[Discuss] OSHW questions

Andrew Stone stone at toastedcircuits.com
Wed Nov 21 10:04:26 UTC 2012

I've been a big proponent on this list of GPLing the SW portion since that
is often 95% of the work anyway.

But whether you use the carrot or the stick in my experience an OSHW
solution can break you into an opportunity that you would otherwise have
never even been considered.
On Nov 21, 2012 4:56 AM, "Andrew Katz" <Andrew.Katz at moorcrofts.com> wrote:

> Hi Andrew
> On 21 Nov 2012, at 09:43, Andrew Stone <stone at toastedcircuits.com<mailto:
> stone at toastedcircuits.com>> wrote:
> IANAL. This is not legal advice.
> WRT value, what is the chance a company will use your OSHW totally
> unmodified?  at a min they will want to combine 2 tech on one board.  Often
> they will want to change the SW significantly.  Use your OSHW as an
> advertisement for your services.  one that you make a profit on!
> This is an Apache-esque view, and one which I have a lot of sympathy for.
> I think open source software is gradually moving away from GPL-type
> licensing to less restrictive Apache-style licensing. However, there's
> another argument that says it was necessary for open source software to go
> through a coercive GPL phase first. Maybe the same is true of open hardware
> - I just don't know!
> Best
> Andrew
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