[Discuss] OSHW logo

Andrew Back andrew at carrierdetect.com
Mon Jun 10 12:08:41 UTC 2013

Hi Marco,

On 10 June 2013 11:02, Marc-Olivier Schwartz
<marcolivier.schwartz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Javier,
> Thanks ! Indeed it is true that the Raspberry Pi is not truly open-source
> hardware according to the definition, but I include it on my website on the
> same level as the Arduino for two reasons :

To the best of my knowledge it's not open source hardware at all.

I'm a huge advocate of the Raspberry Pi, I personally don't mind that
it isn't OSHW, and since you can seemingly only purchase the SoC in
high volumes (not uncommon for such silicon) the design files are
probably not that useful in practice (given the level of SoC
integration the PCB is almost akin to a breakout board). However, this
doesn't change the fact that it is not OSHW.

> - On my website the focus is really on the circuits I built for home
> automation (like how to control a relay) and that are connected to the
> Raspberry Pi or the Arduino, and these are 100 % open-source hardware as I
> share everything with the community. I also include your personal computer
> in a lot of tutorials, and they are far from being open-source :)
> - The second point might be interesting for your round table : the Raspberry
> Pi itself is getting more and more "open". For example, you can find the
> complete schematics here:
> http://www.raspberrypi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Raspberry-Pi-Schematics-R1.0.pdf

No licence has been applied and at best you'd have to regard these as
for "informational use" only.

> Recently the video drivers were also made open-source.

Partial or full silicon datasheets and open source drivers etc. do not
make a computer using said silicon OSHW.



Andrew Back

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