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Open source hardware

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Many years ago I had great visions of open source concept evolving into something much bigger, and leaving it’s software grassroots.. My own ideas are along the lines of Open Engine, Open Vehicle, Open Space Shuttle. I think that could be a serious boost to humanity in terms of getting things done in this super commercial world where everyone has their own interests closest, and standards seems to be more of a marketing thing than actual leverage for development and intergration.

Open source Daisy MP3 PlayerThose that have yet to wrap their head around the notion of open source hardware may want to mosey on over to the MAKE blog, which has put together a quick primer that attempts to clear things up for you and set you off on the right foot. Among other things, it sorts out the partially open source hardware like D-Link’s WRT54GL router from the truly open source gear like MAKE’s own Daisy MP3 player (pictured above), and provides a few suggestions to ensure that your own open source hardware creations remain as such. True to its nature, the primer is also admittedly a work in progress, so you know what to do if you see room for improvement.

OpenDocument goes ISO

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The OpenDocument format has reached the staging phase of ISO standardization, and is now an official ISO Standard Format for advanced office documents. The format has mainly been developed within the OpenOffice.org project scope, but already many other office applications have or will be adopting the format. Microsoft which is dominating the market with their proprietary formats have now also accepted that open formats are not going away, but of course Microsoft has decided to contribute with their own version of an open office format… As far as I am aware it is not as open as they would have you think, however when its finalized as an ECMA standard i guess we will see, and hear much more about this topic…

The OpenDocument standard has been developed by a variety of organizations and is publicly accessible. This means it can be implemented into any system, be it free software/open source or a closed proprietary product, without royalties.

Open Source gaining substantial popularity

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

“IT services provider Atos Origin has predicted a forthcoming change in the software landscape based on the results of a survey it has carried out in conjunction with the UK’s National Computing Centre. The survey, which was compiled through over 140 web-based questionnaires completed by senior UK IT professionals in May and June, indicated that over 60% believe open source will either increase its presence in certain business areas
or be a fundamental component in core IT systems, while
73% expect open source to develop within their organizations’ IT strategy over the next five years

Slashdot | Atos Origin Predicts Open Source Landscape

Release: WordPress 1.5.2

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

WordPress 1.5.2 is out, featuring security fixes, improvements to plugin API as well number of bugfixes.
An easy upgrade guide can always be found at the WordPress Codex.

WordPress Development Blog – WordPress 1.5.2


Monday, August 8th, 2005

Still have holliday? Well then, book a flight and attend the Copyfight festival / convention. It’s in Barcelona, Spain 15/16/17 July 2005. So hurry hurry!!

p.s.: I will sadly not attend, since I have postponed hollidays for the not-so-near future.