Break, Build and Free your next Computer!


Artisan's Asylum Inc, 10 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143, United States


Occurs every Friday effective 05/20/2016 for 5 times -- 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.


Hosted by Artisan's Asylum, Inc. 10 Tyler St., Somerville MA 02143

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Join Free Computer Labs at Artisan's Asylum to learn all about computers, inside and out by building your own computer.

What is Free Computer Labs? Free Computer Labs (FCL) is a grass roots project to bring computers to people in the community that need them. FCL aims to connect those who need computers with free, powerful technology and software. FCL is open to everyone who wants to learn who to use, understand, and even fix computers in a friendly environment. No previous knowledge needed. We collect computers that were destined for the trash and make them work like new by installing free software onto them.

We teach students how to:

  • build their computer,
  • fix their computer, and
  • use their computer with empowering free/libre software.
Class Goals:

As part of "Break, Build, and Free your next Computer! (Spring 2016)" we will explore a) How to break a computer; b) how to fix a computer; c) how to install free/libre operating systems; and d) how to be empowered with your computer! Upon successful completion of the course, students will be given a computer loaded with powerful software to accomplish useful every day tasks.


Students must be at least 18 years of age. No prior experience with computers necessary. However, access to email communication is greatly appreciated.


Special computer screwdrivers, computers, and software will be provided for all students. Students should wear closed-toed shoes and clothes they don't mind getting a little dirty. If you wear glasses, bring the ones you use for computing or reading, as close-up vision is important.

Event Schedule:
  • Session 1: Friday, 5/20/16, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Session 2: Friday, 5/27/16, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Session 3: Friday, 6/3/16, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Session 4: Friday, 6/10/16, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Session 5: Friday, 6/17/16, 5:30-7:30pm
Class Minimum: This class will not run with fewer than 5 students.
Instructors' Biography:

Devin Ulibarri and Julian Daich are both avid free software advocates and active in the free software community.

Devin is a lead collaborator for the software Music Blocks, a Sugar Labs project that teaches children both music and programming. This software was debuted at the 2016 Constructionism conference in Thailand with great enthusiasm.

Julian has prior experience teaching computer classes for three years using free/libre software in Madrid.