Model100 Open Source
what is a Model100 ?
model 100 (and later model102 and 200) was one of the first
notebook computers. It was revolutionary then and still remarkably
functional today. They are light weight, rugged, and will run on AA
batteries for days. Radio Shack sold more than 6,000,000 of these
units and those who like them, like them a lot. Notebooks and
accessories are still available
and active development and community can still be found on the web
and via mailing lists.
what is Open Source ?
Computer programs are first created in a human readable
before being compiled into a more efficient form called binary. All
writen works, including computer programs, are automatically
protected by copyrights.
The author can choose to grant or restrict the use of the
work by others, by simply including, or even referring to, a copyright
source" is a general term for a licensing model that expressly
allows anyone to use,
copy or modify the source code. The most common open source license is
General Public License , or GPL.
what is the initiative ?
As a result of conversations on the m100 mailing list
(firstname.lastname@example.org) it was recognised that ongoing development of m100
related projects (and, by extension, all model 100 users) would benefit
greatly from access to open source
code. A decision was
made to collect existing m100 software already licensed as OSS, in a new archive,
and to ask authors of important legacy code to re-license their
work for inclusion.
why would I want to do that ?
By allowing other developers to look at, modify and
work, you are providing the building blocks so the software can just
keep getting better. If others don't have to "re-invent the wheel" that
lets them cover new ground and tackle new problems. Those using your
code, under the GPL, will be free to learn from it, add to it, even
it, with one restriction; they must make their modifications available
back to the community. That way everybody wins.
what now ?
If you are the author of software written for the model
10x family of
computers, or you have aquired the rights, we encourage you license it
under the GPL
to make it
available to users and other developers. It's as simple as adding a GPL copyright notice
to a zipped archive of your work and submitting it for
inclusion in the m100-oss