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[linux] RE: Take a Stand

Walt DuBose dubose at texas.net
Fri Oct 8 17:32:05 UTC 2004

Darryl and all,

A group of pig thinks humans smell bad.

I believe that everyone in TAPR and many other hams know that 
TAPR believes that computers and open source are part of the TAPR 
banner...however, probably most hams only think of TAPR as the 
folks who brought "packet" to thye attention of hams or in many 
cases REALLY don't know what TAPR stands for or believes.

For this reason, I belive that TAPR should make every effort to 
publically and openly state that it believes that computers and 
related hardware and software are TODAY a most important part of 
amateur radio.

The same would apply to open source software and "programming" or 
at lease "hacking" code.

The things that are obvious to us (TAPR) just might not be 
obvious to the majority of the amateur radio community...I don't 
think we should make the assumption that everyone know what 
TAPR's position is on the place of computers is in amateur radio 
communications nor that we in fact are suporters of open source 
software.  The fact is that most hams don't even know what open 
source software is.

BTW, it was a great pleasure meeting you at the DCC.



Darryl Smith wrote:
> Walt/K5YFW Commented... 
>>I think that TAPR is a perfect organization to take a couple of stands in 
>>Amateur Radio.
>>First I think that someone, and it might as well be TAPR, should make it 
>>perfectly clear that the computer is a perfectly good and useful tool 
>>in the amateur radio tool kit...the computer today in amateur radio is 
>>as am important tool as the "bug" was to CW and amateur radio prior 
>>to WWII.
> I think that is fairly clear, or it should be, with our support of Gerald
> Younbloods SDR1000 Digital HF Radio, and soon to be the Vector Network
> Analyser.
> Each of these uses a computer to do the main processing. Similarly the
> GNUradio stuff. 
>>Second, I believe that TAPR is the perfect promoter of open source
>>operating systems and amateur radio applications.  Unless more hams 
>>start using computers and "hacking" code, equivalent to hacking WWII 
>>surplus radio equipment, we will get lost in the technological expressway.
> YES.... Which is why we support the DCC each year. Which is why the VNC code
> is Open Source. Which is why there will *ALWAYS* be VNC Open Source Code. 
>>Last, I think its important for someone to look at using IPv6 for amateur
>>radio use since so much of our data communications as well as VoIP can
>>and should use IP addresses.
> This last point is the most interesting... Phil Karn, KA9Q and I were
> discussing this at the DCC. I need to write everything up, but this has
> merit. I did some of this work at the dcc, and did find some interesting
> things out. 
> But there are a few things that need to be done to make IPv6 usable in Ham
> Radio. 
> Darryl
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