Re: Help us use Ubuntu to change lives and reduce waste
Web kiosks would definitely be a good idea because even older hardware can handle most web sites.
Other ideas -
Another idea is that you could set up the computers exclusively for music listening. This can then be used as a juke-box. Load the computers (initially) with a bunch of good-quality Creative-Commons music and then allow the users to burn CDs to it to add more music. Playing music isn't that resource intensive and should work on even really, really old boxes from the 90s. Just make sure the computer has a decent sized HDD (20-80 GB) so that whoever gets it can put plenty of music on it.
Also, a print station might not be a bad idea. Set it up with USB ports, a CD/DVD reader, and Internet access so that people can load their files onto it. With OpenOffice, a PDF reader, an image viewer, and Firefox users could print almost anything they want. This could then be used in libraries and schools that have a limited number of computers so that those who just need to print something won't have to wait. My college has a similar setup, with certain computers designated as only for printing. The only issue here would come from a lack of printer driver support, but if you supply the printer as well, you could test that before hand.
My Laptop: Gateway T-6330u, 2.0 GHz Pentium Dual-Core, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD - Ubuntu 14.04
My Desktop: Lenovo IdeaCentre K450, 3.2 GHz Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 2.5 TB HDD - Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 14.04 in VM