Open Hardware Creative Commons Draft
jon at rejon.org
jon at rejon.org
Sat Jul 17 03:52:09 EDT 2010
On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Werner Almesberger
<werner at openmoko.org> wrote:
> jon at rejon.org wrote:
>> This is not acceptable. Free Software should run on Free Hardware.
>> Translation: Copyleft Software should run on Copyleft Hardware.
> Please be careful. If you prefix it with "This is not acceptable",
> the second sentence assumes the meaning of "Free Software must run
> (exclusively) on Free Hardware."
Sure. What I said still stands. Of course, we can see a scenario where
copyleft hardware also doesn't care what software is run on the
hardware, similar to how free software is hardware agnostic. Sure,
that is fine. I'm just making a pure statement about the ideal
scenario for both free/copyleft hardware and software.
> Since there is very little Free Hardware today, this would amount
> to you telling most people not to use Free Software either. I'm not
> sure if it would be worse if they actually heeded your advice or if
> they simply decide you're one of those zealots and choose to ignore
> you henceforth, no matter how reasonable your other arguments may
> A gentler approach would be to a) make people understand that is it
> desirable to use Free Hardware, even if acting on that desire may
> not be possible at the time, and of course b) work towards creating
> choices to run Free Software also on Free Hardware. Having done a)
> first, b) will fall on more fertile ground, too.
I agree with your final paragraph. However, you have to understand
that I'm voicing some time-based opinions in the warmth of our
homebase. This is not the way I would try to bring people to the
waters of qi. I'm quite aware of the sensitivities of people and not
nuking opportunities, from my days converting folks to Creative
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