Information for Edoovillages (Schools)

Edoovillages are schools where laptops are deployed. Labdoo focuses on equipping schools because:

  • Schools have their own organized community.
  • Classrooms are managed by teachers which can help monitor the good use of the laptops. The role of the teachers is also important to help Labdoo recycle laptops once they no longer work.
  • Schools typically have electricity and access to the Internet (even in remote areas thanks to the expansion of wireless communications). They also provide water-proof and secure shelters.
  • Working with schools simplifies also the coordination of dootrips, as many travellers to poor communities visit schools in their trips.

In order to create a new edoovillage, the potential recipients will need to fill in the Labdoo laptop request form.

When an edoovillage is created, the recipients receive a kit containing at least:

  • An edoovillage dashboard from where the inventory of contributed devices can be managed and tracked.
  • An entry in the list of Labdoo edoovillages.
  • A web album inside the edoovillage space where pictures of the activities with the laptops can be uploaded.

To help reduce electronic waste, a main obligation of the laptop recipients is to report back to Labdoo.org every six months the list of laptops under their inventory and their status (working or not working) and facilitate the process of recycling the laptops once they no longer work through the Labdoo's social network-based recycling mechanism. This reporting processes are referred as Global Inventory Checks (GICs).

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Managing Your Edoovillages

The Labdoo Aid Social Network provides a set of dashboards to help you manage your edoovillages (e.g. inventory management, configuration of automatic notifications upon new correlated events, photo albums, etc.). Please read the section about Edoovillages under the general Labdoo Platform Manual to learn more about how you can make the best use of the Labdoo tools.

Edoovillage Requirements to Receive Dootronics

To receive dootronics, a potential edoovillage needs to satisfy the following main requirements:

  1. Because Labdoo focuses on 'spreading education', an edoovillage must basically be a school or educational center. In some occasions we can make exceptions and provide laptops to other organizations like hospitals or clinics, but most of the accepted edoovillages are actually schools.
  2. Edoovillages are asked to find travelers (dootrippers) from any of the hubs to their location. This requirement is important to ensure the project is logistically viable. Labdoo is servicing laptops to a very large number of schools, so if the schools themselves find the travelers, that helps speed up the implementation of the project and makes it feasible and sustainable. While Labdoo can also help find travelers, it is generally a requirement that the school must provide the first travelers on their own.
  3. The school must be capable of keeping laptops at a secure place, to ensure the laptops won't be damaged by harsh climate conditions (rain, dust, heat, ...) nor stolen.
  4. Once accepted, schools need to fill in the edoovillage request form and provide pictures of the school in order to initiate the project.

Laptops with no batteries

At Labdoo, we purposely remove the battery to the laptop unless it’s a brand new battery.

There are several reasons for that.
1. The used battery came with the used laptop normally is reaching toward the end of its
life cycle. Very often, the old battery causes problems to power up the laptop.
2. The battery is one of the most poisoning eWaste products and we try not to pollute the
environment of our schools, who may not have the capacity to properly dispose the eWaste.
3. Laptop battery is quite heavy, and many airlines prohibit laptop batteries to be put
together with laptop in the check-in luggage. The volunteer has to manually carry the
battery separately with their carry-on suitcase which is an extra burden to the traveler.
Not to include old battery saves the CO2 footprint and also ease the traveler’s life in a
great deal.

Since the Labdoo laptops are most often used to serve in the classroom setting and
most of the classrooms do have power outlets, we came to the decision to not include
the batteries on the laptops we sent out unless the batteries are in extremely good
shape.
We hope you found the explanation useful and we are looking forward to seeing the picture
sharing of your students enjoying the laptops.

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Educational Software


[Please print and attach this sheet to your dootronic shipment to ensure that the recipient knows how to use the computer. To print this sheet, click on 'Printer-friendly version' at the bottom of this page. Make sure to print it using the double page option in your printer settings to minimize the amount of paper used. Also, please print only one copy of this document for each group of laptops shipped together.]

Labdoo.org uses:

  • Educational software suitable for students of all ages (from pre-school to high-school)
  • Add-ons to provide barrier-free access for blind or handicapped users
  • Offline wikis and manuals so that educational content can be accessed even without Internet connection
  • Virus scanner ClamAV and other tools

Labdoo laptops are not limited to the default programs and tools provided by the Lubuntu operating system. By installing the prepared Labdoo images for Cloning or the installation scripts you can add more useful educational content. You can also download additional software by using the Ubuntu Software Center if your laptop is connected to the Internet.

If you have any questions on how to use these applications, please post your questions to the Labdoo Global Support team as explained in the following page: https://www.labdoo.org/content/what-if-i-want-receive-aid-lgs-support-team

Parts of this wiki content is based on text and graphics taken from www.edubuntu.org and http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Edubuntu.

  1. Education software
  2. Each Labdoo device comes with educational software for children of all ages. The material covers from pre-school to high-school levels. The computer is also equipped with barrier-free access to help handicapped or blind users.

    Edubuntu is a collection of free educational programs that volunteers and developers around de world put together. Below you can find a brief description on some programs. You can find more detail information at www.edubuntu.org and http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Edubuntu.

  3. Game Collections
  4. GCompris, Childsplay and Omnitux are educational game suites for children aged 2 to 10. The suites contain arithmetic, spelling, letter, word-finding and memory games. The goal is to promote learning through game playing.

  5. Gcompris
  6. Gcompris contains more than 100 games and educational programs to help children learn in a fun way. Below is a brief description of some of its key features.

    Icon Menu Description
    Discover the computer Learn computer parts in different games.
    Go to the discovery games Discover colors, sounds, the world and more.
    Puzzles Learn logic, memory, puzzle, tossing, and patience.
    Games panel Pastime with chat, draw ...
    Mathematics Learn how to count, calculate and geometry.
    English Learning Learn English alphabets, reading, hangman game and more.
    Science activities Learn electrical circuits, the water cycle, the operation of a lock ...
    Strategy games Pastime using chess, ic-tac-toe, Oware and balls in a line.

