[HOT] Computer Lab Tech Ideas. Haiti.

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 14:29:11 GMT 2012

Hi Brian,

I see you've got a number of replies already, but I thought I'd chime
in briefly. My original thought would be to use a Ubuntu desktop on
every machine you're running (and to provide virtual machines to any
guests or visitors you might have) and run the standard HOT tools from
that. For system management and deployment I would use Puppet; I've
used it extensively and am a big fan, Wikipedia have also made a
recent noise about their use of it.

I've pre-ordered a Raspberry Pi and will be testing it by network
booting a Ubuntu image with the standard HOT tools. The goals of the
Raspberry Pi foundation are potentially very relevant to HOT and I
look forward to seeing how low cost, low resources, computing may
impact OSM creation and dissemination.

All best, Joseph

On 25 February 2012 02:56, Brian Wolford <worldwidewolford at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Hi Ho,
> This is mostly an exploratory email looking for ideas.
> I am helping to put a wish list together for a "living lab" in Haiti.
> Specifically for the communities of Site Soley.
> I want to put out some ideas of what would be good so I can get some others
> thoughts suggestions back.
> Ideally this space will be used as a center where communication and
> information technology can be accessed, as well as a public education,
> exhibition space.
> Thoughts on equipment:
> -There are plenty of Garmin etrex at disposal already
> -Perhaps android phones would be a good investment. These allow for use as
> GPS, digital camera, video, and internet access ($20 a month for unlimited
> 3g wireless that can be shared with 5 devices). How confident do people feel
> with this move. This allows for one device to fill the role of a couple
> devices that would otherwise need to have been purchased. Suggestions on
> models if yes?
> -Digital cameras. Redundant with android phones?
> -Flip cams.
> Computers
> -5ish new laptops. Ideas on type, OS, proctoring, ect.
>   Is anyone out there knowledgeable in creating system images and applying
> them to computers. Getting computers set up is a major obstacle for most OSM
> projects, as wel as recovering funked up computers. It would be nice to have
> a standard OSM mapping OS image, especially if it was hardware independent.
> -1 mac computer station for editing videos. Are Macs still necessary for
> doing this well?
> -Projector. For educations as well as exhibition-ing video projects.
> indoor/outdoor.
> -Printer. We have plenty of letter size printers around. I think it would be
> cool to print things like community newsletters if possible. So that needs
> larger size, ability to print large quantities, and hopefully not
> costly maintenance.
> -Internet connection. I am tempted to push toward just using 3g in USB keys
> or phones USB plugged to computers, and then using a comuter with wifi
> sharing to create a network. It is allot cheaper and just as fast as most
> other options. And more flexible.
> -Pelican Cases for storage and security.
> Hopefully some of you guys have some ideas, models, specifications, or
> missing equipment to suggest. I look forward to your input.
> And I will send out a version of this email to talk-ht in the next couple
> days as well.
> -brian
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