March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Thursday, March 8 • 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Connecting the Non-Linux 99% with Sustainably-Sourced Hardware - James Walker, Informative Technologies

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Closed-source software has a downside that we need to unite to solve: E-Waste of obsolete devices and the Digital Divide for those who can't afford them. According to the EPA, 70% of unused computers in the US end up in a landfill. Yet, according to Pew, 50% of Americans homes earning $30K in 2016 did not even own a computer. We might be forgiven to think that the F adoption has addressed this, but with there being more Windows XP users in 2018 than all Linux desktop users combined, there is a need to think beyond our own 1% user base (who may not care about issues like 32-bit support) and instead serve the hardware and UX needs of the unreached millions who rely on legacy systems. In this talk, James Walker (CEO, Informative Technologies) shares his vision of bringing FOSS leaders together who commit to combining legacy driver support with inviting communities and a compelling UX to promote Linux-compatible systems as "Sustainably-Sourced Hardware": secure, reliable, easy-to-learn, and empowering.

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James Walker

Founder/CEO, Informative Technologies Inc.
James Walker is Founder & CEO of Informative Technologies, a social enterprise that has researched and developed scalable, market-driven solutions to the problems of the digital divide and electronic waste since 2014. Since planned obsolescence of operating systems lies at the root... Read More →

Thursday March 8, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm PST