  7. Childsplay
  8. Icon Descriptions Level of difficulty
    Classic memory game by pairing pictures. */**
    Memory game with lower case letters. */**
    Memory game with capital letters. */**
    Memory game to match numbers. */**
    Memory game to match different sounds. */**
    Mouse training by hitting fish. *
    Listen to correct pronunciation of letters and numbers */**
    Keyboard training - press the button on the displayed letter *
    Puzzle game by resembling a picture. */**
    Matching sound with its image. *
    Matching alphabet letters with animals associated with it. *
    Ping Pong Game. *
    Letters Pacman - The letters of a given word have to be eaten in correct order **/***
    The aim is to make a hole in the ball. Use the right mouse button to push, and aim with the left button. The longer it is held, the greater the impact **/***

    * = easy, ** = medium, *** = difficult

  9. Pysiogame
  10. PysioGame is an educational suite with different games that can be played individually. It includes math, reading, writing, painting, and memory activities suitable for children between age 3 to10.

  11. Omnitux
  12. Omnitux Educational activities based on multimedia elements (images, sounds, and text). ie. associations, puzzles, counting activities...

  13. Astronomy and Geography
  14. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Celestia Celestia is a program which allows you to move virtually through space and visit other planets, stars and galaxies. celestia-gnome
    Marble Marble is a desktop globe. The program is similar to Google Earth program. The program is simple, yet very sophisticated and powerful. It supports a variety of other programs including OpenStreetMap and can reproduce it on its globe or map view. marble
    Stellarium Stellarium is a planetarium program. stellarium
  15. Graphic and Construction Software
  16. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Dia Dia is a diagram editor that provides a variety of options available to create attractive charts. Besides being able to place the objects and scale-free, graphics can be included. dia
    FreeCAD FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open-source and highly customizable, scriptable and extensible. FreeCAD
    FreeMind FreeMind is a program to create mind maps. freemind
    GnuPaint GnuPaint is a simple paint program, which is based on xpaint. gpaint
    Inkscape Inkscape is a vector based graphics program like Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw or Xara X. The application provides a very user-friendly interface, which remains in spite of the many functions intuitively and clearly. inkscape
    LibreCAD LibreCad is a very powerful free program for two-dimensional CAD drawings. You can create various technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams. librecad
    Pencil Pencil can create traditional hand-drawn animations (cartoons). It supports both bitmap and vector graphics. pencil
    PLM Exercise how to program in Java, Python, Scala etc. PLM
    TkGate TkGate is a digital circuit simulator. Manuals in ~/Public/manuals-ubuntu/English/TKGate_2_0 TkGate
    Tux Paint Tux Paint is a simple drawing program for young children. Images can be painted using stamps, brushes etc. tuxpaint
    VYM VYM (View Your Mind) is a simple to use application for creating mind maps. vym
  17. Mathematics and Statistics
  18. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    GeoGebra GeoGebra is a free geometry software, with the mathematical properties of geometry, algebra and calculus can be drawn. geogebra
    Jfractionlab Educative program to practice fractions Jfractionlab
    KAlgebra KAlgebra is a mathematical computer program. The basis is the language of content MathML, which can be used to describe the structure of a formula. It can run arithmetic and logical operations and two-and three-dimensional graphs are shown. kalgebra
    KmPlot KmPlot is a program to visualize mathematical functions. kmplot
    Lybniz Lybniz is a simple program for visualizing mathematical functions. lybniz
    TurtleArt a LOGO-like tool for teaching programming TurtleArt
    Tux Tux of Math Command also known as TuxMath is a math coach, with whom the basic arithmetic may be practiced. The gameplay is based on the arcade classic Missile Command. Tux must save cities by solving mathematical problems before the destruction. tuxmath
    Xabacus simulation of the ancient calculator XAbacus
    XaoS XaoS is a program which creates fractal graphics in real time. XAbacus
  19. Physics
  20. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Step With Step you can learn and feel how physics works. You place some bodies on the scene, add some forces such as gravity or springs, then click "Simulate" and Step shows you how your scene will evolve according to the laws of physics. step
  21. Games
  22. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Atomix Atomix is a game to preassemble molecules from individual atoms. The gameplay is based on the AMIGA game Atomix. atomix
    biniax2 Colorful Logic game with arcade and tactics modes. atomix
    Bumprace BumpRace is a simple arcade game. You've to get from the start to the finish line without crashing into the blocks. atomix
    eBoard, Gnuchess, Crafty (chess) eboard is a graphical chess program which can function as an interface to Internet chess servers such as FICS and to chess engines such as Crafty. Gnuchess and crafty are the matching chess engines. eboard
    Frozen-Bubbles FColorful 3D rendered penguin animations, game idea similar to Tetris. frozen-bubbles
    gbrainy gbrainy is a platform to train memory, arithmetical and logical capabilities with many sorts of different exercises of different difficulty levels. gbrainy
    GCompris GCompris is a collection of games for children. It combines a variety of games on various topics for different age groups. Thus contains for example GCompris Games on mathematics (small 1x1), colors, skill, working with computers etc. Recommended age 3 +. gcompris
    Kanagram Kanagram is a word game in which it is necessary to solve a mystery. A word is decoded by clever conversion of the given letters. kanagram
    Kartoffelknülch KTuberling is a program. Several background images (tuberling, Egypt, the moon, Christmas, etc.) are available to change the designs. ktuberling
    Ltris LTris is a very polished tetris clone, which offers three types of games. The classic mode, a figures mode, where different figures appear every level, and a multiplayer mode. LTris is highly configurable through its menu system. ltris
