Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Blog

Introducing CERN's Open Hardware Repository

NO RATINGS
< Previous Page 2 / 2
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
bobdvb
User Rank
Manager
Re: Two sides of the coin...
bobdvb   12/18/2013 6:15:08 PM
NO RATINGS
Increasingly I am seeing people looking at other peoples implementations and reimplementing them with their own techniques and getting away with it. Thus I think it is better to be open, get first mover advantage and possibly a piece of the other guys pie than to keep your cards close to your chest and be beaten by someone else with more money or a cheaper workforce.

betajet
User Rank
CEO
Everybody wins the coin toss
betajet   12/18/2013 4:04:05 PM
NO RATINGS
Max magnificently wrote: I can well see why someone who has designed something that is capraciously cunning would want to keep it (the design details) for themselves...

By doing so they miss the opportunity to make the design even better.  Chris Taylor of SparkFun explains it very well in this EDN article:
In open source, a lot of that concern comes from wondering "What if someone steals my design?" Well, good, that's kind of the point. Let them steal it. If they can make it better, you can steal it right back and make yours better. That's what makes the product a quality product. Then you design the next cool thing. The information is free, but at SparkFun, the hardware is where we make the money.

 

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Blogger
Close the gateware behind you
Max The Magnificent   12/18/2013 3:39:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Javi -- in your blog you mention hardware, software, and gatewear. It's probably worth noting that -- in this context -- the term "gateware" refers to the data that describes the configuration of an FPGA or similar programmable logic device.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Blogger
Two sides of the coin...
Max The Magnificent   12/18/2013 3:36:24 PM
NO RATINGS
On the one hand I totally agree with the concepts of open source software and hardware... on the other hand I can well see why someone who has designed something that is capraciously cunning would want to keep it (the design details) for themselves...

<<   <   Page 2 / 2
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Flash Poll