[OH Updates] OSHW license intent (was: Why you won't be prosecuting ...)

Windell H. Oskay windell at oskay.net
Wed Aug 31 10:57:16 PDT 2011


On Aug 31, 2011, at 7:16 AM, phillip torrone wrote:
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> it would be great if everyone used KiCAD or gEDA but tool choice is very individual. a lot of people download EAGLE free to get going

Every time you repeat CadSoft's marketing baloney, a fairy dies and someone (or probably dozens of people, in your case) stop considering open-source alternatives.  

When a person such as yourself that is active in the OSS/OSHW community refers to something as free, the implication is often there of being FOSS/FLOSS.   Eagle is NOT free, let alone FOSS.   Is it the best $1500 EDA software?  That's certainly up for debate.   But is it free?  No.  Just STOP using that word in this context.

Here's what it says: "The EAGLE Light Edition can be used for free! […]  If you earn (or save) money by using the Freeware version of EAGLE Light, you have to register it."

Obviously, "Can be used for free" != "is free"  

And "If you earn (or save) money by using the Freeware version" can be read to apply to *anyone* who uses it-- because they're saving money by not buying PADS or Eagle.  There is absolutely no usage scenario that CadSoft allows for free.  What happens when CadSoft comes to collect on that? The supposedly-free version is actually just commercial demo ware, plain and simple.  (You can download a free trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro, too.  Would you call *it* free?)

I don't mind if anyone uses Eagle, and I'm glad that CadSoft is engaged with our community and working towards interchange formats.   I don't even mind if you want to encourage people to use Eagle.  But for Tux's sake, STOP SAYING THAT IT'S FREE.  Say that it's *inexpensive,* please.  :)


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