    lbreakout2 lbreakout2 is a game similar to the classics breakout, featuring a number of added graphical enhancements and effects. You control a paddle at the bottom of the playing-field, and must destroy bricks at the top by bouncing balls against them. ltris
    minetest Minetest is an open-world game, inspired by Minecraft. In a randomly generated world, raw materials are used to create tools and shape the environment. minetest
    Neverball Neverball is simple: you have to collect all coins using a ball to the aim. But you control the floor, not the ball... ri-li
    Ri-li Ri-li is a skill game where you have to move a wooden train set by asking the right course of different rail networks. The goal is to collect the cars distributed in the level. ri-li
    Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. sratch
    Supertux SuperTux is a classic 2D jump 'n run sidescroller game in a similar style like the original SuperMario games. supertux
  23. Language Learning
  24. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Parley Parley is a vocabulary trainer. The Vocabulary is extensive and offers a variety of settings, which concerns the creation of word lists and learning. parley
    Anki Anki is an alternative tool to Parley. Ready to use vocabulary and learning decks can be downloaded from here https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/ anki
  25. Keyboard trainer
  26. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Tux Typing Tux Typing helps children to learn write and playful touch. Recommended age 5 +. tuxtype
  27. Music
  28. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    Gtick, KMetronome Gtick and Kmetronome are a software metronomes. Gtick, KMetronome
    Tux Guitar Program to edit and view sheet music, especially guitar. Tux Guitar
    Solfege Ear training software to help you train intervals, chords, scales and rhythms (manuals in Public/manuals-ubuntu) Solfege
    Piano Booster Piano Booster is a new way to learn the piano just by playing a game. Piano Booster
    VMPK Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard VMPK
  29. Office Applications
  30. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    LibreOffice Suite LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source Office suite on the market: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, our drawing and flowcharting application, Base, our database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics. LibreOffice Suite
    LibreOffice Writer Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, and more. You're free to concentrate on your message, while Writer will make it look great. writer
    LibreOffice Calc Calc is the spreadsheet program you've always needed. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn. Professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions. Wizards can guide you through choosing and using a comprehensive range of advanced spreadsheet functions. Or you can download templates from the LibreOffice template repository, for ready-made spreadsheet solutions. calc
    LibreOffice Impress Impress is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Presentation edition and creation is flexible, thanks to different editing and view modes: Normal (for general editing), Outline (for organizing and outlining your text content), Notes (for viewing and editing the notes attached to a slide), Handout (for producing paper-based material), and Slide Sorter (for a thumbnail sheet view that lets you quickly locate and order your slides). impress
    LibreOffice Draw Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, etc. Draw lets you manipulate graphical objects, group them, crop them, use objects in 3D and much more. draw
    LibreOffice Base Base is a full-featured desktop database front end, designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users. But Base also caters to power users and enterprise requirements, and provides native-support drivers for some of the most-widely employed multi-user database engines: MySQL/MariaDB, Adabas D, MS Access and PostgreSQL. In addition, the built-in support for JDBC- and ODBC-standard drivers allows you to connect to virtually any other existing database engine as well. base
    LibreOffice Math Math is the LibreOffice suite's formula editor, that can be invoked in your text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings, to enable you to insert perfectly-formatted mathematical and scientific formulas. Your formulas can include a wide range of elements, from fractions, terms with exponents and indices, integrals, and mathematical functions, to inequalities, systems of equations, and matrices. math
    Firefox Firefox Internet Browser, also usefull to read local, off-line educational content. firefox
    Netsurf Fast and easy to use internet browser netsurf firefox
    pdf Split and Merge PDFsam is our free and open source desktop application to split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF files. pdfsam
    pdf shuffler PDF-Shuffler helps the user to merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface. pdfshuffler
  31. Additional Programs
  32. Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
    alsamixer The program alsamixer is a tool to access all ALSA settings provides for the sound card. Frequently settings, which can not be directly accessed with the X-user interface, are deactivated or down-regulated. With Alsamixer you can quickly find and activate these settings. alsamixer
    calibre Calibre is a cross platform program for managing and conversion of e-books calibre
    Laby Laby is a program to learn the programming in OCaml, Python, Lua, Ruby, Prolog, C or Java. An ant has to be moved safely through a maze without stepping into spider webs or other traps. laby
    Nanny Nanny Parental Control is an application to monitor and control what children are allowed to do on the PC. nanny
    Kino Kino is a simple video editor for GNU / Linux, which also offers the ability to directly program the videos from the camcorder to take ("capture"). kino
    ScolaSync graphic tool to copy data to or from a set of USB storage media ScolaSync
    Scribus Scribus is a desktop publishing program. It is used to create professional layouts, and is similar to Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign. scribus
    ARandR ARandR is a tool to configurate the monitor settings for e.g. a 2nd monitor or Beamer. ARandR
  33. Virus scanner ClamAV (ClamTK)
  34. Linux doesn’t normally need a virus scanner due to the Linux security concept. There are very few (not to say - none) viruses in Linux desktop. Nevertheless, some companies still offer virus scanner for extra security, for example to protect its file server being used by Windows clients.

