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Thread: Public Library Laptops

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Public Library Laptops

    My mom is the director of teen activities at our local library. The teens like to play flash/java/other internet games on the library computers, which is fine except that they take up all the time on the computers. So the plan is to get six laptops for teen use only. I suggested that they make them Linux based, as it would be cheaper and they could do more on older laptops. Any suggestions on what to do and where to get cheap laptops? Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

    Re: Public Library Laptops

    I installed Edubuntu on several computers at my wife's work (she is a children's librarian) and they were used quite often by the kids. The standard install has more games then Ubuntu. However, some of the games were geared towards younger kids (elementary level). It might be worth checking out.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Southwest Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Public Library Laptops

    Does Mom already have funding? If not, there are surely grants available that would pay for computer purchases for teens at a library. I would not encourage her to buy used laptops as there is usually a (bad) reason the laptop is for sale--dropped too many times, spilled Coke on it, left out in the rain, etc.

    Otherwise, the Asus eee is only $299 at
    Ubuntu others as you would have them Ubuntu you.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Re: Public Library Laptops

    I'd go against used, but refurbished are a possible choice. That said, shop around in your local town too.


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