dyoung at pobox.com
Thu Apr 29 23:49:45 CDT 2004
On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 08:49:54PM -0500, Willy Smith wrote:
> What I'd like to do on LinuxGazette especially is to write more about this
> development and get some more participants involved. I've jumped the gun a
> little on this project - I first titled it an "Open Source Mesh Project", but
> now I realize that it's not Open Source, it's a "free downloadable boot
> image". So, I'm wondering what your intentions are in this regard, and if
> there are some restrictions in the software which would inhibit it from
> becoming OS.
The project is absolutely open-source, however, we are behind in
publishing our source repository. The Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless
Network uses a 4-clause BSD license (below).
Our sources essentially "wrap" the NetBSD sources. You can think of
it as a kit to which you "just add NetBSD." We get a lot of leverage
out of the NetBSD host tools; it should be possible to cross-build our
station boot images on virtually any operating system and architecture
you can think of.
We have more work to do than we have developer-hours to do it, so we
are definitely interested in Linux Gazette's help to enlist new folks!
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> Linux Gazette is a worldwide community of people helping each other with
> Linux. As of today we have a little under 5,000 subscribers (it's free), and
> many times that of casual readers. A vast majority of these readers are from
> outside the US. Over 50% of our readership is from the greater Euro zone (not
> just the EU), and we have lots of signups every day from people all over the
> world. There are a lot of readers who can use this software, and I suspect
> there are quite a few who could contribute to the project.
> All this is to say that I am open to doing something with LG on this project.
> At the very least I will encourage people to download and use the software.
> But I am also open to suggestions if you want to open the source up to the
> I'd like to have further discussions about this on this list. My personal
> participation would be promoting it rather than contributing very much
> technically. I do have the personal intention of setting up a couple of PCs
> to try the software, and making a community network here in Ciudad Panam?,
> but I'm still in the middle of an international move and won't be able to do
> that for some time - realistically at least a month or two.
> I'd like to go slowly, though. The need for this project is definitely there,
> especially in countries with less-developed infrastructures. The difficult
> thing is education and getting people motivated to actually do the things
> necessary to make it work. But, it is possible, and it is beginning to happen
> I apologize in advance if I'm making too many assumptions. I realize that my
> experience is not the same as for those who live in the urban US, and that
> there may be some cultural difficulty relating to what's going on outside the
> US. I would like to say that what you're doing is really great and I
> personally appreciate it. I especially like the fact that the platform is
> kept to a minimal requirement, as this is the reality in developing
> countries. I can buy an old PC to run this on practically anywhere for $100
> or less; what's generally not recognized is that $100 is a *major investment*
> for someone in a developing country.
> Well, that's a start. Any comments are appreciated. I will also understand if
> you tell me to go away, and won't be offended in the least.
> Thanks and regards,
> Willy Smith
> Editor in Chief
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