[Discuss] Free Hardware

Nancy Ouyang nancy.ouyang at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 16:52:24 UTC 2015

Why... why is WIRED giving airtime to this rms crank who can't even be
bothered to reach out to the entire open source hardware community on this
list (prior art, please) or mention the hard work done by OSHWA / Alicia
Gibbs / other folks?

--Nancy, semi-seriously, I realize rms is a Big Deal, but really? Wired is
going to promulgate rms on this "free hardware" term when we've already
standardized around open source hardware? I hope at least this wasn't
published in the print magazine, or else I'm going to start picking a fight
with rms and that's going to be a drastic waste of everyone's time, lol.

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On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Drew Fustini <pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com> wrote:

> FYI,  part 2 of 3 planned essays in Wired by rms on Free/Libre Hardware
> Designs.
> "Hardware Designs Should Be Free. Here’s How to Do It"
> http://www.wired.com/2015/03/richard-stallman-how-to-make-hardware-designs-free
> Coincidentally, rms visited Chicago, where I live, on Tuesday to give a
> talk. I got to ask him what he thought was a good license for Free/Libre
> Hardware designs.  He believes the GPLv3 is the correct license to use.
> However, he noted it only covers those design elements to which copyright
> applies.  (I know the subject of where that line falls has been covered by
> Ari & others at past Open Hardware Summits).
> Cheers
> Drew
> On Mar 11, 2015 2:57 PM, "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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