[PLUG] Minutes of meeting : Freedom Toaster

Devendra Laulkar devendralaulkar at gmail.com
Tue May 9 04:54:12 PDT 2006


On Tuesday 09 May 2006 19:48, Yash Vartak wrote:
> Following points where discussed w.r.t Freedom Toaster on Saturday, 6 May
> 2006 (5 pm , at SICSR , Pune)
>3)The estimated cost for the project (as per joint discussion) is
> Rs: 35,000 (aprox)

This is the estimated cost of *each* toaster.  

> 4) The main hindrance in the project is recurring costs involved in
> maintaining the equipment. , volunteers

Technically, it is a simple project. The software is available at 
freedomtoaster.org and PLUG already has the iso's of most linux 
distributions, additional content can be downloaded if required.

As discussed in the meeting, the main tasks is to find sponsors, convince and 
get commitment from establishments to put up the toaster at their locations 
and maintainence

For maintainence, 2 persons will be required per toaster. Things to do here 
including adding/updating content.

> 5) The ideal sponsors for such project would be stores like , Venus Traders
> , Crosswords. (getting such a patron is not difficult).

The above mentioned are ideal locations for the toaster. Other possible 
locations meeting : Libraries, malls, Internet cafe's, schools/colleges

Sponsorers ideally would be IT companies, computer manufacturers/dealers.

> 6) Some one suggested a net connection on these toasters , but this point
> did not seem feasible to most of the members.

Here is one scenario that could be possible : Instead of connecting it to the 
Internet, you can connect it to local intranet (MAN) of providers like Sify/ 
Iqara etc. This can help in remote administration of the toaster.


-Devendra Laulkar.



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