Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-20 Thread Moheen Reeyad
+1 On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 5:31 AM, Asaf Bartov wrote: > Hello, Rupert. > > On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:17 AM rupert THURNER > wrote: > > > > > asaf, you mind loose a word about the spec or brand of these laptops? > > > > The specs vary, but all

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-20 Thread Asaf Bartov
Hello, Rupert. On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:17 AM rupert THURNER wrote: > > asaf, you mind loose a word about the spec or brand of these laptops? > The specs vary, but all laptops are about 3-4 years old. The current stock includes mostly Dell and Lenovo laptops of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread James Heilman
And with chromebooks there is a "powerwash" feature that resets it to "new". James On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Mardetanha wrote: > as far as I understood from asaf email and meta page, all laptops are fully > formatted with brand new Ubuntu installed on them, so

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Mardetanha
as far as I understood from asaf email and meta page, all laptops are fully formatted with brand new Ubuntu installed on them, so they are safe Mardetanha On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 2:41 AM, Risker wrote: > Just noting as an aside that I'd be hesitant for the WMF to accept

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Yuri Astrakhan
I really wish there was a way to ensure the laptop is safe, regardless of its source. The chances with WMF laptop might be lower [citation needed], but nothing is guaranteed, and a clean reinstall should be done regardless (not a panacea). On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 7:11 PM Risker

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Risker
Just noting as an aside that I'd be hesitant for the WMF to accept donated laptops for redistribution. I expect that the WMF's own depreciated laptops can be warranted to be virus- and malware-free; I'd be a bit concerned from the risk mitigation perspective if they were to start providing

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Asaf Bartov
I do know the Equipment exchange page, yes. I do not consider it an effective vehicle for this program. Reviewing it now, I stand by it that a dedicated space on Meta with an explicit form gathering the information we need is a better fit. Also, the program is about laptops at the moment, and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Peter Southwood
:09 PM To: Wikimedia Mailing List Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program Many of us also get newer laptops while the older ones are still functional. I bet their are many community members who would also be happy to donate to such a program. James On Fri, Mar 17

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread James Heilman
Many of us also get newer laptops while the older ones are still functional. I bet their are many community members who would also be happy to donate to such a program. James On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:58 PM, Lodewijk wrote: > Sounds like a nice thought :) But

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Lodewijk
Sounds like a nice thought :) But maybe first go through this round, and see how that works out? It sounds like a big challenge, and I'm really curious how they are going to limit overhead. It still sounds like a big project to me. So lets reduce the amount of community requests that may make it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Yuri Astrakhan
I wonder if it would make sense to solicit 3rd party laptop donations for this program? E.g. some businesses may be happy to donate their old laptops to Wikipedia volunteers... I am not sure how big of an overhead it would be, but if WMF is already doing it, 20 vs 200 might not be a significant

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Michael Maggs
Thank you Asaf. Did you know that there is already a Commons page for Community donations? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Equipment_exchange It would be worth linking your new Meta page to the existing one. Michael Asaf Bartov 17 March 2017

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Asaf Bartov
No, because anything larger than a laptop would no longer be simple and cheap to deliver. A. On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:18 AM Yuri Astrakhan wrote: > Awesome, well done! Does the same program apply to servers? > > On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 1:20 AM Craig Franklin

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Yuri Astrakhan
Awesome, well done! Does the same program apply to servers? On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 1:20 AM Craig Franklin wrote: > This is a fantastic idea. Well done to everyone involved. > > Cheers, > Craig > > On 17 March 2017 at 15:06, Asaf Bartov wrote:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread Dan Garry
On 17 March 2017 at 05:32, Gergő Tisza wrote: > This is one of those cool ideas which seem really obvious, but only in > hindsight. Thanks! Agreed. Thanks to Asaf and all involved in making this happen. Dan -- Dan Garry Lead Product Manager, Discovery Wikimedia Foundation

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread kayode yussuf
This is a laudable effort. I will however suggest that this program be localized. Local affiliate teams can server as holding bays and dispatchers of donated laptops. So if I want to donate a laptop here in Lagos, Nigeria, I simply send the said laptop to the local affiliate team and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-17 Thread rupert THURNER
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Asaf Bartov wrote: > We currently have approximately 20 laptops ready to be donated. > Applications are welcome. asaf, you mind loose a word about the spec or brand of these laptops? fyi, in CH we work with

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-16 Thread Gergő Tisza
This is one of those cool ideas which seem really obvious, but only in hindsight. Thanks! ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-16 Thread Craig Franklin
This is a fantastic idea. Well done to everyone involved. Cheers, Craig On 17 March 2017 at 15:06, Asaf Bartov wrote: > Dear Wikimedians, > > The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a small new program called > the Hardware Donation Program. In a word, it is a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-16 Thread Tito Dutta
This is an excellent initiative. This should help several editors. Thanks On 17 March 2017 at 10:36, Asaf Bartov wrote: > Dear Wikimedians, > > The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a small new program called > the Hardware Donation Program. In a word, it is a

[Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-16 Thread Asaf Bartov
Dear Wikimedians, The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a small new program called the Hardware Donation Program. In a word, it is a program designed to donate depreciated (but fully working) hardware from the WMF office to community members who would put it to good use. The program,