[Discuss] "Free Arduino" on MAKE

phillip torrone pt at adafruit.com
Fri Jun 9 17:19:25 UTC 2017

hey folks,

we've emailed the oshwa board/members, this seems like a good time for oshwa to help "free arduino" from what appears to be a terrible situation, here is an article from dale, the publisher and CEO of MAKE:

and here is the WIRED article that recently came out:

ideally the open-source hardware and software community could help add some checks and balances to what is going on with our collective work we've all done in and around arduino, we've entrusted arduino to take good care of this open source projects, a foundation (here is some of what dale wrote):

the real reason for an arduino foundation is to free arduino from federico musto and ensure that this open source hardware project is responsive to the community that cares about arduino and its ecosystem.

	define its mission to protect and promote the interests of the arduino community;
	determine a board of independent directors who are not chosen by arduino holding; are not limited to the existing arduino team; and excludes federico musto.
	operate in an open and transparent manner.
	have visibility into the business of arduino holdings to hold it accountable as a watchdog.

perhaps it should be called the free arduino foundation. free as in freedom. free to operate on its own. free to represent a commitment to the mutual interests of the arduino community.

we've emailed arduino.org, their PR folks and the CEO regarding this and other things, it seems they will not comment :(

pt (and limor)

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