----- Original Message ----- From: Jeff Brower <address@hidden> Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:43 pm Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] re: Low cost hardware option To: Jamie Morken <address@hidden> Cc: address@hidden
> Jamie- > > > Hi Brian, > > > > That sounds like a pretty good system. I should say right > > off the bat that if I am involved to make this I would want > > to add a clause in the open source hardware license to not > > allow the hardware to be used for military applications. I > > think it is important to state this at the start before I > > would get involved working on a new gnu radio board. If > > people can live with that requirement I am happy to do the > > layout work. > > Obtaining critical mass with a community based, open source > project is difficult enough -- you can see the very few > examples that are successful and still alive after a couple of > years. I'm not saying you're wrong or right, but if > you make the path more narrow, your chances of success -- i.e. > reaching milestones on the path and getting others to > follow you -- decrease. > > Can you show some examples of other *successful* open source / > open hardware projects where the license has this clause?
All "non-commercial use only" clauses most likely restrict most military
use, and these are quite common, and are far more restrictive than a
"non-military use only" clause. I do follow what you are saying though, but its a choice like "ethical investing", it makes economic sense to some people and seems foolish to some people.