[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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