AIO Robotics

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: ecloud on March 28, 2015, 10:54:20 PM

Title: UI software needs to be open source
Post by: ecloud on March 28, 2015, 10:54:20 PM
It's very hard to troubleshoot when error messages point out specific line numbers in Python scripts that aren't installed.  Only the .pyc files are installed.

If AIO would open-source that stuff, maybe we can fix some things when they go wrong.

There also seems not be any public bug database, like Jira or Bugzilla or something.  Only these forums, with the disclaimer that they might or might not respond.

This is not the way to go about community-building.  Maybe they think they can get away with keeping the software proprietary, because the goal is for it to be "that good" without any help from anyone - but it's not that good.  They went part way to openness by using Ubuntu and failing to lock down the root password - kudos on that.  But now we come to the turning point: either the whole thing needs to be voluntarily opened up, or it's going to be a lot of work for whatever community that forms around this machine, to reverse-engineer some aspects of the hardware and controller firmware, so that it becomes possible to rewrite the UI.  (Although, the UI could stand rewriting anyway, IMO.)  If the community stays too small, the work won't get done anyway.  It's a shame to still need to do reverse engineering nowadays, on this kind of machine, as if no lessons had been learned from the open source movement and the subsequent maker movement.  It should rather have been open-source from the beginning.  (Shame on me for supporting the kickstarter without insisting on that.)
Title: Re: UI software needs to be open source
Post by: MadisonCH on January 26, 2020, 10:33:41 AM
that's why zeus has also ended in 2016