Presented by:

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Brian Whetten

from Riesling Computer Company

I'm older than Xorg, but younger than X11. Founder and Lead technician at the Riesling Computer Company, I've been using Linux as my daily driver since high school when I completed my AP art portfolio in Blender3D. Since then I've worked to start my first company: an in-home technical support service for the elderly focusing on bringing enablement, autonomy, and accessibility to cross generational barriers using Linux.

My name is Brian, and in my business I'm using Linux desktops to bring the elderly into the digital age. The elderly in our communities often have the most to gain from knowing how to communicate with others in their families and social circles across generational boundaries. Desktop Linux addresses many concerns held by older generations about adopting new technology: Privacy, Cost, and being left in the dust by new advances.

  • Linux is built by a concerned group of corporations and individuals who hold their data to be sacred and personal, Linux is incredibly private.
  • As far as cost goes, Linux is economical in more ways than the blatantly obvious: in that you can download the OS for free. Linux is hardware efficient such that hardware upgrades aren't necessary as often as other operating systems push. Many older people are on incredibly restricted budgets, and free OS upgrades and cheap hardware can be a godsend.
  • Linux has so many ways to ways to organize user interface, from processor intensive graphical interfaces all the way down to pure command line interfaces. Many of them have wonderful legacy support or even continued active development beautifully integrated in the modern world. You can learn to use it today and keep it tomorrow.

Date:
2018 April 29 - 15:00
Duration:
45 min
Room:
CC-115
Conference:
LinuxFest Northwest 2018
Language:
Track:
Humans
Difficulty:
Easy

Happening at the same time:

  1. Build and Program Your First Arduino Robot
  2. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 09:30

    Room:
    CC-234 BAIRS

  3. openSUSE Mini-Summit
  4. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 09:30

    Room:
    HC-104 openSUSE

  5. Linux Professional Institute: Exam Lab - Session 2
  6. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 14:00

    Room:
    HC-112 LPI

  7. Let's Self-host Installathon: Nextcloud, Mediawiki, Wordpress... with UBOS
  8. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 14:15

    Room:
    CC-201 TUT1

  9. Lessons Learned from Civic Hacking
  10. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    HC-108

  11. Securing Docker on the Cheap - Part 3 - Run-time Monitoring
  12. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-208

  13. Installing and running Moodle for educational uses
  14. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-235

  15. Linux 103: How to try linux at home
  16. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-202 TUT2

  17. Automation with Ansible
  18. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-236

  19. RFID Implants - Convenience, Concerns and Misconceptions
  20. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-114

  21. DevOps and ElasticSearch
  22. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    CC-200

  23. There's No Place Like Home
  24. Start Time:
    2018 April 29 15:00

    Room:
    G-103