[Discuss] Free Hardware
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Thu Mar 19 22:27:40 UTC 2015
On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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).
Yes, I believe rms will never support a definition with the term "Open
Source", be it in the Software or Hardware context. I think he
refuses to support anything that does not promote freedom as a matter
of morality. Open Source takes a more pragmatic approach.
I do like most of his points after reading his first two essays on
"Free Hardware". I especially liked how he describes the concept of
Free Hardware Designs. I sometimes get confused about exactly what we
are talking about when we talk about hardware licensing. It was a
good reminder that the discussion is about hardware design files, not
the hardware itself.
I think the term Open Source Hardware Design better describes what
this community (OSHWA) is about, but I don't think it really makes
practical sense to change it. In regards, to "Free Hardware", I think
the term Libre Hardware Design is a better description. Just as in
software, I think Libre/Free and Open Source are different concepts,
but they both tend to lead to positive outcomes: better technology
because people are encouraged to build on the work of others.
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