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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:47 am 

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From the "Linux Journal Weekly News Notes -- June 6, 2007," a nomination of ComputerEcology to be LJ's "DOT ORG OF THE WEEK."
This nomination comes from Kevin in Oregon, USA:

I'd like to nominate ComputerEcology at
for Dot Org of the Week. Recently they posted this to
The Ecology-HOWTO discusses ways Linux computers can be used as a
means to protect our environment, by using its features to save power
or paper. Since it does not require big hardware, Linux may be used
with old computers to make their life cycle longer. Games may be used
in environmental education and software is available to simulate
ecological processes.

Once again creative people are finding great ways to solve real-world
problems using open technology. I can attest to using a computer for
longer because of Linux. I just retired my 11 year-old machine, built
around a 200MHz Pentium I. The computer had been the main one for
the family, and was running IceWM on Mandrake 9.0. IceWM is just
one of several window managers which run nicely on lesser
powered machines. Many of its parts will be reused, and those that
aren't will be recycled through (a past
Dot Org of the Week). DO try this at home.

[Minor editing for clarity -- dougz]

The "Linux-Ecology-HOWTO" at the first link has lots of pointers for those interested in green computing using Linux, while the second link points to Portland, OR organization with the motto "Helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the 3rd millennium." Gotta love 'em... ;-)

My two "Frankenstein" home machines are built from retired "obsolete" parts and happily run Linux faster than most new machines run Vista.

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What I would like to see in Linux would be a utility like RM Clock. To my utter amazement a few months ago Win Xp turned out to consume less power than Ubuntu. Okay, only 1-2 watts, but still...

But it's true, for recycling old parts it is ideal. Though not for the masses.

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