Launching open source projects

This article launches a series of open source hardware and software projects that will be shared in the next future.

According to opensource.com, open hardware or open source hardware refers to the design specifications of a physical object which are licensed in such a way that said object can be studied, modified, created, and distributed by anyone. Open hardware is a set of design principles and legal practices, not a specific type of object. The term can therefore refer to any number of objects—like automobiles, chairs, computers, robots, or even houses.

Like open source software, the source code for open hardware (schematics, blueprints, logic designs, CAD drawings, etc) is available for modification or enhancement by anyone under permissive licenses. Users with access to the tools that can read and manipulate these source files can update and improve the code that underlies the physical device. They can add features or fix bugs in the software. The license governing the reproduction of open hardware must allow modification and distribution of those design files in a way that allows others to easily obtain them. This makes possible and even encourages studying, troubleshooting, modifying, and improving open hardware.

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