> How did we suddenly get a commercial exploitation of this voluntary effort
> in the picture! If we are opening the floor for commercial bidders, I
> suggest we do just that!!! OPEN THE FLOOR!
Since a company offered to provide free serivces to help in a GPL design
of a mips based unix box. If you find others please let us know.
> Don't get me wrong, I am all for commercial exploitation... if those exploited
> earn something for their labors (its called a job)! Volunteers should have a
> clear picture of who is gaining from their altruism.
This is true, but those volunteers also have to appreciate services
that aren't for free like building a motherboard with SMT chips.
> If we are entertaining bids for commercial partners who earn profit by
> moving this board and Linux port into commercial areas, then perhaps we
> should set some guidlines for such bids and accept open public (net email)
By my understanding Waldorf has offered to help in the design for free.
Since it's going to be GPL you can easily request the design and build
> I for example may be interested in such a venture if there is
> potential for profit! I work as a contract SW jock and have in the past
> collaberated with HW jocks and FAB shops for PCB production.
Well help in the design (which has already been volunteered) and when
production starts put in a bid.)
I would personally favor any board produced by design particpants
then a profit motivated source.
Waldorf has alot to gain from this, access to a mips designed
motherboard for there own purposes, and we have alot to
gain from them (access to there production facilities) sounds like
a great partnership.
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