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[aprssig] New Version 0.45 of UZ7HO "Soundmodem" Soundcard TNC Released

Heikki Hannikainen hessu at hes.iki.fi
Tue Oct 30 16:11:56 UTC 2012


On Tue, 30 Oct 2012, (SV2AGW)George Rossopoulos wrote:

> The protocol is published to help others communicate with AGWPE not to emulate AGWPE!!!
> 
> It’s really very disappointing to see your program be hacked.

George,

Nobody hacked your programs, they just wrote new software which happens to 
be compatible with yours, and conform to your published specification.

Even if no specification existed, it wouldn't be very hard or in any way 
illegal to do so. Looking at the specification, it doesn't even say 
anywhere that it may not be implemented in devices or modems - so maybe 
the modem writers simply did not know about your wishes.

You have the right to ask kindly that people don't do that, if you don't 
wish that to happen, of course, but some people may do that anyway, in 
order to maximize the usability of the available software and reduce 
duplicate work.

Maybe you should be proud of the protocol you've created, and take it as a 
compliment that others are willing to embrace it in their applications and 
hardware!

If a new open protocol was implemented to replace yours, it might mean 
extra work for you, too, to support the new fancy modems and TNCs using 
the new protocol in AGWTracker. If they simply use the existing protocol, 
they will simply work out of the box without you needing to spend time on 
that.

   - Hessu


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