    Some edoovillages also request a tool to be able to scan a USB drive and remove possible virus from it. ClamAv is recommended for this purpose (ClamAV is automatically installed if you are using the installation scripts or cloning images).

    To serve the purpose, we recommend the license free, open source virus scanner called ClamAV
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ClamAV (You can use ClamTK to start the program).

    For the Firefox web browser, you can install an add-on called Fireclam
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fireclam/

    More modules and the virus signatures may need to be installed in order to run program smoothly. Therefore, please run either the installation script for Labdoo ftp site ( http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/images/installskripts/installscript-softw... ) or use the cloning images since all programs are already preinstalled in the images.

Educational content, OER (Open Educational Resources)

Video Tutorials

English Video Tutorials

German video tutorials are here https://www.labdoo.org/de/content/video-tutorials.

All videos can be also watched and downloaded here

How to log-in to Labdoo computer
User concept (labdoo, student, guest)

EN: https://youtu.be/hJTWPJMptus
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_login.mkv

Introduction to MATE desktop
Introduction and overview to the MATE desktop, especially explaining the details for Labdoo project.

EN: https://youtu.be/DGDYFMOXOho
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_MATE-desktop.mkv

Settings MATE desktop
MATE desktop settings and adaptations

EN: https://youtu.be/oVML9C4y1eE
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_MATE-settings.mkv

Educational software
Overview about educational, Office and other software coming with a Labdoo computer

EN: https://youtu.be/OdNTr0RmsJw
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_software.mkv

Educational content
Introducation into educational content, coming with Labdoo computer (Wikis, manuals, language training etc.)
This educational content is offline available (without any internet connection), but can be combined with online content, if web access is possible.

EN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U9mB8YYINE
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_content.mkv

LXDE desktop overview and settings
LXDE desktop (Lubuntu) overview and settings

EN: https://youtu.be/TgWKQxhF1zQ
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_LXDE-desktop-settings.mkv

Xowa Offline Wiki Tool
Introduction into Xowa offline wiki tool, to get offline access to more than 800 wikis in various languages

EN: https://youtu.be/bKnvQbKDyPU
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_Xowa.mkv

alsamixer and hardinfo - useful Linux tools
Useful tools for Linux computer to adjust volume, microphone and audio settings (alsamixer) and to get information about installed hardware (hardinfo)

EN: https://youtu.be/VFsQS5iYkeo
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/english/en_alsamixer-hardinfo.mkv

Labdoo solution for refugees in German
To support refugees and integration projects in the German speaking countries D A CH we prepared a special solution, coming with educational content and software for refugees (eg. Xowa wiktionaries for the most common refugees languages to learn German, German language courses, software etc.). Cloning the image PAE64_16_04_LTS_refugees_DE to a laptop will install these content and solution.

Der Link: https://youtu.be/gaUDq0wrpoY
Download (FTP): http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/videos/german/de_refugees_DE.mkv

For technicians

Online FTP server: How to clone a laptop, use Parted Magic and Clonezilla
Offline local: How to clone a laptop, use Parted Magic and Clonezilla


Online FTP server: Adaption to school / country, language, keyboard, drivers etc.
Offline local: Adaption to school / country, language, keyboard, drivers etc.


Online FTP server: Change system files hosts and hostname
Offline local: Change system files hosts and hostname


Online FTP server: Installing Lubuntu operating system
Offline local: Installing Lubuntu operating system


Online FTP server: How to use scripts / automatic installation of software or content etc.
Offline local: How to use scripts / automatic installation of software or content etc.


Why Labdoo Uses Linux

Labdoo uses the Linux operating system (OS) for several important reasons:

  • One first reason is because Linux is a very high quality software. While software can always be improved, it is well-known among some of the best computer scientists in the world that Linux has consistently delivered some of the finest architectures.
  • Linux is open and free software. This is an incredibly powerful property. This basically means that people can freely use all the software provided by Linux without worrying about licensing violations. It means that you can fire the Ubuntu Software Center and install any of thousands of applications for free. This aspect is really important for schools and students, because it provides freedom to access powerful educational applications.
  • Without Linux, Labdoo would not be possible. Labdoo distributes thousands of laptops around the world and each Labdoo laptop comes with hundreds of free programs, so negotiating a free license for each of them would not be feasible. It is thanks to thousands of programmers and computer scientists around the world who donate their time to create great quality software that at Labdoo we can do our job of distributing educational laptops around the globe.
  • Linux is easy to use. There is a sort of myth that Linux is difficult to use. That's indeed a myth, because hundreds of millions of people use Linux today sometimes without even knowing. The Android operating system is based on Linux, which means that all the Samsung, LG, Nexus and countless phones and tablets that many of us carry are using Linux. Today's Linux operating systems are as simple to use as any other OS like Microsoft's Windows® or Apple's OSX®. The skills learned on a Linux computer (e.g., using spreadsheets, word documents, creating slides, etc.) are all applicable to any other computer system. Further, in a world were more and more we rely on the Internet, the role of the computer interface becomes less relevant. In some cases all that matters is having a browser that connects us to the Internet where we can have access to high quality educational content. This aspect of computers is independent of the operating system.
  • Linux brings the spirit of collaboration. Linux was developed through the collaboration of computer scientists and programmers around the world that wanted to develop a high-quality free operating system for everyone. This concept is tightly related to the values of Labdoo and the belief that together in collaboration we can create great projects to make a better world. In Swahili, the word 'Ubuntu' (the name of the Linux distribution we use at Labdoo) means 'hospitality'. More about the history of Linux can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Linux
  • Linux runs much faster on any computer than Windows does.
  • No virus problem: Linux is nearly invulnerable for virus attacks, but Windows-PCs are not. Often schools report technical problems by virus attacks, a problem which is unknown for Labdoo.
  • Outdated Windows licences: Donated laptops come often with Windows versions, which are not supported or updated any-more. This again is a high risk of security problems.
  • Windows operating systems and office programs costs money, typically several hundreds of dollars. In many countries Windows and MS-Office are copied without a legal license. But if you do not have the resources to pay for an expensive license, you no longer have to violate law, because Linux is freely available for all of us.

If the above is still not convincing enough and if you'd like to install another operating system different than Linux to your Labdoo laptops, you can freely do so. Labdoo does not impose any restrictions on the software you run on the computers provided that you can ensure that the laptops are being used for educational purposes.

If you want to change the operating system (OS) and if the laptop travels internationally, we recommend to install the laptop with the basic, license free (L)Ubuntu, and then you can have the edoovillage install their desired OS locally. A basic OS is needed to travel abroad because the international travel rules require laptops to be able to boot into an OS.

If the laptop does not travel internationally and you want to have your own OS, then it is recommended to deliver the laptop without any OS. Just format the hard drive by using the 'shred' command.

Please make sure all software and OS installed in Labdoo devices are NOT violating any copyrights or laws. As explained above, this is the reason Labdoo.org strongly encourages using open and license-free OS and software such as (L)Ubuntu.

Lubuntu and Windows Equivalences

Here is a table of some programs in Linux/Lubuntu and their equivalent names in Windows. Please notice that Labdoo laptops come with hundreds of additional educational programs and content (ebooks, wikis etc.), which are not included in a Windows operating system. This table provides only some of the programs found in Labdoo laptops that have an equivalent version in Windows systems.

