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az
November 15th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Lasy year, I offered to send out Ubuntu CDs to people who had not ordered through shipit early enough to receive them before the hollidays. People answered and I sent some out.

This year, I would like to do that again.

As well, I have a lot of stuff that I can give away, too, like sound cards and other hardware (people give me their broken computers, for some reason). Postage for small packages is relatively cheap. I figure for about fifteen bucks, I can clean up my hardware that is collecting dust and put those pieces to good use.

You can mail ram pretty easily, for example.

Little things we throw away in North America can probably make a big difference elsewhere in the world.

So, who else wants to make someone's holiday and give away stuff?

If there are enough people who answer, I will make a wiki page or something where we can post what we got so that people can ask for them.

Example Ref:
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=90109

So, Who's in?


EDIT: Go straight to the wiki page in question:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/forum/GiveAway

(You have to accept the self-signed certificate, if this is the first time you visit the wiki or launchpad.)

canadianwriterman
November 15th, 2005, 07:09 PM
Great idea, azz. I assume that the idea is not to give some middleclass North American like me cheap stuff, but the get it into the hands of people in real need?

xequence
November 15th, 2005, 09:02 PM
Wonderful idea :)

BWF89
November 15th, 2005, 09:32 PM
Great idea.

qalimas
November 15th, 2005, 09:35 PM
Wonderful idea, I wish I had parts to give away and help, but I'm all out, I have nothing I can send off :( :( :(

ferentix
November 15th, 2005, 09:55 PM
I'd love to give some parts, but... if I did that, my computer wouldn't work anymore :D sorry...

EDIT: Actually, my school will be selling off some old computer bits soon... they come from the old workstations. Nothing brilliant, but I might get one or two to upgrade my shabby old box. If I then have any parts left I will gladly send them off. Also, since any bits and bobs I get will most likely replace current things in my old box, there will then be some parts anyway ;)

EDIT: How exactly will this system work? I don't fully understand from that first post...

WildTangent
November 15th, 2005, 10:53 PM
I might have some old parts to give away...no RAM though, I'm really short on that ;)

-Wild

az
November 15th, 2005, 10:57 PM
Well, you do not have to give computer parts. How about burning off a cd and sending that do someone who is either only on dialup or does not have a burner?

As to whom will get this, it is up to you.

Can I assume that the others who have answered to this thread will contribute something?

The way that it works, for example, is say BWF89 and xsequence want to send off five cds each. Let's say that Canadianwriter man will offer a 3Gig hard drive and a stick of 64 megs of ram as well as a few cds.

We make a wiki page about this. On that page, the donors can put the list of offerings as well as an email address by which they can be reached. For example, I have a yahoo.ca free email account for things like this.

When someone asks you for something and you agree to send it to them, you edit your entry on the wiki page to reflect that. So BWF89 would change the number of cds to 4, after he sends the first one off. And so on.


We get a lot of people to add to the page and let's say it gets Slashdotted... It would really promote the spirit of the ubuntu community.


Probably some people will ask for stuff when they could really afford it themselves, but I have a pile of stuff that I cannot use at the moment and it probably could do someone (or a few different people) a lot of good. I am not going to let the potential for this stuff to be sent to the wrong people let this stuff just sit there and benefit nobody.

So, what have you got?

(I probably can make a cd with all the xubuntu and edubuntu packages.)

adamb10
November 15th, 2005, 11:01 PM
I got a old video card and some ram I could give away.

panickedthumb
November 15th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Two things we need:

Wiki page, linked in the first post
This thread, sticky.

:)

Seriously, it'll be much easier to keep track of things if there's a wiki page. People can edit it themselves and tell what they need or what they have.

az
November 16th, 2005, 05:00 AM
Two things we need:

Wiki page, linked in the first post
This thread, sticky.

:)

Seriously, it'll be much easier to keep track of things if there's a wiki page. People can edit it themselves and tell what they need or what they have.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/forum/GiveAway

*Note: Ubuntu uses a self-signed certificate for the wiki - Just accept the certificate and do not worry about it. To edit a wiki page like this, you will be asked to register on launchpad. It is pretty straightforward to do so.
To make things look pretty on the wiki, you follow markup. If you do not get it right, just leave your info there and someone will clean it up for you eventually (if it is a high-traffic page).

az
November 16th, 2005, 05:04 PM
I made a howto regarding how to put packages onto a cd for those without network access. I will make an Xfce packages cd like this to distribute.

I encourage others to do this too. I am sure many users who do not have network access would like to get some extra packages.

