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Adopt-a-Geek Suspended for the Moment

Adopt-a-Geek has been something of a victom of its own success. The response was amazing -- in fact so amazing that the number of donors far exceeded the number of developers requesting hardware. All said and done many developers did recieve essential computer hardware or in many cases complete machines. However at this time there simply isn't a need for further donors as much as the sentiment is appreciated.

What is this silly Adopt-a-Geek thing?

Basically the idea goes something like this: there are a lot of KDE developers out there that are students, inbetween jobs and whatnot. Many of these folks overwork their underpowered computing setups to help bring you an amazing Open Source desktop.

Conversely, many appreciative users would be more than willing to send their old hardware to said KDE hackers if they knew who needed what and where. I hope this page will bring those two groups together.

What've you got?

Examples of useful items:
  • Memory in quantities > 64 MB
  • Desktop processors > 800 MHz
  • Motherboards that support such processors
  • Hard drives > 10 GB
  • Laptops > 300 MHz
  • Monitors, graphics cards, other similar goodies
Other items of course will be considered. However, please don't volunteer to send a dozen 486s with 8 MB of RAM. :-) KDE developers obviously generally have computers; this is meant to provide them with more useful tools. For desktops parts are generally preferable to complete systems since the bottlenecks tend to be in processor power and memory. These items are also cheaper to ship.

Still reading? The sob story continues...

KDE developers put their computers through a lot of work. Building KDE on my modern desktop (1.4 GHz Athlon, 512 MB RAM) takes 6-8 hours. Many developers are working on systems which cannot fully build KDE in under 24 hours, and many KDE developers do so several times a week. Profiling and debugging tools for optimizing code are very processor and memory intensive. Hardware often is a bottleneck to KDE developers' productivity.

KDE developers are also known to gather for several day hack-a-thons at various points on the globe. During such times a laptop -- even if not a normally suitable development machine -- can make a difference between being productive and looking over someone else's shoulder.

Oh, the horror, but what can be done?

Donors: if you're someone sympathetic to KDE and have hardware that you're willing to donate and ship please let me know:
  • What you've got, and be specific
  • Where you live and where you're willing to ship to (i.e. in Berlin willing to ship to the EU)
Developers: if you're in need/want of hardware here's what I'd like to know:
  • What you need
  • What hardware you're currently working with
  • Where you live
  • What your role in KDE is
  • What your current income situation is (i.e. unemployed student with € 3 in the bank)

How it works from there:

Email me, Scott Wheeler, at adopt-a-geek@kde.org, idealy with an appropriate subject. I'll try to match up donations with geeks, and probably get some silly KSpread type of thing set up for doling things out. Basically I will try to evaluate the criteria above and match people up. At first I'll do this all myself to avoid hurting any feelings by discussing these things publically.

Once there's something of a match, I will email the donor to make sure that they're happy with who their goods are potentially going to and then give the two parties each others' contact information so that they can arrange the transit. Donors, remember these guys are poor, so you'll probably end up paying for shipping as well.

Developers: be not bashful! Don't worry, I won't send stuff your way if someone else needs/deserves it more. But you'll be on my list of folks that need things. That said, please don't send requests if you are not actively involved in KDE development. Beta testers do not qualify; sorry.

And finally NONE OF THESE THINGS WILL GO TO ME. I AM EMPLOYED FULL TIME AND CAN AFFORD MY OWN HARDWARE; THIS IS NOT SOME SCHEME FOR ME TO SNAG NEW TOYS. (But was once a poor student as well.)