[TenTec] Re: Jupiter firmware problems...NOT! (SO!... )

Rich McCabe rich@1967z28.com
Tue, 3 Sep 2002 12:29:28 -0500

" I do not like the idea of paying for software updates which are now free,
without something in exchange"

That is kinda like saying I do not like paying for automobiles when walking
is currently free. That may be the case for some, and I am not sure exactly
why you think you are "entitled to something in exchange". Did I miss TenTec
making the statement that updates will always be free? I honestly do not
know, so that is a question.

I would rather fund TenTec with a annual fee so they can do more with what I
already own. How can we as hams expect them to continually improve (for
free) software for products they have already sold. What is the incentive in



----- Original Message -----
From: "tongaloa" <tongaloa@alltel.net>
To: "Duane Grotophorst" <n9dg@yahoo.com>; "Robert & Linda McGraw K4TAX"
<RMcGraw@blomand.net>; "Howard smith" <jsmith20@wi.rr.com>;
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Re: Jupiter firmware problems...NOT! (SO!... )

> I do not like the idea of paying for software updates which are
> now free, without something in exchange. That something being
> a lower price on the hardware and an open source approach to the
> software so that we could 'roll our own' tweaks. Under a GPL type
> license, TenTec would benefit from third party effort applied to the
> code because it is written for their radios!
> I for one would be all over a <$500 computer controlled receiver
> built around a single SHARC processor if I had access to the source
> code to add to and  modify at will. I suspect there would be a huge
> crossover of computer hobbiests who are interested in DSP and TenTec
> would see huge sales compared to their traditional amateur market.
> A significant number of these purchasers will become interested
> enough in ham radio to want a transmitter as well. A rising tide
> of purchasers for all TT products!
> If TT does not follow this course, someone else will.
> Bob wb4mnf
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