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    Default Reglue.org chooses OpenSuse Edu-Life to power children's computers

    I wanted to stop by and introduce myself and my organization. My name is Ken Starks and I am the Executive Director and Founder of Recycled Electronics and Gnu/Linux Used for Education.

    We go by "Reglue". It's a whole lot easier than our full name. We were formally known as The HeliOS Project.

    We've been providing financially-disadvantaged Central Texas kids donated and refurbished computers since 2005. Of course, these computers are powered by Linux. From 2009 to the first of this year, we've used a modified version of Ubuntu or Mint on these machines. Turbulence at the upper reaches of these organizations and the complete failure of UCK and Reconstructor led us to the door of OpenSuse, particularly the Education-Life spin of OpenSuse. The Studio tool allows us to easily make needed modifications to the ISO on the fly. Since the people that volunteer for us are largely non-technical, this was an important factor.

    As soon as the new Evergreen version rolls out, we will begin deploying OpenSuse on the majority of the computers placed by Reglue. It's a pleasure to be a part of this community and I hope that we are able to reciprocate in some way.

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    Default Re: Reglue.org chooses OpenSuse Edu-Life to power children's computers

    Welcome here!

    This sounds as an awfull project.
    Henk van Velden

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    Welcome Ken,

    since I read your blog for quite some time now I have seen the ups and
    downs you had in the past with other distros. I wish you a lot of
    success with openSUSE and in general further success with your project.

    PS: I hope Henk meant awesome instead of awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    PS: I hope Henk meant awesome instead of awful.

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    What to say?

    All the best with this wonderfull project!
    Henk van Velden

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    reglue wrote:
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    > I wanted to stop by and introduce myself and my organization. My name
    > is Ken Starks and I am the Executive Director and Founder of **Recycled*
    > Electronics* and Gnu/Linux *Used* for Education.
    >
    > We go by "'Reglue' (http://www.reglue.org)". It's a whole lot easier
    > than our full name. We were formally known as The HeliOS Project.
    >
    > We've been providing financially-disadvantaged Central Texas kids
    > donated and refurbished computers since 2005. Of course, these
    > computers are powered by Linux. From 2009 to the first of this year,
    > we've used a modified version of Ubuntu or Mint on these machines.
    > Turbulence at the upper reaches of these organizations and the complete
    > failure of UCK and Reconstructor led us to the door of OpenSuse,
    > particularly the Education-Life spin of OpenSuse. The Studio tool
    > allows us to easily make needed modifications to the ISO on the fly.
    > Since the people that volunteer for us are largely non-technical, this
    > was an important factor.
    >
    > As soon as the new Evergreen version rolls out, we will begin deploying
    > OpenSuse on the majority of the computers placed by Reglue. It's a
    > pleasure to be a part of this community and I hope that we are able to
    > reciprocate in some way.
    >
    >

    A noble mission indeed.

    12.2 version of Edu-life even had sugar desktop on it but they removed
    it on 12.3

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    Default Re: Reglue.org chooses OpenSuse Edu-Life to power children's computers

    reglue wrote:
    >
    > I wanted to stop by and introduce myself and my organization. My name
    > is Ken Starks and I am the Executive Director and Founder of **Recycled*
    > Electronics* and Gnu/Linux *Used* for Education.
    >
    > We go by "'Reglue' (http://www.reglue.org)". It's a whole lot easier
    > than our full name. We were formally known as The HeliOS Project.
    >
    > We've been providing financially-disadvantaged Central Texas kids
    > donated and refurbished computers since 2005. Of course, these
    > computers are powered by Linux. From 2009 to the first of this year,
    > we've used a modified version of Ubuntu or Mint on these machines.
    > Turbulence at the upper reaches of these organizations and the complete
    > failure of UCK and Reconstructor led us to the door of OpenSuse,
    > particularly the Education-Life spin of OpenSuse. The Studio tool
    > allows us to easily make needed modifications to the ISO on the fly.
    > Since the people that volunteer for us are largely non-technical, this
    > was an important factor.
    >
    > As soon as the new Evergreen version rolls out, we will begin deploying
    > OpenSuse on the majority of the computers placed by Reglue. It's a
    > pleasure to be a part of this community and I hope that we are able to
    > reciprocate in some way.
    >
    >

    Saw Ikey Doherty's name mentioned in your site. Did he recommend openSUSE ?

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    "Saw Ikey Doherty's name mentioned in your site. Did he recommend openSUSE ?"

    No, I think we both had sort of a Vulcan mind meld moment. I recommended OpenSuse to our technical oversight staff at Reglue because of the Suse Studio project. We had been struggling with UCK and Reconstructor for days and between those problems and the absolutely rude response we got when we asked for help....OpenSuse was the clear answer to our problems. Besides, I had been looking for an excuse to re-introduce KDE into our program and this seemed like the perfect time to do it. The board passed the recommendation for OpenSuse onto our Technology oversight committee and it was approved for adoption that same day.

    Ikey Doherty is a true treasure to have. Ikey is a prodigy in the truest sense and his abilities will take OpenSuse to new levels. He's not only brilliant, he's willing to make whatever project he's a part of so much better. I'm extremely comfortable with the fact that we both landed here at about the same time....this is going to be a fun ride.

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    I dunno about treasure, total pain might be accurate
    Cheers Ken, good to see you over here. Make sure I get a link to your ISO's so I can take a butchers and suggest any fixes
    The guys here are awesome, though admittedly I've merely dipped my toes in openSUSE's forumwaters. Been busier with IRC and OBS if I'm honest

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    Welcome and thumbs up for your project
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    Default Re: Reglue.org chooses OpenSuse Edu-Life to power children's computers

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Welcome here!

    This sounds as an awfull project.
    Ahhhh, my German Friends.... It is awesome Henk, not awful. Unless, you mean it is badass, which is actually cool. If it is cool, then it is nice which is to say favorable, but not quite awesome. I mean, you know, just trying to figure this out. Hmmm, I wonder if can write this down as a bug??

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    ps. Yay!!! Long Live Edu-Life Opensuse....now to download and get to work.

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