GLEP 8: Adopt-A-Developer

Author Brian Jackson <>, Thomas Cort <>
Type Standards Track
Status Moribund
Version 1
Created 2003-07-02
Last modified 2017-11-12
Posting history 2003-07-09, 2004-04-04, 2006-09-03
GLEP source glep-0008.rst


Marked as Moribund by decision of the Gentoo Council on 2017-11-12.


I borrowed this idea from a KDE developer name Scott Wheeler who runs a program called adopt-a-geek [1].


I would like to start a program to bring together Gentoo developers who need hardware, and those that have hardware to donate. This project will hopefully get developers that need extra hardware in touch with companies/individuals with extra hardware that they wish to donate to help Gentoo.


There are some developers out there that are using very slow hardware, and some that have broken equipment that they could put back into use if they had one more part. This program will help developers get the most out of their existing hardware and fix any systems that may currently be broken.


This is a pretty low risk proposal for Gentoo Linux since it only affects me, and whoever else wishes to help out. This project would keep very detailed records of everything that came in and out. We would actually not handle any hardware. We would just facilitate connecting hardware with needy developers.


KDE seems to have had luck with this. I think it would benefit the devs, and make Gentoo better as a result. It would also boost morale by letting developers know they are appreciated.