Chris Wood
Wednesday June 3rd, 2009

Open Source Hardware

Recently, I have started to get material from an alumni society:
Cambridge_Computer_Lab_Ring.
See Cambridge_University_Computer_Laboratory.
In 1949, EDSAC, the first programmable electronic computer in the world ran there.
When I was one of its 17 students in 1964-65, it was still called “Mathematics Laboratory”.
A sort of Technology Park (silicon fen) has grown up near it.

In the wake of open source software, open source hardware is also becoming important. But, for no good reason, different intellectual property laws apply for it, so that the exact terms of open software licences cannot be applied. Jeremy Bennett wrote about the general situation in The Cambridge Computer Lab Ring. In the spirit of open source, he makes his article available to us. See www.embecosm.com/articles/ear1/open-source-hardware.pdf

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