[LAU] Dishonest marketing and the term "Open Source"
gheskett at wdtv.com
Sat Oct 18 15:38:56 UTC 2014
On Saturday 18 October 2014 11:19:33 Johannes Kroll did opine
And Gene did reply:
> 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.
> What do you think?
Call their bluff, that is not how it is supposed to work.
> The following is from Keith McMillen forum:
> > Currently, the Linux version of the editor crashes when I try to
> > update presets. Of course, the source code for the editor still isn't
> > released and there is no officially supported Linux version, so I
> > don't expect this to be fixed any time soon. As I don't use or have
> > Windows, this turns my QuNeo pretty much into a pretty expensive
> > plastic brick. I can't even use it as a doorstop because it is so
> > thin.
> > Keith McMillen have lied about the QuNeo being open source on
> > Kickstarter right from the start, and used the "open source" tag for
> > marketing. Yet no part of the product is open source: Not the
> > schematics; not the firmware; not the editor. Apparently there was to
> > be an SDK for the QuNeo which hasn't materialized yet, either.
> > I believed the marketing and paid for an open source product;
> > something I could hack and modify. I did not get what I paid for. The
> > QuNeo is a closed-source brick, just like lots and lots of other
> > controllers on the market.
> > This has been discussed for months (years?) now, with no result. It
> > seems obvious that Keith McMillen never intended to fulfill their
> > "open source" promise from the start.
> > I am advising my musician friends not to buy from Keith McMillen. It
> > is likely they will get scammed.
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