[Discuss] [DIYbio] Fwd: The institutionalization of OSHW
kanzure at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 02:43:33 UTC 2012
On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM, Tim Schmidt wrote:
> We're not packaging hardware. We're packaging proto-hardware. Which
> comes in the form of... Software.
I don't see the difference.
> So why don't software packages work again?
I never said packaging doesn't work for software. I did mention that
it's an incomplete solution, and repurposing rpm/deb is not the a
workable solution for completely deploying hardware.
> This is why a built-in metadata format like ThingDoc works so well.
Are you referring to its HTML/TeX format?
> Attempting to solve this problem by engineering it in it's entirety,
> in place, is unlikely to yield fruitful results (as I think you're
> familiar from skdb).
That doesn't mean TeX is the best way to package bytecode. I don't
want to read a billion pages of documentation just to install a fablab
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