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Village Earth’s 1050 Volume Appropriate Technology Library Now Includes Complete Linux Operating System


Today, Village Earth releases the latest version of our 1050 Volume Appropriate Technology Library which now includes an entire Linux operating system complete with the Calibre ebook management software, the powerful Libre Office Suite, Firefox web browser and numerous other commonly used applications and utilities. The new AT Library USB drive is capable of operating as a stand-alone resource that can run completely from the USB drive or can be installed onto your computer as a primary or secondary operating system. The library can still be used with your existing MS Widows, MacOS or Linux installation and includes installation files for the Calibre ebook management software for managing the massive AT Library.

We have chosen to include the Xubuntu Linux distribution which operates under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and all of the application software installed by default is free software. Xubuntu is developed by a community of programers whose goals are to “provide an easy to use distribution, based on Ubuntu, using Xfce as the graphical desktop, with a focus on integration, usability and performance, with a particular focus on low memory footprint. The integration in Xubuntu is at a configuration level, a toolkit level, and matching the underlying technology beneath the desktop in Ubuntu.”

The minimum system requirements for Xubunutu is a 32-bit processor, a minimum of 1GB of RAM and 7.5GB of free space on your hard drive. This makes it a great operating system for breathing new life into older systems that struggle or can no longer run the latest versions of Windows or MacOS. Plus, with an internet connection you have access to the Ubuntu software repository with thousands of free applications for graphics, video editing, desktop publishing, utilities, and more. Learn more about Xubuntu at https://xubuntu.org/

Village Earth believes there is a huge potential for free and opensource software in helping to bridge the digital divide, making computer resources more broadly accessible and at a lower cost. To learn more about the benefits of free and opensource software visit https://opensource.com/


Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1518 – Community-Based Food Systems

During this five week course, you will learn about various approaches to building community-based food systems and movements for food justice around the world. Together, we will evaluate successful efforts at food system relocalization and the protection of community food resources, as well as the factors that threaten these efforts.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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