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From Sam Ruby <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: Build machines: external or colocated?
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 14:19:27 GMT
On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM,  <robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> I've heard some valid concerns about hardware resources needed to build
> OpenOffice.  Since I just happen to know a company that is in the hardware
> business, I might be able to get them to help out in this department.  But
> I wanted to first check on what the possibilities are on the Apache side.
> In particular, does Apache have some way to accept hardware donations and
> have them co-located in your data center, with Apache taking care of
> physical infrastructure, back ups, bandwidth, etc.  Is that possible at
> all?  Or should I be looking at some way these build machines could be
> hosted externally?  How is this ordinarily done at Apache?

It is a complicated subject, and I will just outline some of the
parameters.  But first I will say that I personally arranged (OK, with
considerable backing and support from my management) to loan the ASF
four new machines a number of years back on extended loan and these
machines were only recently returned after they exceeded their life
expectancy.  These machines were used for core and critical functions
for the ASF.

Outright donations have also been accepted from other companies.

That being said, the conversation can not start from a perspective of
"this is what I have to offer, can you make use of it?"  Instead it
needs to start from a perspective of what the ASF needs and how best
to accommodate those needs.  A specific point that is important to
realize is that our system administrative staff understandably wishes
to constrain the number of different types of operating systems that
they use.

> Regards,
>
> -Rob

- Sam Ruby

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