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[News] Free/Open Source Software Principles Come to More Hardware

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Open Source Hardware

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| The Italian design firm Arduino makes one of the hottest circuit boards used 
| by gadget builders today. Since mass production began two years ago, the 
| company has sold about 50,000 units - not bad for a small start-up nestled in 
| the medieval foothills of Milan.   



DIY Robotics: The Rise of Open Source Hardware

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| Holman's not the only one hacking hardware. The hardware-hacking trend, 
| perhaps exemplified best by O'Reilly's Make magazine and wildly successful 
| Maker Faire, is one of the dominating themes of this year's conference. 
| Geeks, accustomed to being able to use and modify open source software like 
| Linux without restriction, are adopting the same attitude with respect to 
| consumer electronics devices, whether those devices are freely hackable, like 
| the forthcoming Google-backed Android operating system for phones, or more 
| locked down, like Apple's iPhone.        



Open Source Hardware Gift Guide

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| Open source 3D printers, TV-turn-off devices, iPod chargers, music players, 
| wi-fi companions, educational electronic kits, and more! Let's get gifting! 


Open source hardware comes out of closet

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| EVER SINCE open-source software created a buzz, people have stroked chins, 
| pondered and pontificated about the possibility of open-source hardware – and 
| now it’s becoming a reality.  


The Future of Hardware is Open Source

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| Open Hardware is the future of technology, and all we need to kick off this 
| next great revolution in technology is to have the right tools in the right  
| place at the right time.  After that, the sky’s the limit!  


Open Source Hardware: Birth Of A Long Tail Market?

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| And when there is unrestricted collaboration, nearly anything is possible. 
| Buglabs, the open source hardware movement and other yet-to-be discovered 
| frontiers have the same opportunity here.  


Do we need an open hardware license?

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| Still, Hicks says that it's possible to use open source hardware designs with 
| field-programmable gate arrays, "which are quite affordable," and points to 
| OpenSPARC and the OPENCORES community of open hardware designers as examples 
| of real-world usage of open hardware.   
| Phipps says that he sees open hardware following in the footsteps of FOSS, 
| though he says mainstreaming of open hardware "will take much longer ... to 
| get a foothold."  


Perens set to tackle open-source hardware

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| On Monday, Perens plans to announce the TAPR Open Hardware
| License, a document written by John Ackerman designed
| specifically to govern hardware designs that can be
| modified and redistrubuted. Perens plans to submit the
| license to the Open Source Initiative for its as an
| open-source license.


Boot Linux Faster With An Open BIOS

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| Another interesting approach involves using Linux itself to initialize the 
| hardware. The LinuxBIOS takes the approach of loading a small Linux kernel 
| directly into the boot ROM. This approach is increasingly practical now that 
| boards have 1-2MB of flash ROM onboard, according to Seebach.   


First desktop motherboard supported by LinuxBIOS: GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4

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| The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 [1] is the first-ever desktop motherboard
| supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS, thanks to AMD engineer
| Yinghai Lu who released GPL-licensed code last month.


LinuxBIOS: The Forgotten Hero

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| This begs the question: is anyone currently using LinuxBIOS on
| their machines? You bet they are. According to one recent report,
| LinuxBIOS was installed on about one million machines and that
| existing number is expected to rise significantly, assuming the
| rate of growth remains constant.


Google Sponsors the LinuxBIOS project

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| The LinuxBIOS project aims to take down the last barrier in Open
| Source systems by providing a free firmware (BIOS) implementation.


LinuxBIOS ready to go mainstream

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| LinuxBIOS is intended to provide a philosophically free replacement
| for proprietary firmware in chipsets. 

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