Open Source Hardware?

Hackers, modders and makers have always loved the idea of open source software such as linux, because it is the antidote to being owned by ‘The Man’. No one likes the idea of being limited or told how their software should run.

The Open Hardware Summit is the organization behind a radical new idea of ‘open hardware’. What open hardware means is that companies / hobbiests can choose to release the schematics and information of a product to the world free of charge. Anyone is then free to use the designs for their own use, or even in a product that they sell. I will be finishing up the schematics for my word clock and releasing both designs under the Open Hardware license in the next couple of months.

The common paradigm has been to protect your intellectual property to prevent outsiders from making cheeper duplicates of your product. Rather then hide away from those who would like to take your plans, embrace them with open arms.

If you design hardware and want to share it with the world, you can put the Open Source Logo on your designs. The neat part is that until April 15th 2011 anyone can vote what they want the new official logo to be.

Take a look at the candidates and cast your vote here.

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Image credit HackADay.com

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About spuder
spuder is a "super computer" support engineer by day, and tinkerer / hobbyist by night.

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