[LAU] Dishonest marketing and the term "Open Source"

Joe Hartley jh at brainiac.com
Sat Oct 18 15:31:50 UTC 2014

On Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:19:33 +0200
Johannes Kroll <j-kroll at gmx.de> wrote:

> Hello all!
> Keith McMillen has marketed their QuNeo controller as "Open Source" on
> Kickstarter and other places (google "quneo open source"), while
> actually it is not "open source" for any reasonable definition of the
> term. Editor software source code, which is crucial for using the
> device with Linux, has only reluctantly been released to a closed group
> of beta testers. People are understandably disappointed. 

It's right up there with the Anonabox project, which purported to be
an “open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor"
which turned out to be a bad implementation of OpenWRT on a cheap Chinese
router with security holes a-plenty.

This just in - Kickstarter's killed that project, which had raised
$585k : http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/kickstarter-pulls-anonabox-a-tor-enabled-router-that-raised-over-585000/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+All+content%29

So there's hope that the light of day will cause Mr McMillen to be (ahem)
open about his project as well.

       Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant - jh at brainiac.com
 Without deviation from the norm, "progress" is not possible. - FZappa

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