Bad Broadcom, bad, bad!


Bad Bad Broadcom

So, with antitrust investigations, including accusations of monopoly practices by Broadcom, does anyone remember ODROID-W?

I do.

The rants in the Raspingdoodleberry Pi community about ODROID cheating, even though RPi comes under Creative Commons were interesting.

The gotcha appeared to be the documentation was Creative Commons (CC), even the design documentation, but building hardware based upon the design documents was not (apparently) acceptable to some.

The notion of opensource hardware appears, in fact, to be PCB level and not schematic level. So, without specific restrictions in place, building a PCB from the supplied schematic is a remix, in tune with the CC offered by the rasping lot.

So, the idea that can remix the schematic design, as you may or may not have had to to come up with ODROID-W, but you can’t build hardware from that schematic to get remixed PCB design is curious? What is the point then of that CC?

The variant of CC applied by The Rasping (is that a better jibe) should have been Non-Commercial, No Derivatives. Since The Rasping did NOT apply that restriction THEN all the bleating by members of The Rasping was unkempt, uncalled for and The Rasping should have culled the conversation and educated its members. In fact, it may draw attention by any investigation into Broadcom, since the banter was likely monopolistic in intent, especially where Broadcom employees joined in the discussion on The Rasping.

All the gaff about using the poor Raspingdoodleberry software developers efforts, when the software was offered opensource! Suck it up Princesses. You only asked for attribution. You got it.

So, is this just monopolising by Raspberry Pi community? How connected is that practice with accusations about Broadcom practices?

The more interesting thing is, apart from potty talk from the Raspingdoodlebury community, there appeared no other action directly on their part. The action on behalf of the Raspingdoodlebury Pi was apparently taken by Broadcom (according to some viewpoints).

Its hard to unpick the Broadcom/Raspberry Pi think.

Interesting, all very interesting.

I wonder how broadly the investigation into Broadcom, and monopoly practices, will look?

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