses I enjoyed so
> much, all those decades ago, and who uses a PC every day, confesses
> a lack of appreciation... Accordingly, we wouldn't want folk buying
> a box and then attempting to add some MSFT-compatible package
> purchased from Argos, et-al!
> Such machines are likely to sell for less than $100, definitely in
> the low hundreds, even for a 'big one'.
> I have a backlog of at least seven, and the 'arrival rate' seems to
> average one or two monthly.
> So, whilst I would appreciate advice about the methodology of
> preparing a viable user-image which could then be rapidly copied/
> ghosted onto the various sizes of old HDDs; what's really occupying
> my mind is the customer-relations and reputational aspects of
> ensuring yard-sale customers know what they're getting into (and how
> Will welcome any and all advice, particularly that born of
> GLLUG mailing list
> GLLUG at mailman.lug.org.uk
Im a newbie to Linux and still struggling a bit.....
Do i understand that you have redundant laptops with linux installed?
I have a PC for my mail running linux (unsuccessfully at the moment)
and i want to experiment with a linux (only) laptop to be run
alongside my mac while i get my head around linux. I dont want to
spend £5-800 (which is what the entry level to linux seems to be) and
installing linux myself on a laptop is very difficult (BIOS locks
So i would welcome the opportunity to buy a ordinary laptop with
running linux on board...... Let me know if you have one. (for cash)
Im in Croydon area.
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