Inveneo, a San Francisco non-profit, together with ActionAid, an international agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide, have installed their first rugged Linux desktop systems in western Uganda. The systems run Linux and KDE desktops, and also include the OpenOffice.org productivity suite.
Mark Summer writes "the system is up and running since this past Wednesday (June 8th). We have installed 5 units, 4 of which are in villages with no access to power. The system provides Internet access and phone capabilities to the users. Phone calls among the connected villages are free of charge, with the ability to place and receive calls to the Ugandan phone network. The systems are linked using 802.11 WiFi links."