[Community] Releasing GTA04 hardware source files (was: community Digest, Vol 353, Issue 3)

Norayr Chilingarian norayr at arnet.am
Sat Aug 24 14:55:52 CEST 2013


Excuse me very much, I don't mean to offend anyone, I actually care 
about project a lot.
I really appreciate the project and I would like to have a gta04 based device, probably tablet. It's just too expensive for me now.

Recently I became a lucky owner of a freerunner, got one used, and 
need to tell, that I had a lot of problems both under SHR and QtMoko.
I believe it's solvable.
Unfortunately the device is not very useful because I cannot get stable 
connection to the internet to run pidgin, due to power management probably, also in 
recent SHR releases most of the time sim card don't get recognized.  And I 
feel that n810 as mobile computer is more useable. That's why I would like 
to find a used openpandora, because it's open, and it's mobile computer. I 
don't need a phone, if I have jabber with ssl connection.

Anyway, I just want to add, that indeed, if one needs to OCR a pdf, then 
it's more like reverse engineering, rather than source. It's of course 
arguable, but I don't see why don't share the actual source files? Why?

On Sat, 24 Aug 2013, Bob Ham wrote:

> On Sat, 2013-08-24 at 11:21 +0200, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>> Am 24.08.2013 um 02:10 schrieb Bob Ham:
>
>>> We have schematics in a .pdf file but nothing else.
>>
>> Yes. And the PDF is the source.
>
> I don't believe this is the case.  I believe the PDF was compiled from
> designs that came from other files.  I don't believe your circuit
> designs were written in the PDF language.  If they came from other
> files, the PDF is not the source, the other files are the source.
>
>
>> You can run OCR and convert it into any
>> format you like. And modify it as you like. What else do you expect? More
>> convenience?
>
> It's not so much about convenience.  Let me quote the GPL 2:
>
> "The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
> making modifications to it."
>



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