Hi there, re raspberry pi - the image is so good these days that it brings
folk back into the plug-and-play category. Raspberry pi s are excellent, i
have two doing stuff for me at home most of the time, but you don't get to
know about fixing issues on more powerful devices i.e. PC s and learning
about computer busses and architecture etc
I have recently downloaded a lot of distros including the suse 13.2 -, see
this afternoon's talk by Terry, and on two PCs it is a pain and when I got
it running on one of my favourites a Dell opti 745, and tried my favourite
packages - it caused grief as the install was incomplete.
My requirements for Linux these days înclude being able to run anjuta and
oracle java and so far xubuntu does it.
On Friday, 19 December 2014, Karl Terauds <karl(a)cosmicparrot.com.au> wrote:
Would it not be cheaper to provide each attendee a raspberry pi and provide
instruction in the basics of linux installation and operation?
Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: building PCs etc
I just found this in my SPAM box - don't know why - sounds like a good idea
to me - I have access to lots of PCs at the local mens shed where they get
pulled apart for re-use.
I like the Lego comment.
I am in the process of draughting a note to ctte about re-starting a
developers group for programmers etc.
On 10/12/14 13:49, Russell Coker wrote:
This company is offering a course for kids to teach them to build a PC.
costs $1250 and they end up with a PC that's
very similar to something
Dell sells for $800, so that makes it about $400
for a day of training
bad for corporate training rates but not cheap
Maybe we should offer something vaguely similar at the LUV beginner's
meetings. We could make it a BYO hardware event. We could offer free
the P4 vintage (I could donate 2-3 PCs to the
cause and I'm sure others
too). Then kids (and anyone else who wants to
learn) can install Linux
set the PC up for doing things.
The assembling new hardware bit seems like a bad idea as it involves a
significant amount of money and issues with getting paid in advance etc.
the amount of learning involved in assembling a
PC isn't that great.
separate parts for a typical PC if you consider
DIMMs to be 1 part and
to be another. Assembling a PC nowadays has the
complexity of a Lego kit
aimed at 5yos.
Taking old PCs apart has some educational value as kids can break open
packages and look inside them and they can touch pins on the CPUs etc.
were going to do an educational PC disassembly
event then I'd be happy to
the bits to e-waste and I could donate some
broken PCs to the cause.
What do you think?
Lev, how does this fit in with what we can do at VPAC?
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