On I2CAP one more timePosted: March 27, 2007
The comprehensive post on the work blog might take a little longer than I expected because we are migrating the web server unto a new machine and contemplating a different blogging engine. Once its done I’ll link it but in the meantime I’ll be glad to answer or get answers for any questions you might have.
As far as my personal impressions though, there are a lot of great things about this project. Chief among them was the fact that it is just fun to see about 100 kids coding and thinking their way through problems. I do have slight issues though. However the I2CAP organizer seemed to agree with them so i’ll wait and see what kind of strides can be made towards solving them.
my main ones though
- This should not be a project that is dependent on only one private donor for the majority of its financial needs. There really should be more official and private weight behind this.
- The computers the kids used. Again I got to see a lab full of old machines dumped on people in need who can’t complainand which we will have issues dealing with when the finally break. Africa is becoming way too much of a dumping ground for crappy old hardware and too many times its under the guise of altruism.
As a general observation too, these school labs might be a great place to introduce linux to kids. The schools are already broke with old hardware and yet trying to run Windows XP. it would be nice to be able to teach the people running those labs basic Linux admin and networking skills and use them to run their labs.