Springwise is running a story on Freedom Toaster. Backed by the Shuttleworth Foundation (behind Ubuntu Linux, the popular open source option to Windows) it’s a free kiosk that allows anyone to put a disc in it and burn a copy of Linux, OpenOffice, and some e-books. It’s a very interesting concept, and it fits perfectly into low, or spotty, bandwidth areas like Africa.
…a Freedom Toaster is much like a candy vending machine. Users insert a CD, follow the easy instructions on the touch-screen monitor andâ€”prestoâ€”a copy of Linux is â€œtoastedâ€ by the unitâ€™s internal CD burner. Since copies of the software come from the kioskâ€™s own hard drive, thereâ€™s no need to hook the Toaster up to the web, a major plus in areas where broadband access is scarce.
Many open source software devotees are trying to push African companies and government institutions into accepting the use of options like Linux and OpenOffice into their organizations. It’s proven and it cuts costs dramatically. Luckily, Freedom Toaster also provides the plans and manuals for you to create your own version and start making it available in your country.
(hat tip Tzaadi)