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Table Topics: Free Software for Non Profits[edit]

Western PA Linux User Group will hold a "Table Topics" meeting on Monday, Feburary 7, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Panera Bread on Centre Ave. The topic will be "Free Software for Non Profits" The meeting facilitator will be Beth Lynn Eicher.

"Table Topics" meetings are a relaxed environment where we discuss current Linux and Free Software issues. A facilitator picks a topic and prepares questions for those gathered to generate conversation. New Linux users and the curious are encouraged to attend.

We will have two guests of honor for this discussion:

  • Johnny Qwalick of Goodwill - Johnny builds Ubuntu systems for sale at the local retail store
  • Dave Sevik of - Dave deploys Macs with Open Office variant, NeoOffice, to local schools and beyond
  • Susy Robison -Homeless Children's Education Fund

Computer enthusiasts who have the time, talents, and spare hardware often wonder "How can I use my resources to help?"

Non-profits that lack sufficient resources could benefit from refurbished computers and Free Software.

How do we, as individuals, help bridge that digital divide?

Is there anything that we, as a user group, can do to support a deployment of a Free Software lab in a non-profit who can benefit from it most?

Discuss this topic now![edit]

Here you are encouraged to begin the discussion by posting articles supporting the topic.

I was inquiring about the new fork of OpenOffice: Libre Office if that could be discussed? According to the January issue of Full Circle Magazine version 3.4 has been released.

Could we discuss possible virii and what it would take to get an infection? i.e. the use of scripting languages that can execute code w/o privileges. I refer to this link as a reference:



A new page on the wiki has been established for coordinating effort at Penguins_Care.