[Discuss] Translation to Spanish for "Best Practices for Open-Source Hardware"

Mario Gómez mxgxw.alpha at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 17:24:26 UTC 2013

Hi Matt! Thanks for sharing!

It seems very complete tool, definitly we must try it! It would be really
helpful for doing project management. I'm going to suggest it to Emilio.

However one of things that I personally like about distributed versioning
systems like git and using a "simple" template is that you don't depend on
a system or platform to share and collaborate. I mean, if GitHub goes belly
up tomorrow you still can work, collaborate and share your changes latter
by other means. The idea of having just a simple template is that
everything is inside the repository. I mean, the repository it's not a part
of the project like in ODE and other project management tools but the whole
project itself is tracked by the repository.

May be it's because my programming background, but for me, at the end, OSHW
is just source code that helps you to replicate physical things. So I don't
understand why in most cases we like to keep design files, documentation,
and everything outside the repository. For me every different piece in the
project is just "another kind" of source code, even the documentation is
just the source code that is going to be used for compiling ideas on own
people's minds.

I would say that we can easily treat the template just as a basic building
block, that fills the most basic needs and doesn't need any external tool
to be useful by itself, and then you can share it over any tool that you
preefer or feel more comfortable, this could be ODE, GitHub, Thingiverse,


P.D.: I really like this list, I hope when the forum/wiki/etc is ready we
could continue having this interesting talks.

On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Mario Gómez <mxgxw.alpha at gmail.com>wrote:
>>    I would say both.
>> Personally I always liked the idea of software repositories like PyPI (
>> https://pypi.python.org/pypi). Websites like Thingiverse, and Upverter
>> are great but are more on focused on the design files than the whole
>> picture of the OSHW.
> Mario,
> Before you build your own solution you should check out Mach 30's Open
> Design Engine (ODE). https://opendesignengine.net/
> It was built from the ground up as a hardware-specific project management
> tool (Mach 30 wants to build open source rockets and satellites). You can
> add whatever you want for your specific project, like a wiki, and/or a
> forum, and/or a blog, and/or a repository, etc. You can then fill up that
> project with all of your files and everyone can come to one place to
> coordinate themselves. You can even fork the entire project and the new
> project gets everything that was in the original, files, the whole forum,
> all the comments, etc and the new project can go in its own direction from
> that baseline.
> Here is J. Simmons, the founder of Mach 30, explaining how to use ODE for
> an example robot project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COH4E_Ie1P0
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