[LAU] Dishonest marketing and the term "Open Source"
grib at billgribble.com
Sat Oct 18 18:40:31 UTC 2014
On 10/18/2014 12:01 PM, Rob wrote:
> Unfortunately, now that McMillen has been funded, there's really no
> recourse other than suing him. The only angle left that I can think of
> is that Open Source is a trademark...
What was the implied promise of open-source-ness? The kickstarter does
include the words "open source" in the title, but the body of the
project description doesn't have much detail about what would be
open-sourced. From the tone of indignation I would have expected
something much clearer in the kickstarter to hang it on.
IMO the QuNeo (and QuNexus) are pretty innovative, somewhat flawed
devices that are really good value for the price. I own both and use
them with my own and others' open-source software without problem. The
device functionality is easily programmable using well-documented MIDI
APIs. It might be nice if the firmware was open-sourced, but the
additional value to me would be pretty low. Again, IMO -- I'm sure there
are some who find that these devices are useless without modifiable
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