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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on November 04, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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Scott Johnson of GNUveau Networks has developed a solar-powered Internet "hub" system (running Ubuntu GNU/Linux) that he builds to order in his Daytona Beach, Florida, home. His objective is to bring computers and the Internet to places that have no connectivity, no phone service, and no electricity. This is no pipe dream. There are real SolarNetOne installations running in Africa right now, providing wireless connectivity and "Internet Cafe" access to hundreds of people. The system uses off-the-shelf hardware that Scott modifies to run on 12V -- and to use a lot less power than the stock versions. As Scott says, in solar-powered computer installations, "The Watt is king."

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.113.56.232] on November 04, 2008 08:39 PM
I loved this video. I'm getting obsessed lately by solar power so this presentation really made my day. Thanks.

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.126.86.194] on November 04, 2008 11:54 PM
Is it only me...but I can only hear some music on this video...can't hear him talk?

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Re: GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.67.182.201] on November 05, 2008 12:32 AM
I can hear him fine.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 117.7.30.18] on November 05, 2008 08:03 AM
Have to reply to you - all I get is a pile of XML when I use the the comment button.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. At 295 mb, how many words is this video worth?

To me, none. I am in Cambodia and this is exactly the kind of thing we are trying to get people interested in. A video that could be actually downloaded in this country would be useful.

But few people here would have the bandwidth or the volume to look at this. I guess, like most worthy projects, the real aim is to impress the people in the west, not to help the people who would actually benefit.

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Re(2): GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.73.158.97] on November 05, 2008 12:37 PM
You can find a majority of the relevant info at http://www.solarnetone.org and/or http://www.gnuveau.net/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi
Impress people in the west? True, we are bandwidth spoiled in many places in the west, and that fine video can help generate
support for this project. The wiki is mostly text, and there are images which speak volumes. You will also find the info to email me there... your inquiry for info will be most welcome, but give me some time to reply; I am being inundated with such requests.

Thanks,
Scott

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Re: GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 18.85.46.245] on November 05, 2008 03:19 PM
his commentary is only in one channel.

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.183.10.160] on November 05, 2008 06:44 AM
Great Scott!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.226.62.89] on November 05, 2008 12:31 PM
How does the system access the internet? Haha, satellite? This would be very expensive to people in developing nations. I don't see the value of this machine, unless the community can afford satellite internet.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.73.158.97] on November 05, 2008 12:39 PM
VSAT is an option if no other method exists. Long range, potentially multi-hop wifi is another. VSAT will become significantly more economically viable once our friends at www.o3bnetworks.com go live with their constellation of satellites.

Enjoy,
Scott

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.88.6.146] on November 05, 2008 04:46 PM
Scott,
How do I get involved with a company like this? I mean this is a great cause that is really my life's dream. To bring technology to communities where it would not be possible otherwise.

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Re(3): GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.73.158.97] on November 06, 2008 01:07 AM
Please subscribe to our mailing list: http://gnuveau.net/mailman/listinfo/solarnet-dev and drop me a note if you are interested in collaboration.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.88.6.146] on November 07, 2008 08:27 PM
Will do. Thanks Scott. Look forward to it.

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GNUveau Networks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.205.117.132] on November 05, 2008 12:32 PM
The shot of the cat was nice

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.73.158.97] on November 06, 2008 01:08 AM
She keeps the goblins out;)

Scott

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.1.51] on November 06, 2008 07:57 PM
Thanks for posting this story, and good job Scott. I've often wondered how projects like these start and continue and your video illustrates how.

I'm a self employed IT geek who is running a growing business that supports Linux powered hardware, this is the type of project I'd eventually love to get involved in someday. Thanks for the inspiration.

Steve

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.168.2.2] on November 07, 2008 03:59 PM
This is a great project. Just one question how much would the whole system cost? I live in the west and it seems to me like this would be a cool thing to have here too. Save me a bunch of money on fuel bills too :-)

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 222.155.7.198] on November 07, 2008 10:25 PM
This is very thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing this with us Scott.

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.160.120.84] on November 09, 2008 01:34 AM
What is this babble about ?

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.64.33.80] on November 16, 2008 11:07 AM
It sounds very interesting, keep up the good work Scott

Jerome..

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 154.5.112.42] on November 17, 2008 08:00 AM
Can't go to website is it down?

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.92.40.114] on November 18, 2008 12:45 AM
hie, Scott.
what does it cost to have such a system installed to run 48 computers in southern africa.how do l go about it to get started on this .

thank you,

terer2728@yahoo.com

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 217.74.239.201] on December 03, 2008 02:04 PM
How does the system access the internet in remote areas? Any satellite is really expensive. GPRS/GSM is a great technology. Here in Zimbabwe I was in a tiny village 125 km from Harare in the middle of nowhere and I picked up very useable GPRS on the econet.net/ econet.co.zw mobile phone network. I was (pleasantly) astounded. So Scott - my advice is to build in GSM/GPRS technology to your product and/or make it a favorite add-on. Well done Sir! Keep up the Good Work.. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe (currently in multiple political, economic and cholera crises!)

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GNUveau Networks builds solar-powered Linux computer networks for remote villages (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 217.74.239.201] on December 03, 2008 02:14 PM
Alex Weir again - I should add that mobile phone signal and GPRS/GSM is available in many many areas in the 3rd world where there is no mains electricity - this may be amazing to many of us from the West. This vindicates the work Scott is doing and the products he is designing and producing. Additionally, do not underestimate the power of the internet-enabled mobile phone - there is a very very bright future for that throughout the third world, especially once the killer applications are conceptualised and delivered (check www.cd3wd.com/Twec/ ). Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe - alexweir1949@gmail.com

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