[OH Updates] TAPR meeting results
bruce at perens.com
Mon Sep 19 13:06:39 PDT 2011
We had the TAPR meeting this weekend in Baltimore, after the Summit.
TAPR will deprecate the Non-Commercial License and will immediately
apply the Open Hardware License to new work funded by TAPR.
We had previously used the Non-Commercial License to make sure we would
recoup the investment in our first production run of the TAPR-funded
http://openhpsdr.org/ boards. After that sold out, we applied the Open
Hardware License. History in producing these boards shows that the NCL
is not necessary to protect our revenue, and nobody ever turns the
boards to add the OHL statement when it's time to do that. Boards after
Hermes <http://openhpsdr.org/hermes.php> will include the OHL statement.
Hermes will include the OHL statement in addendum, as the board has
already been laid out.
We had a short discussion of whether we should remove some of the
requirements in the TAPR Open Hardware License in order to get more
parties to use the TAPR license. This was countered by concern among the
leadership about the rather low standard for "open" in the Open Hardware
community in general right now. They pointed out:
* Some of the things featured at the Summit don't meet the Open
* Some companies that are thought to be leaders in Open Hardware
predominantly make breakout boards for ICs, with little design
investment in them.
* A lot of things said to be open just have a PDF for the schematic,
no modifiable design files, and no gerber files.
So, the feeling at TAPR is that we should work to raise the standard for
"open" in the community.
We're going to invest some funds in promoting the high design investment
projects which have to a great extent been overlooked.
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