About the Workshops
The SDLW workshops are run using donated desktop computers. The hard drives have been wiped, with all data removed, but the computers are fully functional.
Because each brand and model of computer requires different methods and tools to take apart, there is a dedicated guide for each in the wiki.
The best way to learn to troubleshoot and solve problems is by fixing unexpected failures, so expect to break your computer, over and over again. Also you can expect some sabotage by your facilitators. You will spend two to three hours in each workshop, with five workshops in total.
When you finish the workshops (and your computer is working) you can take it home! We have a 100% success rate with all of our participants taking home a working, useful computer 1).
The The Siganto Digital Learning Workshops (SDLW) series can be run as individual workshops, or in a two day intensive. Workshops one and two will take up a whole day. You can use workshop three as homework, or complete workshops three, four and five on day two. There is also a resources section outlining how to upgrade your computer.
Workshop 01 - Pure Hardware
- Identify your computer
- Learn the external ports,sockets and buttons
- Know the internal components
- Take apart and re-assemble your computer
Workshop 02 - BIOS to OS by our Bootstraps
- How to troubleshoot and fix boot failure
- Customising the BIOS
- Installing an Operating System from a USB stick
Workshop 03 - Operating System and Software Essentials
- Operating Systems compared
- Why free and open source software?
- Introducing Xubuntu
Workshop 04 -
Identifying, evaluating and installing FOSS alternatives to common software An introduction to the terminal (command line) Cross-platform compatibility - how to create a seamless workflow between Windows, OSX and Xubuntu
ustomise your web browser Make a back-up Make a custom USB distribution
Ready to start?
It's time to choose your workshop. For this workshop series we will be using the HP8100/8200 desktop computers.