Adopt a Developer
This project aims to connect developers who need resources with people
and companies from the community who want to donate resources. Useful
resources include computer hardware, books, shell accounts, and
anything else that enhances the development process. This project is
not involved with monetary donations; if you wish to donate money,
you may do so through paypal.
If you are a developer looking for monetary resources, then you
may be interested in the
Gentoo Foundation Funding and Expenditures page.
This project does not collect any resources itself, it only acts
a central point of contact for potential donors and individual
All developers can be reached by e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is out of beta-status. That means that we consider the
project working well. Tough, that doesn't mean we are not open to ideas and
suggestions.If you'd like to share your ideas about the project with us,
we may be contacted at email@example.com. On some donations
there might be limitations. We recommend a $300 one, because that's below
US-law gift-taxes. This is important since a developer and donor need to sort
that out on their own.
The Need for Resources
A lot of the packages in the tree require specific hardware to test.
For example, cdrtools requires a CD burner, qc-usb requires a QuickCam,
wireless-tools requires a wireless network card, etc. Donating items
like those allows us to ensure they work on the many architectures we
support. Hardware donations can also be used to replace broken parts;
we all know what it's like to lose a hard drive or some other crucial
component. It is especially hard on developers who are students on a
budget. We are always looking to support new architectures or
architectures that have little developer help. Donating rare and exotic
hardware can improve such situations.
Computer hardware isn't the only thing that a developer might find
useful. Gentoo developers can also benefit greatly from technical
books. Books can enhance a developer's ability to solve bugs and
maintain ebuilds. Books can also aid in the development of Gentoo
related software projects like portage.
Passes to technical conferences can help in these areas too.
Shell accounts on remote computers can be used for compiling and
When a developer makes a request, he or she must state the purpose and
what project(s) benefit from it. So, a "needed resource" is anything that
helps accomplish a project related task for a developer. A full system
may be needed in some cases (example, for building releases and testing
live CDs). Some architecture teams are seriously lacking the CPU power to
build GRP releases in a reasonable amount of time.
Community: How to offer Resources
If you wish to donate any of the resources listed in the Developers Seeking Resources section or if you
want to purchase 1 or more of those items and have them shipped to a
developer, then you should submit a completed offer form to get put in touch with the
developer. Do not contact the developer directly, use
like to keep track of things to ensure that our lists are as accurate
and as up to date as humanly possible.
You can also offer up any existing resources you have that are
in working good condition and would enhance the development process.
To be listed in the Community Members
Offering Resources section, submit a completed offer form to
you wish to remain anonymous, please let us know. More details on
Developers: How to request Resources
Submit a completed request form to
team member will review the request and post it to the site. The
review process is only meant to ensure that the item can be used for a
Gentoo project and to ensure that the request is clearly written. In
general, we will post all requests. If we find that your request needs
elucidation, then we will contact you. Your request must be sent from
your @gentoo.org e-mail address.
You must be an official Gentoo developer for at least 6 months
before requesting or receiving resources through adopt a developer.
You are limited to 4 open requests at any given time. You may ask for any
of your open requests to be changed or removed to make room for a new
request. There is no hard limit on the amount of resources you receive.
However, please use common sense. Only ask for
things you need and will use to improve Gentoo. Additionally, if you
have gotten hardware through adopt-a-dev and you no longer use the
hardware or have a need for it, please consider offering it to
The adopt a developer project strongly encourages developers who get
resources through adopt a developer to write publicly (planet, forums, mailing lists,
etc) about any progress they have made with the help of the donated
resources, what goals they have accomplished, and how the resources
have helped them.
In the event that a user offers a resource and 2 or more developers
want the resource, then the adopt-a-dev team will work with the
developers involved to see if the resource can be shared. If its
something like a complete system, then maybe a shell account could be
setup for the other dev(s) involved. If it is a resource that can't easily be
shared, then maybe the developers could swap the item after a certain
amount of time. If those methods fail, then the resource will go to the
developer who requested it first. The one who requested it first is the
developer whose completed request form arrived first.
Developers Seeking Resources
Hardware (Separated Pieces)
Hardware (Full Systems)
Community Members Offering Resources
The Gentoo project would very much like to thank the following people
for their generosity.
||Hosting / Shell Accounts (6mbit, unlimited throughput)
||apache tomcat work
||A shell account on a single box with root access and permission to reboot when needed.
||Kernel development, testing, and rollout along with other day to day remote development.
||Book: Programming perl By Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant ISBN: 0-596-00027-8
||improve perl knowledge to help with perl packages
||PC2700 333mhz 512MB RAM
||general development work, improve productivity
||PCI-E SCSI card
||Card required for maintaining packages that deal with tape backup systems.
||IBM LTO3 external tape drive
||Tape drive assisting in testing of backup applications that interact with Tape drives.
||Seagate 5400 100GB 2.5" PATA HD
||Upgrade a desktop machine which currently has a 20GB HD or a laptop which currently has a 10GB HD.
We aim to balance the respect for the personal privacy of every donor
and potential donor while recognizing their contribution. Donor and
potential donor e-mail addresses will never be posted on the project
page. By default, names will be posted on the project page in the
Community Members Offering Resources
and Thank You sections. If you wish to
remain anonymous, please let us know in your correspondence with us.
This project is only responsible for connecting donors with individual
developers. Our responsibilities stop there. We hope all
items donated to Gentoo developers are put to good use improving
Gentoo. We cannot guarantee that a developer will accomplish all of
the goals related to the resource(s) he or she receives.
The project does not deal with organizing shipping, nor do we
deal with disputes between developers and donors.
Gentoo is not a 501(c)(3) organization but is applying for 501(c)(6)
status instead. Therefore, donations are not and will not be
tax-deductible in the U.S. In other countries, the laws will differ --
please check with your lawyer.