Lubuntu Application Function Windows Software Included in Windows
Xpad Stickies Microsoft OneNote yes
Evince PDF Viewer Adobe Reader no (3rd party app)
LibreOffice Calc / Gnumeric Spreadsheet Microsoft Excel no ($)
LibreOffice Writer / Abiword Docs Microsoft Word no ($)
LibreOffice Impress Slides / Presentations Microsoft Powerpoint no ($)
Simple-scan Scanner no (driver)
Gparted Partition Editor Disk Manager yes
Guvcview / Skype Webcam Utility Skype no (3rd party app)
Scrot Screenshot no (3rd party app)
Hardinfo System info System profiler yes
Mtpaint Image Editing Paint yes
Xfburn CD Burning no (3rd party app)
Pcmanfm File Manager Explorer yes
Gcalculator Calculator Calc yes
Audacious Audio Player Windows Media Player yes
VLC / Gnome-mplayer Video Player Windows Media Player yes
Transmission Torrent no (3rd party app)
Pidgin Instant Messaging Microsoft Lync no
Sylpheed Email Client Outlook yes
Mozilla Firefox Web browser Internet Explorer yes
Leafpad Editor Notepad / Wordpad yes
File-roller (De)Compress files Explorer yes (only ZIP files)
Lxterminal Terminal cmd yes (some features)
Gpicview Image Viewer Windows Media Center yes

Changing the look of Linux

While the look and feel of (L)Ubuntu is very similar to that of any other operating system, it is possible to make it look even more similar. Visit for instance this page for a description of how to make your Linux system look like a Windows one.

Installing multiple operating systems using VirtualBox

If the laptop comes with more than 2 GB RAM, you can consider using Virtualbox, a tool that allows you to install another operating system like Windows next (or on top) of Linux. By doing so, you will be able to run (L)Ubuntu as the host OS and Windows, or other operating systems, as a guest OS at the same time.

You also need to fulfil the same legal and license regulations on the guest OS as mentioned above. The images provided by Labdoo for cloning laptops come with a pre-installed Virtualbox. There is also an installation script to install Virtualbox and its extensions for a Linux OS available.

Download handout as odt or pdf

If you want to explain someone else why at Labdoo we use Linux based software, feel free to share the following handout summarizing the main reasons.


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How To Start A Labdoo Laptop?


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Login Screen

User Accounts

Each laptop (cloned or installed using install-scripts) is preinstalled with 3 user accounts. When logging in click on the small triangle right from labdoo --> this will show you a list of currently available user accounts:

  • labdoo: has super user rights / is administrator! The log-in password is labdoo (Please change this password when login for the first time. labdoo is an administrator account and have all the access right on the computer. Working under this account without a proper knowledge may crash the system! Therefore, it is recommended to have only teachers know the password of the user labdoo)
  • student: is a standard user account for students. The password is also labdoo (You can decide to change the current password or not.)
  • Select user

  • guest: is an account which doesn’t require a password to log in. All data will be automatically erased after the user log off from this account

The letters of the password should match with the character-set of the keyboard (latin letters and what you see on keyboard). Using others, non-latin characters might lock you out of the computer.


    Other Log In Options

    Optional: select one of the pre-installed, Lubuntu based desktops (user interface), MATE (default) or Lubuntu (LXDE) Optional: Select the user language to be used after logging in. How to change the keyboard when logging in see below. Optional: Enlarge font size, improve contrast, activate screen reader or virtual keyboard, if user is visually impaired

Important: the keyboard layout, being used when loggin in, will be set during the installation process of (L)Ubuntu. If you installed a computer using images for cloning this will be the German keyboard (DE). Otherwise the keyboard layout using to install (L)Ubuntu. To change the layout after logging in open a terminal (press Strg/CTL + Alt + T at the same time) and type sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard (press Enter), next change the keyboard code, e.g. into EN for English, FR for French, ES for Spanish etc.), optional you can add a country specific code in the next line between the 2 quotation marks (z.B. CH for Switzerland), then store the file (Strg/CTL + Alt + O (Enter), next Strg/CTL + Alt + X).You will NOT modify the keyboard layout being used after logging in. This can be changed using the setting or the keyboard layout icon in the upper task bar (MATE) or lower task bar (LXDE).

Desktops MATE or LXDE

A Labdoo computer usually comes with 2 desktops (user interfaces) - MATE and LXDE. Each one is great. Find out, which one fits best for your needs...

 MATE Desktop is the recommended desktop, but he needs more resources (hardware requirements) than LXDE. If your computer becomes slow try out LXDE. You can switch when logging in.
 LXDE asks for less hardware resources and runs fast even on older hardware.

The computer remembers for each user, which desktop this user used last time and will start this desktop. If you want to change to another desktop you have to switch before logging in. The recommended desktops are Lubuntu (LXDE) and MATE session.

 MATE desktop
 LXDE desktop

To change the password → System Tools → users and groups → +Add (to add a new user) or change → password „labdoo“ → change it → ok

Manage Groups → to group users (e.g. group labdoo)

To Start a Program

There are many useful, fun and educational software and games installed. To start a program:

Click on the lower left corner on the Lubuntu icon (similar to Windows XP) → “Education” or "game“ → click on the program you want to start it.

In the folder of “/Public”, you will find a lot of useful reference manuals, such as OER, Offline wikis, e-books etc.

There are also a video tutorial and an Offline wikipedia (Xowa) icons available on the desktop.

Optional: Desktops (user interfaces)

Labdoo laptops come with Lubuntu (Linux operating system based on Ubuntu) and the LXDE and MATE desktops. LXDE and MATE are fast and easy to learn user interfaces. They can be installed on older laptops with minimum 512 MB RAM and will run fast.

Adjust languages, regional formats and keyboard settings

Depending on the country edoovillage is located, you may want to install one or more additional language(s) or keyboard(s).

You can adjust language setting by selecting Preferences → Language Support. You may get messages like “Language support not completely installed, install now”. Click on "Yes" and continue the installation.

