[oshug] Open (Source?) Hardware.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Fri Aug 19 06:35:52 UTC 2011


Some of you may also have been following the debate regarding open
hardware vs. open source hardware on the Open Hardware Summit lists
and/or various others. The OHS updates list archives are, for some
reason, private, but Bryan Bishop has kindly been forwarding to Open
Manufacturing. See:


I have personally had some trouble with this debate in the past, and
whilst we ended up being OSHUG and not OHUG, I don't find the argument
that Open Hardware is, e.g. just a device with documented registers,
entirely convincing. Inasmuch as it may have once meant this, but it
has now come to be generally accepted that it is quite something else.

I do agree with a lot of what Bruce Perens has to say... This is not
to say that I think we should drop the "S". I've not completely made
my mind up, and with regards to what we are called I don't think it
matters _that_ much. Bruce does make a good case, though, and I'm
definitely with him on this being a movement and the importance of it
being " a lot of folks going in approximately the same direction".
Which is to say that we don't all have to agree on everything. It
would be a shame if this ended up being another Free Software vs. Open
Source type split, though.

I'm in interested as to what other folks think...



More information about the oshug mailing list