[MeeGo-community] Progressing on the community device program
texrat at ovi.com
Thu Dec 9 13:35:02 PST 2010
> ----- Original message -----
> From: "Foster, Dawn M" <dawn.m.foster at intel.com>
> To: "Quim Gil" <quim.gil at nokia.com>
> cc: "Randall Arnold" <texrat at ovi.com>, "MeeGo community" <meego-community at meego.com>
> Subject: Re: [MeeGo-community] Progressing on the community device program
> Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:22:59 -0800
> On Dec 9, 2010, at 1:11 PM, Quim Gil wrote:
> > On Wed, 2010-12-08 at 19:14 -0800, ext Foster, Dawn M wrote:
> >> I've added some feedback to the wiki page, but I have one larger
> >> question. 1) Should this be a standalone device program under the Linux
> >> Foundation responsible for shipping devices?
> >> or 2) Should we morph this program into a way for each device provider to
> >> point people to their own program where they would ship the devices?
> > I would start with 2, since it's already an improvement over the current
> > situation, it's an incremental step and doesn't add much overhead to
> > anybody.
> > I can imagine this scenario being quite common:
> > - A company is willing to distribute some hardware with some reasons in
> > mind.
> > - That company has already a % of devices being distributed through
> > their own channels, but would be happy adding a % for the MeeGo project,
> > who would find the best recipients for the occasion.
> > - Contact made: the company says it has a number of devices and after
> > some time the MeeGo project can provide a list of names & addresses for
> > those devices, organize an event where this people will take part, come
> > up with another proposal, etc.
> > - The cost of distributing that hardware is covered by the company, but
> > the hours and skills to find the right people is contributed by the
> > MeeGo project.
> I like this approach - it's a little more hands-on than I pictured with my
> original option 2, but I think it's a better idea.
> I think we'll have 2 scenarios as part of this program:
> a) Information-only: Provide information about how devices would be
> distributed to MeeGo Community members. Community member applies
> at the provider website and provider decides who to distribute them to based
> on their own criteria.
> b) Information + decision: Come to agreement with the provider on the
> community members apply for devices, and MeeGo gives the provider a list
> of names / addresses of community members to receive the devices.
> This relieves us of the inventory / shipping / administration burdens of my
> original proposal.
I had originally expected we would wind up with at least 2 paths per provider. ;)
But even with the above solution, we're still left with REdistribution of loaned (or unused gifted) devices. Should recipients bear that burden? If so I envision devices gathering dust. Should the Linux Foundation be prepared to send prepaid shipping labels for that purpose? Do we ask original providers to do so?
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