[OH Updates] $2.5 mil in funding, but must open source -- and upverter making the rounds...

Andrew Stone g.andrew.stone at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 19:06:50 PDT 2011


Hmm... Bruce maybe everyone misunderstood.   In that model I proposed I was
intending to do OSS.  So I suppose if you really wanted to not share your
designs you could just DL the code and comment out the portion of the code
that uploads your designs.  Of course like GPL, you'd be breaking the
license agreement if you then used the SW and didn't share your design
manually.  But I wasn't considering closed source dev.  How would that be
aligned with OSHW philosophy?

BTW interesting article about resolving the contribution issue...

Cheers!
Andrew


On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:

> On 09/14/2011 03:29 PM, Andrew Stone wrote:
>
>> Interesting...upverter is using the exact same model that I just proposed
>> for an open EDA (and got shot down by Bruce, :-) ) -- that is your designs
>> are automatically open sourced, unless you pay.
>>
> Larry McVoy used something similar for Bitkeeper years ago. And that got
> shot down in a way that was particularly painful for Larry and his business.
> I think Linus' words were "I can't continue to hold together two things that
> don't want to be together".
>
>    Thanks
>
>    Bruce
>
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