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[News] Vancouver-based Group Builds GNU/Linux Boxes, Helps Environment

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FOSS helps Free Geek Vancouver become an ethical recycler

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| Free Geek Vancouver (FGV) is now certified as the first ethical recycler in 
| western Canada by the Basel Action Network (BAN), and an important part of 
| the certification is the organization's refurbishing of used computers with 
| free and open source software (FOSS).   
| The certification means that FGV's practices have been audited by BAN and 
| found to comply with that organization's Electronic Recycler's Pledge of True 
| Stewardship or e-Stewardship Program. In other words, the certification means 
| that equipment collected by FGV:   
|     * Is not shipped overseas for disassembly or reuse in contravention of 
|       the Basel Convention of 1989 that forbids the export of toxic materials 
|     * Is not sent to prisons for recycling
|     * Is reused if possible
|     * Is processed by smelters and other recovery operations that meet local 
|       environmental and health regulations 


Microsoft has already begun a dumping program against this as well, offering
discounts to recyclers.


Helping the Needy Get Nerdy

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| Linux Journal reader Kevin, from Portland, Oregon, tells us, "I've donated 
| equipment and money to them (Free Geek). I love giving working computer gear 
| to them knowing that someone will learn computer skills by refurbishing it, 
| loading Linux on it, and passing it on to someone truly in need of a 
| computer. After 24 hours of donated time the volunteer gets to take home a 
| computer for their own."     


British PC users fail to recycle PCs

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| The online research was carried out by TNS of 1,050 adults over a two day 
| period in February. It found that a staggering 12.5 million unwanted PCs or 
| laptops have not been re-used or recycled by their owners over the past five 
| years.   
| [...]
| The new findings also indicate a worrying level of apathy among the 
| population with many people making no attempt to recycle their unwanted IT 
| hardware. Over 1 million people said they had dumped their computer or laptop 
| in their household rubbish (4 percent) or fly tipped it in the countryside (1 
| percent).    



Report: Linux, open source greener than Windows

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| A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open
| Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running
| Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last
| up to twice as long as machines running Windows.


Heroes of Linux and FOSS: Ken Starks, AKA Helios

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| This seems like a good time for a Ken Starks retrospective. This is the man 
| who, despite some rather gnarly health problems churns out blog entries and 
| interesting Linux projects by the truckload.  


Avoiding a Computer Wasteland

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| Out with the old PC—companies should look to professional refurbishers to 
| recycle wares in a safe, environmentally friendly, socially conscious way 


Major Linux Hardware Donor Is a CNN "Hero"

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| Burgett's filmed interview is currently leading a CNN contest among videos 
| of 'ordinary people' whom CNN considers everyday heroes, narrowly edging out 
| the video of a man who is saving gorillas from extinction.   
| [...]
| Reader stefanlasiewski posted a journal article describing how, 
| bewilderingly, the state of California is threatening to shut down Burgett's 
| ACCRC.  


16,000 Linux computers delivered - for free

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| With his non-profit organization called Alameda County Computer Resource 
| Center, he built up a volunteer organization, collects donated stuff from the 
| companies who provide them, strips any proprietary OS and software off the 
| drives, re-installs everything with Linux and free applications, and then
| gives them to schools or other not-for-profit organizations or individuals 
| without too much cash.  
| A great man with a great mission. CNN called him a hero already.

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