[Dev] [libreplanet-discuss] Misleading information in EOMA68 news

Christopher Waid chris at thinkpenguin.com
Fri Aug 26 02:18:34 GMT 2016

On 2016-08-25 06:33 PM, Paul Kocialkowski wrote:
> Le vendredi 26 août 2016 à 01:26 +0300, Tiberiu-Cezar Tehnoetic a 
> écrit :
>> On 25.08.2016 15:47, Tiberiu-Cezar Tehnoetic wrote:
>> >
>> > On 25.08.2016 15:25, Adonay Felipe Nogueira wrote:
>> > >
>> > > This issue of "you said it is 'libre' but I prove it's not", and even
>> > > the issue regarding the older publication on ThinkPenguin's site, can be
>> > > easily solved by changing terms/words accordingly there. There's no need
>> > > to make everyone mad at each other.
>> >
>> > It's not just about terminology. It's about deliberately misinforming
>> > the people to back your project because it's been libre hardware and
>> > libre software "right from the beginning". And also misinforming people
>> > to think it's OK for their freedom to buy laptops with proprietary BIOS
>> > rather than with Libreboot.
>> Richard Stallman has just confirmed me that FSF has not received the 
>> PCB
>> design sources along with the Libre Tea Computer Card.
>> I hope that now everyone understands that this EOMA68 board is *not*
>> libre hardware as claimed.
> LKCL made it clear already: the EOMA68 circuit board design is not 
> libre
> hardware for now, but may be liberated in the future.
> Where (except for the Parabola news we just fixed) did you see anyone 
> claim that
> it's libre hardware?

On the crowd funding page it does clearly say what has and has not been 
released *YET*, but will be:

We are working with the FSF to apply for RYF Certification of the Libre 
Tea Computer Card for example, but are also going way beyond that by 
providing full CAD files, schematics, and datasheets for all the parts 
(without NDAs) as well as having the 3D CAD files for the casework as a 
completely open GPLv3+ licensed project right from its inception. In 
addition, all firmware and kernel sources are GPL-licensed and will 
always remain so, and have been vetted in advance and do not contain any 
copyright violations or proprietary license-violating blobs (an 
extremely common practice nowadays).

The only exception to this rule to release everything in advance is the 
PCB CAD files for the Computer Card. We’re planning to release the PCB 
CAD files for the Computer card once sufficient units are hit that 
ensures any third party manufacturing runs will not undermine the 
project’s development or stability.

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