[Discuss] Free Hardware

matt matt at nycresistor.com
Wed Mar 11 20:05:49 UTC 2015

wedge switches are now being sold... and are on OCP.  so... this shit is

On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM, Emilio Velis <contacto at emiliovelis.com>

> Not to mention the lack of viability in most cases of jumping right into
> that definition without any context. I think that any 'free' endeavor of
> the sort should not be derived from a philosophical standpoint on
> intangibles, but rather on the study of philosophy behind private property
> (perhaps an anti-Lockean view). Drawing a software-hardware parallel is
> confusing to say the least.
> On 11 March 2015 at 13:57, Drew Fustini <pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> hmm, just saw this on Slashdot:
>> "Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs"
>> http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/15/03/11/1648243/why-we-need-free-digital-hardware-designs
>> Links to Wired:
>> http://www.wired.com/2015/03/need-free-digital-hardware-designs/
>> It appears to me that Richard Stallman wrote this article.
>> Here is a quote:
>> "the concept we really need is that of a free hardware design. That’s
>> simple: it means a design that permits users to use the design (i.e.,
>> fabricate hardware from it) and to copy and redistribute it, with or
>> without changes. The design must provide the same four freedoms that
>> define free software."
>> I do like the philosophy behind it, but I am afraid the introduction
>> of the term "Free Hardware" will increase confusion about hardware
>> licensing.
>> cheers,
>> drew
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