[Discuss] Free Hardware

Matt Maier blueback09 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 17:12:29 UTC 2015

They're giving him airtime because he's Richard Stallman

He started GNU, the concept of copyleft, and the Free Software Foundation.
He talks a lot about the distinction between free software and open source
software, and his argument that free software is a moral imperative. Every
now and then people ask him to extend his argument to hardware and this
article is interesting because it looks like his perspective has evolved a

It seems unlikely that he'd reach out to the open source hardware community
because he doesn't think open source hardware is really relevant to what
he's doing (free software).

On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Nancy Ouyang <nancy.ouyang at gmail.com>

> 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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