In the next window select Install/Remove languages → select the language(s) needed → Apply → Apply System-wide.

The new languages will show up in the language list (as shown above). Lubuntu will use the first language setting in the table, then go to the next one, and continue. If no languages matched, it will use English as default.

To change priority of the languages → select and hold the right mouse button on the new language → move the language to its position and release the right mouse button → click Apply System-wide. The new language will be used after logout then login or after rebooting the computer.

Regional formats

You can also adjust the local currency, notation of numbers, date and time, if available. Click on the tab “Regional formats“ and select the format as shown in the list → Apply System-Wide.

Keyboard settings

You may skip this step if the laptop was cloned with images. Otherwise, you have to add a panel item to the task bar by clicking with right mouse button on the task bar → Add / Remove Panel Items → +Add → select "Keyboard Layout Handler" → +Add → optional: move the item position within the task bar by Up or Down.

Right click on the symbol "de" (keyboard layout handler) in the task bar (or another country abbreviation will be shown) → Keyboard Layout handler Settings → Remove the hook "Keep system layout", if activated, otherwise, you won’t be able to add new layouts) →

+Add → Add a new keyboard layout
-Remove → Remove a keyboard layout
↑Up → Move a keyboard layout entry in the list up
↓Down → Move a keyboard layout entry in the list up

The maximum number of keyboard layouts is 4..

Customize Look and Feel

You are able to change the Lubuntu graphical user interface (GUI), e.g. make it more look like Windows (if you want).

In order to activate a different Look and Feel click on the Lubuntu-start button in the left bottom corner of the screen → Preferences → Customize Look and Feel → select in the tab widget e.g. the theme Win10 light or another theme you like → click on the icon theme and select Windows 10 or other icons you like → close the window.

To undo / switch back to default Look and Feel just select another theme (Lubuntu-default) and icon theme (Lubuntu) - or other layouts that you like.

You have to get used to some settings of this "Windows" theme (remember, it is NOT Windows, it is Linux / Lubuntu, but it looks more similar to Windows).

Manuals, video tutorials and more

You can open the folder /home/labdoo/Public/ for more manuals, video tutorials, offline wikis etc. A tutorial video icon is placed on the desktop. You can watch it by using Firefox or other media player (view -> 1/2 size, zoom +/-).

Why does Labdoo not install Windows?

There are many reasons not to install Windows. Most donated computer reach us with a not supported or no Windows license. Also the older CPUs would run slowly using Windows, but using Linux they are faster. We are also able to install hundreds of license-free learning (eductaion), multimedia, office programs etc. without having a license or cost problem. There are no virus problems under Linux (nevertheless, we installed virus protection). You get free software for blind users. There are millions of books, language courses and wikis pre-installed on each laptop. There is a sophisticated user-right system under Linux, which we use for the above mentioned user concept for teacher, student and guest. You can run the computer using various languages ​​and much more. The worst thing would be t delete our pre-installed software and content and to go back to Windows :( Doing so the children would loose all the educational advantages and efforts! There are more reasons, so please consider to stay with Linux / Lubuntu.

Install codecs for multimedia, film and DVD

If you computer was installed on base of an image for cloning you will find on each desktop a script installscript-codecs.sh. Legal Notice Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in. Please obtain legal advice if you are unsure whether a particular patent or restriction applies to a media format you wish to use in your country. Without executing this script you will not be able to watch videos or DVDs.
This script will install restricted codecs and restricted software for multimedia applications. Only proceed, if you are sure that you want to install these codecs and restricted software. Your computer must be connected to internet, while executing this script.

Programs for blind or visually impaired users

On the desktop you will find an icon magnifier, click on it and you will get a magnifier,which will follow your mouse. In the panel you will get now another magnifier icon. Right mouse click on that icon will open a settings menu.

Other programs for handicapped users are:

program description program name screen shot
Orca Screen reader; Wichtig: to toggle Orca on / off please press at the same time Alt + Super/Windows + o. To configure Orca open a terminal (User labdoo) -> type orca -s (Enter). Orca
pico2wave Tool reading marked (high lighted) text in any document. To toggle pico2wave on / off press the keys Alt + Super/Windows + p at the same time. Mark text before, then press these keys, text will be read. If marked text is too long an error will be reported. pico2wave
Elinks Text based web browser, running in a terminal (Link on desktop) Elinks

More information on solutions for handicapped users can be found here https://www.labdoo.org/content/programs-handicapped-users-barrier-free.

set volume

In the panel you will find an icon to mute or set the volume louder or more quiet. Clicking on that icon will open a dialogue (mute or louder or more quiet). But there are much more settings for volumen, microphone etc., which can only be accessed by a programm called alsamixer:

Program Descriptions Program name Screenshot
alsamixer The program alsamixer is a tool to access all ALSA settings provides for the sound card. Frequently settings, which can not be directly accessed with the X-user interface, are deactivated or down-regulated. With Alsamixer you can quickly find and activate these settings. Open a terminal (press Ctl/Strg + Alt + t at the same time), type alsamixer (enter). Now you can adjust the volume settings, move the keys ← → to move to the next channel, ↑ ↓ to set it louder or more quiet. alsamixer

printer settings, CUPS
A printer can be added and administrated System Tools → Printers → + Add a printer. Most printers, connected to the computer or to network (LAN), will be recognized automatically.

For a more complex solution there is Cups (Common Unix Printing System), the most common print tool for Linux. Most printers can be used, jobs and spools administrated using CUPS. CUPS comes with an integrated web-server. This server can be used to set-up and manage a printer. Open a web-browser and open: http://localhost:631. Only user labdoo is allowed to access this page. In case a printer is locally connected to a computer you can allow access for other computer to this printer via LAN.

Help function F1, manual
By pressing the key F1 or help in the menu bar most programs will open a window and will show a manual for this program.

