BBOSI People

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Working with BBOSI People


A boot load of Open Source


To model a digital resilient community by sharing surplus computers with those that need them

To use the 4Rs of Open Education - reuse, redistribute, revise, remix

To disseminate Open Source ideas

Discussion Page


  • To give away open source computers to others who would like them with priority to:
  1. Blueskin Bay schools and their pupils
  2. To other Enviro schools in our region
  3. To other schools in our region
  • To share information about:
  1. Open source computing
  2. Using Ubuntu and Edubuntu
  • To have pupils teaching others how to:
  1. Set up a computer
  2. Use the applications


  • Open source computers have the capacity to make communities more resilient
  • Have the potential to save NZ money from not having to pay for licences
  • It is important to test their potential in other schools
  • Establish a sustainable system for their continued use


Open source software

  • Will be used because:
    • The licensing of the software allows it to be given away on a computer
    • It is reliable and easy to set up and run
    • It security means there are no issues with viruses etc
    • Because the philosophy behind open source is about doing something for our fellow human beings
“It's Free Software and it gives you freedom!”
Gnu and Tux

Software Freedom

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (access to the source code is a precondition for this)
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits. Access to the source code is a precondition for this
  • Free software saves money, is easy to use and can keep older computers running longer

Give away computers

  • Because:
    • We have access to decommissioned computers
    • To empower others with the knowledge of open source computers
    • To give decommissioned computers a new lease of life
    • To lessen the environmental degradation in NZ
    • To stop developing nations becoming the dumping grounds for NZ cast off computers

Establishment of a Trust or Committee??

Collaborative approach

  • 4Rs:
    • reuse, redistribute, revise, remix
    • add or suggest content

People Involved


  • Principals from schools will be invited to receive a BOSSI computer. Enviroschools receive first preference.
    • Schools can collect and learn about the computers from Warrington School or
    • Deliver computers to schools using pupils as assistants to share knowledge
  • Schools with a donated BBOSI computer
  1. Flagswamp - East Otago
  2. Purakanui - East Otago
  3. Kaikorai - Dunedin

School Goal to use:

GNU/Linux In The New Zealand Curriculum

Enviroschools - GNU/Linux Journey


    • Computers will pass through the hands of computer technicians at the medical school
    • Physically installed into the school by an adult
  • Pupils will learn why using open source software is an envirethical choice
    • Good for the environment and people
    • Enviro School alignment
  • Pupils will teach others how to install and use open Source software
    • Download updates, tweaks etc
    • Visit other schools, talking to people from other schools about BBOSI
      • Pupils will need access to some Internet user passwords etc
  • Safety of the pupils will be achieved by:
    • Risk Analysis and Management
    • Police Clearance of adults if they assist in the school with pupils

How and why GNU/Linux for New Zealand Schools

How to set up a BBOSI computer with Ubuntu alternative disk

Ubuntu - Warrington School's Preferred GNU/Linux Operating System

Giving away Free Software

The Ultimate DVD Disc

  • Latest version of Ubuntu or Kubuntu with default screen setting to a Blueskin Bay scene
  • Applications etc
  • Update manager set to....
  • Login window
    • 10 seconds to login automatically to room12
  • Screen Saver default to BBOSI????
  • Kino and Openshot
  • You Tube Adobe Player
  • Rhythmbox codecs
  • VLC Player + Codecs
    • Technical detail
  • Open Office language and spelling defaults to UK spelling
  • Screen saver power management - get rid of screen lock

As a CDROM - use these settings

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