For Approval: Open Source Hardware License
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sat Jul 7 03:08:54 UTC 2007
Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Simon Phipps (Simon.Phipps at Sun.COM):
>> I'm afraid the distinction between "software" and "hardware" is
>> getting harder and harder to make.
> You know, there are circumstances in which I'd raise that point, too.
> However, I'd feel a bit silly raising it in circumstances where
> something is described very unambiguously aas a licence specifically for
> hardware _and used_ (or at least planned to be used) only for that
> purpose, to a groups that certifies licences specifically for software.
> (I do doubt that OSI would refuse to certify a licence actually _used_
> for software, on no better grounds than it having the word "hardware" in
If OSI considers a license specifically designed for hardware, why
should we want it to be in use for software? It seems these are
contradictory. OSI could reject hardware-specific licenses if it
decides they diverge from the mission too much. If they are acceptable,
though, there is no reason to require they be in use for software.
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