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October 8, 2010 AT 12:00 am

Open-source hardware statement of principles and draft definition 0.4

Pt 10422

A new statement of principles and draft definition 0.4 is up for Open-source hardware – your feedback and participation is needed! After the Open-source Hardware summit one of the requests was for all of us to figure out an “overview” of what/why we do this. We think we have a good start based on what many people have helped outline – here’s the draft:

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles (Draft)
Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

We’re also quickly approaching a 1.0 of the Open-source hardware definition. 0.4 is here, take a look!

We are trying to collect all the feedback and spark edits/changes and more in the forums as well as the mailing list, if this is of interest to you please join in!

Update:
Sparkfun has a great post on OSHW


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