[Arm-netbook] How much to design A20 board?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Wed Sep 9 19:57:36 BST 2015

On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 7:42 PM, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
<lkcl at lkcl.net> wrote:

> if you're not familiar with or don't clearly understand the
> difference, look up the history behind why the Debian Team renamed
> firefox to "iceweasel".

 here you go:


 so, if joe were to use the CC-attribution design, he would be
required to advertise the name of the creator on the OUTSIDE OF THE

prominently.  including on the casework if the PCB is inside a box.

 so, when someone bought that product, despite the fact that joe would
be the one that had put the effort into marketing, sales, spent the
up-front cash on prototypes (which is a considerable amount)...

 .... guess whom the customers are most likely to contact?

 not joe - the one who put the effort into getting a polished
professional product into their hands.

 by complete contrast, for GPL'd products, all you have to do is put a
little bit of paper in the box saying "contact us if you want the
source code".

 you *DO NOT* have to put "Copyright (C) Blah Blah" on the OUTSIDE OF
THE PRODUCT, just because it's got some software in it (or in the case
of hardware is manufactured from design files that are GPL licensed).

is that clearer?

 btw i was amazed and deeply impressed when i bought a TP-Link router
last year, because it contained *exactly that* in the box.  finally -
at long last - a large company that understands its obligations under
the GPL.


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