[amsat-bb] Re: HB9DRV

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Wed Sep 28 09:05:31 PDT 2011

On Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:33:01 -0400
"Bob Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> > 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?
> Because maybe they have invested years of their time into it, and don't want
> to see it all hacked up beyond recognition by the whims of a few hack-and-go
> programmers who play with it for a while, screw it all up and then move on
> to the fad of the next flashing icons

And why would you care if they do?  It doesn't make the program work any less.  You are under no obligation to accept their patches back into your source.

Let me turn my question around, then.  What do you gain from keeping your source code a secret?

Gordon JC Pearce MM0YEQ <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>

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