At the weekend I finished the last load of @maschinenraum #upcyclelaptops.
Comparable to #heyalter and @computertruhe "Maschinenraum hackt Bildungsungerechtigkeit" was a project, to collect old laptops with the aim of forwarding them to poor pupils of Weimar, who cannot afford computers for home-schooling. If necessary we repaired and if possible we upgraded them. An all round maintaining service was applied and we installed a #linux system, customized to the needs of our "clients". =)
As a political space, Maschinenraum is happy, that these 50+ children further advanced in their #digitalsovereignty by getting used to the ease (and difficulties) of free software. That will a) show the potential of free software & b) enable these poor families‘ kids of the information age, to participate without having to pay tributes to software companies. BD
To make things easy for the kids, we provide a support-service for problems (eg to connect printers, that need special drivers or to install certain games, etc.).
The feedback was extremely positive from all sides.
To me, the kids' and teenagers' bright eyes, when they got their "new" laptops, was deeply touching. Special moments I will never forget =)
Further luckily, #onelaptopperchild was prohibited, from being junked, or stored uncared for – often considered outdated (or otherwise not worth to use anymore) – until they acctually are. 🌱 🌱 🌱
To maximize the accessability to our #upcyclelaptops, it was most important to us, that the condition to get a #free laptop was simply, to be a pupil in need of a laptop (or to know one to convey the device). No birocrazy, no questioning, just an appointment with a 10-20min introduction to the system and a new laptop-owner was born.
Devices considered to be worthless and the small town helping mentality of our supporters ensured us a widely abuseless free operating context, based on trust. =*
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