[HOT] Computer Lab Tech Ideas. Haiti.

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 13:33:28 GMT 2012

Hi all,

I was asked off list to expand on my previous email. I've not written
anything about Puppet yet, but I wrote a brief post about the
potential use of Raspberry Pi here:


I think it could be quite a powerful little board - comments appreciated.

Cheers, Joseph

On 5 March 2012 14:29, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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