GNU License for Hardware

Derek J. Balling dredd at
Mon Oct 11 21:33:32 UTC 1999

I have to disagree. I agree with many of Richard's concepts, (although I 
still don't call it GNU/Linux *G*) but for hardware I have to seriously 

"Free", in today's society, when attached to hardware, will have lots of 
confusion when it comes to things like FreePC, and the myriad of other 
"Free [as in beer] PC" deals. These deals have a distinct possibility of 
turning bad (there have already been several less-than-complimentary 
articles on this topic). Confusion is bad, especially when your excellent 
idea can be confused with a marketing ploy which goes horribly sour.

My $0.02 worth.


At 03:00 PM 10/11/99 -0600, Richard Stallman wrote:
>If you are inspired by the GNU Project and the Free Software movement,
>I hope you will choose a name that refers to freedom.  The word "open"
>calls to mind the Open Source movement, which differs from the Free
>Software movement in rejecting all talk of freedom, principle and
>other non-material benefits.

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