Blown300ZX wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:06 pm
... I'm looking for others who may have developed something similar to share ideas and make improvements.
Jason Green wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:08 pm
... The work I’ve put into it as a project is a lot so I haven’t fully decided what I will be doing with it once I have finalised a generic version but I want to make it available to the community in some form.
I think work in this direction is awesome. I did some info and idea-sharing with @dazq for his open-source Gears controller, but it hasn't developed to the point I can use it for my purposes, yet. Perhaps yours is mature enough in basic form to do the job.
However, any development beyond the version you will release open-source is troublesome. You are in a gray area, without definition, and your position must be very clear. If members here help in the dev process (ideas, testing, whatever), will they see the benefits? Or, will you use that volunteer effort in closed-source commercial-profit versions?
Your position must be clear, or some rather nasty results may occur, perhaps similar to other well-known projects when volunteers realized their efforts would appear in closed-source profit versions without benefit to them for their contributions. Free help under the guise of presumed
open-source and open-benefit. Consequences have been both emotional and legal. For protection of members here, and you, there must be more than presumption.
To be clear, I have absolutely no issue with making a profit from open-source, and that is the actual intent of the concept. Several members here have made profit opportunities from Speeduino, but the full code, features and and concepts are freely available (FOSS). You can make your money on stuff like packaging, hardware, application, accessories and convenience, e.g., PnP versions, and more. However, it must be open-source first, with profit opportunities. Not closed-source, while everybody unwittingly helps you with your profit.
So, before you open the forums to volunteers for your project, please make clear statements to everyone of your intentions and adherence (or not) to open-source concepts and specific licensing terms. Or, state the closed-source nature and whatever benefits or profit-sharing you are offering to collaborators. I'd love to help you with your FOSS and OSH (or possibly private venture) as it's a way to help myself.