[OLPC-DE] [Fwd: Re: #7116 NORM Never A: Possible European G1G1 program needs appropriate keyboards]

Kim Quirk kim at laptop.org
Mo Jun 9 00:12:48 EDT 2008


Hi Holger,
We are hoping that the company we partner with for the G1G1 program will
bring some knowledge to us about what is needed for each country where we
want to ship. We will start with that information and then figure out the
things that aren't understood. For instance, for products shipping from the
US to Germany, I'm sure there are some mandatory certifications required
(the equivalent of UL or CE). Perhaps the certifications are for all of the
EU countries. Also, some countries may require a minimum warranty or returns
policy. There might be different rules for a non-profit company.

As for keyboards, we will only be able to ship one keyboard -
US/International. We have to forecast the parts many months ahead of when
they can be built and shipped; and our manufacturer cannot build small
quantities of anything. So we will have all the keyboards go out
US/International; and the choice of power adapter will probably have to be
limited as well to US or EU.

Thanks,
Kim


On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 5:35 AM, Holger Levsen <holger at layer-acht.org> wrote:

> Hi Kim,
>
> On Tuesday 03 June 2008 21:48, Kim Quirk wrote:
> > Agreed, Ed. The legalities of each country need to be determined and
> > met before we can include that country in a Give One Get One program.
> >
> > Some of the things we need to understand are: Certifications,
> > language/keyboard requirements, messaging, non-profit status,
> > shipping, customs, support and warranties. I believe these issues (and
> > perhaps more) will be different for almost every country.
>
> What can we, as OLPC Germany association, do to help you to understand the
> legal situation (and anything else) in Germany?
>
> Also, what can we do, to make a german keyboard reality? We have keyboard
> layouts available on
> http://wiki.olpc-deutschland.de/organisation/beirat/hardware
>
>
> regards,
>         Holger
>
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