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[News] Openness/Freedom in Hardware Sought by Arduino

  • Subject: [News] Openness/Freedom in Hardware Sought by Arduino
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:56:52 +0000
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Arduino â the hardware revolution

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| Enter, the Arduino: a low-cost, open source, 
| tiny hardware board for connecting the real 
| world to your computer, and/or to the whole 
| internet. What can be done with it? 
| Everything. The limit is the imagination, and 
| as youâll see from a few of the example 
| creations we review here, imaginative use is 
| the norm.



Arduino development on OpenSolaris

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| Part of the draw of Arduino development is
| that it is open-source and cross-platform.
| It is hard to believe that it took this
| long but OpenSolaris can be added to the
| list of operating systems that love to
| work with Arduino.



Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?

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| That's because the Arduino board is a piece of open source hardware, free for
| anyone to use, modify, or sell. Banzi and his team have spent precious
| billable hours making the thing, and they sell it themselves for a small
| profit â while allowing anyone else to do the same. They're not alone in this
| experiment. In a loosely coordinated movement, dozens of hardware inventors
| around the world have begun to freely publish their specs. There are open
| source synthesizers, MP3 players, guitar amplifiers, and even high-end
| voice-over-IP phone routers. You can buy an open source mobile phone to talk
| on, and a chip company called VIA has just released an open source laptop:
| Anyone can take its design, fabricate it, and start selling the notebooks.
| [...]
| Then again, Linux sounded pretty insane, too, back in 1991, when Linus
| Torvalds announced it. Nobody believed a bunch of part-time volunteers could
| create something as complex as an operating system, or that it would be more
| stable than Windows. Nobody believed Fortune 500 companies would trust
| software that couldn't be "owned." Yet 17 years later, the open source
| software movement has been crucial to the Cambrian explosion of the Web
| economy. Linux enabled Google to build dirt-cheap servers; Java and Perl and
| Ruby have become the lingua franca for building Web 2.0 applications; and the
| free Web-server software Apache powers nearly half of all Web sites in the
| world. Open source software gave birth to the Internet age, making everyoneâ
| even those who donated their laborâbetter off.

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