Re: If you really want Free firmware...
* Kenneth Pronovici
| I think what you're forgetting (or at least ignoring) is that designing
| hardware is not exactly like designing software. The process is
| similar, yes, but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. At the
| least, this is because testing your hardware "implementation" is not
| "free" (as in beer). Nor am I aware of many free (or even cheap)
| hardware development tools or "environments".
You can get microcontroller development boards with a handfull of ICs
off atmel for around 30-40 euros. Etching 12x8cm boards costs you a
couple of Euros and you can get a lot done without going that far,
even, but just soldering stuff. Not free, but cheap enough that «it's
too expensive» isn't a real argument.
FPGA equipment is on the same magnitude of cost -- still a bit off
«thousands of dollars»
Tollef Fog Heen ,''`.
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are : :' :