Ubuntu Reforming Life
EBVURL stands for Escuela Bella Vista’s Ubuntu Reforming Life. It is a project whose aim is to raise awareness of operating system alternatives (mainly Ubuntu), reducing e-waste, and helping those who don’t have the resources to be part of the modern technological world. Our goal is to adress all these issues at a local level and if possible to spread our cause internationally. Our local focus is Salvation Army, an orphanage in Zulia, Venezuela at Maracaibo. To help them, we’ve been getting donations of hardware from the school and students and adjusting them to be usable.
Up to know we’ve done 3 computers which have already been delivered to Salvation Army. Our plan is to get them at least 7 more computers so that the orphanage has a total of 12 computers for the 30 people that live there (previous to this project they were donated 2 computers). To adjust these computers, we chose Ubuntu as our operating system. Ubuntu is much more resource efficient and is completely free. It’ll allow us to have full domain of the software management. Some computers we’ve obtained have weaker software that Ubuntu can’t support, so our alternative for that is Lubuntu which will be just as useful. Since its lighter, it works well with pentium 3 processors.
Our next step is to acquire more hardware (hopefully more modern) through donations in an attempt of reducing e-wastes and contributing to charity with no expenses. We are working on the project to have a positive outcome all the way to the end and hopefully have succesors which will continue the project further on.
Project Coordinators: Paul Strootman, Edwardo Coello
Project Members: Francisco Guillin, Domenico S. Montini, Gianfranco Casarin
Written by: Domenico S. Montini