[Novalug] computers for developing (read, poor and miserable) countries
bdalzell at qis.net
Thu Mar 26 22:20:37 EDT 2009
I have put XUbuntu on three laptop pentium 3 PC's and on a pentium 3
desktop that I got various places used. The problem I have run into is
that when you pick up an older laptop cheap it may also physically be on
its last legs. The first first one I got was a Gateway which worked fine
at home on and off for a year but died when I took it to California on a
plane trip. I do have two spare batteries, a removeable floppy drive and a
removeable dvd drive and all the manuals for the gateway if anyone has a
need for them for a help get computers to people who are in need of one.
On Thu, 26 Mar 2009, Nino Pereira wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out how best to get a few portable computers
> to a young lady from Sierra Leone, to take with her when she
> goes back next month, or, maybe, to ship over there. She thought
> she'd take 3 laptops. One may be for conventional use, the other
> two might be used in an 'internet cafe' or given to others who need
> them or perhaps sold. I suggested that she might consider getting
> some older and much cheaper computers, with Ubuntu and possibly
> a whole lot of open-source software pre-installed, and use these
> computers too.
> My question to you is twofold:
> 1: What portable computer would you suggest she gets? It should
> be reliable, fool-proof, and (Ugh! she's not particularly
> computer-literate, even worse than my spouse) run Windows,
> possibly up to XP (but not Vista). And, it should be reliable.
> Should she buy new? used? which brand?
> Any suggestions are most welcome.
> 2: How would you get still reliable but low-cost computers,
> preferably small (so that they can be shipped for not too
> high a cost: I have to investigate that further), Ubuntu-capable,
> computers? My own guess is that any recently replaced computer
> would do fine.
> Again, I welcome your input.
> Thank you,
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