Open source hardware: Birth of a long tail market?

Open source hardware: Birth of a long tail market?

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Matt Hartley @ Itmanagement has an interesting article about open source hardware (I found it because of the MAKE mention). Worth a read, post your thoughts in the comments –

With open source software becoming a household name, another open source movement that may one day see some fanfare is already taking shape. Open source hardware, which I once thought to be little more than a pipe dream left over from a bygone era, is proving to be a dream that it is very much alive and growing.

Open Source Hardware: Birth of a long tail market? Link.


  • Open source hardware, a start – Link.
  • Open source hardware @ MAKE – Link.
  • Open source hardware licenses – Link.

4 thoughts on “Open source hardware: Birth of a long tail market?

  1. maggiel says:

    Another “open source hardware” domain, this one in HF radio:

    Margaret Stephanie Leber CCP, SCJP, SCWCD
    AOPA 925383 – Amateur Radio Station K3XS – ARRL 39280 – AMSAT 32844
    “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change
    and to preserve change amid order.”-A.N.Whitehead

  2. cyrano_de_bergerac says:

    In as society that is crippled so much by fear of the unknown (or unrecognizable in many cases) – i.e., all those cases of people being prevented from carrying harmless DIY stuff on airplanes – I’m not sure open-source hardware will have much of a future without some serious social reorganization.

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