BlueSCSI Licenses

Overview on licenses used in the BlueSCSI projects and forks.

A quick note

Our goals for the BlueSCSI project are to have a device that is open and free to build for users, while preventing a commercial takeover of the project. Current open hardware and software licenses are worded in such a way they do not adequetly reflect our wishes for this project. It is a difficult goal to strive for and we won't be able to please everyone.

We are not alone in this predicament - you can see this happening in other areas of software too - Amazon attempting to take over ElasticSearch, Sentry.io relicensing to eventually open, and many others.

We will continue to do the best we can with what we have, striving for a SCSI device you can assemble yourself and enjoy your vintage computers with.

Note that there are many other variants outside the "core" ecosystem that are free to choose licenes they wish for their projects as long as they honor to the license they were forked from.

BlueSCSI F1 (Original)

BluePill STM32F103C

Hardware

Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Why?

CC BY-NC 4.0 allows anyone to use, remix and enjoy for themselves and their firends. It does not allow for someone to produce and sell them commercialy. This allows us to be open while giving users freedom to tinker.

Software

GPL v3

Why?

GPL allows for us to ensure BlueSCSI will always be opensource even if the firmware is used in a commercial setting.

BlueSCSI F4

Fork - BlackPill

Hardware

Private - Will be opensourced

Software

Private - Will be opensourced

Why?

Due to the increased capabilities we believe this variant will be cloned and commercalized as soon as it is released, regardless of license. There was significant effort put into this port and it would be discouraging for all of us if it was taken and cloned. The hardware and software for this variant will be released later on, but only if we believe the risk of commercial takeover is low.

F4 BlueSCSI is in process of being open sourced. See GitHub