[Discuss] OSHW Best Practices / Layers of Openness

Tom Igoe tom.igoe at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 17:59:56 UTC 2013

So there's an alternative way to look at how to describe the level of openness of a multi-process product:  as a percentage of the whole.  Thanks, Chris. How do others feel about that?


On Feb 28, 2013, at 11:37 AM, Chris Church wrote:

> Now, if the bulk of the interior components were NOT OSHW, I'd have a hard time seeing that term applied.  Generally speaking, my personal measure (and I really have a hard time seeing how to make something like this as a 'rule' could work) is whether or not the -entire creation of the producing entity contained within- the product is open-source.  That is to say, if I combine three closed-source boards, and one small board I made OSHW inside of an enclosure, it would be non-sensical to put an OSHW logo on it.  However, if I create something with multiple functions, and one of those functions requires a 3rd-party radio, then as long as everything else I have contributed inside of that enclosure is open, I wouldn't see an issue with putting an OSHW logo on there.

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