[Consortium] Hardware loan policy
daniel at linuxaudio.org
Thu Feb 26 04:55:58 EST 2004
> But coordinating between counties and projects is a lot of work for
> a single person.
I meant one named person per piece of hardware, rather than one person
for all hardware - the latter approach could cause problems if a
third party did not return the hardware.
> I don't think you'll get much joy trying to impose a structure on
> how either the hardware or the work could be distributed. It's up
> to people to work as they feel like it
Sure - I meant that people would volunteer to be responsible for a
particular device, not some kind of centralised allocation system.
I'd guess that some devices would suit certain developers' skills and
interests more than others - there's not much point sending a
controller keyboard to a developer who isn't working on MIDI stuff,
> think the approach here has to be pragmatic as in many cases if the
> interested developer wants some hardware they can always buy it if
> they can afford it
Quite - but potentially these could be expensive pieces of hardware
loaned to developers releasing 'free as in beer' software. They may
also be pre-production models unavailable in the shops, or equipment
bartered for software support.
> or just approach the vendor directly for loan
I think that would be unlikely to succeed if lots of different
developers were making competing claims for the same kit.
> It'd be nice if LinuxAudio.org helped with this process
> rather than tried to impose a regime to it
I did mean the hardware that the consortium was offered as a group,
not to interfere with relationships that individual members have (or
would like to have) with manufacturers.
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