Building the Community Computer Lab – The Software

Operating System graphic, from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system

Operating System graphic, from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system

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In the prior articles we purchased and assembled computer parts into working computers for the community lab. In this article we install the Operating System(s). In the next article we configure user accounts and security software to get and keep our lab usable, including installing and configuring Raspbian onto our control server, a Raspberry Pi 4B.

Why Operating System

Hardware in and of itself alone is mostly useless as an Operating System is necessary to orchestrate activities in the hardware so that it does something Readmore..


Building the Community Computer Lab – The Assembly

Front View Booting from DVD

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Once the parts have been received from the warehouse, they must be assembled to form a usable computer system. This is similar to any other assembly task, simpler than assembling IKEA furniture, but you must insure you are not harboring static electricity, which can damage or destroy the electronic parts.

Protecting from Readmore..


Building the Community Computer Lab – The Parts

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How does an organization whose skills and focus is people not technical things build an appropriate computer lab? Money helps, but it is not the answer because there is no end to expenses if an organization does not develop some internal technology confidence, and money (for most of us) is not exactly in abundant supply – you don’t get Readmore..


Building the Community Computer Lab

Years ago, when I recognized that Internet access was needed in my organization, I was told by others that “we have an AOL modem and nothing more is needed”. That was the consensus in most businesses at the time. I purchased a microwave linked Internet feed (there was no broadband otherwise available at my location) and connected several office computers – and it very quickly became Readmore..