[Discuss] interview with Bruce Perens

alicia amgibb at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 16:28:32 UTC 2014

+1 to that Javier! So that everyone is aware of the history too, the open
hardware definition was created in part because we wanted to further define
what open hardware meant in the freedoms posted by OHANDA. And people who
created OHANDA were at the table and had input in the definition. My hope
is that the community continues to work together no matter what term they
want to use for sharing hardware designs - and you'll hear OSHWA use terms
interchangeably in part so that we don't get too religious over


On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM, Javier Serrano <Javier.Serrano at cern.ch>

> On 06/13/2014 04:16 PM, Antoine, as a contact of a free smallwindturbine
> project wrote:
> > 5. FREE LIBRE: Free Libre and OpenSource terms, play(ed) "cat and mouse"
> > game in Software sector, should this happen again in Hardware , ( if so,
> > should we ask to Tom and Jerry how they manage this ;-) ? )
> No, please, let's not allow this to happen. The software people wasted
> incredible amounts of energy on that. Someone in the legal meeting we
> had in Barcelona mentioned that there is an organization (referring to
> OHANDA I guess) that speaks about the "4 freedoms" whereas another one
> (referring to OSHWA I guess) uses the term "Open Source Hardware". He
> asked the audience whether that rang a bell and everybody laughed. I
> think the OSHW community is actually doing very well at avoiding sterile
> debates, and I want to look at OSHWA as both the FSF and the OSI of
> hardware.
> I like Bruce's view that free and open are compatible and complementary,
> when he says that "Open Source is a way of introducing people to the
> ethos of Free Software as much as it is an economic and technical
> paradigm for software development" even though he admits that "the ethos
> part of the job is hardly done."
> Cheers,
> Javier
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