[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Debian on RP 3

Quoting Faheem Mitha (2016-09-20 18:30:48)
> On Tue, 20 Sep 2016, yogesh powar wrote:
> > Friend of mine and I would like to donate some of our 
> > effort/money/time providing computers at a primary school in a 
> > village in Goa.
> > We were thinking of having Raspberry Pi -3 with Input/Output 
> > devices. But software/OS, we were thinking of having Gnu/Linux.
> Raspberry Pis are useless machines as computers. IMO their main 
> advantage is that they are small. You'd be better off buying second 
> hand computers, I think.

It would help if you could expand a bit what you have in mind with 
"Input/Output devices".  If you mean hooking up multiple screens and 
multiple keyboards/mice to a single computer then I agree you will 
likely not get very far with tinker-grade ARM-based devices.

...but be cautious also about how to involve second-hand computers: They 
might be cheap to _acquire_, but depending on how you plan to _help_ 
others, the true price also includes maintenance cost - both money for 
spare parts, time spent replacing parts, and time lost due to systems 
being down while being fixed!

I certainly find it relevant to consider second-hand options - 
sustainable computing has been my main interest for 10-15 years! - just 
beware of that common trap of thinking that used = cheap.  There's more 
to the equation than that, and since you wanna do it not for yourself 
but for others, _they_ get bitten (not you) if you calculate wrong.

I wish you the best of luck - sounds like an exciting challenge!

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
 * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

 [x] quote me freely  [ ] ask before reusing  [ ] keep private

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: signature

Reply to: