Steve Mosher steve at openmoko.com
Sun Apr 19 19:54:31 CEST 2009

Thanks, Dr. N

   That is the path I am thinking down.

All of the discussion here gets very quickly into a morass of 
implementation  and ignores the the elphant in the room.
Can a community design hardware ( you have an existence proof of that
cited below) So, I would like to "trial" the line.

1. Define a very simple project: galmoectomy.
2. Licence the Gerber to an organization that runs the project.
3. Donate parts for a prototype run.
4. See if people can execute or just argue.

err we know they can argue.

Just a thought

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was some days in easter vacation and am now trying to catch up. So I  
> will just cherry pick some parts...
> Am 09.04.2009 um 12:04 schrieb Lothar Behrens:
>> For that task, use a phpBB or the like board (sub category) to
>> concentrate discussions.
> Personally I like the idea of using boards for that task because it  
> has *structure *, but there have been heavy flamewars going up to the  
> statement that a successful open source project can only work on  
> mailing lists.
> So, I currently don't care about.
>> Would this be a way to form the comunity to be successful?
>> If not, how has www.amsat.org got this organized?
> AFAIK, they have meetings, magazines, e-mail lists etc.
> Then, they have a well organized project structure. Just a handful of  
> people push and work on the projects. These are experienced volunteers  
> coming from companies or academia doing related work. I did know one  
> of these highly active people (unfortunately he died from a heart- 
> attack many years ago). He was working for "DLR" (sort of a German  
> NASA).
> My imagination says that we have and can attract all the pieces we  
> need from the community.
> It is like an organization that runs a museum steam railway. There are  
> 2 or 3 who have a license to operate the engine, 2 or 3 can repair it.  
> 5-6 can help painting and 10 can collect visitor tickets etc. 20-50  
> can distribute brochures. 100eds are intersted in using it.
> Nikolaus
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