Reset and Restore user labdoo
A student should log-in as guest or as user student, but never a user labdoo (only for teacher, administrator). But even being logged in as user student it might happen that menu bars or icons are deleted by mistake. Everything can be "repaired", but you have to know how - and this knowledge might be missing at schools. But we offer a good solution for that - on the labdoo users desktop you will find a script restore_user_student.sh (Double click will start the script, run in a terminal). But be careful! This script will delete every(!) data / document stored or reset all setting done since you received the laptop! So make sure all data needed is assured! And sometimes this script is helpful, if you want to remove all data before giving the computer to another user.

Have fun learning and playing with your Labdoo laptop!

The Labdoo team

Keyboard Layout


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Useful links keyboard layouts

http://ascii-table.com/keyboards.php
http://commons.wikimedia.org

http://dominicweb.eu/african-keyboard/ - a free keyboard for Android phones and Windows-running computers allowing for typing of all languages of Africa that are based on latin script

You can also enclose a print-out of specific keyboard layouts with the laptop. Here is a collection of frequently used keyboard layouts http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/documents/material/keyboard%20layouts/

Language
German ESC Bild ↑ Bild ↓ Druck Ende Einfg Entf Pause Pos 1 Strg
English ESC page (up) page (down) print end Ins Del pause Home CTRL Backspace Shift Caps Enter
French Échap ImpÉc Fin Inser Suppr Pause CTRL ← Suppr arrière Maj Verr Maj ↩ Entrée
Spanish ESC Re Pág Av Pág Impr Fin Insert Supr Pausa Inicio Ctrl Retroceso Mayús Bloq Mayús Entrar

Programs for handicapped users (barrier free)

Recommended programs for blind or handicapped users

To enable blind or visually impaired users to use a computer Labdoo installs free available, barrier-free software and add-ons, e.g.

  • screen-reader Orca (a tool, reaing screen content),
  • specific programs like eLinks (text-based web-browser) and others.,
  • optional: braille reader (not part of the Labdoo project, has to be added by 2rd parties and partners),
  • or special USB-disc drives with Adriane, a desktop and user interface, optimized for blind users.

Labdoo offers two ways to use barrierfree software:

  1. run it using a standard Labdoo computer and its educational content (images for Cloning later than November 2016 are coming with this pre-installed solution) or
  2. use a bootable USB disc drive
  • 16 GB or up (4,5 GB System, 6 GB for Wikipedia for Schools and 5 GB free for user data),
  • can be used as boot media on any computer or laptop,
  • pre-installed Wikipedia for Schools (EN or FR) on each USB disc drive,
  • access to the educational content stored on each Labdoo laptop in the text-based web browser, content being presented by Orca screen-reader or braille reader.

USB disc drives and Knoppix / Adriane

Labdoo recommends to use Knoppix / Adriane, a Linux based solution especially to support blind or visual impaired users. Knoppix comes with a LXDE desktop, the same as Labdoo laptops use as well. Adriane is a text-based desktop and user interface, fulfilling in a perfect way the needs of blind users. Using screen-reader or Braille reader the screen content will be made accessible.

As you know Labdoo combines educational content and software in a sophisticated way. So we pre-install here as well content. Wikipedia for Schools (in English or French), manuals and more is pre-installed on each USB disc drive. And users have access to educational content online or on a Labdoo laptops, even bookmarked in browser for faster access for blind users.

Reasons to recommend Knoppix / Adriane are:

  • a mature solution for blind or visual impaired users, text-based or using LXDE (sehr ähnlich wie in Lubuntu); easy to learn and understand, especially if you are familiar with Labdoo laptops,
  • Adriane coms with a text-based user interface for blind or visually impaired users and integration of screen-reader and Braille reader
  • support of common languages (EN, DE, FR, ES etc.)
  • Integrated BrailleTTY support to run most Braille readers

Recommended accessories (not part of Labdoo project)

  • head-set (when a user hears text being read by screen-reader it may disturb other users),
  • external, english keyboard and mouse (USB),
  • Scanner (an OCR based scan and reader program is part of Adriane; text can be scanned, converter and read),
  • Braille reader (many, not all braille reader will be supported),
  • special Braille keyboard or Braille stickers for keyboard.

You are able to download the Knoppix Adriane iso file from here http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/ and to install it by yourself, but there are various setting to be done. So the Labdoo team produced two Knoppix / Adriane based, pre-installed images (one to be installed using dd, one for Clonezilla / image for Cloning). These images come are available in English or French, with pre-installed wikipedia for schools.

  • This USB disc drive will boot into Adriane user-interface first,
  • Browser based educational content and wikis of connected laptop are accessible,
  • Runs with any computer or laptop,

Install a Knoppix / Adriane USB disc drive yourself
Download the image you need and follow these instructions [to follow] .

BIOS settings, sequence of boot media

Either you change the boot sequence in a way that the USB disc drive comes first before the internal disc-drive (HDD). Or you have to select the boot media during boot process.

Main features of ADRIANE

WWW Surfing the Web is supported by a special web browser (elinks), which presents the relevant information in an easy to read form, and also supports Javascript, picture- and multimedia-content if selected. Using the arrow-keys and ENTER, the user can easily navigate through weblinks, where the "normal " text is accessible through the reading functions. Webforms for the internet search, online shopping and online banking are also supported.
Text recognition Scanning, speaking or saving of printed texts like mail, newspaper articles or books.
EMail Reading and writing/answering email, provided you have an email account.
Multimedia Playing of audio or video files, digital TV via DVB-T.
Notebook Creating and managing of short notes or text files.
Contact manager Compact database for adresses and phone numbers.
SMS and GPRS/UMTS Using Short-Messaging-Service (reading and writing/answering SMS) and using mobile internet access with your own cellphone. Connection between computer and phone via bluetooth or cable. Caution: While most (even the cheapest) cell phones do support the "modem function" needed for this feature, there are still some that won't work.
File manager For managing your own documents, adresses and notes, multimedia files and such, a rather simple file manager is integrated into the ADRIANE menus, which also allows on-demand inclusion of flash disks and other removable media.
Graphical programs Graphics mode is the "mouse-oriented" desktop known to many users, which is made accessible by the graphical screenreader orca and compiz-fusions zoom functions for vision impaired users. Here, openoffice and firefox as well as many other graphical applications are available.
Settings Adjustments for volume of speech output, standard page orientation for text recognition, network and other settings can be changed here.
Customized Functions The ADRIANE menu system can be taylored to contain additional applcations, or just a subset (the "favourites") of the user.

