I am working to introduce Ubuntu and other FOSS options into the Massachusetts, USA area. This particular part of the state has a lot of focus on.
- Buy local products to help create a sustainable economy
- Creating/Supporting greener alternatives
In the past year we have created a Collective of Technicians under River Valley Tech Collective @ http://www.rivervalleytechcollective.org/
There have been successful installs of Ubuntu at a couple of non-profits and other organizations.
Some of our main goals in the next few years.
- Drupal installs for non-profits, libraries and advocacy groups in the area
- CiviCRM installs and hosting for these groups as well.
- A clear desktop solutions using Linux Terminal Services so they can
- 1.a reuse old hardware 1.b spend less on desktops 1.c average about 20 watts a desktop instead of say 50watts 1.d easier installation and replacement
With all of these we will be trying to create a clear Training system
- online videos
- onsite training
- web / PDF pages
This is where our greatest focus needs to go and we are really working hard on making this part happen.
Overall I think the Ubuntu and FOSS options is a vital solution for communities. Helping to create a better local economy and a greener solution to many of the other options out there. As well as create a more level playing field for the many groups out there needing technology to stay active.