Re: [draft] Guidelines for Equipment and Service Donations

From: "Ean R (dot) Schuessler" <ean(at)novare(dot)net>
To: Nils Lohner <lohner(at)typhoon(dot)icd(dot)teradyne(dot)com>
Cc: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: [draft] Guidelines for Equipment and Service Donations
Date: 1999-03-09 17:44:21
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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
Novare International Inc. so below
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