Navigate within Adriane text mode

CapsLock + space read line activated
CapsLock + arrow up read previous line
CapsLock + arrow down read next line
CapsLock + page up read from page begin to actual cursor position
CapsLock + page down read from here to page end
CapsLock + arrow left / right spell actual line letter by letter

(CapsLock = key to switch to large letters)

Navigate using LXDE and Orca (graphical user interface)

Super + Mouse wheel up or down set zoom
Super + m small mouse magnifier
Move mouse to right upper screen corner show all windows
CapsLock + space configure Orca (when started)
Super + AltLeft left mouseclick add a comment to screen
Super + AltLinks k delete comment on screen

Super = left Pinguin- or "Windows" key

More information here:

  • Pre-installed programs for handicapped users for Labdoo computer or Adriane USB disc drive
  • The tools listed below Tools will support blind or visually impaired users and are alternatives to programs with graphical user interface. These tools come with a text-based user-interface and are easier to use by blind users.

    Login Screen
    If the user is able to see part of the screen your can also improve the visibility by adjusting the screen parameters Large Fonts and High Contrast.

    program description program name screen shot
    Orca Screen reader; Wichtig: to toggle Orca on / off please press at the same time Alt + Super/Windows + o. To configure Orca open a terminal (User labdoo) -> type orca -s (Enter). Orca
    pico2wave Tool reading marked (high lighted) text in any document. To toggle pico2wave on / off press the keys Alt + Super/Windows + p at the same time. Mark text before, then press these keys, text will be read. If marked text is too long an error will be reported. pico2wave
    Elinks Text based web browser, running in a terminal (Link on desktop) Elinks
    bluefish Text based HTML editor bluefish
    gespeaker mbrola Alternative converter Text → Speach gespeaker
    Espeak Tool to generate electronic speach Espeak
    alpine Text orientiertes e-Mail Tool (im Terminal starten → Programmname → Enter) alpine
    irssi Text orientated e-mail tool (start in terminal → program name → Enter) irssi
    lynx Text based web browser in a terminal (start in terminal → program name → Enter) lynx-cur
    Elinks Text based web browser in a terminal (start in terminal → program name → Enter) Elinks
    Midnight Commander (mc) Text based file manager (start in terminal → program name → Enter) MC
    easystroke Maus / Gesture controlled user interface easystroke
    dasher Text input by mouse, mousepad, Eyetracker or Touchpad dasher
    cellwriter converter hand writing → text cellwriter
    sitplus ludic-therapeutic activities sitplus
    kmag Magnifying glass function for screen kmag

    Responsibilities when Receiving a Dootronic


    [This page is part of the 'Dootronics Welcome Package' which can be found in this page.]

    Dear Laptop receiver:

    We are very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to your project by providing technology to help bridge the digital divide.
    With every right comes responsibilities. Technology, when adequately used, can provide very powerful means to aid those that are most in need. But if used improperly, it can also damage our environment. By receiving the above items, you are automatically accepting to abide by the following Labdoo global responsibilities:

    (1) The items received will be used only for the purpose described by your organization at the time you solicited this donation. If you intend to use it for a different purpose, you will contact first the Labdoo team at contact@labdoo.org.

    (2) In the case that an incidence occurs to any of the received items, you will contact the Labdoo team by going to https://www.labdoo.org/content/labdoo-global-support-lgs and writing on that wall your incidence, including the tagging number of the laptop(s) related to the incidence and a brief explanation. The following incidences must always be reported:

    (2.1) At the end of life of any of the received items, so that the item can be properly recycled.
    (2.2) When an item breaks, malfunctions or any change in its status.

    (3) Every six months, please write also a message to the wall at https://www.labdoo.org/content/labdoo-global-support-lgs with the list of laptops that you have and their status (working or not working). If we do not hear from you, Labdoo won't be able to provide more educational laptops and tablets to your project.

    (4) Labdoo laptops are offered for free to you for education purposes. In return, you agree to not use the laptops for commercial reasons and you agree not to charge any fee for the usage of the laptops.

    We thank you for your commitment to make our world a better place and we wish you best of luck in your humanitarian mission.

    The Labdoo Team.

    Start a Laptop Request

    Thank you very much for your interest in Labdoo and in starting a laptop request for an edoovillage. The request can be presented by a single person, an association, or the school/project itself, as long as it helps children and young adults gain access education.

    The Labdoo guidelines do not allow to contribute computers to a specific person, only to organized public/private projects or schools, and the contributions have to stay within the edoovillage. All dootronics (laptops, tablets, etc.) are tagged via their online registration and have a unique Labdoo ID number.

    To be able to accept a request, it's important to verify that the project is feasible and that there will be enough resources to successfully accomplish it. For instance, requesters and supporters should demonstrate to have travelers willing to carry the laptops to the destination (we call these dootrips) or otherwise demonstrate that there is a fair chance to find such traveling resources. All edoovilages are listed in this dashboard.

    Please fill in the edoovillage request form that you will find in the Labdoo toolkit and send it over email to the Labdoo hub that will be taking care of your project. If you do not know your assigned hub yet, then you can use the Labdoo contact form to reach out to Labdoo. Send the request form together with pictures taken from the area, town, school and the children to one of our hubs.

    Please reach out to us at least +/- 3-4 weeks before the departure of a traveler (dootripper), so we have time to prepare the laptops (dootronics).

    Labdoo.org is only able to provide educational laptops because we receive them from donors around the world. It is difficult to tell in advance when the request will be fulfilled, but everybody can help shorten the delivery time by telling the Labdoo story to friends, family, coworkers and your local community in general, or by talking to your local press and starting a call for laptop donations. There are many things you can do to help spread education around the world.