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 <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 equipment from third parties that the WMF itself hasn't made sure
> is safe, and I'm not sure it's the best use of WMF staff time to go through
> that verification process.  (Incidentally, I'd have the same concerns about
> chapters and other groups.)
>
> I do really like the idea of the WMF and other groups with depreciated,
> verified-safe hardware sharing this hardware with other Wikimedians, though
> - it's a great idea.  Laptops are the right things to start with; there may
> come a time where other electronic equipment  can be shared in a similar
> way.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On 17 March 2017 at 17:11, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > 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 is based on
> > depreciated office laptops.  We don't have much photography gear in the
> > office, and aren't likely to have such gear to donate.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> >    A.
> >
> > On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 10:14 AM Michael Maggs <mich...@maggs.name>
> wrote:
> >
> > > 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 <mailto:abar...@wikimedia.org>
> > > > 17 March 2017 at 6:06 am
> > > > 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, including instructions on how to apply, is described on
> > > Meta,
> > > > here:
> > > >
> > > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hardware_donation_program
> > > >
> > > > Please read the information carefully. I especially encourage you to
> > pay
> > > > attention to the program's design considerations, which determine
> most
> > of
> > > > the decisions we'll be making.
> > > >
> > > > We currently have approximately 20 laptops ready to be donated.
> > > > Applications are welcome.
> > > >
> > > > The upcoming Wikimedia Conference in Berlin (in about two weeks)
> would
> > be
> > > > an excellent opportunity to deliver some of those laptops in person
> to
> > > > approved applications, so if you think you might be interested, I'd
> > > > encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
> > > >
> > > > Please also help spread the word about this program, by forwarding
> this
> > > > e-mail to other Wikimedia lists you're on, and posting the link to
> the
> > > > program page on village pumps and *community* (not public) social
> media
> > > > channels or other communication forms you use.
> > > >
> > > > Special thanks to User:Anntinomy from Wikimedia Ukraine, who had the
> > idea
> > > > of asking about possible donation of older machines from WMF, and
> > > inspired
> > > > this program.
> > > >
> > > > Mini-FAQ:
> > > >
> > > > Q: Why are you doing this?
> > > > A: WMF's Office IT determines a lifetime for work machines, and
> > regularly
> > > > replaces older machines. This creates a stock of older, working
> > machines,
> > > > that are available for donation. We can donate them locally to San
> > > > Francisco charities, but figure that if we can find low-cost ways to
> > > > deliver them to our own community members, that's so much better.
> > > >
> > > > Q: Am I eligible?
> > > > A: Read the fine program documentation.
> > > >
> > > > Q: If I'm eligible, am I guaranteed a donated laptop?
> > > > A: no.
> > > >
> > > > Q: Once these 20 laptops are donated, will there be others?
> > > > A: yes, eventually.
> > > >
> > > > Q: How can you ensure people would use the machines for Wikimedia
> > > > purposes?
> > > > A: We can't. We'll be making a good-effort assessment of the
> likelihood
> > > of
> > > > Wikimedia use, and make a decision to donate (or not) the equipment.
> > Once
> > > > donated, the equipment no longer belongs to WMF. We encourage, but
> > can't
> > > > enforce, reporting on impact achieved using the equipment.
> > > >
> > > > Q: I need a few laptops for my event in two weeks! Can I get them
> > through
> > > > this program?
> > > > A: No. Read the fine program documentation.
> > > >
> > > > Q: I'm really happy about this!
> > > > A: So are we! :)
> > > >
> > > > Q: I'm really angry about this!
> > > > A: So it goes.
> > > >
> > > > Q: I have more questions!
> > > > A: Hit 'Reply'. :)
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > >
> > > > Asaf
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