Linked by Rahul Gaitonde on Mon 10th May 2004 18:41 UTC
Xfce Before we begin, here's what XFce's website has to say about itself: XFce is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. It's based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2.
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by peter on Tue 11th May 2004 12:23 UTC

A new computer with monitor costs US$ 360 in Ecuador. In a community with 80 families this means US$ 5 for each family to buy it. It wil be a 1 GHz with 128 RAM, 40 GB and whatever.
The shop will install happily whatever software you want.

To get donated computers a community must apply for them. They will get second hand garanteed computers with training and legalised Microsoft software.

You could use old computers, LTSP and XFCE4 to make them work. However, you can't get old hardware like memory and video cards, LTSP4 makes it more difficult to use old videocards and most of the info is in English. We've been victims of a so called "Donation" by some German radio station and their trash costed us a lot of money to get it through customs, a lot of time to make it work and a lot of frustration to see that it can't network etc.

I would opt for that new, cheap 1 GHz computer, add a dual head, connect two extra monitors, USB keyboards and USB mice and use Linux with XFCE4 to make it a cheap and fast computer center.
For the community it would mean that each family would have to pay US$ 9 to get a new system so they would share 1 computer for each 27 families instead of 1 in 80.

Now where can I get the micro-credits to make this work...