[openbeos] Re: Site for non-devs?

  • From: "Commander Sozo" <commander_sozo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 02:03:09 -0500 CDT

Here's something everyone (dev or not) can do to help.  For those of 
you who live in the US in general and in California in specific (or 
used to, or know someone who does, etc), take a look at http://
www.msfreepc.com  Part of a lawsuit in California forced micro$oft to 
make a $1.1 billion US settlement directly to people who purchased 
their software (whether it was preloaded on their computer or bought 
separately) to use for the purchase of computer hardware or software.  
If nobody claims the money, M$ doesn't have to pay, so it's not too 
widely publicized.  If you bought certain products in a certain time 
period then you qualify to get a settlement (the page has more info on 
who and which products qualify for a settlement payment).  Just a fair 
warning, the site was put up by the guys at lindows.com and they try to 
get you to claim your refund and spend it on their stuff.  But just 
think what you can do if you send the settlement on to the OpenBeOS 
team.  I know the guys at BeDrivers.com are having fund drives to get 
money to buy hardware, if one person claims their cash and sends it 
their way, we could be well on the way to having GeForce4 drivers soon.  
I also remember hearing Axel and a few others mention the need for 
specific hardware (and I know there are devs with unspoken needs), even 
a small group of 6 or so people could make a significant impact.  This 
is a great sort of thing to do for those of you who qualify and want to 
contribute.  At least invest 5 minutes into checking it out.  
Personally, I think it would be hilarious for the software project that 
started the decline of micro$oft to be funded by micro$oft itself (we 
all can hope right :) ).

Commander Sozo

> Totally agree! :)
> Being one of those with no coding skills but willing to help, I've 
> yet to find a task where I can be of assistance (they told me the CDT 
> was full, so my "real world" skills will have to go "numb" for a 
> while :) )
> Gein
> Citando Sam Persson <astromek@xxxxxxxxx>:
> > One of the recent mails from Michael Phipps got me looking through 
> the
> > newsarchive and the FAQ about stuff for us non-coders could tag 
> along
> > and help with.
> > In the FAQ there's some points regarding that kind of activities.
> > I did however never find a list with stuff to help with and there's
> > propably a good reason for it.
> >
> > What I'm really wondering here is:
> > 1. IS there a list somewhere, easy accessible (people are lazy,
> > remember?), with tasks that regular non-devs could take on?
> > 2. If not, would it be of interest for the devs to have a central 
> list
> > they could post tasks to?
> >     (I'm talking about stuff like: "I would need someone to write 
> this
> > document." "I need someone to check this and that." et.c.)
> >
> >
> > Anyway... the biggest problem I see is that it isn't really easy to 
> find
> > tasks if you aren't allready involved.
> > Sure, we (non-coders) can allways pop a mail to someone and ask, 
> > but
> > what to we ask for?
> > I'm pretty sure there's people who have the ability to help that 
> don't
> > know how, like me, and don't kwow where to go to find info about 
> > it,
> > like me. Maybe just a collection of links would suffice, but there
> > should be more easily accessible directions somewhere.
> >
> > Just a thought.
> >
> > // Sam P.
> >
> >
> > 
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