Re: [stella] new project; fpga2600

Subject: Re: [stella] new project; fpga2600
From: ecwilkso@xxxxxxx
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 17:50:39 -0400
That's great, except this isn't a hardware project.  It's a *SOFTWARE* project.
Be careful!  :)

And it's not a particularly difficult one at that.  Pretty easy in fact.  Once 
those schematics surfaced, everyone had the source code in their hands.  They 
only needed to capture it, grab a compiler and an FPGA, and the project was 
practically done for them.  

The most difficult part would be finding an FPGA that could both handle the 
project and that was cheap enough to offer the possibility of affordable 
production runs.  If the person wanted to try to sell the design in any type of 
commercial sense, that is.

Many, MANY people here have released not only their executables, but also their 
source code to the public.  Even going so far as to release every revision and 
to document the hows and whys of each rev.  Why would you not do this, Carlos?
I'm not saying you should release your code, but I do think there's room to be 
a little more helpful for those who are tyring to learn.

I don't think you're in this only for the money...there probably isn't that 
much money to be had.  If there were you probably would have gone public long 
ago.  I would have.  But since the market was small, and FPGAs weren't really 
cost effective (IMHO) I didn't.  I was really only doing it as a service to the 
community.  And once the schematics became available, that service was no 
longer needed so I shelved the project.

And now, some personal philosophy that people may want to consider...

There are many people here who have been very generous with their work and 
their knowledge and time.  And there are people here who soak up that knowledge
without ever posting even a "hello".  There has been everything in between.  

Not everyone has to be so generous.  It's their work, and it's their right.  
But one of the things that makes this community unique is the sharing of 
knowledge.  So a person shouldn't be offended if people question the "why" of 
keeping things secret.  It's the way this community works.



Quoting Carlos Lopez <carlosflr@xxxxxxxxx>:

> I haven't seen a lot (if any) open-source hardware
> projects in this hobby. Most hardware designers on
> this don't release their designs because they are
> Atari fans, and want to be (personally) sure that the
> product developed is as good as they picture it.
> I don't think it has a point to continue with this
> thread. If you think that I'm on this for the money,
> hehe, you are really wrong (I already have a good
> job).
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