I have always admired people who seem to be successful while still remaining gracious and humble. It inspires me to do more with my life because it shows me that you can be both successful and likable.
If you read my blog, you are probably a geek who likes his or her computer. You might be oggling over iPads or Mac announcements. There’s nothing wrong with that because you are perfectly entitled to work hard for things that make your life more pleasurable. Just appreciate that what you have right now may be good enough for what you need, and there are people out there who can’t really afford to pay their bills, much less buy a computer with an internet connection. Lynn Bender at GeekAustin is helping to solve this problem for Austinites and Central Texans with an event called Linux Against Poverty on June 19th. Essentially, he is collecting a lot of computers, installing the resource light Linux Ubuntu OS on them, and then giving them to people in need.
If you appreciate what your computer does for you (which I imagine is a lot these days), perhaps you’ll want to contribute so you can be one of those people who has stuff but is still gracious in life and considerate not only of what they could have, but the power they have to contribute to others now. Graciousness and humility are endearing qualities that make you cool. And who in their right mind does not want to be cool? That’s just silly.
Please consider contributing in the following ways:
1.) Go to your facilities manager (or the person who wears this hat in your company) and ask them if they have any extra computers in the office they could donate.
2.) Look in your house to see if you have any old computers that could go through the Linux Ubuntu Makeover Challenge. You’d be shocked how lean an OS Ubuntu is.
The instructions for dropping off computers are here.
3.) Check out the website for volunteer opportunities.
4.) Blog about it, email it around and let people know about the event.
5.) Attend the event. It’s on June 19th at Union Park.
6.) Sponsor it! Here’s the lowdown on that:
Platinum Sponsorship Opportunities
$700 Additional RAM for donated computers(we can also offer platinum sponsorship for equivalent RAM donations)
Gold Sponsorship Opportunities
$375 Additional RAM for donated computers
$375 60 days pre and post event storage for computers
$350 T-shirts for Linux Against Poverty Volunteers
Silver Sponsorship Opportunities
$175 Chair and table rental for Linux Against Poverty Install fest
$150 48hr Truck Rental for Linux Against Poverty
If you have questions, or would like to discuss additional incentives, please contact our donations coordinator directly at: laura.carbonneau(at)linuxagainstpoverty.org.