[oshug] "The audio genius who vanished"

Jeremy Bennett jeremy.bennett at embecosm.com
Fri Jan 15 14:51:12 UTC 2016

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On 15/01/16 14:25, Graham Whaley wrote:
> On 15 January 2016 at 14:11, Andy Bennett <andyjpb at ashurst.eu.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> “He made it so you could see it, but not touch it,” says
>>> Seaber. That is, while Seaber and others had the files they
>>> needed to have printed-circuit boards made, no one but NwAvGuy
>>> had the original layout file, which would allow easy changes."
>>> Given it seems there is reasonable motivation — HiFi companies
>>> are selling his designs — it would relatively trivial to
>>> re-enter those designs in your EDA tool of choice, before
>>> modifying and issuing the files output under whatever licence
>>> you please (or not doing).
>> Agreed regarding "ND" but not so sure about the ethical issues
>> around your suggestion. For me, it was this bit made me wonder if
>> it was really "open source" as they didn't have the actual
>> "source": only the manufacturing "object files" (gerbers?).
>> What do the Open Hardware peeps and licenses say about the
>> requirements around the artifacts that have to be provided in
>> order to be "open"?
> timing... I was reading this a couple of days ago (which I'm not
> sure I 100% agree with btw): 
> https://olimex.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/open-source-hardware-oshw-why-it-matters-and-what-is-pseudo-oshw/
>  and that had an interesting link off to a Stallman article
> recently published. 
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-hardware-designs.html

I'd missed this. RMS has started to talk about hardware at last. For
years, whenever you asked him about free and open hardware (I've
tried) he would change the subject to free software.


> Graham
>> Regards, @ndy
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