Hello all,

I don't know if anyone actually browses these forums much any more, but here's hoping.

My name is Jesse Perez and I live in Fort Collins. I recently learned about getting a minimal installation of Debian with minimal GNOME on older or low disk space machines. In the process, I had the thought of getting kids in Fort Collins and Loveland that don't have computers or laptops these devices, set up with Linux on them and for free. Luckily for me, I am subscribed to the Fort Collins Freecycle Yahoo! Group and have already asked for free unused PC's from friendly folks there, with a few replies already.

My goal is widespread, but I can't do it alone. I'm looking for able bodied people to help me in this project. I'm looking to set up a less "flashy" that just works with an interface that they can understand. Using the Debian Etch 4.0r1 system as a core with minimal GNOME installed seems to be ideal since it saves much needed space on older machines and is very fast. What I am looking for is people who can help with the installation of the OS on said machines and if anyone is able and willing, developers who are willing to help create software titles, small or what-not, that are aimed at teaching kids school basics, or at least to be used as study guides.

I'm sure that there is software aimed to help kids in school, but for now, I don't exactly know where to find it. If software development is not an option due to unavailable time, then I'd at least like to be pointed in the right direction for said software.

I'd also like to hear from anyone in the teaching field. Perhaps ways to help me to get these computers set up to help kids better. It is my goal to get these PC's to kids that don't have a computer at home so that they can have some form or entertainment, as well as a tool to help them in school.

I hope this community can help me! Thanks everyone!