[Hardware] "Free as in Free Beer" hardware donations, part II.

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[Hardware] "Free as in Free Beer" hardware donations, part II.

#1 Post by donald »

Some time ago, user /tmp started the original -"Free as in Free Beer" Hardware /home - thread where users could donate and send hardware or computing parts to other users locally or across the world who were in need of parts.

For prosperity and to refresh the idea, below is his original post:
/tmp wrote:Over the past few years I have acquired various working computer parts via friends, family and co-workers. I am listing these items "Free as in Free Beer" on the forum for anyone who is interested.
Since these are fairly light items, I can ship them for lower costs. If costs become prohibitive -- e.g. shipping lots of parts -- I will investigate opening up a PayPal account dedicated exclusively to raising shipping funds.

Why would I like to do this? From a philosophical and socio-political standpoint I feel this is the best way to help my fellow Free Software comrades. After all, Free Software is only great if it has compatible hardware to run on.

I also realize there are members across the globe in situations which prohibit expensive hardware acquisitions.
For example, there may be users who need DDR2 RAM or older GPUs for their systems.
At the end of the day this is my way of extending a helping hand to those in need.

If anyone else has parts they want to share with others, feel free to post in this thread.
Let me know if there are particular parts you are looking for and I will definitely search for them!
I will update this post as often as possible.


The old thread was started in the year 2013 and had a lot of activity in the beginning but waned over the years to only a few posts in 2015 to zero posts from that point until its last post in 2021.

If there is enough interest we can start the idea up again with perhaps updating the financial aspect to state that the donor should cover the costs of shipping. DUF is not positioned at this time to set up an official monetary fund for any express purposes.

Ideally:
Hardware donated should be as presentable and as workable as possible. For some items such as Hard Disk Drives and USB storage devices they should be wiped and clean before being sent.

CPUs, Graphic Cards, Memory, and PCI cards should be tested prior to being sent.

Sealed items for the most part should be fine.

Small items like networking cables should be tested prior to sending. :)

Please be explicit if your donation has been modified outside of its original manufacture.

Old old obsolete equipment … does have its place, though we should try to keep things within a reasonable period of usability.

Obviously some items may be far outside your ability to still test them for example old RAM sticks, tape or IDE drives tossed into a bin years ago, please be clear if you choose to donate that item to someone that the item is stated clearly as *untested*.

If possible try to detail as much information as possible, serial numbers are not necessary though a product and model number could be very beneficial for someones specific need.

There should be no ask for ANY cash, favor, exchange of services, or digital currency for the donation from either party. The donor should cover shipping and any associated costs. While this idea is to help everyone, sometimes shipping Internationally or even regionally can incur large transaction fees such as transport, taxation, fuel, port, or other miscellaneous fees, if you wish to donate/send locally within your region that is fair, we only ask that you please state so in your offering.

**Edits/Contributions/Clarifications/Suggestions:
  • Items checked working ok and video of same if required but no warranty. If the transport company ran over it with a forklift and it's DOA then it's DOA.
  • Never post your address or personal information in this thread, shipping details should move Private Messages.

Discussion Thread: viewtopic.php?t=153843


Thread: Open! :)
Last edited by donald on 2023-01-24 21:38, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: [Hardware] "Free as in Free Beer" hardware donations, part II.

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2 brand new HDMI cables. 15ft/4.57m length.

I got these from Amazon for a project and these are extras that I have no need for.
HMDI_1.png
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Tested and working.

U.S. Shipping preferred, I can do International if the shipping costs are not too prohibitive.

Ideally these are used for something in computing and not an amazing A/V home setup. :twisted: :D
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Re: [Hardware] "Free as in Free Beer" hardware donations, part II.

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To avoid thread clutter please join us as we work out further guidelines for this discussion: viewtopic.php?t=153843
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