A Small Linux-Borne Light in Katrinas Aftermath

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-09-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opinion: The Public Web Stations effort enables people to connect via the Internet with Katrina survivors.

There is a darkness in the ruins of New Orleans the likes of which living Americans have never seen. It is a darkness born of hurricane, poor planning, and—inland from the Gulf coast—the slow realization of just how horrid the situation really was.
The OSSI (Open Source Software Institute), which is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., and at the Stennis Space Center, is calling for donations to the Red Cross.
Its a good idea. The Red Cross and other worthy, legitimate charity organizations need your help. Trying to make the Katrina disaster better will take more than state governments and the federal government—its going to take all of us. Sadly, even as I write this, I have received more than a dozen e-mails trying to trick me into giving money to some of the most disgusting people on earth with their fake charity Web sites. My fellow writer Evan Schuman has some good ideas on how to separate the good from the bad. Evan Schuman warns Katrina donors to beware of scams. Click here to read more.
There is, however, also a unique charity effort going on, Public Web Stations, which builds on Linuxs unique strength as an operating system that can run on almost any hardware. The plan is simple: Supply the hardware, software, labor and know-how needed to set up sites where people can connect via the Internet with Katrina survivors. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: A Small Linux-Borne Light in Katrinas Aftermath
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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