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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] "GNU Radio is crap" and GSoc

From: Martin Braun
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] "GNU Radio is crap" and GSoc
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:10:47 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:11:19AM -0500, Clark Pope wrote:
> Without a monetization strategy I don't see how the gnu radio project gets 
> much past its current state. The problem is the functionality of a prototyper 
> or student is implemented in about 20% of the effort for a full application. 
> The documentation, testing, deployment, and maintenance of a real application 
> needs a lot more work and that work is not educational or enjoyable. So 
> without something like an app store where developers can get reimbursed for 
> that other 80% the applications will stay stuck at the cool demo stage.

First, "cool demo stage" is already a pretty good stage.
Second, I'd like to point out a very successful OSS project not unlike
GNU Radio & the USRP: the Arduino.
By itself, it's useless--it's a hardware/software development tool.
Sounds familiar?
If you read sites like hackaday.com, the Arduino comes up *all the
time* with posts like "Look what X did with an Arduino". On this
specific site, GNU Radio comes up 3 times, the newest article being from
February 2009.

Some coverage of cool hacks using GNU Radio certainly wouldn't hurt the


PS: Anyone who gets a GNU Radio related post on hackaday get invited to
dinner by me, redeemable at the pre-WSR meeting.

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