Also, someone can fix the "to do" stuff on the page.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AptMoveHowto

az
November 17th, 2005, 02:35 AM
I fixed an issue in the howto which resulted in some packages not showing up on the non-networked machine. Sorry.

I hope no one is cursing me out.

I will also add a place on the GiveAway wiki page for people to make a request. It will work in the same way - you leave an email address.

When five people add their enties to the page, I will put ZenWen's Christmas hat on my avatar (like last year)...

az
November 19th, 2005, 12:27 PM
I am mailing off my first batch of cds... (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, OpenCd and some custom packages)

W00t!

az
November 24th, 2005, 11:53 PM
I am sorry to bump my own thread, but I am getting ready to put on my hat!

W00t!

Madpilot
November 25th, 2005, 03:00 AM
I've added my CD offer to this page; I've got Shipit sets or just a burned install CD, whichever.

I'm going to contact one of the guys who runs The Fridge (fridge.ubuntu.com) and get this up there, hopefully.

corvax
November 25th, 2005, 03:06 AM
What id like to see is alot of free ubuntu cd's in retail stores the same way you see all the aol cd's. If some sort of funding were needed i could contribute to it maybe $20 a month. If we got alot more to contribute then we could make it so there are ubuntu discs in every wal-mart best buy etc etc. It would have to be a live cd that can be installed to disc..... what do you think?

az
November 25th, 2005, 03:18 AM
What id like to see is alot of free ubuntu cd's in retail stores the same way you see all the aol cd's. If some sort of funding were needed i could contribute to it maybe $20 a month. If we got alot more to contribute then we could make it so there are ubuntu discs in every wal-mart best buy etc etc. It would have to be a live cd that can be installed to disc..... what do you think?

Maybe that is something a loco team can do. I think the loco teams do more than just translations.

And the next version (Dapper) should be a one-disk live and install disk.

Get involved!

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamList
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamHowto
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeams

az
November 27th, 2005, 08:30 PM
I'm going to contact one of the guys who runs The Fridge (fridge.ubuntu.com) and get this up there, hopefully.

That would be great!

That hat is on!

ssam
November 27th, 2005, 08:53 PM
i have added myself.

also have a look at your local freecycle (http://www.freecycle.org/). i have given away a few cds through that.

basketcase
November 28th, 2005, 05:31 PM
I can view the wiki page :(

I can donate some of my shipit cds as well as some burned CD's if anyone is interested.

az
November 28th, 2005, 06:30 PM
I can view the wiki page :(
.


You mean you cannot? You must accept the self-signed certificate to view the page.

The wiki uses https which requires a certificate, but there is nothing there that warrants the certificate to be authentic. A lot of people wonder about that.

ssam
November 28th, 2005, 06:49 PM
You mean you cannot? You must accept the self-signed certificate to view the page.

The wiki uses https which requires a certificate, but there is nothing there that warrants the certificate to be authentic. A lot of people wonder about that.

isn't mark shuttleworth pretty big the world of certificates :-) surely this could be worked out. could the certificate be added to the ubuntu firefox? this is probably the wrong place to ask.

az
November 28th, 2005, 07:21 PM
isn't mark shuttleworth pretty big the world of certificates :-) surely this could be worked out. could the certificate be added to the ubuntu firefox? this is probably the wrong place to ask.


Perhaps he had to make certain agreements when he sold off his certificate-authority company? You are correct, this is not the place to ask...

basketcase
November 28th, 2005, 08:25 PM
I did mean to say that I can not log in. In either Firefox or IE. In Firefox, I get a 'connection refused' and in IE I get a Page can not be displayed. I've set firefox to ask to accept the certificate, but nothing.

az
November 28th, 2005, 11:55 PM
I did mean to say that I can not log in. .
Can you log into launchpad.net? The wiki uses launchpad accounts.

basketcase
November 29th, 2005, 12:00 AM
No. Same deal.

az
November 29th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Did you try creating a new account?

basketcase
November 29th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Did you try creating a new account?
I can't even get the page to load.

az
November 29th, 2005, 02:03 AM
I can't even get the page to load.

This works for me:

https://launchpad.net/+login

az
November 30th, 2005, 02:20 PM
We are on the fridge!
http://fridge.ubuntu.com/

SweetDreams
November 30th, 2005, 02:39 PM
I have a bunch of 5.04 AMD64/x86/PowerPC discs I could send out if someone was kind enough to send a 5.10 disc out to me.:KS It can be x86, or AMD64 but not PowerPC.

az
November 30th, 2005, 03:08 PM
Ask someone from the wiki page. Email them.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/forum/GiveAway

basketcase
November 30th, 2005, 08:11 PM
On two different computers. No go.