I like the spirit of the definition, but I would propose two amendments for clarity:
- provides design files -> provides all relevant design files (otherwise hardware where only partial or incomplete design information is available would qualify)
- software it has developed that is essential to the proper functioning -> necessary or required instead of essential ("essential" is a very strong word, potentially allowing to exclude software that is usually required, but not absolute essential under all circumstances)
--Christian Siefkes 16:02, 21 April 2010 (UTC)
I like that you're riffing off the Open Source Definition, but let me give you a heads-up that the OSD talks about the license under which software may be distributed. The assumption is that if certain legal permissions are preserved, that the desired open source effect of collaborative development will occur. That is not necessarily true. Something more is needed, but we're not yet clear on how to put that into contract / agreement form.
22.214.171.124 14:57, 3 May 2010 (UTC) (Russ Nelson)
OSHardware vs OSDesign
I am looking for a CC-BY or CC-BY-SA type license for the Open Moto X project. However after spending a few hours time reading about TAPR, OSI, c,nn,m, CC and others my brain is struggling to understand if the various open source hardware licenses (including the OSHW license) is specifically for Hardware i.e: processors and associated systems that run software or if it might also be applied to physical objects in general (that are also "hardware" but are more often referred to as "Designs". Of course the OMX bike will include a Battery Management System that will include hardware and software but I would prefer to use one (simple to understand) license if possible. I am hoping that OSHW might eventually be it. --126.96.36.199 12:04, 12 May 2010 (UTC)