Let's take a quick look at how the Installfest, driven by Untangle, benefited multiple parties.
- Schools -- $375,000 In Savings: If a school wanted to buy 750 new PCs with Windows Vista pre-installed, they'd likely have to spend at least $500 for each new system. That's $375,000 for 750 new PCs. But even then, performance would be awful (have you seen Vista on entry-level PCs?) and productivity applications like Microsoft Office would require additional budget.
- Kids: Ever seen a kid work on a PC for the first time? My sons "lit up" when they got an Eee PC to share. Similarly, kids in low-income areas need to see and learn how the Web is a platform for creativity, collaboration and learning. With the proper supervision and guidance, the Web can be a kid's ticket to greater earning power.
- The Environment: Roughly 35 million PCs get dumped into landfills, though I'm not sure if that figure reflects an annual trend or a longer-term tally. Regardless, it's a huge number that needs correcting.