[draft] Guidelines for Equipment and Service Donations

Ean R . Schuessler ean at novare.net
Tue Mar 9 17:44:21 UTC 1999

On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 11:32:19AM -0500, Nils Lohner wrote:
> Yeah, but I figured a definition can't hurt, might help get rid of some 
> confusion sometime.


> Hmmm... that would make a lot of things tougher, hosting of a mailing 
> list, offering some FTP space, at this point you're tying SPI and the 
> projects down in terms of their reactivity.  I'd suggest not putting this, 
> but rather something along the lines of 'within the SPI goals' to leave it 
> general.  Plus you said donated- if equipment is donated it's SPI's and 
> the donor has no say, if it's a service/loan, then that could apply.  But 
> I'd still rather leave his resolution general and ask the donor to put 
> that clause into the service agreement at the start of the loan- makes 
> thing easier on all parties I think.

That is exactly what I am doing. Just like the Debian packaging policies
tie down a developer's "reactivity". Donating services is the only thing
that SPI does. The concept that this should be completely free-form and
not depend on making a project "officially SPI endorsed" is a bit odd.

> Not sure I agree with this... lots of little projects can use a mailing 
> list, a little FTP space, etc. but don't necessarily need to become SPI 
> affiliated.  Remember, affiliation means we manage money, equipment etc. 
> for them.  I think it's a good idea if the bigger ones become affiliated, 
> but smaller ones I would like exempt from this requirement.

SPI's mission is to give aid and assistance. If SPI gives aid and assistance
to a project then it is "SPI associated". Perhaps we can have different
levels of affiliation that provide different levels of service.


Ean Schuessler                                             As above
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