[amsat-bb] Re: HB9DRV
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Wed Sep 28 04:18:32 PDT 2011
On Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:20:54 +0200
"Simon HB9DRV" <simon at hb9drv.ch> wrote:
> There are many reasons for not providing software source, in my case I doubt
> there are many people with the requisite experience, time or patience to
> maintain this.
That's a rather arrogant attitude to take.
> FWIW and contrary to some opinion HRD has in fact cost me money over the
> years, not the other way around. Also I just have no, and I mean no time for
> anything else whatsoever.
Yes, software development costs time and money. Do you think the time and hardware involved in developing lysdr was free? Or, for that matter, any other software I have written.
> You use proprietary hardware with proprietary firmware, what's the problem
> with the software you use on your computer?
I avoid proprietary hardware and proprietary firmware. All of my radios have full service manuals, with complete circuit diagrams. I only use open-source software on my computers, and eschew binary-only drivers.
Again I ask, why are people so reluctant to release the source code for software, but are more than happy to publish the circuit diagrams for devices they design?
Gordon JC Pearce <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>
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