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Re: gEDA-user: Collaborative Development of Boards

On 1/17/2011 7:50 AM, Markus Hitter wrote:

John, Stephan, Rick, Tibor,

many thanks for your insights. I'm convinced there _has_ to be some sort of leadership when different, but technological equal design solutions appear.

Am 16.01.2011 um 22:37 schrieb Rick:

To be honest, I was a little turned off when I tried to read your web page and the opening didn't even tell me what you are doing! It referred me to another web site entirely... and then another...

The link I gave is only one of many pages of a fascinating bigger project, so you typically find this page from higher level ones. This bigger project is about building self-replicating machines, and the circuitry shall drive their stepper motors. There are at least a dozen competing circuitries, most of them at a commercial, read-only open source level.

Yes, and I have seen the project before. But it took me a couple of reads to realize what this was. Also, I had the exact same problem when I first encountered this project. I think I had to dig for ten or fifteen minutes just to figure out what the project was about.

I see this problem all the time when I go to opencores.org. It seems like every project assumes you understand the purpose and goals of their little project not to mention the status. I'm only trying to say that to get more people interested, it would make sense to have your pages provide a bit more basic info so that someone reading it for the first time doesn't have to turn it into a research project just to understand what it's about.

Just my two cents worth...


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