Monday, April 09, 2012
We've been donated an older Gateway dual core for which we have a specific use. It will be the mounted laptop that does some of the wheelchair work for one of our kids. Michael Dean, a software engineer for a large, well-known company wrote the software on his own time and is in the process of trying to release it as FOSS. He's traversing the legal minefield which is his employment contract, attempting to get them to let go of any of his "work" that he does for charitable reasons and on his own time.
He's not optimistic.
The Software works great, unfortunately it was written for Vista as were all the drivers. He simply doesn't have the time to update it to Win7 and given the chance that it his company would lay claim to any continued work, he probably wouldn't anyway.
What we need is a legitimately-licensed copy of Windows Vista so we can get this great kid on the road. Of course we initially contacted Microsoft via email and phone and to this date, they have ignored us....but they always do. The best MS has ever offered us in the way of Licenses for any of their systems is 50.00 a license for Windows XP SPI.
Anyway, I know that we have a large readership of IT directors and admins that might have a good copy of Vista floating around. If you do, Please contact me via email or comments here and we can see what we can get done.
I appreciate this.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 1:06 PM