[Novalug] computers for developing (read, poor and miserable) countries
linuxbodger at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 11:13:38 EDT 2009
This is not the biggest issue you need to worry about.
Having sent some computers to Haiti for similar reasons, we discovered
that just getting the equipment through customs was a major gamble. As
many of those officials are corrupt, we had no guarantee that any of the
equipment would make it through. In fact, we discovered that it was
usual for many things to vanish through customs. We arranged to have a
nun from one of the local churches go to pick the equipment up and were
lucky that everything came through to her.
Keep this in mind before spending lots of money on equipment.
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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