Linux volunteer opportunity at the library

From: Nate Hill 
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Hi all,

As part of our 3D printing service we are offering at the library, with
thanks to some help from James and Bill of Engage 3D, we now have 4
formerly retired and discarded computers running Ubuntu.  The plan is to
have those running as Tinkercad stations, but Tinkercad is going away
(lame) so we'll use something else.  Obviously we can do a lot more than
just this with these machines.

I know there are some Linux based kiosk systems out there; setups that
allow people to schedule reservations of computers.  We don't yet have the
demand that we need something like this, but I'm hoping as we expand hours
and services on The 4th Floor this will really grow into a public computer
lab running all open source goodies.

I've got a machine that could be tasked as the 'computer signup station'.
 Does anyone on this list want to give this project a shot?  We'd love to
have you.

Nate


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Nate Hill
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http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ Iron Gaming has some decent computers and monitors we could donate. Our sponsors are shipping us new ones. -AW

=============================================================== From: David Ingram ------------------------------------------------------ Userful Pre-Book is an option. http://www.userful.com/products/userful-pre-book

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ 1. What do want do with the machines? 2. What are their specs? Kiosk mode is relatively easy. All you need is a distro of linux booting into something like openbox and autorunning the browser of your choice. Opera has a well developed kiosk option. Chrome could be hacked to do so as well. http://choice.opera.com/support/mastering/kiosk/ Rod (Elise's Husband) ----- Nate Hill wrote:

=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ Nate, ITALC is a no-cost option for managing a Linux (or Windows) computer lab. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITALC phil

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Hi all, I'm aware that there are a bunch of options out there, and I've definitely got a wee bit of Linux knowledge on staff here. We could make this happen, for sure. What would be really cool is if someone from the community wanted to step in and act as a steward for this initiative. It's a tough transition for us, but I'm trying to at least partially let go of the reigns, ease back on some of the top-down control, and make elements of the space, technology, and programming over here something that is owned and driven by the community. This is harder to do across the whole library, but since The 4th Floor is our lab or 'beta-space' there is a greater degree of flexibility to try such things. I guess I'm just saying.... don't mistake my call for a volunteer to lead this initiative as a lazy call for help, we are a pretty motivated group of DIYers over here. Just trying to engage more folks in the process, and being real about the 9578578 projects we are trying to get running at once. Btw, we are open today until 8:00 if anyone wants to come play with the Makerbot and see what we are up to. N

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I would love to volunteer for this, or any other library project for that m= atter...=A0=A0 but...=A0 I always seem to have 9578578 projects of my own g= oing on.=A0=A0 I suspect that there are lots of people in the same boat...= =A0=A0 (eg: would love to volunteer, but just can't swing any free time). But I do want to say that I'm always excited to hear about the cool stuff t= hat's going on at the library and I think its great that the library is off= ering the community a chance to get involved.=A0=A0 That is really cool.=A0= =A0 For a long time, the library was just...=A0=A0=A0 a library.=A0=A0 But = lately its becoming so much more.=A0=A0 Good job Nate and crew!=A0=20 --- On Mon, 4/1/13, Nate Hill wrote: From: Nate Hill Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Linux volunteer opportunity at the library To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Date: Monday, April 1, 2013, 1:21 PM Hi all, I'm aware that there are a bunch of options out there, and I've definitely = got a wee bit of Linux knowledge on staff here. =A0We could make this happe= n, for sure.=0A What would be really cool is if someone from the community wanted to step i= n and act as a steward for this initiative. It's a tough transition for us,= but I'm trying to at least partially let go of the reigns, ease back on so= me of the top-down control, and make elements of the space, technology, and= programming over here something that is owned and driven by the community.= =A0This is harder to do across the whole library, but since The 4th Floor = is our lab or 'beta-space' there is a greater degree of flexibility to try = such things.=0A I guess I'm just saying.... don't mistake my call for a volunteer to lead t= his initiative as a lazy call for help, we are a pretty motivated group of = DIYers over here. =A0Just trying to engage more folks in the process, and b= eing real about the 9578578 projects we are trying to get running at once.= =0A Btw, we are open today until 8:00 if anyone wants to come play with the Mak= erbot and see what we are up to. N =0A =0ANate, ITALC is a no-cost option for managing a Linux (or Windows) computer lab. =0A =A0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITALC =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 phil

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Thanks Ed, that's kind of you to say! And thanks Aaron for offering equipment - lets talk about that. I'm trying to figure out what to say yes to and what to avoid taking on so I don't end up swimming in dated equipment (like the 4th floor was prior to this revival)

=============================================================== From: Darren Breidigan ------------------------------------------------------ I'm not a guru but, I think some kind of kiosk would not be out of my reach. Maybe Lubuntu with Firefox in kiosk mode? https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/r-kiosk/