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Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at
Sat Jun 5 23:05:53 EDT 2010

[to stimulate discussion]

I'm puzzled about where it makes sense to draw the
line when speaking of copyleft hardware.

For example, what about a static RAM chip,
or an LCD display module, a NAND chip
or a microSD memory chip?

Does an off-the-shelf voltage regulator pass the test?

Ron K. Jeffries

On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 19:32, Christopher Harrington
<ironiridis at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 19:32, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at> wrote:
>> You are absolutely right about the CPU. I keep thinking about Christopher
>> Harrison the other day on this list and his whole grain crackers
> Heh.
> This does at least affirm my concern that I'm not the only one who felt
> confused about the nature of the hardware.
> It should be possible to build a completely copyleft bluetooth device
> without too much frustration. The RF protocol is well-defined and less
> complex than 802.11a/b/g/n. If wireless networking is an absolutely
> do-or-die feature, I think that's what should be targeted first.
> The bluetooth stack in Linux is extremely complete and robust, too.
> --
> -Chris Harrington
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