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Old 04-17-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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LXer: Expanding access to open source hardware


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Last week I bought a Raspberry Pi 2 computer.I didn't pay anything for the USB keyboard and USB optical mouse that I use with this tiny computer, because they were donated to the public library where I work. Two weeks ago someone dropped of 10 new USB keyboards and 10 new USB mice; they were surplus from a computer upgrade cycle at a nearby office. To be sure, the value of the $35 USD Raspberry Pi 2 computer is extended when free USB keyboards and mice are available. There is a role, then, for schools, libraries, and makerspaces to collect these donated items in order to redistribute them to those who need them.In this article, I'll share some ideas for how schools, libraries, and makerspaces can similarly expand access to open source hardware.read more

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