My name is Mark Atkinson. I am an IT professional in East Central Illinois who has been in the field for over 25 years.
I recently identified a gap in regard to access to computers.
As such, there are many older, unused laptops gathering dust in basements and drawers (and business stockrooms) that can be revived by wiping the hard drive and installing the Linux operating system, which runs very well on older laptops with smaller hard drives and less RAM.
This produces laptops that run efficiently, using the software that comes included with a Linux install, including a MS Word-compatible office suite (Libre Office), Firefox web browser, and the ability to install other software for graphic manipulation, CAD, games, databases, web servers, and programming, among others.
These laptops will expose recipients to computing and the internet, expanding opportunities and hopefully providing the chance for latent talents to develop. You never know what someone can accomplish when they have the right tool in their hands!
Repurposing these laptops keeps them out of the landfill.