What exactly is open source? What isn't?

I’m having a hard time understanding exactly what parts of this project are open source, and what parts aren’t. There’s a big “open source badge” on the makers.snips.ai page, but it’s clear you can’t use it entirely with free software.

So what parts are open source, and what parts of the toolchain are proprietary?

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so far snips-nlu and hermes-python are open source

Snips has always said it will be all open source, but when is a different story :slight_smile:

Right. I would have figured duel-licensing it as commercial and AGPL would work pretty well, as it makes it truly open source but also makes it difficult to make a commercial product without buying a license.

It’s kind of shitty how they advertise as being open-source, but when I looked into it it turned out it pretty much wasn’t. Not that I don’t appreciate the tooling they have published, but it seems like the marketing got away from them a little bit.

I feel like I would be a lot less annoyed if I went into it expecting closed-source with some community code instead of something that’s actually open source.


your not the only one

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you can also add the hotword inference engine -> https://github.com/kali/tract

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@marc can we get some more/better documentation on this item??

can we use our own 1000 word sample waves for a wake word to build and detect with better accuracy ??

The Developer FAQ indicates that the entire platform will be open sourced eventually, see https://docs.snips.ai/additional-resources/faq/general-faq#is-snips-open-source . However it would certainly clear things up if someone from Snips could provide an approximate time-frame (ETA) since they have made this proclamation going on now for at least 2 years.

Snips Team (and more specifically Rand Hindi, the CEO of Snips): The silence here to this long standing and important question is deafening … why no response?

Because the main focus has shifted from the need of a hacker community to implement Snips in everything and have it seen and heard of to the many well earned commercial partners and their to come products. To be clear, I’m not accusing or pointing, I just hope we won’t be forgotten :slight_smile: