[Discuss] [Open Manufacturing] Re: Fwd: The institutionalization of OSHW

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 15:10:26 UTC 2012

On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM, Andrew Stone wrote:
> I think that much of FOSS in the 80's and 90's was more about reimplementing
> libraries that had been implemented 10 proprietary times before... it was
> about freeing the basic tools (hammer, nail, screwdriver) making it easer to
> build advanced stuff.

Off-topic, but.. we haven't really done that for hardware I think. The
problem is that if we standardize on a "GNU" distribution of hardware,
it just really increases the cost of getting started - like a "GNU"
(hardware) version of the basic table saw, etc The reason this would
be theoretically nice is that it's then easy to just list which exact
things you need in a bill of materials. I mean, the alternative is
standardizing on something like the Sears toolset hah (or just
tiptoeing around tool differences).

- Bryan
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