Why Open Source Software/Open Hardware?

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This presentation was made by Lenandlar Singh, lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Guyana. The event was the Hardware Freedom Day discussions at Moray House Trust on Saturday 20 April, 2013. There are some missing slides. The presentation includes some of the discussion with other persons who were at the session.

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Why Open Source Software/Open Hardware?

  1. 1. Why Open SourceSoftware/Open Hardware?Lenandlar SinghLecturer, Department of ComputerScience, University of GuyanaHardware Freedom Day 2013, Guyana
  2. 2. OUTLINE Openness FOSS/OSHW Opportunities and Challenges OSHW Projects Future
  3. 3. Openness FOSS – Free and Open SourceSoftware OERs – Open Educational Resources MOOCs – Massive Open OnlineCourses Open Data, Open Government Open Hardware Open Everything… Why?
  4. 4. FOSS/OSHWOpen hardware is like open softwareusers :are allowed to use, to improveand to redistribute existingprojects freely.designers :publish documents, software,..essential to design the device.but is it really…
  5. 5. Open Source Hardware (OSHW)Graham Seaman suggests that truly open hardware wouldhave to satisfy the following requirements: The interface to the hardware must be explicitly madepublic, so the hardware can be used freely. The design of the hardware must be made public, so thatothers can implement it and learn from it. The tools used to create the design should be free, so thatothers can develop and improve the design.http://conviviality.ouvaton.org/article.php3?id_article=44
  6. 6. FOSS/OSHW – Things to think about Sharing – share as many copies of the FOSS (end product),can’t do with hardware (1 copy is 1 copy) – real products,not code  Design – OSHW design available, product can be built fromit, FOSS product available but have to figure out design? COST – entry to FOSS is probably cheaper /easier thanOSHW FOSS – Copyright Law/ OSHW – Patent Law --- See TAPRhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAPR_Open_Hardware_License Not all OSH might be of interest to the Computing Industry
  7. 7. FOSS/OSHW –Things to think about
  8. 8. LicensesLicenses Share-Alike style CERN Open Hardware License – CERN developedOSHW license inspired by the GPL TAPR Open Hardware License – TAPR developedOSHW license inspired by the GPL Attribution Only style Mach 30 Open Design Pledge – Mach 30 developedlicensing bundle for OSHW Solderpad Hardware License - Modified ApacheSoftware License for use with hardware projectshttp://mach30.org/open-source-hardware/
  9. 9. A Criticism of the TAPR the license has "lots of problems" and that it"strips the word distribution of its normalmeaning, assuring lots of contention over edgecases.“ – Eric Raymond ”also concerns that the Open Hardware Licensemay merely place the design and/or idea intothe Public Domain by effectively publishing itbefore securing the benefits of patent protection” ---http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAPR_Open_Hardware_License
  10. 10. Advantages for Developing Countries Knowledge Transfer Cost Reduction of Design Process Explore and encourage innovators Wide Range of users – end users,marketer, developers etc
  11. 11. Potential Problems Lack of Technical Expertise Low levels of industrial R&D Supply/Demand? Waste Cooperation between Industry andUniversity?
  12. 12. Part 2…Some of the following slides are from…http://perso.enslyon.fr/serguei.tchoumakov/english/presentation/Open%20Hardware.pptx--- credit to the author
  13. 13. Close hardware and wasteClose hardware is a waste of money and asource of pollution.Repairing computers costs money. E-waste, Ghana.
  14. 14. Statistics and Growth01002003004002005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011Total projectsSource: OSHW annual –Torrone and Make magazine.
  15. 15. ConclusionOpen hardware is about…… open design,…telling people how devices are made,…improving devices,…reducing costs
  16. 16. So What Next? What can we do? Projects to play around with? Should we care? What is in it for us?

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