Kevin Higgins

Fedora Ambassador for Vancouver, Washington , USA.

Hi, my name is Kevin Higgins.  I developed a strong dedication to computers and computer programming during my youth. Now I live in Vancouver, Washington and have been teaching Linux to my daughters and to individuals who purchase our refurbished computers. I have built my business, Crossbytes , based on the theory that everyone should have a computer and the software available to reach their individual goals. I have installed Fedora on several computers and have adapted Fedora to the ASUS EEE laptop computer. My daughter uses the ASUS EEE for all of her school assignments and now in her senior year she is planning on using it in college as well.

My clients range from middle school students to senior citizens. Fedora has allowed us to open a whole new world  to many people. These individuals have not only learned to use Fedora in their everyday lives they have learned the inner workings of the system allowing them to continue growing as computer users. They enjoy learning new programs and they rest assured in the security and stability that Fedora offers them.

Our goal is to rebuild and refurbish used computers and put them in the hands of children that could not otherwise afford them. We are building relationships with several school districts in both Portland and Vancouver to begin a nomination process for deserving students. Each nominated student will receive a complete computer system from Crossbytes with a custom spin of Fedora consisting of a Monitor, tower, keyboard, mouse, printer and set up for internet access. All of the computers and printers come from people within the community who have donated them to Crossbytes.

Everyone who has migrated to Fedora from other operating systems are impressed with the security and ease of use. I want to continue educating individuals about Fedora and promoting Fedora to everyone who desires to learn. Not one person has converted back to an old operation system. They have referred their friends and family to us for Fedora systems and education.

The foundation for the Fedora surge I have envisioned has been laid. As I progress with my goals I foresee the surge becoming a wave. Linux touches so many different age groups in so many different ways that numerous education opportunities arise. I am ready for each new adventure and opportunity as they become available.

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