Re: Resolution Guidelines for Equipment and Service Donations

From: "Ean R (dot) Schuessler" <ean(at)novare(dot)net>
To: Christoph Lameter <christoph(at)lameter(dot)com>
Cc: "Ean R (dot) Schuessler" <ean(at)novare(dot)net>, Nils Lohner <lohner(at)icd(dot)teradyne(dot)com>, Martin Schulze <joey(at)infodrom(dot)north(dot)de>, board(at)spi-inc(dot)org, spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org, recipient list not shown: ;
Subject: Re: Resolution Guidelines for Equipment and Service Donations
Date: 1999-08-06 00:46:30
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I disagree. I don't think that it would be unusual or, for that matter, unfair
for a donor to place some constraints on their donation. We must remember that
many times these donations will not be of a purely altruistic nature. I can
envision many situations where a donor may be giving something to us because
they hope that we can do something for them. I think that this may be
especially true in the case of large donations.

I think that if we do not address this situation initially we will end up
addressing it on a case by case basis. Maybe that is better. It probably
wouldn't hurt to spell some groud rules out in advance. As to the overhead
that tracking would impose, we are still free to turn down donations based
on the complexity of the conditions. I think that tracking donations is
going to be an issue, however, with or without this specific detail.

On Thu, Aug 05, 1999 at 05:31:13PM -0700, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> Donations are troublesome if we need to keep track of them and the
> conditions of use and we do not have the resources for such a buerocracy.
> And its not really ours if there are still strings attached.

In that sense then, nothing is ours. The time of our volenteers has all
sorts of strings attached. We should afford any other donor the same respect
that we afford our developers.

Ean Schuessler A guy running Linux
Novare International Inc. A company running Linux
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