Video: 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa
Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux.
For the past nine years, Anderson has volunteered at FreeGeek, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that recycles and rehabilitates old computers for donation. He spends four hours every Friday testing and rebuilding the ThinkPads, which he then loads with Linux Mint 17 and sends one or two at a time to Africa via personal couriers.
Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft Didn't Copy Convergence Idea, Ubuntu Will Be First
Mark Shuttleworth talked about Ubuntu convergence and he also happened to mention the fact that Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Windows, but he said that the companies just had the same idea, at the same time.
Ubuntu Devs and Users Talk About Windows with Buttons on the Wrong Side
The Ubuntu community is having a vivacious discussion regarding the placement of the window buttons on the left side. From the looks of it, some users would prefer to have the option of moving the buttons to the right side.
Tiny UAV-oriented i.MX6 SBC has HDMI in and out
Gateworks unveiled a tiny, UAV-oriented SBC that runs Linux or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and offers HDMI in/out, USB, serial, GPIO, CAN, mini-PCIe, and more.
Like other Gateworks Ventana boards, such as the recent Ventana GW5200, the tiny “Ventana GW5510″ runs Linux or Android on a Cortex-A9-based Freescale i.MX6 SoC clocked to 800MHz, and offers a wide-range power supply and -40 to 85°C temperature support. Other Ventana-like features include a programmable pushbutton switch, as well as programmable board shut-down and wake-up for remote sensor applications.