[oshug] Open (Source?) Hardware.

Paul Tanner paul at virtual-techno.com
Fri Aug 19 07:58:36 UTC 2011


I don't think I know what "Open Hardware" is so I'm definitely for OSH.  Paul
PS. Could it be a piece of hardware with the lid open?
At 07:35 AM 8/19/2011, Andrew Back wrote:
>Hello,
>
>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:
>
>http://groups.google.com/group/openmanufacturing/msg/c9e1cd72d153a88e?hl=en&
>
>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...
>
>Cheers,
>
>Andrew
>
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