A product that is made freely available for possible modification and redistribution
The information about the product is accessible. It does not necessarily mean that the product itself is free.
|Iterative approach||Inclusive meritocricy||Community|
|Description||No information made public||Traditional use of copyright; no rights need be granted||Grants rights for non-commercial use only|
|Examples for software||Private, internal software||Proprietary software, no public license||JRL, AFPL|
|Examples for other works||Unpublished||Copyright, no public license||CC-BY-NC|
|Description||Grants use rights, forbids proprietization||Grants use rights, including right to relicense||Grants all rights|
|Examples for software||GPL, AGPL||MIT, Apache, MPL||PD, CC0|
|Examples for other works||CC-BY-SA||CC-BY||PD, CC0|
The majority of startups working on IoT applications, wearable electronics, digital fabrication machines and digitally fabricated products, have based their work on successful or well-known open-hardware projects.
Learning programs in the fields of embedded systems, electronics design, and mechanical design utilize open-source hardware.
Many development boards sold here are cheaper clones of the more expensive original ones. And a few are produced locally.