Technology surplus sale 11-2015
Update 11-23: All laptops have already been reserved, and the waiting list is full. However, there are still some desktops left.
Fremont #1 – Surplus Technology Opportunity
The District has surplus computers and monitors that we are offering to District parents and students. These machines were used for several years at Baldwin Creek and Lander Middle School. Although they are older computers, they can still serve as adequate home machines for Internet access, email, educational software and websites, and basic productivity.
IMPORTANT – Please Read
We appreciate everyone's enthusiasm when we offer surplus equipment. However, please take a few minutes to fully read the text below and be aware of what the District is offering, what software is and is not available on each machine, etc. These computers will not have the software that is found on District computers. Also, please be aware of the scheduled pickup times and requirements. Thanks!
We are offering 50 surplus Dell OptiPlex 760 desktop computers. Each computer has 2 gigabytes of RAM and an internal DVD-RW drive. Desktops are about six years old.
Each desktop will be provided with a single 15” or 17” monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and two power cables. Monitors are of assorted make and model (most are Acer brand) and will be randomly selected with each desktop.
Computers have wired network capability so they can be connected to existing Internet connectivity in your home (cable, DSL, etc). Any additional hardware or software needs, as well as any Internet connectivity, are solely the responsibility of the household.
We are offering 15 surplus Dell Latitude E6410 laptop computers. Each computer has 2 gigabytes of RAM, an internal DVD-RW drive, and an Intel Core i5 processor. Machines are about five years old, and the internal batteries may or may not hold a charge when disconnected from the power cable.
Each mobile computer will be provided with a Dell power adapter.
Computers have wired and wireless network capability so they can be connected to existing Internet connectivity in your home (cable, DSL, etc). Any additional hardware or software needs, as well as any Internet connectivity, are solely the responsibility of the household.
A short instruction packet will be provided to give a basic overview of installed software. Beyond that instruction sheet, the District will not and cannot provide any maintenance, support, configuration, or troubleshooting on any hardware received. No warranty is provided by the manufacturer.
All computers will be delivered with Ubuntu Linux installed and ready to use. Ubuntu is a modern OS (operating system) that is freely available to anyone, is very powerful, and is secure. With Ubuntu, you can use either the Firefox or Chrome web browsers to access Internet websites, check email, and follow your student’s progress. Ubuntu also offers an App Store where you can add free educational software, games, and other software with a single click.
I’m interested. What do I need to do?
Email Surplus@landerschools.org , telling us your name and the total number of computers you want. You will receive an email back with a confirmation that the number of machines you requested is available and reserved for you.
Emails will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and will be accepted as long as we have machines available. We will start a waiting list if necessary, and you will be notified if you are on the waiting list (and when an alternate pickup time will be set).
A $25.00 processing fee for each computer (desktop/monitor, or mobile) is required. Payment must be made when equipment is released, so bring cash or checks made out to “Fremont County School District #1”. A receipt will be provided for each unit purchased.
Machines will be available for pickup at two times:
- Thursday, December 3rd from 1:30pm through 4:30pm.
- Friday, December 4th from 1:30pm through 4:00pm
Sorry, but there can be NO exceptions made to pickup times.
Please do not request a computer if you cannot be available during the pickup times listed above.
If you cannot make either of the two pickup times, then your reserved machine(s) will be offered to those on the waiting list. If you wish to send someone in your place, that is acceptable. Remember that payment will be due when equipment is picked up.
Pickup location will be at the Central Administration building at 863 Sweetwater, right inside the main door.
Are these computers any good?
For the District, these computers are at the end of their useful life. However, for some uses they may still function adequately for several years. In situations such as general Internet access, checking email, running educational software, basic photo editing, and doing basic productivity work, these computers are still useful. For more advanced needs, such as gaming and graphics work, you may consider purchasing a more modern computer from a vendor. Some laptop batteries may no longer hold a full charge, due to age. Patrons may choose to purchase a replacement battery from a vendor.
Why Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows?
Ubuntu is a more modern and more secure OS alternative than Windows Vista, whose support and updates from Microsoft have ended. In this age of “the cloud” and Internet-based software like Facebook, Instagram, and Google Mail, the actual client you use is not as important as the web browser you use. Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox, one of the “top three” premiere browsers, and you can choose to install Google Chrome as well. Also, Ubuntu is consistently faster than Windows on the same hardware to start and operate.
Will I have difficulty learning Ubuntu?
Websites and applications like Facebook and Google operate exactly the same on Ubuntu or Windows, as they run in a web browser and not on your computer. Ubuntu is specifically designed for ease-of-use and low maintenance. You can get an online demonstration of Ubuntu’s look and feel by visiting www.ubuntu.com/tour.
Can I get Windows installed instead?
Each computer has either a Windows Vista license sticker on it (on the case) or a Windows 7 license sticker (under the battery). If you can obtain a Vista (or Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10) installation media, what you choose to do with your computer after you take possession is up to you.
What about Microsoft Office, or Office-like software?
Ubuntu provides LibreOffice, which is a free productivity software package that lets you open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Also, District students in grades 3-12 can effortlessly use their district Google Apps for Education account to edit school documents within Firefox or Chrome. Documents can then be easily retrieved from a school computer or Chromebook.
Is there any kind of a warranty?
There is no warranty or support at all from the District. No warranty is provided by the manufacturer. The District cannot and will not provide any maintenance, support, configuration, or troubleshooting on any hardware or software.
All equipment and supplies are sold or offered “as is” and “where is.” It is solely the responsibility of the buyer to determine equipment status, functionality, suitability, or fitness for a particular purpose prior to placing a bid or accepting use. Due to copyright restrictions, patrons should not expect computers to have usable software installed on them. A power outlet can be provided for patrons wishing to test equipment, and power cords where available will be provided for purchased equipment. District staff cannot answer any pre-auction or post-auction questions regarding equipment usefulness, functionality, or suitability.