“There’s no question that you can get better performance and a better user experience when you don’t let people swap out their own parts,” Limor Fried tells me. Fried is founder of Adafruit Industries, a New York City-based manufacturer of DIY electronics components who’s been featured on the covers of Wired and Make magazine. But, says Fried, this has not squashed the open-source movement as much as it has propelled it in new directions. “The same enthusiast culture of the ’90s is behind today’s DIY electronics community. I bump into ex-IRC folks at Maker Faires and DIY events,” Fried says. “VR-hackers are still doing VR, just with better goggles. I think DIY and maker culture is a little healthier now. It’s more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive.”
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