In Germany, there are 600 computers per 1000 people. In Mozambique, there are 6 computers per the same number of people. Almost no African school child gets the chance to use a computer which equates to bad conditions for surviving in a digital knowledge society.
Linux4Africa bridges the digital divide between the North and South. Schools in Africa are provided with computers and open source software. Modern communication technologies creates opportunities for social and economic development.
Overcome the digital divide, open up new perspectives
Access to the digital world means access to free information. In most parts of Africa, accessing a computer or the internet is an arduous task, and having one’s own internet connection is a rare thing. At the same time, education is key to battling poverty.
Linux4Africa collects donations and used computers (as well as accessories such as screens, keyboards and cables) in Europe and equips them with Linux software, eliminating the need to purchase expensive licenses. The second hand computers are tested, cleaned and furnished with the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP). As part of this project, old computers (Thin Clients) are hooked up to a high-speed computer (Server). This allows the application of new Open Source software on old computers, such as OpenOffice, as this program would then run via the Server. As a result, the Thin Clients do not require hard disks. Every processor is fully configured and ready to use when it is shipped off in containers. Sending one container costs approximately 2,500€.
The computers are delivered to partners onsite in Africa who are then responsible for the distribution and installation in schools in Tanzania and Mozambique. Repairs, such as swapping defective hard disks, are taken care of by local partners such as Cenfoss in Mozambique, Hilltop Centre in South Africa, and Agumba Computers in Tanzania. Donations are put towards acquiring the Server as well as transport costs.
Linux4Africa aims to bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries, especially in Africa, by supporting access to information technology. This is done through the collection of used computers in Germany, the Terminal Server Project and Ubuntu software which is open source, and by providing support to the involved schools and institutions such as hospitals and other important facilities.
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Further information about the Linux Terminal Server Project.