What about a Free Hardware Foundation?

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Megver83
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If there is a Free software foundation, what about a free hardware foundation? A foundation that works actively to make free hardware with free software only. Computers that would have yes-or-yes a 100% free BIOS and os too. But, does not exist, do you think we need a FHF (free hardware foundation)?

onpon4
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There is no such thing as "free hardware". All computers include many components sourced from one of a couple giant corporations, and not only are the designs of these components unavailable, few would be able to build the expensive factories needed to produce the hardware themselves, anyway. So having a "Free Hardware Foundation" would be just as redundant as a "Time Travel Foundation". There's nothing realistic it could do, and it would just be a waste of money.

Magic Banana

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And there is no "free hardware". Only "free hardware designs". Because there are no copiers for hardware: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-hardware-designs.html

vita_cell
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Wow, nice idea: "FreeHardwareFoundation". The idea is much more expensive that Software.

Allanitomwesh
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Can't be a FHF.
At best,one of the megacorps can copyleft all their hardware designs and drivers, becoming a firm that respects your freedom. Quite unlikely.

JadedCtrl
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Sure, I'll start the Free Hardware Foundation for you, mate.
Just send me a couple billion dollars and I'll get to it.

Megver83
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Joined: 12/21/2015

If there is a Free software foundation, what about a free hardware
foundation? A foundation that works actively to make free hardware with free
software only. Computers that would have yes-or-yes a 100% free BIOS and os
too. But, does not exist, do you think we need a FHF (free hardware
foundation)?

onpon4
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Joined: 05/30/2012

There is no such thing as "free hardware". All computers include many
components sourced from one of a couple giant corporations, and not only are
the designs of these components unavailable, few would be able to build the
expensive factories needed to produce the hardware themselves, anyway. So
having a "Free Hardware Foundation" would be just as redundant as a "Time
Travel Foundation". There's nothing realistic it could do, and it would just
be a waste of money.

Magic Banana

I am a member!

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Joined: 07/24/2010

And there is no "free hardware". Only "free hardware designs". Because there
are no copiers for hardware:
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-hardware-designs.html

vita_cell
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Joined: 07/19/2015

Wow, nice idea: "FreeHardwareFoundation". The idea is much more expensive
that Software.

Allanitomwesh
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Joined: 10/24/2015

Can't be a FHF.
At best,one of the megacorps can copyleft all their hardware designs and
drivers, becoming a firm that respects your freedom. Quite unlikely.

JadedCtrl
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Joined: 08/11/2014

Sure, I'll start the Free Hardware Foundation for you, mate.
Just send me a couple billion and I'd love to get started.